Automotive

Published on March 29th, 2017 | by Danielle Williams

Get Your RV Ready for Spring.

The leaves on the trees have started to bud and the grass is getting greener, so you know spring is in the air. After months of not being on the road, your RV is probably covered with a plastic trap and parked in storage. But with the warmer weather approaching, it’s finally time to bring out the RV for another season full of weekend getaways, summer road trips, camping and more.

To ensure your vehicle is ready for the first road trip, you need to make sure there is no damage from the harsh winter and you need to perform a detailed spring inspection. Follow these useful tips to get your wheels on the road for worry-free fun this spring and summer.

Outside the RV.

  • Check the exterior including the roof, doors, windows, sealants and seams for leaks. Also look for any cracks or missing caulking because the smallest crack or hole can cause serious water damage in your RV.
  • Examine tires. Make sure to tighten lug nuts and to check tire pressure and tire sidewalls for cracks, especially between the treads.
    Tip: Read the owner’s manual to know the correct tire pressure for your RV.
  • Start your engine and look under the hood. The frigid cold temperatures might have affected your battery so check it out just in case it might have died. Also check the transmission, power steering, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer and brake fluid. Don’t forget to check the oil level in your generator.
  • Thoroughly inspect your sewer hoses and waste valve. Make sure to check for any tears or holes in your sewer hose, as they have a limited lifespan. As well, check the valve to make sure it’s opening and closing easily. If it’s not, you can get valve lubricant.
    Tip: Make sure the tank is empty prior to inspection, it can get messy if it’s not.
  • Lubricate locks and hinges as ice and snow may have worn them out.

Inside the RV.

  • Power up and check your RV electrical system including shore power.
  • Test and clean water systems and lines. While cleaning the water systems, inspect the pipes and faucets for leaks.
    Tip: If you pumped anti-freeze through the potable (drinkable) water tank, pump, and lines it’s important to flush the system with water.
  • Inspect gas appliances like the LP tanks and light the stove burners. Also, inspect the furnace and water heater.
  • Check other appliances and outside access covers for your water heater and refrigerator. You may find foreign debris from the winter, insects, spider webs, dead insects or small critters.
  • Clean interior thoroughly with household cleaners to remove dust and dirt from the RV being in storage.
  • Inspect RV safety equipment. Get new batteries for the propane smoke and carbon monoxide detector. And also check the fire extinguisher to make sure the needle is in the green so you know it’s ready for use in case of an emergency.
    Tip: Clean corroded and damaged terminals, connections, and battery trays.

Now that you have all the tips and tricks for your RV you are ready to hit the road this spring. The biggest mistake RV owners can make is not properly preparing your vehicle because in the end it can cost big bucks to repair. Before you head out on your next RV adventure, don’t forget to add our  CAA RV Membership to your checklist.

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