With summer just beginning, you’re probably ready to take your RV out on a nice, long camping trip! But don’t leave just yet. If your RV has sat idle for a little while, it might need a quick tune-up before you leave. To help you keep your RV in tip-top shape, we’ve compiled a checklist of essential items and systems to test before you leave.
Pre-Camping RV Care
If you perform regular maintenance checks on your RV, you may catch a few of these problems before your trip. Don’t forget to inspect your RV right before leaving. There may be something you’ve overlooked. Before you go on your next camping trip, check the following:
- RV Engine
- Exterior features
- Internal appliances
1) RV Engine
Check the engine on your motorhome, or your own vehicle if you own a towable RV. Pay particular attention to these crucial features:
- Oil levels: check for any leaks and refill the oil as necessary.
- Battery: check your engine battery. Don’t make yourself look for jumper cables in the middle of a rural camping ground!
- Belts and hoses: check for corrosion and cracks.
- Filters: oil, air, and fuel filters can cause problems if they become clogged. Clean or replace them as needed.
2) Exterior Features
Your engine is arguably the most crucial part, but don’t neglect the other vehicle features on your motorhome:
- Tires: check for proper air pressure and any wear and tear.
- Lights: make sure all the lights are still working. If you have a towable trailer, pay particular attention to the taillights.
- Windshield wipers: make sure they actually remove water and don’t leave prominent streaks on the windshield.
- Air conditioner: you’ll regret not having a functioning AC unit in the summer!
- Entry steps: do they extend properly and are they stable?
- Springs: your RV’s springs are best inspected for safety and functionality by a professional. A quick payment of $280 will ensure your springs are in perfect working order before you leave!
3) Internal Appliances
You’ll be spending plenty of time inside your RV. Make sure all these often-used appliances and features are working properly:
- Slide-outs: make sure they still move and are stable. Lubricate the sliding mechanism if needed.
- Refrigerator and stove: check that both are functioning. It’s probably also a good idea to check other kitchen features such as electrical outlets.
- Hot water heater: can you still get hot water in the shower or out of a sink?
- Black and grey water tanks: make sure they’re completely empty and not leaking.
- Propane gas tank: refill as needed.
- Fire extinguisher: check the pressure gauge and store it in an easily accessible place. Even if your fire extinguisher takes up too much space in your trailer, NEVER leave home without one. Consider getting a smaller but equally effective fire extinguisher instead.
Not every RV has these additional features, but if yours does, these could use a checkup too:
- Awnings: check for tears, dry-rotting, or unstable supports.
- Antenna/satellite dish: see if it can still receive signals and deploy properly.
- Generator: check the fuel levels and energy output. Is it still working well and producing all the power you need?
Rain seeping into your RV can cause some nasty damage that you won’t be able to address immediately. Alternatively, your climate-controlled air getting out could spike your energy consumption and costs. Check for leaks around these areas:
- Locks or latches
- Water or electricity hookups
- The frame or border of your RV
Pro Tip: Take advantage of advanced leak detection technology at Camperland Trailer Sales. For just $200, RV experts will inspect your trailer thoroughly for leaks and perform any repairs necessary before your camping trip.
Preparing for a Great Trip
Regular RV maintenance does more than save you time later on. It also guarantees that your camping trip will be safe. The last thing you need is engine trouble, low fuel, or water damage from a tricky leak when you’re far away from any help. By planning time to inspect your trailer for any inconvenience or issues that put your safety at risk, you can rest assured your camping trip will be hassle-free and enjoyable.
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