Cooking over an open fire, hiking, canoeing, and S’mores around the campfire are some of the greatest things about camping life. The outdoors offers you pristine scenery, family memories and the best parts of life with every new place that you gather to go with you throughout your life. Getting your RV ready to hit the road is an important step to a safe and relaxing getaway.
If you store your RV over the winter months, you will likely have to do a full de-winterizing routine before you are ready to go. This is your opportunity to check out all of your power systems to make sure everything is running properly.
You never know what damage can happen over the winter. Seals can crack, there can be roof damage from winter storms, or your tires could need repair. It’s always good to check all aspects of your trailer before you end up in a sticky situation.
Your RV roof is where many small problems start. You are going to want to get right up on top of your rig or take it into your dealer for an inspection to ensure there are no leaks or cracks. If your vents need an update, RV dealers will tell you the Fan-Tastic Vent Fan is their #1 pick for excellent circulation and cooling.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the area of your RV that should be inspected before your first trip of the summer.
Check Your Roof
Your roof is going to take the brunt of any damage while being stored over the winter. A heavy buildup of snow and ice can cause damage that can lead to unexpected leaks. Check around all of your roof hardware including your A/C unit, your roof vents, and any other mounting hardware to ensure that nothing has been damaged. Ensure that all caulking and sealant is in good condition and not showing any cracks.
The frigid temperatures can be tough on your tires. Look for any cracks in the rubber that could indicate dry rot and any cracks in the treads. Make sure that your treads are still deep enough to last through the season or it’s time to replace them. You have a lot of weight running on those tires, and they need to be safe.
Give the exterior of your battery a good clean and wipe it down, making sure the posts are rust-free and well connected. Make sure that all connections in your system are secure and take notice of the levels of your battery fluids in case they need to be replaced.
Turn off all appliances and see if you can smell any leaks. You can test your tank valve by turning it off and then submerging it in some soapy water. If there is a leak present, you will see it blowing bubbles in the soap. Seals can dry out over the winter and become cracked. This test will let you know if there is a problem before it could become an emergency.
Close all your faucets and fill your tank with city water. Turn on both hot and cold taps to force any air out of the pipes and wait until you get a steady flow. Test your water pump to ensure that it isn’t cycling too often—indicating a leak in pressure somewhere in your system.