It’s Spring again – THANK GOODNESS! -and we are thinking about getting your bookmobile ready for busy summer stops. It’s time to get it out of its winter funk and checking tire pressures and engine fluids is a good place to start.
While this is not as interesting a subject as generator maintenance, it is necessary to the successful running of your bookmobile. Face it; we all know that preventive maintenance is the key to keeping that vehicle on the road and out of the shop. With the changing weather and seasons, you need to look at these tires and fluids.
We’ll start with the tires. Not sure what the optimal tire pressure is? If you have an OBS Concept®, or bus-style bookmobile, there is a sticker (we use a yellow one) above the driver’s windshield. This sticker appears on the driver door of an Adventure III cutaway style bookmobile or Explorer III step van. Look for the information on the tires and tire pressure (PSI), which indicates pounds per square inch. Then check your tire pressure and fill to the correct number. This should be done weekly, and first thing in the morning, when the tires are cold, and the reading is most accurate.
Now on to the engine fluids, including oil, transmission, power steering, brake, and windshield washing fluid. Since each vehicle is different, you will need to check the owner’s manual for their check and fill locations in the engine and generator compartments. The manual will also specify which type of fluids is best to be used. Also, each vehicle has different intervals for changing fluids.
While you are at it, now is a good time to change the batteries in the Smoke Alarm, and CO2 Alarm, if you have them. Also, look at the Fire Extinguisher, and make sure the needle is in the green area. If not, it is time to have the fire extinguisher inspected, recharged or replaced by your local fire equipment company.
See you soon, with more tips!