Spring is just around the corner, and soon another Winnipeg winter will be behind us. You are probably longing for your first long weekend trip in your RV or maybe even sooner. Just as you prepared your RV for winter, you too should prepare your RV for the season ahead.
Here are 12 tips for preparing your RV for summer
- Open all doors and windows and vents of your RV to air it out.
- Open the awning and check for mold. Rinse it down and air it out, and check that it opens freely and all springs are working.
- Remove any covers you have put over vents and openings.
- Carefully check the entire RV for any critters or signs of critters that may have bypassed your winterizing efforts.
- Check your mattresses for mold or mildew and place dryer sheets under the mattresses to prevent mice. They don’t like the smell.
- Check all the batteries well. Reinstall batteries that you removed from your RV and if you didn’t remove them, they must be checked thoroughly. Have a professional do load tests and if any batteries need to be replaced in a battery bank, make certain that they are all new. Do not replace a new battery with older ones.
- Place new batteries in your smoke detectors and check that your fire extinguishers are full.
- Check for any leaks that may have occurred during the winter. Be vigilant and check everywhere.
- Check all caulking both inside and out and replace anywhere that looks the least bit compromised. Even the smallest crack can cause major leaks later on.
- Check all hoses and valves. This includes your waste tank hoses, dump valves, and all gas valves.
- Have your engine checked; make sure that all fluids are topped up.
- Check your tires! Don’t just add air. Do a thorough inspection for any wear and tear.
Preparing your RV properly for each season will keep you safe and give your vehicle a much longer life.
Happy camping this summer!