Spring RVing

Oh…the smell of fresh cut grass, the sounds of children at play and of course the anticipation of your next RV trip takes the stage. I’m sure you will want your RV in great shape for your first adventure of the season and here are some tips to help you Spring into action!

Breathing and Cleaning
If your coach has been stored over the season, a good start is to clean your RV. Open up all your RV windows clean out your interior and let it breathe. When your RV is stored for any length of time it can retain some of that stale air and dust that you may not want to take with you on your travels.

Check tire pressure and possible cracks

Tires and Wheels
Check your tire pressure (See your owner’s manual for the correct inflation). Check for any cracks along the sides of the tire and be sure to pack your bearings (This is much needed to keep a smooth ride down the road).

Inspect your batteries. Clean off the terminals and any corroded connections. Clean the battery trays and check battery fluid levels. Test your batteries to make sure they are fully charged.

Water Leak Inspection
Inspect your RV Exterior to make sure the winter season didn’t leave you with any cracks or abnormalities. Check your roof caulking and around all the roof attachments. Check the caulking around all your windows, air conditioners, doors and vents. You want to make sure there are no breaks or cracks in the caulking bead.

Check awning for holes or tears

Roll out your awning and inspect the fabric for holes or tears. It’s always good to regularly clean and care for your awning.

Liquid Propane inspection
Turn off all the appliances and remove anything that could make a spark. Check your Leak Detector and make sure it is turned on. Open the valves on your propane tanks. Do a sniff test, Smell around the RV for any leaks. Use soapy water to test the valves and regulators for leaks. If you have any leaks consult your RV Service shop.

Water System Inspection and Sanitizing
Thetford SanitizerMake sure your hot water heater bypass is in the “Normal” position. Make sure all faucets are in the off position. Use your city water connection to fill up. Turn on one hot and one cold water faucet to allow air to escape while filling with water (The water will flow steady once all the air is expelled). Check all faucets and pipes for leaks. Check the water heater pressure safety valve and drain plug for any possible leaks. Then turn off your faucets and disconnect from the city water connection. Check your tanks (Make sure they are filled) by turning on a hot and cold faucet until the water stops running. Shut off the faucets and turn the fresh water pump on. Wait thirty min to see if the pump is cycling on. If it does there is a pressure drop or leak in the system. If it does not cycle, it is ready to go. Run water through each faucet to flush out any antifreeze. As a final measure, sanitize your water system. Prep to sanitize by removing the water heater drain plug and open the relief valve. Open your low point drains and open the drain for the fresh water holding tank. Turn on the water pump only long enough to expel the water from the tanks. Then close all the drains. I recommend using Thetford fresh water tank sanitizer. Follow the directions on the back of the box to finish sanitizing.

Check LP detector and other applicances

Make sure your L.P. Detector is on. Light up your stove top burner. Then light your refrigerator. And then light your Water Heater (Make sure your water heater full of water before turning on).

Sewer Inspection
Inspect your sewer hose for any cracks or tears. On the waste tank valves, check the valve seals. Make sure your Waste tank is empty. Make sure it is opening and closing properly (If it’s hard to open, purchase some valve lube from your local RV parts store).

Check the oil level and the air filter to see if it is dirty or needs replaced. If your generator has been sitting for a while it may take some time to get it started. You will want to prime your Generator until your indicator light turns on for the fuel pump. Then run the pump for 20 seconds to get fuel to the carburetor. If your generator has no prime, you will need to crank it to start. Be sure to let the starter rest after 15 seconds of cranking so it can cool down.

We do hope these tips will help you have a great start to your season and keep your RV in good shape for the long haul.
Happy Travels!

RobertNormanRobert Norman works for Valley RV Supercenter in Kent, WA and has been in the RV business since 2013. Robert shares his experiences with the public writing about RV tech tips, how to’s, destinations and culture. He has a wonderful wife, 2 sons and a Labradoodle named Chocolate that enjoy traveling and the outdoors every chance they get. 

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