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Top 10 Summer RV Prep Must-Do’s That You Should Be Aware Of

 

Are you ready to set out on an epic summer RV adventure? Before you get behind the wheel, consult our checklist of the ten summer RV preparation must-do’s in order to get your rig ready for the road. From flushing your fresh water system to what you should do 24 hours before you leave, we’ve got your service needs covered.

 

service you should perform before you road trip this summer
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FLUSH RV FRESH WATER SYSTEM
To flush your fresh water system first drain the fresh water tank. Then drain and flush the water heater. Check the water heater anode rod (the anode rod is used to help prevent corrosion of a steel water heater tank) and replace if needed. Finally, flush fresh water lines, and finish by adding fresh water sanitizer.

 

SERVICE RV ROOF AIR CONDITIONERS 
Before you start any maintenance, make sure you visually inspect your A/C unit. Next, clean the A/C coils and A/C pan drains, record temperature differentials and clean the intake filter. Now your air conditioners are set and ready for the summer heat!

 

SERVICE RV HOUSE BATTERIES
Inspect the house and chassis batteries. Each battery serves a different function in your motorhome and they are not interchangeable. Clean the terminals and posts, then apply anti-corrosive spray and top off if low. Add distilled water to your batteries if needed. If you’d like La Mesa RV to service your rig for summer, book your appointment online today.

 

CHECK/REPLACE ALL BATTERIES IN REMOTES 
No one likes realizing their remote batteries have died at a time of need. Go through your rig and check the batteries on all TV’s, DVD players, CO2 detector and battery-operated LPG detectors. While you’re at it, make sure you have all your cords to charge your devices like your navigation system, phones, iPad, laptop and cameras.

 

CHECK RV TIRE PSI
Checking your tire PSI before every trip is important. Make this become a standard item on your list of to-do’s before you set out on any road trip, be it overnight or months long. There is nothing worse than a flat tire on the interstate, especially when it was avoidable.

 

RV service before heat starts

 

SERVICE RV GENERATOR
Every 12 months or 150 hours of operation of your RV you need to change the oil. You’ll also need to inspect the air filter and visually inspect for any possible fluid leaks. Check 110 VAC output to make sure it’s working properly.

 

PERFORM ROOF INSPECTION OF YOUR RV 
Visually inspect the roof of your rig every 90 days for voids in sealant. This is critical in the summer, as cracks in the sealant can lead to a whole mess of problems, and no one has time for fixing their roof while on summer vacation.

 

COOL RV REFRIGERATOR 24 HOURS BEFORE LEAVING
This one might sound a little strange, but our La Mesa RV head of service swears by it. Before you head out on your road trip, add cold food to your refrigerator. This will help to maintain the fridge’s cooler temperatures before you set out on your adventure.

 

TO KNOW ABOUT RV A/C USAGE 
When using your A/C unit in extreme temperatures, turn the A/C on in the morning while the outside temperature is at its coolest. This will allow the A/C compressor to cycle on and off to keep the compressor from freezing up.
Pro Tip: Your A/C will only cool 20 degrees below what the temperature is outside. That means 100 degrees outside = 80 degrees inside.

 

SERVICE RV ENGINE
To service your RV’s engine, first change your oil and the filter. Next you’ll need to visually inspect all belts and hoses. Replace or fix accordingly. Before you head out on your road trip, make sure to always check all fluid levels and top off if they are low. Now you’re summer road trip ready!

 

Want a step-by-step guide to preparing your RV for summer? Check out our post featuring Every How-To Video You Need to See Before Summer Starts and leave us a comment in the section below if you have a road story you want to share for your chance to be featured on our blog this summer!

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