Spring is finally here and that means the RVing season is quickly approaching. But even in your haste and excitement to get to the campground, you must first ensure that your RV is in good working condition. So let’s take a look at an easy to follow Spring Camping Checklist and make sure that your camper is ready to go!
- RV Batteries: As your RV sits over the winter months, the battery will leak out some of its charge, so checking the battery charge will be the first thing to do. If it is low, then recharge it to full and follow any further instructions regarding adding water to the battery, and reinstall and connect it back to the RV.
- RV Water System: Before heading anywhere, you must dewinterize your water systems. Drain out all of the antifreeze from the lines as well as the holding tanks, and then refill the tanks with freshwater and let the water run through the lines and out of the faucets until it runs clear. While doing this, be sure to check for leaks in the pipes and promptly fix these issues if needed.
- Appliances & LP Gas Systems: Ensuring that your LP gas appliances are working is essential, so first, check the level of the LP gas tanks and make sure they have gas. Then turn on all gas appliances, such as the stove, oven, heater, water heater, and fridge, one at a time to see that they all light without trouble.
- Tires: Just like the battery, your tires will leak overtime, so next you will want to check the PSI of each tire including the spare. Then, add air up to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI based on the load.
- Power Train & Generator: Checking all of the fluid levels in your power train and generator before heading to the campground will help ensure your safety and the longevity of your camper. Look at the levels of the transmission, power steering, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer and brake fluid, and if any fluids are low, find out why, fix the issue, and add more to the manufacturer’s recommended levels.
- Seams & Seals: Anywhere there are seams on the body or at an opening like a window or a door, there is the potential for a leak to be present. By inspecting all of these areas including the roof, you can look for any cracks or separations that will need to be resealed.
- Final Safety Checks: Last but not least, you’ll want to take a look at all of the remaining safety items. Check the charge of and reinstall any dry-cell batteries or fuses, and be sure to test the carbon monoxide detector, Lp gas detector, smoke alarm, and fire extinguishers.