Summer is here! There’s nothing like spending the warm summer nights camping, exploring and enjoying all the warm weather has to offer in an RV or mobile home. Before you can take your recreational vehicle out for the first trip, however, it is important to prepare it for the summer. Properly preparing your vehicle for the summer will not only ensure the safety of all passengers, it will also prevent you from having problems while on the road.
Keep reading this blog for a complete RV maintenance checklist!
How to Prepare Your RV for Summer in 7 Steps
- Look for damage: Over the long winter, it is possible for your recreational vehicle to have suffered from damage. Check both the exterior and interior of your RV to look for any signs of visible damage. If you notice damage, address it immediately.
- Check the battery: Check the battery to make sure it is functioning properly. If the battery was removed for storage, reconnect it into your RV. If you aren’t used to messing with the battery, consider asking a professional for help.
- Check fluid levels: In order to ensure your recreational vehicle is in good working condition, check all fluids. This includes the brake fluid, generator oil, engine coolant, power steering, transmission and windshield washing fluid.
- Run water through system: When winterizing your recreational vehicle, you likely flushed non-toxic antifreeze through the system to keep it from freezing. Connect the hose to city water and run it through your entire system until the water runs clear. Make sure the fresh water also goes through the outside shower hose and fresh water tank. It is important to get every trace of anti-freeze out of your water system.
- Inspect the tires: Next, inspect the tire treads for signs of any visible wear. The last thing you want on your trip is a blowout, so it is important to thoroughly inspect each tire. Fill the tires to the recommended PSI and inspect all tires for signs of cracking.
- Check recreational vehicle seams: Keep in mind that each seam in the RV has the potential to leak. Inspect all seams for signs of cracking, opening, separation, wear or other damage. If you notice a leak, use an RV compatible sealant to patch the area.
- Change out smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries: Swap out the batteries in the carbon monoxide and smoke detector with fresh new batteries. While you’re at it, take a look at your fire extinguisher to make sure it is in good working condition. This step can not only help grant you peace of mind, it can also save lives.
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Unfortunately, many home owners associations do not allow residents to store their recreational vehicle in their yard or driveway. This can make it difficult for RV owners to find a good storage spot over the winter or between summer trips. Instead, consider storing your RV with Beyond Self Storage in Lenexa, KS, Chesterfield, MO, or Northeast Minneapolis, MN. These storage locations have outdoor covered parking spaces ideal for storing an RV, boat or car.
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