Now that it’s officially spring, you can finally start thinking about getting the dust off your coach and planning some trips! However, first things first…take the cover off your motorhome and start the necessary spring cleaning you need to do before going anywhere. You wouldn’t pull a set of fine China out of the cabinet that’s been sitting for the better part of a year and eat off of it without cleaning it first, would you? Didn’t think so. Plus, prepping your coach for the spring and summer months is fun because you’re getting that much closer to hitting the road and leaving thoughts of this miserable winter in your dust!
If you had your motorhome winterized for the season, now would be the time to “de-winterize”. Make sure to flush out all of the antifreeze and start to sanitize your water system. A combination of water, baking soda, and household bleach should do the trick. While this process is taking place, take the time to check all of the plugs, valves, and lines coming from your fresh water system for signs of corrosion and replace anything that appears to be in danger of failing at some point in the near future. Check out this video from RV Geeks for a step by step process on how to fully prep your water system for Spring.
Next thing you’ll want to do is give your baby a thorough cleaning. Start with the roof, and while washing your motorhome pay close attention to any areas that have a seal (windows, doors, vents, antennas, etc.). Check to make sure none of the seals have broken or have started to come loose throughout the winter. If so, either reseal them or replace them altogether. This may be a little bit of a pain at the time, but will save you major agita the first time you’re on the road and it starts raining.
After the coach has been given a deep cleanse, give your tires a once over to make sure they haven’t developed any cracks or leaks. Read our blog on tire safety for some additional information how to ensure you’re tires are safe for the road.
Now it’s time to check your batteries. Again, you’ll want to look for signs of corrosion but also you just want to make sure that everything inside and outside of your coach that requires power is working properly. This includes all of your electric appliances, interior lighting controls, and all of your exterior lights (headlights, turn signals, flood lights, etc.). This is even more important if you’ve had your RV’s batteries plugged in all winter or if you left the batteries in your coach during a harsh winter like we just experienced in New Jersey.
Make sure your A/C unit is functioning properly. Clean out all of your vents and run the system for a little while to be positive that each part of the coach is getting cold air when the system is running. Summer is coming and the last thing you need is to have no air conditioning in the middle of a trip in July. Your HVAC system should really be checked multiple times throughout the year, so if you haven’t done it yet now is the time.
Finally, go through your motorhome, drawer by drawer, closet by closet, and get rid of any excess stuff left over from last year. Don’t let your coach get cluttered with a bunch of things that you don’t really need or use. It may not seem like much, but removing all of that excess cargo may help to reduce the overall weight of your RV and help save a couple bucks on gas.
After you’ve done all of these things, it still is probably a good idea to schedule a routine service check with your local motorhome dealer. It never hurts to get a second opinion and have a trained eye give your coach another look.
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