Category Archives: Maintenance

Luxury motor home maintenance articles and tips.

What To Do With Your Motor Home After The Season Ends

As the seasons change and we move away from summer (RIP…) and peak motor home traveling season comes to a close, many of us are left with some choices that need to be made about what to do with our coaches. When and where do I get it winterized? How often do I need to start it up or drive it throughout the winter months? Do I need to buy a cover? Where do I store my coach?

Only a small percentage of motor home owners actually have their own personal covered garage large enough for fitting a 40’+ vehicle (and the knowhow to perform maintenance work on it themselves), so most people will have to look to a third party to care for their baby during the off-season. We’ve all seen countless “RV Storage Centers” throughout our travels – primarily, these are your typical public storage facilities that will just as quickly store your living room furniture as well as your motor home. Not to say these storage sites are bad, but wouldn’t it be nicer to find a place that will not only store your coach, but will also maintain it, winterize it, valet it, detail it (both inside and out), and have the ability to do full customization work? If an RV mecca like this sounds like music to your ears, keep reading.

rv storage center
We’re not all lucky enough to have a setup like this at home

Coming very soon, Dylans RV Center will be opening a state of the art, 10-acre motor home service center and storage facility just down the road from our flagship location in Sewell, NJ. We fully understand the task it can be not only to get your coach ready for the winter months, but what a chore it can be to get your motor home ready for your next trip. Inspecting your brakes, tires, windows, gauges, slides, side-view and rearview cameras, water tanks, electrical components, auto-leveling jacks, and everything else is a job in itself. And don’t forget about stocking up on groceries, fueling up, and getting your coach washed before you hit the road. It’s a lot, and that’s why Dylans RV’s new concierge service will be available to our customers to have all of these things taken care of before you step inside your coach for your next trip. It’s as simple as picking up the phone, speaking with one of our certified RVDA technicians to let them know the day and time you need your coach ready for travel, and showing up to our facility.

If our concierge service packages aren’t what you require and you just need a safe and secure place to keep your motor home during the winter, we can accommodate that as well. Our goal is to deliver a service experience to our customers that is unparalleled in the motor home industry. What do we mean by that? How about priority service where no appointment is required to have your coach worked on – regardless of where you purchased it from? How about a one-stop shop for service, customization, detailing, and storage? How about a valet service that will pick up and deliver your coach to you wherever you are in the country? All of this can be yours for a low monthly fee with one of our new service center concierge packages.

For more information on our new state of the art service center opening this fall or to reserve storage space, call us at 856-228-0090 or email us at info@dylansrv.com.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!

 

Getting Your Motorhome Ready For Spring

Motorhome Spring Cleaning
Get Your Motorhome Ready For Spring!

Now that it’s officially spring, you can finally start thinking about getting the dust off your coach and planning some trips! However, first things first…take the cover off your motorhome and start the necessary spring cleaning you need to do before going anywhere.  You wouldn’t pull a set of fine China out of the cabinet that’s been sitting for the better part of a year and eat off of it without cleaning it first, would you? Didn’t think so. Plus, prepping your coach for the spring and summer months is fun because you’re getting that much closer to hitting the road and leaving thoughts of this miserable winter in your dust!

If you had your motorhome winterized for the season, now would be the time to “de-winterize”. Make sure to flush out all of the antifreeze and start to sanitize your water system. A combination of water, baking soda, and household bleach should do the trick. While this process is taking place, take the time to check all of the plugs, valves, and lines coming from your fresh water system for signs of corrosion and replace anything that appears to be in danger of failing at some point in the near future. Check out this video from RV Geeks for a step by step process on how to fully prep your water system for Spring.

Next thing you’ll want to do is give your baby a thorough cleaning. Start with the roof, and while washing your motorhome pay close attention to any areas that have a seal (windows, doors, vents, antennas, etc.). Check to make sure none of the seals have broken or have started to come loose throughout the winter.  If so, either reseal them or replace them altogether.  This may be a little bit of a pain at the time, but will save you major agita the first time you’re on the road and it starts raining.

After the coach has been given a deep cleanse, give your tires a once over to make sure they haven’t developed any cracks or leaks. Read our blog on tire safety for some additional information how to ensure you’re tires are safe for the road.

Now it’s time to check your batteries. Again, you’ll want to look for signs of corrosion but also you just want to make sure that everything inside and outside of your coach that requires power is working properly. This includes all of your electric appliances, interior lighting controls, and all of your exterior lights (headlights, turn signals, flood lights, etc.). This is even more important if you’ve had your RV’s batteries plugged in all winter or if you left the batteries in your coach during a harsh winter like we just experienced in New Jersey.

Make sure your A/C unit is functioning properly. Clean out all of your vents and run the system for a little while to be positive that each part of the coach is getting cold air when the system is running. Summer is coming and the last thing you need is to have no air conditioning in the middle of a trip in July. Your HVAC system should really be checked multiple times throughout the year, so if you haven’t done it yet now is the time.

Finally, go through your motorhome, drawer by drawer, closet by closet, and get rid of any excess stuff left over from last year. Don’t let your coach get cluttered with a bunch of things that you don’t really need or use. It may not seem like much, but removing all of that excess cargo may help to reduce the overall weight of your RV and help save a couple bucks on gas.

After you’ve done all of these things, it still is probably a good idea to schedule a routine service check with your local motorhome dealer. It never hurts to get a second opinion and have a trained eye give your coach another look.

Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the RV lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!