Just like your home and car, your recreational vehicle should be checked to ensure it is ready for the season. You can do this easily by yourself or you may hire a professional to take a look and check for you. Here are a few things that should be checked before heading out on your first trip.
The most common problem after the winter months is water leakage. You can fix this easily, by recaulking around the windows, doors or vents if there is any sort of leaking, cracking, or peeling. You should also check the roof to see if there are any leaks that need repaired.
Checking the tires is also a must. Without the tires, your R.V. won’t be traveling too far. Check around the treads to ensure that the tread is not too worn and that there are no cracks. If you see a crack, the tire should be replaced before you attempt your first trip. Also make sure that there is plenty of air in your tires. Don’t take any chances with your tires, as this could cause a dangerous accident.
Even your recreational vehicle needs a spring cleaning, inside and out. Using regular household cleaners, give your R.V. a good deep cleaning. This will also give you a good idea as to anything extra that needs completed like replacing sheets or a loose cabinet door. Check the exterior and interior. Get rid of debris, spider webs, or any little critters that have decided to make a home in your R.V. while it was sitting dormant.
During the cleaning process, be sure to check the propane tank for any leaks. First, make sure that there are no nearby flames and open the valves on the tank. Spray soapy water from a spray bottle on the tubing to indicate any leaks (it bubbles around a hole in the tubing).
Check the water pipes and lines by filling the tanks (fresh water tank included). This will help you to verify that there are no leaks and that every part of your R.V. is using water in the right way.
Also, have the batteries checked to make sure they are in good working order. Corrosion, bad connections, and fluid levels can be a downer when you go on your first summer trip!
You should always verify that each part of your camper is up for a trip, especially after sitting for a long period of time. Test your appliances, your generators, and even dump your hoses and waste tank valves to confirm that they are in good working order. Getting to a campsite and finding out things aren’t working properly would not make for a great trip. You should also let out your awnings to make sure they are not damaged or have become home to a family of spiders.
Camping and road trips can be so much fun, especially when you have a recreational vehicle to do it in. Always assure that your vehicle is well-maintained and in working order, to save from a disappointing trip with unexpected problems.