You just can't wait to head out on the open road and find your new destination. Your bags are packed, your RV kitchen is fully stocked, and you have checked all the fluids. There is one big thing that must be checked out before you head out: your RV brakes. There are few things more dangerous or terrifying than barreling down the highway in a heavy vehicle that does not have the stopping power it should. You must make sure your brakes are properly functioning before you take off. Here are a few things to check on your RV brakes before your road trip:

Check the brake fluid reservoir. 

If you didn't do so when you were checking the rest of your fluids, make sure you do take a peek at the brake fluid reservoir to ensure it is aptly filled. If there is no fluid in the reservoir or it is too low, your brakes can lose stopping power pretty quickly. Most reservoirs will have a fill line that you can use to make sure you have enough fluid. If yours doesn't, check the owner's manual to see how much you should be putting in. 

Check to make sure the brake light is not on. 

Unless you have a really old RV, the instrument panel should have a light that will come on if there is something wrong with the brakes. Go ahead and make a point to check for this light. If it is on, it could signify the following: 

  • Your brake fluid level is too low 
  • Your brakes are worn down too far and need to be replaced
  • Your brakes have lost air pressure 

If you spot this light and can't mend the problem on your own or can't find what the cause is, head to a brake repair shop before you head out on your road trip. 

Check the "feel" of the brakes.

Just getting in your RV and taking it for a quick test run will oftentimes yield insight into how well the brakes are working. Get in and drive the RV around the block to see if the brakes feel right to you. You should be checking for issues like sponginess, vibrating, or slow stopping power. Any of these issues, no matter how slight, should be checked out before a long trip because they will likely just get worse the longer you are on the road.

For more information, you can contact companies like Heritage Auto Pro.