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Getting the RV Ready for the Trip South – Chassis Maintenance

Many RV owners have interrupted their planned vacations because they didn’t take time to properly maintain their chassis. Whether your motor home is a gas or diesel, proper care for the chassis and its elements will ensure that your travels are enjoyable.

Motorhomes require scheduled preventive maintenance, just like your passenger car, SUV, or pickup truck. The difference is that they are much larger and more complex so they require a few extra (and bigger) steps to accomplish this.

The majority of the time, if there is a problem inside the RV, it won’t ruin the trip. It may become an inconvenience for example, a shower not working may mean having to camp where there is a shower. An RV owner can choose when to make those kinds of repairs, perhaps even waiting until they get back home.

A chassis issue on the other hand can end your trip dead in its tracks. Practicing preventive maintenance care for the RV chassis is the best step an owner can make. We recommend that every RV owner take the following preventative steps to help keep their RV’s  performing well:

Basic Engine Maintenance

Engine Oil and Filter

Fuel System Maintenance and Filters

Diesel & Gas Engine Cooling Systems

Engine Air Filters & Air Filter Restriction Gauge

Coolant Surge Tank

Transmissions Fluid & Filters

All Belts & Hoses

Chassis Maintenance

Brakes

Air Compressors, Tanks and Dryers

Air Dryer

Air Ride Suspension

Axles, Driveshaft and Universal Joints

Tire – Tread wear & Rotation, install Crossfire Tire pressure regulators for dual tires

Hydraulic System

Check your hydraulic Leveling system

Hydraulic Fluid Reservoir

Hydraulic filter restriction gauge

Generator

Oil & Oil Filters

Belts & Hoses

Fuel Filters

Coolant & Coolant Surge Tanks

Air Filters

We recommend you always travel with extra fuel filters, belts and hoses and take along a jug of DEF fluid, if your unit is equipped with SCR.

If you haven’t started up your RV in over a year consider putting an antifungal detergent into the diesel tank.

Preventative maintenance from the experts at Western Turbo – the diesel service centre can save your trip and can save you thousands in costly repair bills and inconvenience.  Whatever your Winnipeg or Manitoba location, book your maintenance appointment today at the best RV service centre.

Good News Snowbirds!

If you’re among Manitoba’s snowbirds, this time of year is doubtless a busy one, filled with anticipation as your departure for the sunny climes of the American south draws near.

Don’t forget routine vehicle maintenance and repair as one of the things that’s best done in advance, to prevent surprises out there on the road.

Have your motorhome or tow vehicle inspected for mechanical fitness and reliability now, and do any needed repairs now when your vehicle isn’t your home. You’ll benefit from increased peace of mind when travelling, and you’ll also be able to take advantage of the exchange rate by paying for your inspection and repairs in Canadian dollars.

When you bring your RV to our Diesel Service Centre, you are entrusting it to some of the most dedicated and best-trained technicians in the industry. Our large facility and state of the art equipment means that we’re able to diagnose and service your equipment to OEM standards. Western Turbo has exclusive distribution agreements with the major fuel injection, turbocharger, and diesel engine related product manufacturers.

We really are experts in all things diesel, and we service more vehicles than just about anyone else. When you’re heading out on the road on the way to your sunny spot, you can rest assured that your RV will be running at its’ very best.

Visit IamDIESEL at Western Turbo and Fuel Injection, 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

Have You Had Your RV Safetied Lately?

RV repair, RV service, RV maintenance

When you get your vehicle safety checked, attention is paid to the brakes, lights, turn signals, and suspension. If one of these things malfunctions, your life can be in clear and present danger. One of the items that can be overlooked when you get a “safety” inspection is the vehicle’s powertrain. In some circumstances, your ability to “go” is almost as important as your ability to stop when it comes to the safety of your vehicle and its occupants.

If your car breaks down during your morning commute, it’s likely an inconvenience, but nothing more. You call for help, a tow truck arrives and takes your car to the mechanic, and you have to find another way to get to work for a day or so.

If you are travelling in your RV, however, a breakdown can be more serious. You and your family can be stranded somewhere out of the way, miles from help.

That’s why it’s important to include powertrain diagnostics as part of your safety inspection routine. Trust your diesel RV to the Diesel experts. IAmDIESEL is the diesel service centre at Western Turbo and fuel injection. We are Winnipeg’s premiere diesel service centre. Our technicians have expertise specific to diesel engines, heavy-duty transmissions, and the array of specific sensors and computer equipment particular to your vehicle’s engine.

We can assess your vehicle’s general roadworthiness, as well as the ability of your powertrain to provide you trouble free service on your upcoming travels.  Complete our online form for a callback or call us at 1-800-665-7556 today to schedule an appointment. IAmDIESEL has 9 fully equipped service bays and a staff of fully qualified technicians ready to take care of your RV’s needs.

The Joy of Driving A Recreational Vehicle

There’s a certain joy in getting away from home. When you choose an RV vacation, you can escape but take all the comforts of home with you. Thanks to several decades of evolution in materials and technology, today’s recreational vehicles (motorhomes and towables) offer a very high level of comfort while maintaining fuel efficiency and drivability that was unheard of in the past.

You don’t need a special license to drive most RVs or tow most trailers in Canada. If you’re an experienced driver, you should have no trouble picking up the skills required to take your vacation on the road. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  1. Practice before you hit the highway. Because your RV or tow vehicle/trailer combination is bigger than you are used to, it can take a little bit to adapt to the larger turning radius and increased acceleration time and stopping distance. It’s better to test your skills and equipment out close to home, where you can easily return and make adjustments if you need.
  2. Make sure your equipment is in top shape before you take to the road. RVs and trailers have some specific maintenance needs – bearings need to be greased, propane systems need to be purged, etc.  Because you’ll be burning more fuel than a regular passenger vehicle, your pollution footprint will be bigger, too.  Take your vehicle for service to save money and the environment.
  3. When you’re planning your vacation, book as many campgrounds as you can ahead of time. Make sure you’re selecting a site that matches the type of equipment that you have.
  4. Remember – safety first. Many people schedule hectic drives between campgrounds on their vacation. Remember, the RV experience is as much about the journey as it is the destination. Stay safe, relax, and use the time to stay out of the rat race.

IamDiesel at Western Turbo and Fuel Injection has the knowledge and equipment necessary to help prepare your diesel RV or tow vehicle for the road this summer. Visit us at our clean, modern facility at 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg.

Creating a maintenance schedule for your RV engine

Your diesel RV required a significant investment on your part. Obviously, you will want to take good care of this investment so that you can get as much use out of it as possible. In addition, nothing can spoil an RV road trip faster than mechanical problems on the road.

Providing proper and ongoing maintenance for your diesel engine is essential to keep it in tip-top shape. A great way to make sure you keep on top of the engine maintenance is to write out a maintenance schedule and keep it in the RV. Take it out and give it a look-over, every time you get ready to head out.

So what should that maintenance schedule look like? Here are some basics to get you started.
Daily: Check your oil levels daily when it’s in use.
Per trip: Check your coolant levels before you start out.
6 month checkup: Coolant concentration
1 year/15,000 miles: Oil change. Replace oil and fuel filters. Check your air filter and change as recommended in your RV manual.
1 year/30,000 miles: Inspection of Fan Idler Pulley, Hub and Belt Tension. Visual inspection of your entire engine.
2 year/60,000 miles: Drain and flush of coolant. Inspection of vibration damper.

This is a generic listing. Check your engine manual for the specifics of your diesel engine and write up your own schedule. Having it written out on one sheet of paper as a checklist is much simpler than having to look up the details in your manual each time you get ready to hit the road.