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Owning a trailer is a joy and delight but also hard work. When you take your family out for summer vacation and can stay in the trailer with them, you will experience the best of trailer life. 

However, hitching up and dragging your trailer along isn’t all fun and games. You have to take care of your trailer, or it won’t be worth the money. If you want one of the longest lasting travel trailers, you must learn how to take care of it. By following the proper steps, your camper can last for years to come. 

Steps To Increase the Longevity of Your Camper

Increasing the longevity of a camper can be difficult. Whether you are living in it or not, a trailer is an investment, and you should treat it as one. Follow the tips below if you want to own one of the longest lasting travel trailers around.

Keep the Engine in Good Condition

If you have a Class A motorhome, you have the additional need to check the engine for any upkeep. Treat your RV engine as you would a car. Make sure registration is up to date, ensure the fluids are all full, and always look for regular maintenance issues. If you plan on going on a long trip, check your engine's parts for rust or disrepair. 

No matter how often you drive your RV, you should keep your engine in the best condition possible. This maintenance will increase the lifespan of your camper and make every other part of travel trailer care much more manageable. 

Check the Battery Life

Whether your camper has an engine or is a luxury travel trailer, it has a built-in battery. This battery helps start the engine if you have a Class-A motorhome and provides a backup source of energy for the camper itself. Before leaving on a trip, always check the battery. 

If you travel a lot with your camper, you might wear out the battery faster than you think. You won't use the battery if the camper is plugged in and stationary. It’s always good to replace your battery after a few years and ensure you have the correct type of battery for your trailer. 

Seal the Roof

The biggest part of making luxury travel trailers or campers last longer is sealing them from the weather. Of course, the place where the weather hits hardest is the roof. If you can seal your travel trailer from the elements, you will make it last much, much longer. There are multiple ways to seal a roof, all of which are easy to do with a ladder. 

Sealing the roof and sides is an ambitious task, but it will prevent leaks or water damage to your trailer. With a good seal on the top and sides of your trailer, you will ensure that it lasts longer, doesn’t fade, and doesn’t grow mold or allow moisture into the inside of the trailer. 

Cover the Tires

It might not seem like a big step, but purchasing tire covers for your RV is crucial. If you don’t cover your tires (as well as your trailer) when it’s standing still and not in use, you won’t prevent the sun from damaging the outside edges of the tires. 

Not only will this cause trailer tires to have a shorter lifespan, but it will also affect the rest of the trailer. Trailer tires aren’t easy to change, and taking proper care of them can prevent this as much as possible. You can purchase tire covers online and store them in your trailer storage when the camper is in use. 

Wash the Trailer Regularly

It may not seem like it makes much of a difference, but the dirt and grime of the road and being outside can add up and cause corrosion and long-term issues everywhere on the trailer. You don’t have to wash your trailer every month, but if you do it at least once a year, it will keep it in the best condition possible. 

Of course, if you cover your trailer during the winter or when it’s not in use, you will prevent the elements from taking their toll. It won’t be as necessary to wash, and you can still protect your camper. If you plan to use it for vacations throughout the years, clean it regularly. 

Check the Sewer System

A trailer or RV has a simple black and gray water tank system. While using the trailer, you should make sure that the black tank is closed, and you let extra water drain every time you flush. This practice ensures that no excess buildup and clogging will occur when it comes time to empty the black water tank. 

A few days before you empty the black water tank, close the gray water tanks, which usually fill up much faster. This way, you can flush extra waste out of your pipes with clean water once you’ve emptied your tanks. Although this maintenance seems like a hassle when living in your trailer long term, it will prevent sewer issues, backup, and smell. 

Cover the Trailer

As mentioned, covering the trailer when it’s not in use is crucial. This precaution won’t make a huge difference for those living in a camper. Although you can cover your trailer in tarps to keep heat out and protect yourself from the elements, you will need more to protect your trailer long-term. 

However, families who use their camper for vacations and trips should purchase a form-fitting cover to protect it from the elements when not in use. This cover is crucial for those who live in places with harsh winters, as corrosion and snow can cause severe long-term damage. Winterizing your trailer is essential for longevity. 

Final Thoughts

With these steps, your camper, RV, or travel trailer can last for years and still be in good condition. People who keep up with regular maintenance work and continue to ensure the best health practices for their campers enjoy the longest lasting travel trailers.

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