Your RV's Spring Service Checklist

By: South Thompson RV   |   21 Apr 2017
Spring checklist

Spring fever is in the air, and camping season is just around the corner.

If your RV has been sitting in storage since autumn, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done before you hit the road.

Besides opening all of the windows and letting out that stale air, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and do a bit of service-related maintenance as well.

To make your spring adventures a breeze, we’ve put together an RV checklist to be sure that there are no surprises before, and during your road trip.

Check the Outside

Looks matter, especially when you’re showing off your new RV! Think of the exterior of your motorhome like a shell: it protects what’s inside, including you. Here are the areas you should keep an eye on:

Paint: RV paint can fade in direct sunlight, but it can also chip during severe spring and summer storms. Apply a UV-resistant sealant on your RV to protect that shiny colour.

Slideouts: If your RV has a slide out, like the 2017 Wildwood or 2017 Surveyor, make sure that everything is sturdy and intact to prevent accidents. Repair any torn screens on the pop-out windows to make sure pesky bugs can’t enter at night.

Windows/Doors: Check the sealant along all windows and doors so that excess water, moisture, or insects can’t enter your motorhome.

Tires: Inspect the tires on your RV. If you stored your RV inside, you should be fine. But, if you left them anywhere they were exposed to moisture, check the rims for rust and the tires for rot. Replace any tires that are worn too thin, or show signs of damage.

It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts

The inside of your RV is where all of the magic happens. Breakfasts and dinners in the kitchen, family-time in the living room, and sleeping under the stars in the bedroom at night. For the utmost comfort on the road, the inside of your RV needs to be spotless.

Appliances: Turn on each appliance to be sure that there are no short circuits or electrical troubles. Replace any appliances that you meant to toss out over the summer, and if you plan on upgrading appliance models, get started a few weeks prior.

Electrical System: Test your electrical system to be sure that all lights in the Rv are functioning. That goes for your external lights as well. Replace any wiring that is frayed, has been chewed by rodents, or no longer works.

Wastewater System: When you winterize your RV, the plumbing system is flushed with anti-freeze, You need to be sure that all of those chemicals are out of your drinking water and bathing water before you use the RV. Flush out all units with hot water until the water runs clear again. Any sign of pink or other coloured fluids mean there’s still a trace of antifreeze.

Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detectors: Test both devices to be sure they are in working order. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, and since your RV uses propane in such a close range, it’s crucial that you, your friends, and family are safe at all times.

Are you getting ready to go camping this spring? Before you hit the road, book a quick service appointment at South Thompson RV to be sure. Our expert technicians will give your RV the quick spring tuneup it needs to last all summer long. We also have an amazing inventory of new RV accessories and RV parts for sale that are perfect to use in the warmer weather. Call us today at 1-(888) 871-4058 or contact us online to reserve your spot.

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