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Monday, June 8, 2015

Pre-Vacation Vehicle Inspection

Above, the 2015 Winnebago motorhome. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the most important things to do before heading off on a roadtrip vacation is to make sure the vehicle that is to be driven is in tip-top shape. Nothing will ruin a vacation faster than having a vehicle breakdown, especially if the probem could have been diagnosed before leaving home.

That is the plan for tomorrow. I will be bringing The Beast in to have a Yellowstone pre-trip vehicle check that includes an oil change and making sure the tires are properly inflated. Since I have dual tires in the back, it would be difficult for me to check them. I was hoping to have the oil change done at 5,000 miles, but I'll have to do it at 4,000 (where it's at now).

Generally, pre-vacation vehicle inspections involve checking the following:

  • 4WD
  • A/C & heating;
  • Battery;
  • Belts & hoses;
  • Brakes;
  • Exhaust system;
  • Fluid levels & condition—Including looking for leaks;
  • Lights, wipers and horn;
  • Suspension & steering;
  • Tire tread and condition.

Since The Beast is a new vehicle, I doubt there will be any problems involving the above. But, it is better to check everything anyway. 

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