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With all of these season changes that will be taking place, make sure your RV is ready for camping season and adventure with these RV spring maintenance tips.
First, inspect the RV to see what type of condition it’s in. Whether you have stored your RV outside or in warehouse storage, your RV could use a tune-up to keep it running smoothly for spring and summer. Have a look at the following:
- Check windows, vents, seams and sealants for potential water damage, cracks and peeling.
- Inspect the tires to see if there is any dry rot on them.
- Identify if there has been any damage to the doors.
- Open drawers and cupboards for any sign of rodent invasion.
- Inspect the roof of your RV with a ladder for any potential cracks and damage. Clean any remaining signs of winter debris and check the roof vent.
It’s that time of year! After your RV has been unused and stored away for months, it’s bound to need some tidying up. Use these cleaning suggestions as a starter guide. With frequent cleaning, your RV can become easier to maintain.
- Wash exterior of RV to remove unwanted dirt and debris.
- Clean both the interior and exterior of the windows.
- Wash and scrub tires.
- Pay attention to any small and dark spaces where critters could possibly lurk and give them a good cleaning.
- Wash the undercarriage of your RV.
- Clean cupboards and drawers.
- Open the windows to let some fresh air in.
Before taking off on a road trip adventure, test run the systems in your RV to make sure they are working properly. Go RVing Canada recommends:
- Running water faucets to remove any remaining antifreeze.
- Starting the hot water heater to help sanitize the water system.
- Testing electrical outlets.
- Testing generator.
- Letting the refrigerator cool for 24 hours and then run it.
- Turning the furnace on.
- Running a test on the carbon monoxide detector, LP gas leak detector and smoke detector.
- If applicable, test the hydraulic jacks.
Prep Your Ride
Along with testing the systems of your RV, you can also check to see if the components of your RV are running efficiently since being winterized. Take a look at the following:
- Replace the batteries you may have removed when storing your RV for winter and make sure it’s fully charged.
- Check to see if the propane needs to be topped up.
- Check the condition of the fire extinguisher.
- Inspect the tire pressure as RV tires can possibly lose pressure while being in storage. Refer to your owner’s manual to adjust the inflation pressure.
- Check fluid levels in your RV such as engine oil, coolant, transmission, power steering, windshield fluid and brake fluid.
- Check to see if your roadside assistance membership is up to date.
- Inspect the condition of your car emergency kit to see if you need to stock any more items.
- Review RV insurance policy.
A Canadian Winter RV and Road Trip How-to
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.