Spring is a great time of year for us RVers. The weather is warming up and the sun is shining brighter, which means we get the itch to start looking for places to take our rigs out for an extended weekend or longer. Yes, Spring is when you start to see more RVs on the road, as people are more inclined to take their motorcycles, atvs or jet-skis out for a spin while they also enjoy time with their families and friends in the comfort of their own house-on-wheels. Having a successful Spring RV outing may seem like a no-brainer, but I assure you, a lot goes in to make it work and being prepared for that first outing of the year. Here are a few tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Check your tires and running gear
After you’ve put your RV in hibernation mode for the winter, we often forget that there are plenty of moving parts and weak links that could deteriorate and cause problems when we’re out on a campsite or out on the road. Check all of the moving parts underneath your RV to ensure that they are in working order. Check your tires for dry rot, bald spot and tire pressure, because no one enjoys having a blow out and being forced to put a spare tire on. Also, check your springs to endure that they are not rusted. Oxidized springs are weaker than normal and could break easier than a non-rusted spring if you hit a speed bump or pothole. Keeping your wheel bearings greased is super important also, as we hear of bearing failures constantly and when that happens, it’s a disaster.
Give your RV a Spring Cleaning
We do it in our houses, why not for our RV? Sure, we may end up putting some unnecessary items in our RV with the hopes that one day we’ll use it. If you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably never will. Reclaim that space and take something you’ll actually use along for the ride. Plus, cleaning your RV from top to bottom can make it feel like a brand new unit! It, also, gets rid of smells from food crumbs that have been left over from your last outing back in the Fall. Cleaning out those holding takes and fresh water tanks will help eliminate any mildew smells that you could have from even just a tiny bit of water that stayed stagnant for a few months.
Spring is a great time for RVing. Warmer weather and sunny days are both very good reasons to hitch up and drive to your favorite lake for an stress-free weekend. But, don’t forget, depending on where in the United States you travel, you could encounter some very cold nights. I always try to stack firewood in the bed of my truck to make sure I have something to keep us warm when we’re outside grilling and enjoying the night sky.