Maintenance Tips for RV’s

Aftermarket Parts, On the Road, Recreational Vehicles | February 25, 2020

Spring is right around the corner and it’s just about time to take your RV out of hibernation. Taking some extra time now to get your RV ready to hit the road will help you avoid unwanted issues during the camping season.

Exterior Maintenance

  • Check all your tires (even your spare) for the proper tire pressure
  • Check the unit for any damage. This includes skylights, roof vents, side paneling, windows, doors, etc.
  • Check the outside components such as access doors, molding, and compartments to make sure your RV has a watertight seal.
  • Make sure your license plate tags are up to date.
  • It doesn’t hurt to give a good exterior wash to get off the dirt and grime build-up.

Interior Maintenance

  • Open your RV’s windows and vents to air the interior out and to make sure everything is working properly. Be sure to check out our SideWinder™ to find a way to make this process quicker and easier.
  • Make sure the first aid kit in your RV is fully stocked and updated.
  • Check and replace any towels and linens that may have been removed before winter storage.
  • Give the inside a good, deep cleaning to make sure no bugs or rodents are living inside.

Water and Waste System Maintenance

  • Flush the freshwater system and make sure the system is operating properly and that there are no leaks.
  • Check both the water pump and the city hookup.
  • Check and make sure all water valves are working correctly such as sinks, showers, and toilets.
  • Ensure that the water heater bypass valve is placed in the summer position.

Electrical and Propane Maintenance

  • Check the 12-volt battery for proper fluid levels.
  • Inspect the cables for damage or corrosion.
  • Check shore power cords and plug for any damages that may have been caused by rodents.
  • Check the dates on the LPG tanks and replace expired ones
  • Turn off all of your appliances prior to turning on your propane tanks for the first time.
  • Make sure to check your tanks for leaks. If there are any leaks, determine where they are located and only proceed when they have been fixed with certainty. 

For more information on installing a SideWinder feel free to contact us here and we can help you get your RV road-ready for your first trip of the season.