Are you and your camper ready to go?

   With the Memorial Day weekend (and the unofficial beginning of summer) just days away, are you and your camper ready to go?
   Mark Polk of has written Spring Preparation 101 that offers campers a complete list of tips and suggestions to prepare you and your camper for the summer season ahead.
   For the sake of space, I have shortened the details in the lists; however, you can find the list, including directions on how to accomplish each step at Spring Preparation 101.
   This is excerpt is taken from Polk’s  “Checklists for RVers” e-book.
Happy Camping!  
   * Depending on how your unit was winterized it will need to be de-winterized. If you used non-toxic RV antifreeze you need to run fresh water through the entire system until the antifreeze is gone.
   * Sanitize the water system.
   * Inspect for water leaks.
   * Check the operation of the toilet.
   * Wash the unit thoroughly.
   * Inspect the operation of the awning and check the awning fabric.
   * Inspect the tires for signs of dry rot.
   * Lubricate all hinges and locks with spray lubricant.
   * Remove any tape or protective covering you may have put over LP gas vents to keep insects and rodents out.
   * Inspect and clean the interior.
   * Plug in any appliances that you unplugged for storage and replace any dry cell batteries you may have removed.
   * Test the operation of the carbon monoxide alarm, LP gas leak detector and smoke alarm.
   * Check the fire extinguisher. Be sure it is fully charged.
   * Reset any breakers you may have turned off.
   * Clean or replace air conditioner filters if it wasn’t done prior to storage and remove any covers that were put over air conditioners.
   * Open vents and windows and air the unit out.
   * If you removed the coach and chassis batteries for storage install them.
   * Check the operation of the electric steps if applicable. Lubricate step mechanism.
   * Test the operation of the hydraulic jacks if applicable. Check hydraulic fluid level.
   * Test the operation of the back up camera and monitor if applicable.
   * If you didn’t change the oil and filters in the generator prior to storage this is a good time to do it.
   * Inspect the generator exhaust system for damage prior to starting.
   * Turn the generator off and plug the unit into shore power.
   * Turn the refrigerator on in the electric mode. Allow sufficient time to cool and check for proper operation.
   * Check all 12-volt interior lights and accessories.
   * Test the monitor panel for proper operation.
   * Check the operation of slide outs if applicable.
   * Check the remaining 120-volt appliances for proper operation.
   * Test the Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) for proper operation.
   * Turn the refrigerator off, leave the doors open and allow sufficient time for it to get to room temperature so it can be checked in the gas mode.
   * Have a leak test and gas operating pressure test preformed on your LP gas system. A qualified technician with the proper equipment should do these tests.
   * After this is accomplished turn the LP gas valve on and check the operation of all LP gas appliances.
   * If your unit was in long-term storage and you didn’t change the engine oil and filter prior to storage this would be a good time to do it
   * Check all fluid levels in transmission, power steering, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer and brakes. Consult vehicle owner’s manual.
   * Start the engine and check for proper readings on all gauges.
   * A full chassis lubrication should be preformed if it wasn’t done prior to storage.
   * Check the condition of windshield wiper blades replace in necessary.
   * Check the operation of all chassis lights.
   * Make sure the vehicle emissions / inspection sticker is up to date.
   * In addition to this if you have a pop up or travel trailer the wheel bearings and brakes (if equipped) should be inspected at least once annually.
   * Inspect any canvas for dry rot and tears; inspect all hitch work and the coupler for damage.
   * Inspect the breakaway switch and pigtail for proper operation.

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