6 Steps to Get Your RV Summer Ready!
6 Steps to Get Your RV Summer Ready!
Posted on March 13, 2022
It’s nearly that time of year again! After a record breaking winter filled with blizzards, icy roads, and over 100cm+ of snow, I think we speak for all campers when we ask: can we go camping yet?! Today we are going to take a look at a few steps you can take this spring to prep your trailer or RV for the summer season and improve it’s overall lifespan.
1. Uncover / Exterior Inspection
As it starts to warm up, and the snow starts to melt, RV & trailer owners like you will begin taking their summer homes unwrapped & out of storage. Whether your trailer is stored at home or abroad, there are a handful of little things you can inspect just after unwrapping it, beginning with the trailer cover itself. Why not hose it down and wipe it off before storing it away? It will make life easier when you need to store it again.
Once you’ve got the cover off, check the exterior of the trailer for any other visible damage. Inspect the roof for any cracks, as the weight of snow accumulation can lead to cracks and potential water leakage.
2. Tire Maintenance
After a long winter of holding up your trailer, your tires will experience pressure loss as the cool temperatures + weight lead to deflated tires. The spring is also a handy time to rotate your tires if you haven’t in awhile. It is generally recommended you rotate your trailer tires every 10,000-12,500 kilometers, though this information can be found in your trailer manual.
Just like with your vehicle, rotating your trailer’s tires will help evenly distribute the weight and improve the lifespan of your tires.
3. Preparing Water Systems
Possibly the most crucial task to take care of prior to hitting the road, is de-winterizing your plumbing & water systems. If you used antifreeze through your potable water system including the pump, tank and lines, then you will need to flush & drain the system with water. When draining you can either dispose of it directly, or into a container. General trailer antifreeze is typically biodegradable and environmentally friendly, but check your product prior to disposing.
There are many steps involved and to make sure you don’t miss any we recommend this complete guide from rollinontv.com.
4. Check Appliances / Electrical
Now that you’ve completely drained and prepared your water systems, it’s time to plug in and make sure everything is still running smoothly. First, if your trailer uses propane be sure to check your tank and make sure the connections are still strong. Propane is used to power the hot water, fridge and stove so be sure to check that all appliances are intact.
Next check your remaining electric appliances, replace any burnt out lights, and inspect for any interior damage or water leakage.
5. Prepare / Clean Interior
And with everything working, it’s time to get it all clean and aired out. Remove any waste left over from the previous summer, wash your sheets and blankets, pack your board games, marshmallows and bug spray.
The spring is also a good time to empty and clean out additional storage compartments, affording you time to remove all garbage, and sand that has fallen through the cracks to the darkest sections of your trailer.
Almost time to hit the road!
6. Book Your Campsites!
But before you’re on the road, you have to make sure you have somewhere to go! In Manitoba, public campgrounds begin booking on April 6 with staggered releases of different campgrounds through April 13th. Check out the whole list here!
Stay tuned to this blog for more camping updates and information!
Happy camping everyone!