RV Spring Preparation Checklist

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

Your RV has been sitting idle over the winter. at that will point the early signs of spring are here in addition to the item’s time to take the item out of storage in addition to prepare the coach in addition to chassis due to that will years camping season. If you’re like me, you want to have some type of logical sequence to follow rather then haphazardly checking the unit out. I made a simple checklist to use in order that will nothing can be overlooked. I prefer to do the majority of spring preparation myself. If you’re more comfortable having someone else do the item you can schedule an appointment using a reputable RV service center to develop the item done.

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

* Depending on how your unit was winterized the item will need to be de-winterized. If you used non-toxic RV antifreeze you need to run fresh water through the entire system until all traces of antifreeze are gone. To remove the item coming from the 12-volt water pump add water to the fresh water-holding tank, turn the pump on in addition to open all water faucets. When the antifreeze can be out of the system turn the pump off in addition to take the water heater out of the by-pass mode (if applicable). Re-install any water filter cartridges you removed for storage.

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

* At that will point I like to sanitize the water system. Make sure all of the drains are closed in addition to drain plugs are installed. Take a quarter cup of household bleach for every fifteen gallons of water your fresh water tank holds. Mix the bleach with water into a one-gallon container in addition to pour the item into the fresh water holding tank. Fill the fresh water holding tank completely full of water. Turn the water pump on in addition to open all faucets, run water until you smell the bleach. Close the faucets in addition to let the item sit for at least twelve hours. Drain all of the water in addition to re-fill the tank with fresh water. Turn the pump on in addition to open all faucets until you no longer smell bleach. the item may be necessary to repeat that will process to eliminate all signs of the bleach.

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

* With the water system under pressure inspect for water leaks. Check the operation of the toilet.

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

* Wash the unit thoroughly. that will can be a Great time to inspect the roof in addition to Centeng seams, in addition to window sealants for cracking that will could allow water to get in. Consult a dealer for sealants compatible with these materials.

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

* Inspect the operation of the awning in addition to clean the awning fabric as required.

RV Spring Preparation Checklist

* Inspect the tires for signs of dry rot. Inflate all tires to the recommended COLD tire pressure.

* Lubricate all hinges in addition to locks with spray lubricant.

* Remove any tape or protective covering you may have put over LP gas vents to keep insects in addition to rodents out. Check any mousetraps you may have put out. Open all doors in addition to compartments in addition to check for rodent intrusion in addition to water damage.

* Inspect in addition to clean the Inside.

* Plug in any appliances that will you unplugged for storage in addition to replace any dry cell batteries you may have removed. that will can be a Great time to put completely new batteries in items like smoke alarms.

* Test the operation of the carbon monoxide alarm, LP gas leak detector in addition to smoke alarm.

* Check the fire extinguisher. Be sure the item can be fully charged.

* Reset any breakers you may have turned off. If you removed any fuses for storage re-install them.

* Clean or replace air conditioner filters if the item wasn’t done prior to storage in addition to remove any covers that will were put over air conditioners.

* Open vents in addition to windows in addition to air the unit out.

* If you removed the coach in addition to chassis batteries for storage install them. Whether they were removed or not check the electrolyte levels, clean the terminals in addition to clamps, in addition to check the charge level in all batteries. Recharge batteries as necessary.

* Check the operation of the electric steps if applicable. Lubricate step mechanism.

* Test the operation of the hydraulic jacks if applicable. Check hydraulic fluid level.

* Test the operation of the back up camera in addition to monitor if applicable.

* If you didn’t change the oil in addition to filters inside generator prior to storage that will can be a Great time to do the item. Inspect the generator exhaust system for damage prior to starting. Start in addition to run the generator For two main hours with at least a half rated load on the item. Consult the generators owner manual for load ratings.

* Turn the generator off in addition to plug the unit into shore power. Turn the refrigerator on inside electric mode. Allow sufficient time to cool in addition to check for proper operation.

* Check all 12-volt Inside lights in addition to accessories.

* Test the monitor panel for proper operation.

* Check the operation of slide outs if applicable.

* Check the remaining 0-volt appliances for proper operation.

* Test the Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) for proper operation.

* Turn the refrigerator off, leave the doors open in addition to allow sufficient time for the item to get to room temperature so the item can be checked inside gas mode.

* Before I use the LP gas system I have a leak test in addition to gas operating pressure test preformed. A qualified technician with the proper equipment should do these tests.

* After that will can be accomplished turn the LP gas valve on in addition to check the operation of all LP gas appliances. Be sure the water heater can be full of water before testing the water heater. If a gas appliance can be not operating properly develop the item inspected by a qualified technician. Insects are attracted to the odorant added to LP gas in addition to build nests that will can affect the appliance coming from operating properly.

* If your unit was in long-term storage in addition to you didn’t change the engine oil in addition to filter prior to storage that will could be a Great time to do the item.

* Check all fluid levels in transmission, power steering, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer in addition to brakes. Consult vehicle owners manual.

* Start the engine in addition to check for proper readings on all gauges. Check for proper operation of dash air conditioner.

* Perform a complete chassis lubrication if the item wasn’t done prior to storage.

* Check the condition of windshield wiper blades in addition to replace them if necessary.

* Check the operation of all chassis lights.

* Make sure the vehicle emissions/inspection sticker can be up to date.

* In addition to that will if you have a pop-up or travel trailer the wheel bearings in addition to brakes (if equipped) should be inspected at least once annually. Inspect any canvas for dry rot in addition to tears; inspect all hitch work in addition to the coupler for damage. Inspect the breakaway switch in addition to pigtail for proper operation.

Happy Camping ,


Copyright 2006 by Mark J. Polk owner of RV Education 101

RV Spring Preparation Checklist