There are many things that you need to check on your RV to get it ready, but there are a few things you don’t want to forget. To get your RV ready for a safe and worry-free camping season, here are 4 things you don’t want to forget:
Batteries: Oftentimes, RV owners remove their batteries for the winter. If they were properly stored over the winter, your battery still has likely lost a percentage of its charge. Stored batteries tend to lose about 10% a month. The first thing you want to do is fully charge the batteries. After it’s fully charged, you should add distilled water following instructions by the manufacturer. A quality service facility can help you do all of this, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.
Water System: If you winterize your RV using antifreeze, it is important to run fresh water through the water system so that all remnants of the antifreeze have been cleared. Inspect your water heater also. If it was placed bypass mode during the winter, take it out of by-pass mode. If there is any antifreeze in the water heater, it needs to be trained. Additionally, replace any water filter cartridges that were removed.
Tires: Tires lose air pressure when they are in storage, which means they could be dangerously low. Check the tire pressure with a tire gauge and make adjustments according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Don’t forget to check that your spare is in good working order and its tire pressure is correct.
Oil Level: Make sure you inspect the oil level in the generator. Your owner’s manual should provide specified intervals. Also, check the generator exhaust system. If you didn’t run the generator over the winter, you should run it for about two hours.
If you are uncomfortable with getting your RV ready yourself, you can always take it to an authorized service provider that will make sure it is running according to specifications
Tech Tip – If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status. The T3 return message tells the voltage. If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.