Summer is here and it's time for millions of RV'ers to pull their RV out of self storage and hit the road. If you enjoy exploring the US with your recreational vehicle (RV), you have lots of company. There are lots of things to do when preparing to go RV'ing.
First, Ensure you have your storage space when you return. After making these routine checks, don't forget to make sure your RV storage space is secured for when you finish your travels this summer. Prime RV storage spaces are hard to come by especially finding RV storage in California, RV Storage in Texas, RV Storage in Florida and other states that have large RV populations so when you find a storage facility that is safe and convenient makes sure you secure your spot early, which can also lead to large self storage discounts at this time of the year.
Here are some general tips that will help to steer you towards a stress-free season on the road:
Clean it up and air it out. Open all roof vents and windows and then remove any pest control items you may have placed during winter storage. It is also a good idea to clean or replace air conditioner filters.
Check for damage.
- Look for deterioration of seals around doors, roof vents and windows and reseal as necessary.
- Check awnings for damage, mildew and insects.
- Examine the hitch system for wear, loose bolts and cracks.
Change the engine oil and spark plugs. Many manufacturers recommend changing the oil and filter prior to storage and again in the spring. During storage, oil can separate and cause condensation buildup that may harm the engine. While replacing spark plugs, be sure to set the gaps to the recommended manufacturer's setting.
Inspect the engine.
- Check the battery.
- Check the cooling and fuel systems.
- Drain and flush the entire system of the nontoxic antifreeze you used before placing the RV into storage and replace with the proper coolant.
- Check for cracks in hoses and fan belts and replace if necessary.
- Replace fuel filter, and examine the fuel lines and fittings for cracks and leaks.
- Change the transmission fluid and filter.
- Flush the water system.
Inspect the tires. Check for cracks, worn treads and correct tire pressure.
Check all lights. Make sure headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals are all functioning properly.
Prepare for a safe season. After checking all mechanical components, it's always a good idea to inspect your safety equipment. This means installing new batteries in flashlights and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and restocking the first-aid kit.
Hit the road and have fun. Check in here in the comments section or e-mail us with details of your RV'ing adventures and we will post them here for all to enjoy.