Get your RV ready for the season!
RV season is right around the corner, and if you're going to make the most of this season, you'll want to make sure your rig is ready to provide mile after mile of worry-free travel now. Thus, we put together your definitive pre-trip checklist that every RVer should complete before taking their RV out of hibernation.
1. Check Your Batteries
If you keep your batteries on a tender, you're more than likely good to go. If you don't, it's not uncommon for batteries to lose 10 percent of their charge per month. Considering your RV is dependent on your batteries, it's wise to check your batteries' health with these simple tests -- especially if they're a few or more years old.
2. Check Plumbing System
Now that you've got some juice to run your water pump, it's time to check the plumbing. If you currently have a non-toxic anti-freeze, mix it in your system to drain it. Then, refill your system with a bleach/water mix (1/4 cup for every 15 gallons your tank holds), run your systems, and stop. Wait 12 hours for your lines to be completely sanitized then drain through all faucets until you can no longer smell bleach. Refill with potable water and give it one more flush until you're satisfied. In the meantime, inspect your plumbing system for leaks or any corrosion that could cause issues.
3. Check Your Appliances
Whether your appliances run on gas or electricity, now is a good time to check them. This is done because if you need to make any repairs, you have time to do so before the season starts.
4. Check Your Tires
As you probably already know, tires lose a few PSI of pressure when they sit for long periods of time. Ensure that your tires are properly inflated, not only for safety but so that they wear properly and you don't hinder your fuel economy.
5. Check You Engine(s)
Regardless of whatever RV you have, checking your engine's basics is always good practice. That means checking the oil -- don't forget the generator -- and any other fluid levels necessary for the safe operation of the vehicle.
6. Safety Check
In RVs, it's critical to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that work properly. Make sure everything is up to spec and, if need be, replace the batteries. It's also good practice to have a first-aid and survival kit should you need one.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any neat RV tips we should know about? If so, let us know in the comments below!