Much of the country remains in the icy grip of winter, but spring will be making its welcome arrival soon. Just as you winterized your motorhome to protect your investment, you also need to de-winterize it once the frigid temperatures are past. Beckley’s Camping Center provides some tips and guidelines to keep in mind.
- Remove covers from everything, including the furnace, refrigerator and vents.
- Check to see if the tires are properly inflated.
- If you removed the batteries, put them back in.
- Examine the interior of your RV, looking for discolored places in the ceiling and paneling near vents and windows. Open the windows to air out your motorhome.
- Check the sealant around the door and windows for cracks and dryness. Repair any problems so they won’t cause air leaks and drafts.
- Check for insects and mice that have made your RV their home for the winter.
- Check for gas leaks and propane leaks.
- Inspect the exterior of your RV.
- Make sure your fluid levels are good, and check under the hood and underneath your rig for cobwebs. See if the turn signals, headlights, brake lights and running lights work. Drive the rig around the block and listen for strange noises.
- Get the plumbing ready for use. Flush it out by filling up the fresh water tank then turning on the water pump. Run every water faucet for a couple of minutes, one at a time. Run the shower and toilet, and open the gray water tank. Cut off the water pump, but run some more water through the system to make sure all the antifreeze gets out.
- Sterilize your water tanks and plumbing.
- See if the water heater is working properly.
- Check the electrical appliances to see if they still work.
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