Kroubetz Lakeside Campers Lake Crystal, MN Blog
- 0 0Published on Feb 13, 2020
Spring is almost here! That means that camping season will be here before we know it. This is a list of 11 things to check (and double-check!) when getting your camper ready for this year's use:
1. Batteries: Let's begin here, as most of us remove the batteries from our campers when we store them for winter. The condition of the battery often depends on how it was stored over the winter. Typically, a stored battery will lose up to 10% of its charge each month it's not in use. If you checked and charged your battery periodically during storage, it may be ready to go. If not, the first thing to do is get it charged up! Keep in mind that water should only be added to lead acid batteries after they're fully charged, unless the water level has fallen below the plates. The plates need to be covered at all times. When re-installing the battery, make sure everything is connected correctly. If this is not something you feel comfortable with, please have it performed by a qualified service facility.
2. Tires: The same way your battery loses some of its charge while being stored, your camper's tires will also lose some air pressure. RV tires could lose 2-3 PSI each month. Before moving the unit, be sure to check each tire's pressure with a quality tire pressure gauge. Remember to fill the tires to the manufacturer's specifications, and don't forget the spare!!
3. Seams & Seals: Even if you checked the seams and seals before storing, and/or the unit was stored indoors, it's still critical to go over them once more before heading out for your first camping adventure of the season! Carefully inspect every roof and body seams, as well as looking carefully along any openings cut into the coach (ie: windows, vents, appliances, etc.). Look for any signs of separation or cracking and reapply sealant right away. If this isn't something that you feel comfortable with, please contact your RV dealership or service center.
4. Water System & Plumbing: The first step in getting your water system ready for use is to de-winterize the unit. You'll want to run fresh water through the entire system until your water is running clear and there are no signs of remaining anti-freeze. Make sure you take your water heater out of bypass mode (if applicable). While running the fresh water through the lines, you can check for signs of any potential leaks. You can easily do this by filling the fresh water holding tank and turning on your water pump to pressurize the system until the pump shuts itself off. If it comes back on without any faucets being used, even for a short period of time, that can indicate a leak. Find the leak and repair it, or take it to your qualified service center.
5. LP Gas System: If there is any remaining LP in the holding tanks, open the valves and allow the LP to flow through the lines. Be absolutely sure to fill the water heater before testing. Turn on any gas-powered appliances. If any LP appliances are not functioning properly, make an appointment to have it checked by a qualified RV repair facility.
6. Appliances: After testing any gas-powered appliances, use shore power to check any additional electrical appliances and outlets. Make sure you have adequate power before attempting to test bigger items, such as the air conditioner(s) and microwave. To get an accurate test of the refrigerator, switch it off of gas, and allow it to become room temperature before cooling it with electricity.
7. Fuses & Breakers: We highly recommend keeping a 'goody bag' of spare fuses in your camper at all times- things only seem to break when we don't have spares! Go through each of your camper's fuses and ensure that each of them are in working order. Be sure to double check that you have a few spares of each size in your kit.
8. Safety & Precautionary Items: Now is the time to test your carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm, changing the batteries if necessary. Double check the LP gas monitor and take a look at the fire extinguisher. If you have a powder extinguisher, it would be a good idea to shake it and tap the bottom, to mix up any powder that may have settled. Also, be sure to refresh any campers that will be going along what the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are and what to do if you are experiencing them.
There are plenty of ways to make sure that your camper is prepped and ready for a successful camping season. These are just a few suggestions to get you started! To make sure that your unit is fully and safely prepared, be sure to make an appointment with your dealership or service center and ask them for a routine maintenance check-up!