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5 Ways To Prepare Your RV For Spring Travel

April 8, 2023

With the cool of winter steadily behind us, it’s time to start planning for spring time RV travel again. If your RV has been in storage for the last several months, no doubt you are excited to uncover it and hit the road!

Before you take off too soon, though, there are a 5 preparations you need to make to ensure your RV is ready to travel again:

  • Inspect the exterior
  • Check the battery
  • De-winterize water tanks and plumbing
  • Check the tires
  • Stock up on essentials

Inspect The Exterior For Damage

Looking for damage after taking your RV out of storage might seem counterintuitive. It’s been protected for the last few months, right? But even in storage, RVs can incur damage you might not expect. Rodent infestations, water damage, and tire damage can all sneak up on RV owners after a long winter apart from their rig.

Start by inspecting your RV’s exterior, including the roof, windows, doors, and slide-out seals. Look for signs of damage, wear and tear, and moisture. If water or moisture was trapped against your RV over the winter, you could potentially have water damage to deal with. Make sure to repair any damage and replace any worn out seals or components to protect from future damage.

Check The Battery

If your RV was in storage over the winter, and you didn’t regularly start your RV, the battery may have drained. Charge the battery and check its condition, but be careful to not overcharge the battery. An overcharged battery can boil off its electrolyte fluid, causing the lead plates not to be able to store electricity or charge. If the battery is more than a few years old, it may need to be replaced.

De-winterize Water Tanks And Plumbing

If you prepared your RV’s plumbing system for winter, you’ll need to de-winterize the water tanks before hitting the road. This involves flushing the plumbing system, filling the fresh water tank, and checking all faucets and valves for leaks. Any sign of leaks occurring in these areas can lead to extensive water damage if the issue isn’t dealt with, so inspect them thoroughly to be certain.

rv parked at campsite with bicycles, grill, table and chairs

Check The Tires

Inspect the RV’s tires for signs of damage or wear, and make sure they’re properly inflated. If the tires are more than a few years old, it may be time to replace them. RV tires should generally be changed every three to six years, but if you use your RV for long trips and extended periods of travel, your tires may need to be updated sooner than the three year mark.

To help determine if it’s time for new RV tires, look to the tires’ tread to determine their condition. If there are uneven wear and tear patterns, this is a sign that it may be time for new tires. Tire tread should be more than 2/32 of an inch. A tire that is worn down further than this risks needing a tire blowout repair.

Stock Up

Before you take off for your first trip of the season, make sure to stock up on all the essentials, such as bedding, towels, kitchen supplies, and toiletries. Pack enough food to last you a day or two if your route takes you somewhere remote. You should also bring along a toolkit, spare fuses, and other basic maintenance items in case of an emergency.

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If you’re on the road and ready for your adventure to lead you where it may, you definitely don’t want to deal with any unforeseen damage. Unfortunately, accidents often happen when you least expect them to. That’s why we, at Elite RV Roof and Collision, are committed to providing expert care in a timely manner to get you and your RV back on the road as soon as possible. If your RV sustained a blown out tire or a sideswipe from a passing vehicle, Elite RV is the go-to repair shop in north Texas. Call us today at 682-802-9619 for your RV repair needs!

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