Basic Fifth Wheel Maintenance

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If you haven’t had a chance to pull out your fifth wheel and enjoy it, now is the time! Fifth wheel season is here and even if you aren’t taking it camping, it’s the best way to tailgate at football games and enjoy the fall season. Heck, even if you’re just hoping to take it out for one trip, make now the time. Before you head out, though, make sure you perform basic fifth wheel maintenance to ensure your trip is safe and hassle free.

Brakes | Your brakes should be checked every six months to a year. Pull them apart and check the pads and calipers. If you aren’t sure how to do this take your RV to an experienced RV service team who can give your brakes the treatment they deserve.

Wheel Bearings | Every 10-12,000 miles check the bearings. Clean and repack the bearings and install new seals to ensure that they’ll be good to go for another 12,000 miles.

Hitch | Your hitch is a major part of the fifth wheel. Inspect the torque on your king bolt yearly. Once a year clean and re-lube it. And, before every trip check the bolts, nuts, and break away cable. It might take a little more time, but you’ll be able to drive with peace of mind.

Interior | On a yearly basis make sure you vacuum and steam clean the interior. This helps reduce allergens and ensures your space is nice and clean. This is particularly important to do if your unit has been in storage for a while. It’s also important to lubricate any hinges, check your slides and their seals, and ensure that your appliances are all on the up and up.

Taking care of your fifth wheel is an important part of being a responsible RV owner. A little maintenance goes a long way and can save you from encountering a potentially scary or expensive problem in the future. If you have questions regarding fifth wheel maintenance contact our service team.

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