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As spring gives way to summer, it’s time to get your RV ready for heading to the mountains, camping or long road trips to visit family and friends. If you are getting your motor-home out of storage, here are some key steps that will keep you on the road and out of the repair shop.

  1. Check the exterior for cracks and missing or damaged seals
  2. Inspect and test the battery
  3. Examine and pressurize the tires
  4. Replace filters and replenish brake, coolant, transmission, hydraulic and washer fluids
  5. Clean, inspect and refill LP gas lines and appliances
  6. Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  7. Flush and fill the water system looking for leaks, clarity and drink ability
  8. Check that all appliances are working
  9. Inspect sewer hoses and waste tank valves for cracks or sticking

 

Here is a list of important equipment and items you’ll want to make sure that you have:

  • Proper extension cord with the correct amps
  • Surge protector for variable campground electrical systems
  • Drinking water approved hose
  • Pressure regulator and water filter for variable campsite water pressures and contaminates
  • Laser temperature tester to detect overheated brakes, tires and axles

 

Don’t forget routine maintenance practices for your RV or motorhome’s engine:

  • Periodically check and test batteries for proper charging
  • Make sure your cooling system has the proper anti-freeze/coolant and all belts, hoses and the water pump are properly working (never open a hot radiator cap; the liquid inside is a scalding 200 degrees or hotter)
  • Check the air conditioning system for leaks and proper coolant
  • Make sure the viscosity of your motor oil will stand up to hot weather days (10W-30 or 10W-40)

 

Consumer Reports advises that you should also have a basic safety kit that consists of:

  • Cell phone and spare battery
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or reflective triangles
  • Tire gauge
  • Jumper cables
  • Foam sealant for flat tires

 

It’s never a bad idea to get a full maintenance check before heading out for your summer travels. Stay safe this summer!

 

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