Ah yes, summer. The kids are out of school, the weather is delightful and before long you’ll want to pack up that camper and head for places unknown. If this is the first trip of your RV season and you haven’t de-winterized your rig, that’s the first step. Lacking the do-it-yourself gene or just short on time? No Problem, your Lethbridge RV dealer would be happy to de-winterize your RV.
Basics of De-winterizing For Do-It-Yourselfers
Think of de-winterizing as giving your RV the once-over from the ground up. Start with the tires, making sure they are properly inflated, not worn or too old. Don’t just eye-ball them. Get out the pressure gauge and check each one. Look for cracks, bubbles and uneven wear marks. Replace as needed.
Take a look at the suspension. Make sure the leaf springs are free of cracks. Check the insides of the wheels and look for abnormal grease build-up. Using a spray bottle filled with a soapy mixture, check the LP lines. If you spray the lines and no bubbles appear, you're in good shape. Also take a look for animal nests in the half-hidden places under your rig. Critter hitchhiking is not allowed.
Batteries, both in the cabin and the engine compartment need checked. This is a good time to check all your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other devices. If your rig starts, chances are your engine battery is OK, but if it is old, you might want to replace it. Better that than buying a new one in the middle of almost nowhere.
Other items that need attention include lights inside and out, which may need bulbs or fuses replaced. Don’t forget to reset the by-pass valve on your water heater. This usually gets turned off as part of the de-winterizing process. Give your RV a good clean inside and out and you’re ready for packing.
Planning, Packing and Off You Go
Where do you want to go? If you have a significant other and/or a family, you might want to have everyone involved in answering this important question. Your destination determines what supplies you’ll need. As an example, if you plan on camping at a remote fishing lake it’s a good idea to remember your rod and reel. If that campground has no hook-ups and few services, be prepared to be self-sufficient for a few days. On the other hand, if you’re heading for an RV Park with all the bells and whistles it’s not as crucial if you forget a thing or two.
Now it's time to pack. Bring whatever you need, but try not to overdo it. Who needs five pairs of shoes when going to the beach? Stock the cupboards with non-perishable items like pastas, rice, soups, crackers and other snacks. Putting some healthy fruit and veggies in the fridge won’t hurt either. Save some room in that fridge for delicacies you find along the way. Who can resist buying fresh strawberries or peaches from a roadside stand?
The last thing you pack in the RV is yourselves. Turn the key, exit the driveway and go exploring. Isn’t summer grand?