Harper Camperland Blog

  • Published on Mar 02, 2015

    It's that time of year again! The last few weeks before spring is upon us. With the spring months approaching, most of us feel a sense of urge to emerge from our mundane "winter hibernation" by getting outside and taking a trip somewhere in our RV!.  If you are planning on taking your RV out this spring, there are a few things you'll want to check first before hitting the road.

    De-Winterization

    If you have stored your RV in preparation for freezing temperatures, special attention needs to be first given to the water system. 

    • Drain and flush the antifreeze from all water sources, including water heater and toilet.
    • After flushing sanitize the freshwater tank. Let stand for at least 6 hours.
    • Drain the water tank, water lines and water heater. 
    • Flush the freshwater system until any bad taste and odor is gone. It’s possible that you may have to flush the system more than once. 
    • Leave all faucets closed for 48 hours and at this point you should check for any water leaks or pump repairs you may need.

    Check the Battery

    Your battery can give you trouble after long periods of storage without the proper charging of it. Testing your battery will make sure that any problems will be addressed before you hit the road. If you have corrosion on the battery, it's recommended that you clean and protect it from further corrosion. This can be done using baking soda and water or commercial cleaners and acid neutralizers. It is best practice to replace ALL batteries since it is much easier to do this at home then in the middle of a trip.

    Exterior Maintenance

    Washing your RV will allow you to inspect areas that are most often missed since they are out of sight and out of mind. Thus not knowing if something is in need of repair until it's too late. 

    Try washing the roof first. Be extra careful when walking on it, especially when it’s wet. Check for any cracks or deterioration that may be occurring, especially in the caulking, this can be found around your vents, seams and antennas. Don’t forget to inspect your vent lids and sunlights which are also in a disposition to wear over time. By washing your RV you will be able to locate any possible leaks a lot easier.

    Check your awnings for any holes, tears, or anything that has come off. You don’t want to ruin your perfectly good picnic food if it starts to rain! Checking these simple areas will save you lots of time and money down the line!

    Inspect Your Tires

    It is important to inspect your tires before any trip to make sure there are no unexpected delays along the way. The first thing to do would be to check the date of manufacture from the D.O.T code that is usually located on the outside tire sidewall but sometimes can be found on the inside of the tire depending on how it is mounted.  During your inspection, check for any cracks, cuts and bubbles. Tires should be free of any abnormal wear signs. Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure, check your RV manufacturers label or consult the tire manufactures load and inflation tables. 

    Check Your Battery

    Your battery can give you trouble after long periods of storage without the proper charging of it. Testing your battery will make sure that any problems will be addressed before you hit the road. If you have corrosion on the battery it's recommended that you clean and protect it from further corrosion. This can be done using baking soda and water or commercial cleaners and acid neutralizers. It is best to replace ALL batteries since it is much easier to do this at home then in the middle of a trip.

    Safety First

    Do check your propane system. Before opening the valve, thoroughly inspect the regulator, fittings and rubber hoses, and LP-tank for any corrosion or cracks. Your LP-gas regulators will not last forever, so its best to have a service technician take a look to see if you are in need of a replacement. 

    Once your propane system has been properly tested, service all your propane run appliances. Check for debris, rust, and clean all appliances thoroughly. Also be sure to check any and all electrical connections for corrosion as these could be a potential hazard. 

    While you’re at it, it would be a good idea to check your air conditioner with summer following closely after spring. Anything you aren’t comfortable doing yourself or have questions on, be sure to consult a Harper Camperland technician. 

    Generator

    To check the generator you will need to start it and also check certain functions on it. If it has been sitting for awhile it may not start easily for you. In this case you will need to find out why. Usually, the reason will be the lack of fuel in the lines. 

    Dump Hoses

    Check your sewer hoses for any tears before using it. Sewer hoses have a limited life expectancy and should be replaced when needed.

    Waste Tank Valve

    Make sure your waste tank valves are functioning properly by working the handling in and out in small increments. (Make sure tank is empty before doing this!) Valve seals can dry out over time making them stick.

    Check Your Lights

    Do a visual inspection of all lights and replace any bulbs before you hit the road. No one likes getting pulled over, especially on vacation!

    Harper Camperland

    Thoroughly inspecting your vehicle before you hit the road, will eliminate any unnecessary delays in your trip. If you are in need of any services or have any questions you can contact one of our certified service technicians by clicking here!

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