The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and the open road is calling to you. Are you and your motorhome ready for the travel season? It’s important to take a break from planning your trip to make sure that your RV is road-ready; after all, it is the most important part of the equation! Here are a few things you should be doing to prepare for your travel before you hit the road.
Inspect for Any Winter Damage
If you live in an area where there’s snow or rain during the winter season, you’ll want to first check that there hasn’t been any damage over the past few months. However, this doesn’t mean just making sure the roof hasn’t caved in – you should look for other small damages that might not be readily apparent at first glance. Check your rig’s interior for moisture damage, and make sure no critters have made themselves a home!
Check Tire Pressure
If you’ve left your motorhome throughout the winter, there’s a good chance that its tires have deflated to a degree. Use a tire pressure gauge to ensure that the tires are within the range specified by the manufacturer. Do note that tires go through wear and tear, and the best time to buy new tires would be before embarking on your journey. Nothing lets the air out of a vacation like changing a flat tire on the side of a road.
Check Your Propane
Gas leaks in confined spaces are dangerous, as they can cause health and fire hazards. Unfortunately, they can also be hard to detect. To check your gas connections, you can buy RV gas leak detector fluid or make your own by mixing five parts water and one part liquid dish soap. Apply this fluid to all gas connections and turn on the propane. If you notice any soap bubbles popping up, you’ll know that you have a gas leak. As always, if you’re unsure of what you’re doing, get in touch with an RV repairperson.
Sanitize the Water Supply
If you winterized your motorhome with antifreeze, now is the time to sanitize the water supply. Fill your water tank with water and a couple of capfuls of bleach, and then run the faucets until the water has passed. Then, repeat this purging process with a tankful of clean water. By the time you fill your water tank a third time, the water system should be sanitized, but if you still detect a smell of bleach, run another tank of fresh water through the pipes.
Make It Pretty With a Wash and a Clean
Now that you have all the most important maintenance issues checked off your list, you’ll next want to give your house on wheels a proper cleaning. If the exterior could do with a bit of work, use soap and water for the first run, then give it a good wax to really shine. The interior could probably do with some cleaning, too. Dust, wipe, vacuum, sweep, and do whatever else you need to do to make the inside of your motorhome as impressive as the outside. Once you’ve finished, open up the windows to let some fresh air in.
While spring cleaning your RV can be a bit of a hassle, but hopefully, going through this preparation will get you more excited for your upcoming journeys. It’ll all be worth it once you’re out on the road!
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