Spring RV Checklist

With winter on the way out, and thoughts of hitting the open road in your RV, it’s best to have RV service or maintenance performed. We were asked about a spring RV checklist for RV pre-travel. Williams Coach has created this simple checklist (and it’s a portion of what we check for when we service your RV) to help you get your motorhome ready for vacation:

Exterior Spring RV Checklist | Preventive Maintenance Checks

  • Open all exterior doors and compartments. Now is a good time to check for water damage, bug nests or rodents.
  • Inflate all tires to the recommended tire pressure. Inspect the tires for signs of dry rot or ability to hold air.
  • Check the hydraulic fluid level for the jacks. Do not test the operation of the hydraulic jacks unless the fluid level is perfect. If the fluid level is where it is supposed to be, test the hydraulic jacks for proper operation.
  • Open the awning to check for bug nests, operation and to check if the material has dry-rot.
  • Go around the RV and check all windows, vents and seams for water damage, cracking or glazing.
  • Using graphite or lithium grease, lubricate all hinges and locks.
  • Check all fluid levels – Oil, Transmission, Wiper and batteries if applicable
  • Check that your black and gray tanks are not frozen and that the handles are open allowing test water out of the system. Close this valve once the test of the water system is complete.
  • Open the exterior refrigerator panel to ensure no bugs have created a nest. This is the most common cause of a refrigerator not working in most RV’s.
  • If you’re able, have a look at the roof to check for caulking, delamination or roof peel
  • While on the roof, check and clean your air condition unit (if applicable)
  • Clean your solar panel(s) and ensure all wiring is intact and in place. (if applicable)

Interior Spring RV Checklist and What You Need To Test

Our Spring RV checklist includes the full course of the interior. These spring RV tests help indicate if there are any problems in electrical and plumbing which may cause headaches down the road. Please be sure to have a fully charged fire extinguisher at the ready. Open all windows and doors in case of LP leakage. Also, be sure to have at least 3 new 9 Volt batteries and other new batteries that are used in your RV trouble detectors.

  • Check that your fire extinguishers are fully charged.
  • Test the operation of these detectors before any other test:
    1. Carbon Monoxide Detector
    2. LP Gas Leak Detector
    3. Smoke Detector
  • Propane
  • Furnace
  • Refrigerator
  • Air conditioner
  • Electrical system
  • Waste Water system
  • Replace any batteries that need to be replaced.
  • Raise the TV antenna to ensure good operation.
  • The final test would be that of the generator. Prior to testing the generator (if applicable), ensure that the oil level is good and that you’ve maintained the generator to manufacturer specifications.
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