Prep Your RV For Summer

Have you been counting down the days? We sure have! With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get your camper or RV ready for another season of adventures.

No matter how well you take care of your camper/RV, they deteriorate naturally in storage – batteries can run down, electrical parts can corrode, and gaskets can get brittle and crack. That’s where these tips can help. Before your first trip, it’s a good idea to run through this basic checklist to get everything ready for miles of fun, family and memory-making.

Be a detective. Check the propane tank, lines, regulator and gauges for leaks and inspect all water hoses for holes or excess wear and replace any damaged hoses.

Clean rinse. Refill, flush and test all water systems, tanks and faucets, checking closely for leaks. If you used antifreeze, be sure it’s completely flushed from the system.

Strong joints. Make sure awning mechanisms are lubricated and working properly.

Fuel check. Test all appliances that run on propane (Be certain the water heater is full before lighting.)

Power up. Replace batteries in your camper/RV’s gas, smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and test them to make sure they work.

Cabin standards. Check all fire extinguisher expiration dates and pressure levels. Test interior and exterior lights, switches, electrical connectors, surge protectors, outlets, etc. Check engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and filters (including the air conditioner!)

Peek for critter creations. Check underneath your camper or RV for signs of rodent damage or nests.

Give your wheels TLC. Inspect tires for sidewall cracks, cracks between treads and excessive wear. Replace any worn or damaged tires.

Say no to leaks. Check the generator to be certain its exhaust system is in good condition and doesn’t leak.

Pump right. Inspect brakes, bearings and hydraulic or electric controls, and repair or replace any worn components. Inspect shock absorbers, springs, etc. Where possible, lubricate the chassis.

Tow-tally ready. Check all components of the towing system including the hitch, receiver and wiring.

Squeaky clean. Wash the exterior of your camper or RV, and check for leaks around windows, doors and roof-mounted equipment.

Uniquely yours. Check your owner's manual for maintenance instructions specific to your camper or RV.

If you’re not sure how to inspect these systems yourself – or don’t have the necessary tools – no worries! Simply get in touch with a trained technician at your local RV dealer. Taking the time to check out your camper or RV before you hit the road will help you relax and enjoy the adventure ahead!

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