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rv parkIt’s spring in at least some parts of the country.  Even if winter is holding on in your region, you know that summer is approaching and you’re looking forward to getting your RV out of storage and heading out for some amazing weekend getaways or even long road trips.

It is probably not a good idea to leave on vacation from your RV storage space.  You need to inspect your RV, do a few maintenance tasks, and make sure that it is ready to carry you and your family through the 2014 season.

Here, then, is a basic Road Ready Checklist for Your RV:

  • Uncover your RV — this include removing protective covers, pest control devices, mothballs, etc., and cleaning up any residual adhesives and chemicals. It’s also a good idea to look for rodent nests, insects, and cobwebs and remove them.
  • Air and dust your RV — start with airing out the cabin and cleaning vents, but also dust/vacuum/clean all coils, filters, grills and items like the cooling fins.
  • Inspect all working parts — make sure all appliances are working properly, that the furnace, a/c, and water systems are in good condition.  It’s also a good idea to check all interior lights as well as the headlights and taillights and replace any bulbs as needed. Don’t forget to put fresh batteries in all smoke detectors, clocks, and the emergency radio or other devices.
  • Clean the RV — Use the appropriate cleaners for each appliance, surface, and upholstery. Make sure to clean the outside of the RV as well, including tires. Be sure to oil all slides, locks, and hinges to ensure smooth operation and avoid unnecessary squeaks.
  • Check and Repair the RV as if it were a car — Check the oil and other fluids, spark plugs, brakes, fuel injection systems, belts and hoses, battery, etc.  Remember that even if you are parking your RV somewhere for the summer, it still has to make it there and back.
  • Inspect the exterior — look closely at the roof, windows, door seals, and awning, if you have one.  You’re looking for leaks, tears, deterioration, cracks, and any other type of damage that will need to be repaired before taking the RV out in the world.
  • Check the systems — You will need to clean and inspect the water, LP, and waste systems thoroughly. Make sure everything is working properly and there are no leaks, esp. in the gas lines.  You will want to pay close attention to the water quality, too.
  • Get the wheels ready — make sure tires are properly inflated, all lugnuts tightened, including the spare and that you have a tire repair kit and everything you need to handle a flat. If you have a 5th wheel, popup or other tow-able camper, make sure to check the hitch system and clean, replace, tighten and oil as needed.
  • Restock the essentials — start by refilling the first aid kit, tool kit, and your emergency kit. Then make sure you have a supply of batteries, cooking equipment, cleaning chemicals and tools and linens for bedroom, kitchen, and bath. Next get all your cookware, dishes, cutlery, and food essentials. Lastly, load up on entertainment, clothing and everything else you need for the road.

Now you’re ready to go out and enjoy your summer!

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