The sunny days are ahead, your summer plans are in place, and now it’s time to get your RV ready to take on the most memorable summer yet. Before you hit the road, create a list and plan out your spring cleaning to ensure your RV is ready for your summer adventures ahead. Your spring cleaning list will differ, depending on the type of RV you own. Take a look at the RV maintenance tips below to get you started.
Start Fresh for the Camping Season
Wash your RV from top to bottom. Start at the roof and give it a good scrubbing to get rid of all the dust and dirt that accumulated over the winter season. Use a low power wash or a hose with an attachment to clean the roof, body of the RV, and the undercarriage. You don’t want to ruin the paint, decals, awnings, gaskets, weather seal, and the roof by using a pressure washer. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s manual before washing the exterior of your recreational vehicle. Every RV is different, and it’s important to know which cleaning solution, water pressure, and brush to use before cleaning the exterior.
Open the windows to air out the inside of your RV, then start on the ceilings and walls. Use a vacuum to remove the cobwebs from the fans, vents and the ceiling. Wipe down the walls, and dust the blinds and curtains.
Next, clean the kitchen. Check the stove burners and make sure they are working correctly. Wipe down the countertops. Dust and organize the cupboards. Clean the refrigerator thoroughly. Check the fridge for mold, clean the shelves, check the thermostat, refrigerator door gasket, and clean the outside of the door.
For the sleeping and lounging areas, check the materials in the beds, cushions, chairs, and couches for tears. Repair or replace as needed. Wash all the bedding and make the beds with clean linens.
If your rig has a bathroom, give it a good cleaning, and make sure the water is working properly. Check for hot and cold water. Use a non-abrasive cleaner for the toilet, shower, and countertops.
The last thing to clean is the floors. Inspect the carpet in your RV and replace as needed. Vacuum the floors, then mop with a product that is suitable for the type of flooring in your RV. You don’t want to soak your floors too much which may cause water damage and lifting.
- Check the filters– Change the oil and air filters.
- Heater and Radiator Hoses- Inspect the hoses for cracks, tears, and leaks.
- Water Tank– Contaminated water is dangerous, and it’s important to sanitize the fresh water system and make sure to fill the tank after sanitizing.
- Tires- Inspect the tires for wear and tear. Check your tire pressure, tread, and sidewalls.
- Check fluid levels-Transmission, engine oil, power steering, brakes, and windshield washer fluid.
- Chassis– Inspect and make sure to lube the areas if needed. Some chassis cannot be lubed because they are sealed.
- Oil Change– Quarterly oil changes are essential. Use a synthetic oil because it will not degrade as fast.
- Lights- Check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. Inspect for cracks, and clean as needed.
- Battery Check-Inspect your batteries for corrosion, dirt, and wear. Charge or replace as needed.
This list is to help get you started on your RV cleaning and inspections before you head out on your ultimate summer camping excursions. To get started on your RV maintenance needs, contact us to set up an appointment, we are here to help and answer your RV spring cleaning questions. Happy Camping!