Have you already booked your favorite RV parks for the summer? Great! Whether you’ve been storing your RV outside during the winter or were lucky enough to secure indoor RV storage, it’s time to dust away the cobwebs, fill the tank up with gas, and map out your next adventure. Here are some steps to de-winterize your RV quickly so you can spend minimal time on boring maintenance and maximum time hitting the open road.
If your RV has been stored outside it’s going to need a good scrubbing down. If it was under a tarp, remove it, hose it off, let it air dry, and store it in a dry place. Now wash the exterior walls with an extendable wash brush. Climb up to the roof and scrub away any grime or mold. Last, clean the windows and then the tires and rims. While you’re going over the exterior and tires, check for any crack or leaks, or damage.
Don’t put the bucket and soap away yet. Time to clean house. Dust, mop, and wipe away any dust or spiders that settled in. Make sure the appliances are running properly. Open the windows and doors to air it out. Hopefully, if you cleaned it well when you winterized it, this shouldn’t be much of a chore.
Check Batteries and Tire Pressure
An object at rest stays at rest, right? Not in this case. Batteries will slightly pull energy and tires will slightly deflate over time, even when not in use. Check the voltage on your batteries and tire pressure for all the tires and spares. Check for damage or cracks and replace as needed.
You probably emptied your tank before you stored it. Give the valves, seals, and hoses a once over to make sure they’re working properly and that there isn’t any cracks or leaks.
Fresh Water System
If you had anti-freeze in the tanks, you will need to flush that out and sanitize the water system. Check your owner’s manual for instructions, or watch this helpful YouTube video for a refresher course.
Look Over the Engine
Make sure everything is in working order, get the oil changed, or schedule a tune-up if needed. Sometimes small critters like to make a winter home in engine compartments, so make sure you don’t have any unwanted guests living there.
Propane isn’t something that you usually think about until you realize you’re out of it. You definitely don’t want to deal with propane problems when the sun and temperature drops wherever you may find yourself. Here is a good link for a detailed step-by-step RV propane maintenance procedure. https://rvshare.com/blog/rv-propane-regulator/
Stabilizer jacks, awnings, and slide outs. Make sure they work and are in good condition.
When you take your rig to the gas station to fill up, take it out afterwards for a 30 minute test drive. Take it to the highway and run the engine at high speed. Feel for any engine or handling discrepancies. Remember problems are much easier to solve when your at home with plenty of help and resources rather than when your out in the middle of nowhere in the dark.
Check Hopperstock for indoor RV storage for next winter. Storing your RV indoors will reduce element wear and tear. Or find out how you can earn extra income by renting out your parking space while you’re adventuring with your RV this summer.