5 things to do to prep your RV for summer
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – The weather is getting warmer and summer will soon be here. It is time for planning vacation trips. Before booking a campsite, owners of campers and recreational vehicles should perform some routine maintenance to ensure that their trip will go smoothly.
Mike Pendley of Milstead Automotive’s RV Division has a list of tips to help campers prepare their vehicles for a summer road-trip. “It is a whole lot better to take care of any problems while you are home instead of on the road,” Pendley said. “Trouble-free camping is happy camping.”
Plug it In – Turn it On: “If the RV has been stored for the winter, I recommend that you plug it in and hook water to it so you can make sure all your appliances work and there are no water leaks,” Pendley said. He also suggested that RV owners run the air conditioning, turn on the refrigerator overnight and run the water heater.
Check and Double Check: There are several things RVers will want to check out before taking a trip. “Be sure to check the roof and body seals, the fluid levels in your battery, the condition of your hoses and belts, and all fluid levels on a motorized RV,” Pendley said. He also advised checking the converter or inverter for proper voltage.
Kick the Tires: For all RVs, it is a good idea to know the age of the tires, check that they are properly inflated and see if there is evidence of any cracks in the sidewalls. “If you have a travel trailer or fifth wheel, you may want to pack wheel bearings,” Pendley said.
Jack it Up: “On all RVs you should check the jacks and leveling systems, the awnings, crank and run the generator, have the generator serviced if necessary.”
Keep it Clean: Lastly, Pendley suggested a good cleaning. “Go ahead and clean and wax so bugs will not stick to it and are easy to wipe off.”
Pendley and the crew at Milstead’s RV division agree that it is important to take good care of a camper or recreational vehicle. Neglecting to prepare in advance could ruin vacation plans and result in costly repairs. Milstead Automotive, located at 1602 Rayford Road in Spring, offers expert RV service, including all inspections, repairs and name brand RV tires. Milstead’s RV Mobile Services provides minor on-the-road repairs in Spring and the surrounding area. For breakdowns requiring major repairs, MIlstead also provides RV towing. Call Milstead Automotive at 281-363-1101.