Summer Ready Check List

Signs of Spring are finally appearing in the East Kootenay’s as the Winter snow FINALLY melts. RV owners are bringing their units out of storage in preparation for for another summer full of exciting adventures. While you may be anxious to hit the highway, some spring maintenance is in order if you want to enjoy a problem free travel season.Image result for spring

Here at Snowy Peaks RV we are starting to book appointments to get RVs de-winterized and prepared for the summer season. The following checklist contains several helpful hints to get your camper or coach ready so you can begin with your travelling adventures.

Summer Ready Check List:

Batteries

__ Fully charge batteries with trickle charger.Image result for canadian energy batteries

__ Top up wet cell batteries with distilled water if necessary.

__ Clean cable contacts.

__ Hydrometer test cell levels (wet cell batteries).

__ Reinstall and reconnect batteries.

Exterior

__ Check roof for any signs of water damage. Even newer models can sustain water leakage over winter. If there is any signs of a leak get it repaired right away.

__ Check all seams for missing or cracked sealant. If any cracks or general wear and tear is discovered remove existing sealant and apply new sealant (touch ups are OK for newer small cracks).Image result for cracking sealant on rv roof

__ Lubricate all hinges and locks with spray lubricant.

__ Test slide room for proper function and inspect the slide seal condition; lubricate seal with a slide seal lubricant. Lubricate the slide rail with a slide out dry lube.

__ Check Windows, moldings, access doors, and compartment doors for a watertight seal.

__ Check roof vents, skylights, and air conditioner shrouds, etc. Repair/replace damaged covers immediately.

For motorhomes: Check all engine fluids __ Transmission __ Engine Oil __ Power Steering Fluid __ Antifreeze __ Windshield Wiper Fluid __ Other __

                     __ De-winterize Hyrdronic heating system (if applicable)Image result for rv trailer glitter

Exterior Preventative Maintenance

__ Wash rubber roof and treat with UV protecting chemical.

__ Wash any dirt or black streaks that occurred during the colder months.

Tanks (Fresh, Grey, & Black)

__ Check condition of gate valves.

__ Drain and flush tanks thoroughly.

__ Test fresh water system for leaks with pressurized air.

__ Clean/Sanitize fresh tanks and lines with RV approved solution.

Water Heater

__ Blow out burner area of any bugs or debris.

__ Flush water heater of any sediment/debris.

__ Un-bypass water heater tank.Image result for anode rod

Suburban Water Heaters __ reinstall anode rod (replace if over 70% deteriorated).

Atwood Water Heaters __ reinstall plastic plug.

Tires/Axles

__ Check shackles, u-bolts and springs for any signs of damage or excessive wear.

__ Repack wheel bearings every other year.

__ Check lug nut torque and ensure it is to the manufacturers specifications.

__ Inspect tires for cracks or other damages, and set to correct inflation.

__ Test breakaway switch for proper function.

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