It’s Time To Start Thinking of Spring Cleaning

By Martin Hirtreiter (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Martin Hirtreiter (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
With yesterday being the first day of spring, RVers are thawing out and getting excited for the upcoming RV season. Now, if you live here in Montana, you know the threat of snow still exists, but it’s not too early to start preparing for spring cleaning. Just like when you winterize your RV and put it away for the winter, spring cleaning gives you the chance to not just clean your RV, but to also inspect it for any damage that might have occurred throughout the long, cold winter.

Here are 5 tips to make spring cleaning easier:

Plan Your Trip | The first step to spring cleaning is to plan your trip. This is more of a mental spring cleaning that gets you excited and ready for the season and serves as motivation to get your RV is tip top shape.

De-Winterize | Flush your system of non-toxic antifreeze, turn off the water heater bypass, make sure you have the appropriate filters in place, your water system is sanitized, and the plumbing system is leak free. If you’ve never de-winterized your RV don’t try doing it yourself. Take it to your trusted RV service center.

Clean The Outside | Remove any protective coverings and wash your RV using a gentle cleanser. Dish soap and warm water is a great choice, however, you need to be sure to rinse your RV thoroughly to avoid the build up of any film. As you wash your RV inspect it for any damage that might have occurred throughout the winter. Lubricate your hinges and locks. Inspect your awnings for any tears, mildew, or insects and remove accordingly.

Clean The Inside | Detail the inside of the RV. Open the windows to air it out. Clean any insect or mouse traps, reset your air filters, and check your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and Liquid Propane Gas detectors.

Check Your Accessories and Electrical | Check the electrolyte levels on your batteries. Test your monitor panel, appliances, generator, and lights to ensure they’re working at optimal levels. If this is something that you’re not comfortable doing or are unsure of how to do it you can always ask your local RV service team to help.

Getting your RV ready for spring is exciting, but time consuming. It’s important to plan these tasks in advance of your first RV trip and according to the weather. For example, you don’t want to wash your RV if you know it is going to rain, snow, or have temperatures that drop below freezing. Do you have questions about getting your RV ready for spring? Contact our RV service team for help.

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