Motorhome Maintenance: RV Fuel Filters And Additives

 / By Lazydays - Family
Worry-free travels begin with proper RV chassis maintenance. Adhering to your motorhome manufacturer’s recommended service schedule not only keeps your RV running smoothly, but can also help you to avoid trip interruptions and costly repairs. While there is no substitute for having your motorhome serviced by certified RV technicians, there are corrective measures you can take should you experience engine performance issues on the road.

Proper RV Maintenance Keeps Your Motorhome Running Smoothly

If your motorhome seems sluggish and is not accelerating properly, it could be a sign that foreign debris in your RV fuel filter is affecting performance. Ideally, fuel filters should be changed during your regularly scheduled maintenance, however, it’s a good idea to keep a few fresh fuel filters, an extra engine belt, basic tools and a small supply of fuel additives onboard your motorhome in case of emergencies. You can purchase these items from your local RV parts and accessories store. Be sure to consult with your service technician regarding the best fuel additive product for your type of engine.

To inspect and change your RV fuel filter, follow these steps:

1. Locate your fuel filter.

Refer to your owner’s manual to find and access the fuel filter.


2. Review the manufacturer’s instructions.

Carefully read the manufacturer’s directions (which may be printed in the manual and/or on the filter itself) before attempting to remove the fuel filter. It’s a good idea to have a few rags and a small container on hand to catch any fluids that will be in the filter when it is removed.

3. Remove the fuel filter.

Use a strap wrench to remove the filter, keeping a small container below it to catch any spills.

4. Inspect the filter.

Examine the filter’s inlet for signs of foreign matter. Small, black particles indicate algae growth. When an RV sits for long periods of time, condensation can accumulate on the walls of the fuel tank and drip down into the fuel supply, where it turns into filter-clogging algae. Even a small amount of algae can disrupt the flow of fuel through the filter and cause an RV to experience acceleration difficulties.

5. Replace the filter and pour additive into the fuel tank.

If you see algae or other foreign matter along the filter’s inlet, replace the used filter with a new one. Once you’ve replaced the filter, finish the job by pouring a container of fuel additive into your fuel supply and fill the rest of the tank with fuel. The additive will clean your fuel supply and rid it of foreign matter like dirt and algae.

With the above steps completed, you’re ready to roll! Once the fuel additive works its way through the fuel tank, you should notice a measurable improvement in your engine’s performance. Attention to motorhome maintenance will ensure your RV is ready to tackle highways and hills with ease, keeping you safely on the road to your next adventure.

Experience Expert RV Maintenance at Lazydays

Keep your motorhome in peak performance with a visit to the Lazydays RV Service Center. Whether your travels take you through the Sunshine State or the great Southwest, you’ll find a team of expert mechanics and a well-stocked parts and accessories store ready to fulfill your motorhome’s needs. With 234 service bays in Tampa, 48 in Tucson and 19 in Colorado, we have the facilities and expertise to complete your maintenance or repairs quickly and proficiently so that you and your family can focus on fun! Check back to our blog for more RV maintenance topics.

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