The temperatures are warming up, Spring is just around the corner and Its a great time to Clean and Check your RV and get it ready for Camping and RV’ing. Here are a few of the things that should be done before taking it on that first trip.
Cleaning your RV, is just as important as winterizing it. Taking care of maintenance now, can save you money and headaches in the long run. Below are some tips from the Good Sam Club.
- The first step is to de–winterize your vehicle. It entails draining and flushing the water system of the non–toxic antifreeze used to store your RV during the off season. The system can then be sanitized, pressurized and checked for leaks. Once this is complete, it’s on to a series of tasks that includes cleaning, inspecting, and servicing.
- Cleaning Remove any protective covers from your vehicle, including those placed over the vents for pest control purposes. Wash the exterior thoroughly. Open vents and windows and air out the interior. Remove pest control items from interior and exterior compartments. Open all doors and compartments and check for water damage and rodent/insect intrusion. Lubricate hinges locks and other moving parts. Inspect and clean the interior, including floors, surfaces and compartments. Clean and replace air conditioner filters.
- Inspecting Examine your vehicle’s exterior, checking the roof and body for signs of damage. Inspect window, door and roof vent seals for cracking and reseal if necessary. Roll out the awning and check for mildew, damage and insects. Look below the vehicle for signs of fuel or other fluid loss. Look for insect and rodent nests and chewed wires and hoses. Check the headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals.
- Examine the hitch system (towable RVs) for wear, cracks and loose bolts. Inspect the tires for worn threads, cracks and the correct tire pressure. Turn on liquid propane gas system and test for leaks.
- Servicing Change the oil and filter, replace the spark plugs and perform all recommended services according to the owner’s manual. Check all fluid levels, including transmission, power steering, windshield washer fluid, etc. Check battery electrolyte levels, clean the cables and terminals, and reconnect. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check gauges on fire extinguishers and supplies in first aid kit.
- Restock other provisions for cooking, cleaning and entertaining. So, brush off the snow, remove the tarp and bring those RVs out of hibernation. A little time spent now will help ensure That your RV is ready to Go. Enjoy