Prepare Your RV For The Spring

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Here in Ohio it’s finally starting to warm up above freezing, which means the ground is thawing and spring is finally in our foreseeable future. The brutal winter we’ve suffered through has made us all eager to ditch our snow boots and snow shovels for rain boots and umbrellas. Anything is better than more snow! As an RVer you’re probably chomping at the bit, so to speak, to get out and hit the open road.

We put together a list of tips to help you prepare for the first camping trip of the season.

De-Winterize | Take your RV to your local RV service center and have your RV de-winterized. They’ll flush the non-toxic anti-freeze from your RV and make sure the entire plumbing system is ready for your use.

Detail the Inside | Since your RV has been stored throughout the winter it likely has the stale smell that comes from being closed up. Open your RV’s windows, clean it thoroughly, and give it the TLC it needs to be your home away from home.

Stock Your RV | Stock your RV with the items you’ll need for your upcoming camping trip and any future trips. This includes your first aid kit (make sure it is up-to-date), emergency kit, blankets, pillows, and anything else you might have removed from the RV while it was in storage.

Give it a Once Over | Inspect your RV for any issues that might impact your trip. Broken or cracked seams, dirt in your awning’s gear. Be sure to also keep an eye out for anything that could turn into a bigger issue as you get later into the season. It’s better to catch small issues early on, than to have a bigger, more expensive issue down the road.

Lubricate Mechanics | Lubricate you antennae, folding steps, hinges, trailer axles, and any levers. After sitting in the cold winter these items will need extra TLC.

How do you take care of your RV? Share your RV spring cleaning tips with us on Facebook or Google+.

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