13May2020

Preseason RV Checklist

Preseason RV Checklist

Springtime has always been the time to get your RV ready for the upcoming camping season. Before you hit the open road, it is important to go over your RV to avoid any surprises during your camping season. With warmer weather here, now is a great time to check a few key things to make sure your RV in tip-top shape and ready for any adventure.

Exterior

  • Wash- One of the first things you can do is wash the exterior of your RV to remove dirt, grime, and other containments. This will keep your RV looking like new and make working on your RV easier.
  • Roof- Inspect all roof vents, skylights, antennas, and solar panels for any damage. Check for any cracks or loose hardware.
  • Seals- Check all the exterior seals for any cracks or leaks. Over time the sealants may become damaged by the sun, freezing temperatures, and exposure to the elements.

  • Tires- Inspect the tires of your RV for any cracks, damage, and tread wear. View our post on RV Tire Maintenance for more information.
  • DEF- If your RV has a diesel engine be sure the DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) tank is in good condition and topped off.
  • Engine- Peek under the hood and check the engine fluids and make sure all belts are in good condition. View our Routine Engine Maintenance Checklist for more information.
  • Batteries- Check the water level, cables, and connections. Also, be sure to look for any signs of corrosion.
  • LP- Inspect the condition of your propane tanks and have tested for leaks once a year.
  • Slideouts- If your RV has a slideout, make sure it is operating smoothly and is sealing properly.
  • Generator- Run your generator for at least two hours, especially if it has been sitting for several months.

Interior

  • Clean- It’s a good idea to give your RV a good cleaning, especially if it has been in storage all winter. This is also a good time to check for any signs of pests.
  • Safety Equipment- Inspect all safety equipment including smoke, carbon monoxide, and LP detector, and fire extinguishers.
  • Plumbing- Check your plumbing to make sure everything is working properly and there are no leaks.
  • Lights- Make sure all the interior lights are working, replace any bulbs if needed.
  • AC/Heat- Inspect your air conditioner and furnace to make sure everything is working properly. It’s recommended to have them tuned at least once a year.

If you have any questions or would like more information about preparing your RV for the upcoming season, give us a call at 1-800-265-9019.