That glorious time of year is approaching again: camping season. Mother Nature rears her head, and you desire to set out and meet her. But first, you must prepare your RV for camping season by having routine maintenance performed and getting everything you need to hit the road. Here’s a simple RV preparation guide from us at Hanner RV Supercenter to help you get everything in order.
The bulk of preparing your RV for the spring and summer involves checking all the RVs major systems. You will want to check various mechanical parts: the batteries, appliances, and tires. You will want to make sure the RV batteries have a full charge and that your tires are in good shape, with appropriate treads and pressure. Additionally, you will want to check the engine and generator fluids, and refill if necessary.
The water system is another critical part of the RV. You will want to flush the RVs water system and fill it back up with potable water. When doing so, you should check and make sure there are no leaks in the water system. You should perform a thorough check, looking in places such as around the toilet, in subfloor compartments, and near sinks. It’s also a good idea to sanitize the water system by running a bit of bleach through the water lines, then flushing them back out with water.
Lastly, make sure that you have all the appropriate safety equipment, such as a working smoke detector and fire extinguisher.
Ultimately, preparing your RV for camping season is about maximizing your safety and confidence while on the road. We don’t want any pesky issues to arise while you are out exploring the great outdoors, so we hope this short guide helps! We are also happy to help with any RV service or maintenance at Hanner RV Supercenter.
Performing basic RV maintenance can be a little more complex than a routine car check-up. Make sure you don’t neglect these needs.
Replace Fluids and Filters
The same way you would routinely replace the fluids and filters in daily driving vehicles, such as changing the oil and the oil filter, you also do in RVs. This keeps your RV running properly and prevents complications like overheating or oxidization.
Inspect Roof Seals and Seams
Make sure your RV isn’t leaking. Water damage can be a huge sinkhole for costs if leaks aren’t promptly found and fixed, so regularly inspections should be performed. Also, have your roof treated regularly to prevent sun damage.
Service Your Generator
Your RV uses a generator for the electricity necessary to power what’s essentially a mobile home. Have it inspected regularly, and run it occasionally even when in storage.
Take Care of the Battery, Too
RV batteries can burn out in the range of three to five years, so keep an eye on the shelf life. In fact, you might want to take your battery out and store it in the winter.
By doing basic RV maintenance, you’re extending the life of your RV and getting the most out of it without sinking money into repair costs. It’s a win-win. Stop by Hanner RV Supercenter for all of you maintenance and service needs.
Winter is coming, even here in Texas. And, while we may not get snow-covered or frigid, it is still important to take the proper steps to winterize your RV.
- Drain the water. Any water left in the water lines can freeze, which can cause them to break. Make sure you drain all the water from the plumbing system and water tanks. Then, pump nontoxic RV antifreeze through the system.
- Repair any damage. If you have any cracks or holes in your RV’s exterior, these could let rain in and cause a lot of damage. Get any cracks resealed. Make sure you are using the proper sealant for your RV.
- Park it. If possible, choose a covered area to store your RV for the winter. If that is not an option, find a place that is out of the way of trees and at least somewhat sheltered.
- Cover it. To help prevent damage from prolonged exposure, invest in a custom cover specifically for your RV.
- Store the batteries. Disconnect the batteries and place them in a cool, dry place. Check the charge periodically and charge them up, when needed.
If you need help getting your RV ready for the winter, we are here to help. Schedule a service appointment at Hanner RV Supercenter and we will take care of everything.
Whether you’re a veteran RV driver or new to the RV lifestyle, it can be easy to forget some crucial RV maintenance tips that everyone needs to follow. If you own an RV, make sure you are doing all of the following practices courtesy of DoItYourself.com, and, if you’re missing one or more, course correct now to avoid problems (and costly repairs) in the future.
RV Maintenance Tips
- Run your generator. If you don’t regularly travel with your RV, you’ll still need to run your generator to avoid issues with gasoline shelf life (about 30 days). It is recommended that you run your generator for two hours a month at 50% capacity.
- Open your vents. Keep air flowing through your RV in the hot summer months to prevent crucial materials from breaking down.
- Keep it covered. Your roof is probably the least-seen part of your RV, but it is also very susceptible to damage. Keep it covered as much as possible with an RV port.
- Check your seals. Examine your window, door, and roof seals to make sure they are not allowing moisture inside. If any are breaking down, have them replaced.
- Lubricate your slide-out rails. If your slide-out rails aren’t lubricated, they will grow very squeaky. Worse, they could begin to rust and deteriorate. Lubricate them once or twice a year.
Have questions about purchasing a new RV or maintaining a current one? Call or visit us today at Hanner RV Supercenter.