It’s right around the corner folks! Spring is almost here, which means it’s time to prep the rig and get ready to hit the open road! If you’ve been RVing for awhile you probably have a checklist to prepare your RV for the spring, but even experienced road-trippers will benefit from this list. Let’s take a look at 6 things to NEVER skip when you’re prepping your RV for spring!
Don’t Forget the Batteries
It’s generally best to start here because we need batteries to test some of our other appliances. Make sure all appliances are off and shore power is disconnected, and wear safety glasses and protective gloves. You can use hot water and baking soda to clear any corroded terminals, connections and battery trays. You’ll also want to check battery fluid levels. It’s a good idea to take your batteries in to an RV specialist like Camping World to get tested.
Remember, batteries will only last as long as they’re well-cared for during the winter.
Don’t Forget the Water System
The next step is to flush out your (hopefully) winterized water system. Check for leaks first, then run fresh water through the system until ALL traces of antifreeze are removed. If any antifreeze was added to the freshwater holding tank you need to drain any remnants. Add potable water, turn on the water pump and all the faucets. Make sure water is running clear through the system. Take the water heater out of the by-pass mode (if applicable). If the water heater wasn’t bypassed before winterizing the unit, the antifreeze needs to be drained from the water heater tank. Replace any water filter cartridges you removed for storage.
Don’t Forget the Appliances
You’ll want to do a thorough cleaning of all appliances as insects and other critters can quickly make a home in your RV. You can use household cleaners and LIGHT air from an air compressor (NEVER BLOW HIGH PRESSURE UP THE REFRIGERATOR CHIMNEY!). If you’re in doubt, bring your RV in for service.
Don’t Forget the Liquid Propane (LP)
Make sure all LP appliances and items are turned off, there are no open flames or smoking nearby and the leak detector inside the RV is ON. You’ll want to open the valves on your propane tanks and smell for any leaks. You can check the valves and regulators by using a soapy water mix. If you have a leak, have a pro take care of it for you. It’s much better to take care of it with a professional service rather than fixing it yourself and/or having something tragic happen down the road.
Next, test your LP appliances by lighting the stove top burner then other LP appliances. When you test your water heater make sure it is filled with water before ignition.
Don’t Forget the Tires
Like batteries, tires lose some of their pressure during the winter months (2-3psi per month while sitting). Inspect the tires for tread wear and cracks in the sidewalls. Check the tire pressure and adjust pressure to the manufacturer’s recommendation, and don’t forget the spare! If you see damage, take your rig into a professional.
Don’t Forget the Exterior
Water leaks can easily creep in during the winter months. Check the roof and all caulking around windows, vents, air conditioners and doors for missing caulk and cracks. Even small cracks can cause significant water damage to your RV.These are just 6 steps you definitely don’t want to forget before taking your RV out this spring, but there are more. Check out RV Education 101 for more comprehensive checklists to keep you safe on the road. As always, give us a call at (800) 231-0425 or visit MidwestOutdoorResorts.com and we’ll be happy to help plan your next RV vacation today. Happy exploring!