Springtime is a great time to get your RV ready for the warmer months of travel. But after a long, cold winter, it’s important to do some strategic maintenance on your RV to make sure that it’s ready for the months ahead.
What should you be checking out? We’re glad you asked. Here are 10 maintenance tips and to-do’s that every RV owner should take care of before hitting the road this Spring or Summer.
1. Replace the water filter in the water filtration system. Making sure your water filtration system is sanitized is incredibly important before hitting the road. Replace the water filter, if it’s needed.
2. Double-check your air conditioning and heating systems for proper maintenance. A non-functioning air conditioning system can put the brakes on any road trip – double-check the functionality of both your A/C and heating systems.
3. Take a look at your LP tank – check for both rust and leaks. Make sure there aren’t any leaks in your propane tank, and make sure there’s no rusting in the tank, which can cause problems on the road.
4. De-winterize your water system. This helps prevent any water contamination in your system, and is especially important if your RV has been winterized and parked for a season.
5. Test all of your detectors – fire detectors, CO detectors, and LP leak detector. Also, test your fire extinguisher to make sure that it’s in working order.
6. Re-pack your RV’s wheel bearings. The wheels of your RV take on much more weight than do a normal vehicle, so making sure they’re in great shape is of utmost importance.
7. Check your engine fluid levels, and change the engine oil. To increase the longevity of your engine, make sure to check your engine fluid levels and change out the engine oil on a regular basis.
8. Clean interior and exterior windows, and air out the RV’s interior. Spring is a great time to clean out your RV from your winter travel. Clean interior and exterior glass; freshen up interiors and open windows to air out the entire RV.
9. Test the monitor panel to make sure it’s working correctly. Your RV’s monitor panel gives you an overview of how your RV is performing. Make sure all of its components are working properly before you hit the road.
10. Test exterior lights and replace ones that aren’t working. Besides being a ticket able offense, malfunctioning headlights and tail lights can cause serious road accidents.