As we head into the summer months, RV owners are probably dreaming of beautiful camping trips far away from civilization. Camping is an excellent way to unwind, get back to nature, and escape the pressures of society for a short while. And, especially in the midst of a global pandemic, RV travel is a great way to get away and still abide by safety guidelines.
If you own or are planning to rent a camper and are revving up for an unforgettable summer, don’t forget to make sure your RV is ready to go!
Below, find seven easy steps to make sure you won’t encounter any problems when camping safely in your RV this summer.
Check Your Tires
Before worrying about the inside of your camper, it’s important to check the tires. In a vehicle as large as an RV or camper, tire health is even more vital to your safety. Tighten the lug nuts to ensure you won’t face any issues while on the road.
It’s also important to check the tire pressure, which can fluctuate over the seasons.
Clean Water System
Most RV owners that live in cold places prepare their RV for winter storage with a specialized RV antifreeze. While these chemicals are non-toxic, they still aren’t safe for human consumption.
Before using your RV in the summer, you should clean out the piping systems in your RV to avoid any chemical remnants making their way into your water supply. To make your RV safe and ready to go, you need to flush out or de-winterize the system.
Purchase A New Mattress
One reason RVs and campers are such a popular camping option is their comfort and ease of use. But, if you don’t have a comfortable and new mattress in your RV, then you give up that comfort.
Choosing an RV mattress can be tricky, and there are a lot of features to consider when picking one. Your mattress will help you sleep more comfortably and peacefully- the whole reason you’re camping in the first place! This is something you should not neglect when preparing for summer.
You can even consider a custom RV mattress to make sure the mattress fits your exact needs. A good night’s sleep will allow you to feel rested for your time in the great outdoors.
To make sure you’re safe when on your adventure, you should check the RV battery and propane appliances before you leave.
The easiest way to test the battery is to take it into a shop, where they can help you purchase a new one if necessary.
As for your gas appliances, turn them all on before summer. Then, you should check your propane tanks. Look for any damage that could signal a leak and check how full they are.
You should clean your RV inside and out before you leave for the summer. Check for signs of rodents, signs of water damage that might have occurred in spite of your best preparations, and other major issues.
It’s important not to neglect even the simplest cleaning, though. You don’t want to be out in the middle of nowhere dealing with a dirty table. Take care of it now so it’s ready in the summer!
New Batteries In Fire/Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Your RV should have a fire and carbon monoxide alarm installed. But, over the winter months, the battery could have easily died in one or both.
It’s better to check it now and make sure that your alarms are functioning properly and you will be safe while camping. If the batteries are dead, replace them before you leave. It’s also a good idea to bring an extra set of batteries with you.
Before summer creeps up on you, restock emergency food/water supplies, cleaning supplies, and anything else you think you will need!
Having extra batteries, fire starters, and light sources will grant you a worry-free trip. You’ll be ready for summer in no time!
Time for your adventure!
Once your RV is all set for summer, you’re ready to plan your trips! There are so many beautiful locations you can go, and your camper is ready to take you there.
Don’t forget as you tick off each item on this list, that a custom foam mattress on board might be what takes your trip from miserable to magical. Quality sleep can ensure that you are able to fully enjoy your RV adventure.