We may still be experiencing the unfortunate winter weather, but spring is (hopefully) right around the corner. Whether your RV has been cooped up in storage all winter, or if you have taken in out on adventures while the rest of the world is cuddled up in their beds, your RV most likely needs a little routine maintenance as the warmer weather starts to approach. Before you start traveling the country this spring, there are a few things you need to do to keep your RV in working order throughout the rest of the year.
If your RV has been getting dusty in storage, you will need to de-winterize it before it starts rolling anywhere. This project isn’t too difficult, but you will want to allow yourself a few hours of daylight to get everything back in working order.
The first thing you will want to do is put a little charge back into the battery. Hook up the charger to your RV, but make sure it is off until after you have plugged it in to the appropriate places. Once your RV is charging, its time to flush out your system (yes, I’m talking about the RV). Connect your nearest garden hose to your water hookup. Open all faucets inside your RV, turn on the hose, and allow the water to clean out the system. You will also want to flush your toilets to clean out the sewage system of any antifreeze or other gunk. Once the water runs clear, turn off all the faucets and unhook the hose.
Do a Run Through
After you pull the cover off of your RV, you may want to walk around the outside and inside of the vehicle to make sure everything is how you left it. Check cupboards and cabinets to make sure no critters or creepy crawlies have taken up residence while your RV wasn’t in use. You will also want to check your water heater and other appliances to make sure no mud daubers or other creatures have built a cozy nest in them.
You will also want to check the sealant around your windows and doors and make sure it is in good condition. Any cracks, leaks, or drafts that are apparent should be fixed as soon as possible to keep you from accumulating further damage throughout the upcoming seasons.
UV Treat it
Your RV’s roof should be UV treated at least once a year, so why not do it now, before the busy season ensues. If you don’t treat your roof, it will most likely dry out and crack, leaving you with a large amount of expenses and down time that you could have easily prevented. You can either do the treatment yourself with a reliable brand of UV roof treatment, or take it to a professional to have it done properly for you. Whichever you choose, this is not a step you want to skip.
Winter blues is in full swing, but it won’t be long before old man winter decides to go back to where he came from. When he finally does, you want your RV to be ready to go for all the trips that are waiting. Pull off those covers and get started right away!
Written by the staff at Quality RV. Located at the Lake of the Ozarks, Quality RV is one of the leading RV dealers Missouri has to offer.