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Easy Ways to Get Your RV Camp Ready


After discovering an incredible RVing destination and making the reservations, you're now literally counting down the days until the big adventure. As the excitement builds and the happy vibes get more intense, you need to actually figure out how to get your RV camp ready.

Preparing your RV for travel will ensure all systems are maintained, every part is functional, and all essentials are on board, thus guaranteeing a safe and fulfilling trip. Use these tips to make sure your camper is ready for departure.

Start Out with a General Check-Up on the Tires

Defective tires can cause devastating accidents. In 2019, more than 600 people died on the road in tire-related crashes. So, when you take your RV out of storage, take the time to check the condition of the tires. Visually examine for signs of tread wear and replace if they are worn.

Before inflating the tires, determine the correct tire pressure level. Next up, tighten the lug nuts on your RV wheels. Use the owner's manual to learn how frequently you should rotate the tires on your RV and the best pattern for rotation.

Check Your Batteries

To make sure your next trip begins without a hitch, be sure to check all the batteries in the RV. That includes the battery used to start the engine and the one that serves as the power source for all other energy-related applications.

Ensure all batteries are fully charged, and lead-acid types have the correct water level. Additionally, clean the terminals to remove corrosion, test how fast they discharge, and learn what stage of their life cycle they are in.

Check the Engine and Top Off All Fluids

The engine is the all-important part that gets you where you want to go. Therefore, it deserves some attention too. Check the fluid levels of the engine oil, brake fluid, engine coolant, power steering, transmission, windshield washer, and generator oil.

If the levels are low, top them off with the manufacturer-recommended fluids. Take your rig to a qualified mechanic if you discover a leak. Next, start the engine and check all the readings on all gauges. Don’t forget to change the oil and air filter and verify that all lights, signals, and the horn are operational.

Flush the Water System

If you used anti-freeze to protect your freshwater tanks and pipes from the harsh winter, you’ll want to clean out the water system since the chemical shouldn’t be ingested. Mix a cup of bleach with a gallon of water and pour it into your freshwater tank.

Turn the water pump on and run water through all the faucets in the RV until you smell the bleach. Close the faucets, let the water sit for 24 hours, drain the tank, then flush it several times with clean water until you no longer smell bleach.

Run All Appliances

If your camper use propane, refill and reinstall your propane tanks on their mounts, then connect the hose. Next, run all propane appliances, including the hot water, fridge, furnace, and stove. Confirm they are working, then switch them off.

If any of the appliances are not running as expected, schedule an inspection with a certified RV service. After lengthy storage, gas-fired appliances can develop issues. Also, note that propane tanks expire and must be re-certified for safety. So, check the dates on the tanks.

Test the Safety Features

Make sure you check all your RV safety stuff to make sure it is in proper operating condition. Test your smoke, LP gas, and carbon monoxide detectors prior to the trip, then replace the batteries if needed.

On top of that, confirm that the fire extinguisher, tire monitoring system, rearview camera, surge protector, first aid kit, roadside safety kit, and pet monitor are in good working order. Don't forget to test your camper jacks, towing connections, as well as the braking system.

Give the RV a Thorough Wash

Give the interior and exterior of your RV a proper bath. Use non-abrasive multi-surface products and start washing from the top going down. On the outside, clean the roof, windows, mirrors, sides, and tires, then wax to protect the paint coat.

Inside the RV, remove cabinets, drawers, and cushions, and throw out items you no longer need. Clean up everything from the ceiling, slide-outs, linen to floors. Wipe down the furniture, windows, and appliances, then wash your cooking pots, dishware, and utensils.

Inspect the Seams for Signs of Damage

Checking for signs of damage is another easy step to get your RV camp ready. Inspecting the seams will ensure you catch any developing issue before the damage extends. Start with the roof and move down to the windows, door frames, body, and slide-outs.

Look for cracks, wear, openings, and any other form of damage. Fix any gaps with a compatible sealant. If you see signs of a leak but aren’t sure where it’s originating from, enlist the help of an RV expert. This is also a good time to lubricate all slider mechanisms and window seals.

Pack or Restock the Essentials

Packing all essentials is an important part of getting your RV camp ready. Your RV packing checklist should include cooking equipment, food, water, clothes, beddings, towels, toiletries, toilet chemicals, entertainment options, outdoor gear, and power cords.

Apart from personal use items, you need to bring jumper cables, wheel blocks, levelers, emergency road kit, water pressure regulator, tire pressure gauge, and dog bone electrical adapters. Don’t forget extra fuses, bulbs, bolts, and nuts that are unique to your rig.

As you stock essentials, make sure you don’t go over the weight rating. Also, verify that your registration, insurance, and vehicle emissions sticker are up to date.

Getting Your RV Camp Ready Doesn't Have to Be a Burden

Whether you’re camping locally or across the country, it’s essential to get your camper ready for the trip. With our tips above, preparing your RV for an adventure will always be a breeze. Just make sure you begin preparations a week or more before your first camping trip of the season.

And if you’re planning on upgrading your RV, we have a large inventory of new and used campers to choose from.