RV Spring Checklist

It's been a long winter and the combined effects of the elements can take a toll on stored RVs. If your coach has been in storage, now's the time to prepare for those spring getaways.

Before hitting the road complete this RV spring-prep checklist:

Begin with a thorough exterior inspection:
___ Examine the outside, including the body and roof, for any cracks or separation and look inside for 
      stains on the ceiling, sure signs of roof leaks. Look beneath for leaks.
___ Remove any covers you installed during storage. (wheels, vents, air conditioner)
___ Wash the RV with a specially formulated soap designed for the exterior. Work in the shade, since   
       washing a hot surface can result in hard-to-remove spots and streaks. Use specialized wheel  
       cleaners to make tires and trim look new. Wax exterior.
___ Open awning to let dry. Clean if necessary. Inspect for damage.

___ An RV that's been stored all winter needs to be aired out. Vacuum the carpet and clean the floors.
___ Do a fluid and connections check. Look for insect and rodent nests and chewed wires and hoses. 
      Check the amount of LP gas and test appliances for proper functioning. Use a soapy solution to   
      check gas lines for leaks. Inspect LP tanks for rust, or damage.
___ Drain and flush the antifreeze from piping, & freshwater tank. (accumulators, water heaters if 
      necessary) Open water heater by-pass valve, install plug. Add 1/4 cup of household bleach for each
      15 gallons of capacity. (freshwater tank) Then fill the tank almost to capacity, leaving room for 
      sloshing. Drive or tow the coach to mix the bleach. Run the hot water to get the bleach through the  
      water heater. Allow to sit awhile, and drain system. Refill, along with 1/4 of baking soda per 15 
      gallons. Drive or tow to mix the water, run the hot water, then drain and refill with fresh water. Test
      the water pump and water system, including the water heater. Dump and sanitize black & gray tanks
      if necessary.
___ For generators and tow vehicles, change the oil and filter and perform all recommended services 
      according to the owner's and maintenance manuals.
___ Batteries should be checked for electrolyte levels and connections should be removed, cleaned and 
      after re-assembly, treated with an anticorrosive product.
___ Test run all appliances.
___ Make sure all of the lug nuts are secure, check tires for cracks and other damage and set inflation 
      pressures. Donít forget spare.  Trailers should have the wheel bearings lubed, or repacked.
___ Check all windows, seals, openings for cracks.
___ Lubricate hinges, locks, stab jacks, & slide out seals with approved lubricants.
___ Clean up & paint any rust, or damage.
___ Replace batteries and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the gauges on fire 
      extinguishers. Check and refill your first aid and emergency kits. An emergency kit should include:
      flares, a gas can, reflective triangles, duct tape, jumper cables, wheel chocks, flashlight and basic
      hand tools.
___ Stock up with necessities for cooking, cleaning and entertaining. Review kitchen equipment and the
      inventory of favorite games, books, cards, puzzles, CDs, DVDs or videos.

Now youíre ready to go enjoy the great outdoors!
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