Is Your RV Ready to Spring Into Camping Season?

By Kelsi Nuss
Web Director Johnston RV

With warmer weather right around the corner, RVers everywhere are preparing to hit the road because saying hello to spring means camping season is in full swing! So, what can you do to make sure your RV is camp ready after a long, chilly winter?

1. De-winterize.

Fill your freshwater tank and utilize the onboard water pump to de-winterize your unit. Turn the pump on and open both the hot and cold sides of each plumbing fixture. Run water through each faucet until it runs clear for 1 minute. Don’t forget to do the same for your toilet and outdoor shower and water fixtures. During this process take the opportunity to check for leaks at each of the plumbing fixture connections and drain lines.

2. Fill LP tanks.
Check each of your LP tanks to make sure they are full. If they are low, seek out a certified LP dealer to fill the tanks. Check to make sure your LP system is functioning properly.

3. Perform electrical and appliance check.
Plug your RV into shore power and check that your A/C, microwave, water heater, refrigerator, furnace, and all other appliances are functioning properly according to your individual campers specific systems.

4. Check sealant. 

Get on the roof and check all Dicor sealant beads for proper function. If you find small holes or cracks, simply spot seal the area using Self-Leveling Dicor which can be purchased at your local RV dealership. Check all the door and window sealant and spot seal with silicone as needed. Silicone can be purchased at your local RV dealership or at home improvement stores.

5. Perform a general check.

Run all slides out and back in and turn on all lights to check for proper function. If your RV is equipped with a self leveling system, perform an auto level sequence to ensure it’s working correctly. Check the tire pressure in each tire and make sure it is set to the manufacturer guidelines outlined on the sidewall of the tire. Perform a visual inspection of each tire to check for damage and dry rotting. If damage of dry rot is found, have the tire replaced before pulling the camper. It is also a good idea to check your axle bearings for proper lubrication; however this particular inspection would be best performed by your local RV dealer or a qualified service technician.

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