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RV Spring Checklist: Are You Ready For Camping Season?

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With warmer temperatures comes the beginning of a new camping season. Now is the time to make sure your home away from home is ready for your upcoming camping trips. Making sure your camper is prepared is the first step to enjoying a summer filled with epic adventures. In this post we are going to cover the basic items that should be on your RV spring checklist. Let’s get to it…

RV Spring Checklist

This list is going to cover the basic items that you should be checking on your rig before every camping season. Although there are several items that should be checked every year, these are the most important. Whether you are new to RVing or have been doing it for several years, an RV spring checklist is just as important as the other checklists you may have.

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RV Batteries

If you didn’t get a chance to use your camper through the winter months, chances are that your RV battery will need to be re-charged. RV batteries can lose up to 10% of their charge every month while in storage. If you were diligent with your RV maintenance and kept your RV batteries charged, you shouldn’t have any issues.

However, many of us tend to neglect our rigs over the winter months, (us included). It’s more of a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.

The first thing you are going to want to do is re-charge your batteries. Once the battery, or batteries, are fully charged, top off the fluid levels with distilled water, if applicable. If you have a maintenance free battery, you won’t need to do this.

If you are unable or uncomfortable performing this task, consult a qualified professional.

Water System

Making sure your RV water system is functioning properly and sanitized is a very important step in your RV spring checklist. If you winterized your RV, now is the time to de-winterize it.

Follow these three steps to make sure your water system is sanitized and in proper working order.

  • Remove the anti-freeze
  • Check for leaks
  • Sanitize entire water system

Begin by hooking up a potable water source to your rig and flushing the water lines, both hot and cold. Open water valves at all sinks, showers, and toilets to allow the anti-freeze to be flushed from the system. Once the anti-freeze has been flushed, replace any water filters that you may have removed prior to storing your RV for the winter.

To sanitize your RV water system, dilute ¼ cup of household bleach for every 15 gallons of water that your fresh water holding tank carries. For example, if your fresh water tank holds 30 gallons of water, pour ½ cup of bleach into the tank.

Turn on your fresh water pump, open all of your faucets, and let the water run until you begin to smell the bleach. Let the bleach solution sit in your lines for at least 12 hours. Once the 12 hours has passed, drain all water lines using your low-level bleeds under your camper.

Refill your fresh water tank with clean water and flush your water lines until you no longer have the bleach smell.

RV Tires

When performing your RV spring checklist, pay close attention to your tires. Your RV tires can lose pressure while sitting in storage and an under-inflated tire can be disastrous on the road. Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare, and inflate them to the manufacture’s recommendations. Most tire manufacturers have a chart or graph on their website to guide you.

Check the overall condition of each tire while paying close attention to tread wear and sidewall cracks. Replace any tires that show excessive wear or cracks. In addition, RV tires should be replaced every five to six years, regardless of mileage. Check the side wall of the tire for the date it was manufactured.

DOT date code on a tire
DOT Tire Date Code

Roof, Seams, Sealants

Very carefully climb on the roof of your RV to inspect the condition of the roof as well as the seals and sealants around vents, air conditioners, or antennas. The last thing you want in the middle of a camping trip is a leaking roof.

On the ground, do a thorough walk around of the camper, paying close attention to window sealants, door seams, and any other potential opening for water to get in.

RV Safety Devices

Another pre-camping season check should be your RV safety devices. Afterall, these are the very important when it comes to the safety of our loved ones. As part of your RV spring checklist, check your fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and LP gas detectors. If you find any of these items expired, under charged, or malfunctioning, replace them immediately.

Air Conditioner

Before firing up the air conditioner, make A/C maintenance part of your RV spring checklist. Check and clean the A/C filters as well as any ducting that runs through your rig. For an in-depth article on RV air conditioner maintenance, check out RV Air Conditioner Maintenance; Staying Cool In The Summer.

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Stabilizers And Tongue Jack

If your camper has manual stabilizing jacks, now is a good time to lubricate them. We use white lithium grease to lubricate the threads on our stabilizer jacks. All you need to do is place a small amount of grease on the moving parts and operate the stabilizers a few times up and down.

RV Awning

While we were going through our RV spring checklist this year, we had our awning LED strip light stick to the awning and as we extended the awning, part of the strip light pulled away. So, it’s always a good idea to fully extend your RV awning to check for damage or any signs of wear.

Check out the video below to see how we repaired our RV awning light.  

Conclusion To RV Spring Checklist

Now that camping season is upon us, it’s time to get that camper out of storage, dust off the cobwebs, and get it ready for the year ahead. Following these basic tips will get you safely on the road to your next great destination.

Like I mentioned before, the items in this RV spring checklist are just some of the most important checks you should be making to your rig every season.

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