Camping season is upon us and it’s time to dust off the RV and make sure everything is ship shape for your summer camping excursions! Here are a few things you’ll want to check before hitting the road:
Winter can be a bit of a beast when it comes to attacking your parked RV and water leaks tend to be the most common sort of damage. Be sure to check your roof and the caulking around all your windows for any leaks or damage.
Inspect your tires for any cracks. These should be treated or replaced. You’ll also want to check on your tire pressure. If you’re unsure of your correct tire pressure, refer to your owner’s manual. You should also be able to find it on a decal inside one of your cabinets.
Make sure your main power is off before doing anything with your batteries and we recommend wearing safety glasses and latex or protective gloves. Clean any corroded terminals, connections, and battery trays. We also recommend getting your battery tested to make sure they’re still in good working order.
4. LIQUID PROPANE
Sometimes your gas propane seals dry out over the summer so it’s always good to check them. Here’s how:
1. Make sure all L.P. appliances and items are turned off.
2. There is no smoking, open flames or sparks close by.
3. The leak detector inside the RV is turned ON.
Open the valves on your propane tanks. You should be able to smell if there are any obvious leaks. Next, check the valves and regulators by using a soapy water mixture. If you find any leaks, have them repaired immediately.
Connect your exterior fill pipes and run the faucets. Be sure to inspect all faucets and pipes for any leaks. Also check the water heater over pressure safety valve and the water drain plug (exterior). Checking the water pump is a little more difficult and we highly recommend bringing your RV into our Service Department and letting one of our professional service techs handle this for you.
6. DUMP HOSES
Check your sewer hoses for any leaks or breaks. This is one pipe you really don’t want to overlook and then discover later that it has a leak.
7. WASTE TANK VALVES
First, make sure your tank is empty before checking it. Check the valve seal for any leaks and carefully open and close the tank to make sure it’s functional. Valve seals have a habit of drying out so if your seal is sticking, you can always purchase some valve lube from the Rosman Parts Department.
Roll out and inspect all your awnings. Look for any holes, tears, runs, or flaws that might need repairing. If you’re having trouble rolling out your awning, there may be a problem with the spring and you’ll need to get it repaired. It’s best not to try to do this yourself as it can often cause more damage.
If you’re in doubt about any of this, call a professional! The Service Department at Mike Rosman RV will be happy to schedule a service and get your RV ready for the camping season!
Call 1-800-667-0024 to book your appointment and take advantage of our spring service special.
Or click HERE to schedule an appointment online.