Time For a Springtime RV Checkup

April 4th, 2017 by

Winter is over and spring has finally arrived. If you’re like most RVers, you’re itching to hit the road with your trailer, fifth-wheel, or motorhome, and head to your favorite camping destination. Here’s a handy checklist to help you prepare your RV to take you safely on your upcoming adventures.

Inspect your dry cell batteries. Remove any corrosion from the posts and the terminals; baking soda and water works well, but commercial cleaners and acid neutralizers are available. Replace terminals and cables that have been damaged – don’t just band-aid them with electrical tape! After cleaning, coat the battery terminals and posts with a protectant; this will help prevent future corrosion.

Safety and efficiency are what we want from the propane system. The LP gas system should have a leak test and pressure test performed annually – the ClickIt RV Service Center in Spokane can run a professionally administered test to make sure all is well, and if not, they gladly fix any problems. The regulator is the heart of the propane system – it’s a good idea to replace this device every ten to 15 years. Even if you’re not experiencing any trouble with your RV’s propane system, the inside parts wear down and wear out after a while. Better safe than sorry.

Vinyl awning fabric is mildew resistant, but not necessarily mildew-proof – so open the awning to let it dry. If the awning fabric is fairly clean, you can spiff it up with a soft brush, mild soap and water. For more difficult stains or mildew, there are aftermarket cleaners made just for awning fabrics. The ClickIt RV Parts Department carries Thetford Premium Awning Cleaner, which not only removed mold, mildew, leaf stains, and sap, but also contains a UV blocker for protection from damaging sun rays.

Test Those Tires. Tires can lose lose 2-3 psi a month sitting in storage – this means they could be dangerously low on air pressure. Check the tire pressure in all tires with a good tire inflation gauge and adjust to the manufacturer’s recommendation based on the load. While you’re at it, check every tire for cuts, cracks or bubbles — including the inside sidewall. Don’t forget the spare!

Before you head out – don’t forget to also inspect and test run your turn signals and brake lights, refrigerator, air-conditioner, and waste water system. To paraphrase an old adage – its better to know there’s an issue you can fix than to not know and always wonder.

We look forward to having you as a customer at ClickIt RV. You can reach us at (509) 242-3234 , by email at info@clickitrv.com or stop in at 12021 N Division Street Spokane, WA 99218

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