RV Spring Startup Checklist
RV Spring Startup Checklist
RV Spring Startup Checklist
If your like many of us here at RVupgrades.com, spring is a much anticipated time of the year. Just the thought of getting back in the RV after a winter break is enough to make the final months of rotten weather just a tad bit more bearable. But so many times in our excitement we tend to forget to cover all of the important aspects of getting the RV ready for the new season. So we have worked on a RV Spring Startup list with links to products which will help you have a safe and trouble free RV'ing season.
- Adhesive residue from duct tape can be removed with
- Air out the interior by opening all the windows and
- Turn on all of the
lights and replace bulbs if necessary.
- Remove any pest control items from interior and exterior compartments including
hot water heater,
refrigerator gas assembly, and
stove top, and oven.
- Check operation of all appliances.
- Air Conditioner
- Remove cover
- Check for lint accumulation and insect nests.
- Connect to shore power and turn on the thermostats to check for proper operation.
- Check furnace for proper operation, after you check all the
- From outside open the
refrigerator vent. Look up and around for any nesting, rodent bait, mothballs and remove debris.
- Remember to remove debris from the gas burner assembly.
- See your refrigerator manual for proper start up.
- Reinstall batteries in clocks, smoke detectors, etc.
- Wash interior with proper
cleaners for different surfaces. Vacuum the floors, easiest done with your
Dirt Devil Central Vacuum System.
- Inspect roof and exterior body for signs of damage.
- Look for deterioration of seals around doors, roof vents and windows.
Reseal if necessary.
- Do not walk on the roof without proper support for weight distribution.
- Remember you must remove old sealant before applying
- Look inside for stains on the ceiling, sign of a leak.
Lubricate hinges, locks, slides, and other moving parts.
- If you have an awning roll it completely out. Check for damage, mildew, and insects.
- Inspect the headlights, including high and low beams, the
brake lights, and
- If you have a tow able RV, be sure to examine the
hitch systems for wear, loose bolts and cracks.
- If you have a motorhome it is recommended you change the engine oil and filter twice a year, prior to storage and in the spring.
- During storage, the oil can separate, causing condensation buildup that may harm your engine.
- While you are changing your oil, check & replace spark plugs if needed.
- You should also check and clean carburetor or service fuel injection system, replace air filter, top off the brake and power steering fluids and change transmission fluid and filter.
- Flush and replace old antifreeze with proper coolant. Check for cracks in all hoses and fan belts, replace if necessary. Replace fuel filter and examine fuel lines and fittings for cracks and leaks.
- You should always keep your RV batteries charged and conditioned with one of the many
BatteryMinder available. Clean the cables and terminals with wire brush and anti corrosive product, then grease and reconnect.
- Depending on your battery, you may have to fill the cells with distilled water.
- Water System
- Close the
pressure relief valve on
hot water heater. Remove any debris and or mothballs from the area of the gas burner assembly.
drain valves and faucets including
- Flush RV antifreeze by running water through entire system.
drain plug which was removed in the winterizing process, replace
anode rod if your tank is so equipped.
- Add a few ounces of baking soda to the tank. Drive around the block to mix solution. Drain and refill.
- For water that has a bad taste or strange odor, we highly recommend the
Aquasaver if you have access to your tank, if not, perform the following steps to kill bacteria:
- Fill the fresh water tank half way with fresh water.
- In a container mix 1/4 cup of household bleach for every 15 gallons of tank capacity with another gallon or two of fresh water. Pour the solution into the water tank.
- If needed, top off the water tank with fresh water. Drive around the block once or twice to mix solution.
- Pump water through each faucet so all the lines are filled with the water-bleach solution from the RV water tank. About a quart of water running out of each faucet is adequate.
- To purge old water out of the hot water heater perform the following steps. About 6 to 10 gallons of water is held in the hot water heater so run hot water out the faucets until this much solution has passed . Now the hot water heater should be filled with the water-bleach solution from the RV water tank.
- Let the water-bleach solution stand for several hours.
- Drain the entire RV water system including the hot water tank.
- If there is a bleach odor to the water then mix half cup of baking soda with a gallon of water and pour it in the fresh water tank.
- Fill the tank completely with fresh water and run this solution through the water lines and hot water heater. The baking soda solution can sit in the system for a few days. Drive the rig around the block to slosh the water around and clean the tank.
- Open main LP system and check it for leaks. Test this by using a commercial
leak detector and or
solution around each gas line connection.
tire covers and inspect tires for wear and deterioration.
- If tread is 1/16 inch or less and if side wall is cracked, cut, or flaking replace them.
- Inflate tires to proper pressure using
air compressor for accuracy.
- Repack trailer wheel bearings with grease and tighten lug nuts to manufacture's specifications.
- Clean exterior of your RV with specially formulated
cleaners designed for RV exteriors and use
specialized wheel cleaners to protect them from harmful UV rays.
- Check and refill your first aid and emergency kits.
- Stock up with necessities for
kitchen equipment and inventory of
books, cards, puzzles, CDs, DVDs or videos.
- Hit the road!