Spring is right around the corner and your camper is calling! The beginning of camping season is the perfect time to assess the condition of each distinct part of your motorhome or trailer. So break your RV out of storage and follow this guide to make sure it survived winter and is ready for the road.
Basic Inspection & Safety Checks
Visually inspect all battery connections first. If the terminals are corroded, be sure the shore power is disconnected and you are wearing safety goggles and latex gloves when cleaning them off. Next, charge the batteries and check the battery fluid levels, adding distilled water as needed. If you have a generator, check the air filter for nests and to make sure it doesn’t need to be replaced.
Prime your generator until your indicator light turns on for the fuel pump. Run the pump for about 20 seconds to deliver fuel to the carburetor. Once you have your generator started and it’s been running a while, check the oil level. Finally, test all appliances on the electric setting.
First, make sure all your propane appliances are turned off. Then closely inspect the water heater, removing any debris from the burner tube. Also, look for any insect nests in the intake/exhaust tubes. Visually inspect your propane system to be sure the seals and hoses aren’t cracked. If everything looks okay, open the valve on the tank(s) all the way. You can check for leaks by using a soapy water solution around the valves and looking for bubbles. Finally, test all your appliances using the propane settings to ensure they are working properly.
Check the tires for proper inflation. Conduct a visual inspection of each tire for cracks along the sidewall and tread depth. If your tires are in need of replacement, set up an appointment to have new ones put on.
Interior Inspection & Resupply
Give the interior a good thorough cleaning, drain your dehumidifiers, and be sure to check inside the cabinets and under the sinks for any sign of pests or rodents. If you discover any signs of them, find the source and take care of it now before you add any new food items to the pantry.