Springtime Means RV Season

Springtime Means RV Season

If you have been storing your unit for the winter, and now with springtime fast approaching, what are considerations for you to ensure you have a trouble free RV season ahead?

Here are some things to consider:

Check Batteries

  1. Reinstall batteries if they were removed.
  2. Check the electrolyte levels of the battery (ies). If the level is down then you need to top up with distilled water.
  3. Check the state of charge with either a voltmeter or a hydrometer. If they need charging, then charge them up to full capacity.

Water Damage

This can be a major issue, you will need to inspect the inside for damage and the outside for potential leaks.

Inside:

  • Take a very close look. Open up all cabinets and check all corners.
  • Check below all windows, around all roof vents, and ceiling lights.
  • Any discoloration would be an indication of possible leaks. Water damage will ruin an RV faster than you would believe.

Outside

  • Take a very close look for any possible cracks or openings in the caulking around all openings into the coach – side walls, roof, etc.
  • Any such signs will need to be resealed immediately.
  • Make sure you use a product that is approved for your unit and type of material.

NOTE – If your unit is under warranty; there are some manufacturers that require an inspection by the dealer to keep the warranty intact.

Electrical and Lighting

Verify operation of all AC and DC lights, equipment and appliances.

  1. Turn on all the interior 12volt DC (VDC) interior lights.
  2. Make sure you have tried all the 12 volt equipment.
  3. Before lighting the appliances see note on propane below.
  4. Make sure that all exterior lights – compartments, docking, porch, etc. work.

Propane

  1. Check to see if you have propane in the coach container.
  2. Verify when was the last time that your propane system was inspected and leak tested.
  3. This needs to be done by a RV technician at the minimum of every two years. If you do much travel on rougher roads, even some of the concrete highways in the US with the constant vibration of the concrete seams, it would be best to have it inspected yearly.
  4. Turn the propane on and then light up all the appliances one at a time, and allow each appliance to go through its full cycle.
  5. Before you light the water heater or try it on 120VAC it must have water in it. Lighting it without water in it could cause the gas valve/thermostat to fail.

120 Volt Alternating Current (VAC) Components

  1. While your appliances (furnace, oven and refrigerator) are cycling on propane you can start to check all the 120 volt alternating current (VAC) components.
  2. Most coaches need a minimum of 30 amps service. If you are planning on using a conventional house receptacle – 15-20 amps maximum, you will need to make sure you only use small loads at one time, and definitely don’t try to use an air conditioner.

Written by: Al Cohoe – Instructor RV Service Technician program Okanagan College

Courtesy of: Snowbirds & RV Travelers Magazine

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