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Spring RV Prep: Your Complete Guide to Dewinterizing from Kunes RV Group

Published on Jan 22, 2024 by Talia Mushinsky

Spring is in the air, and that means it's time to get your RV ready for some amazing road trips and camping adventures! At Kunes RV Group, we know how much joy your RV brings you. 

 

That's why we've put together this easy-to-follow guide on how to dewinterize your RV. Let's get your rolling home ready for fun in the sun!

1. Give Your RV a Good Once-Over

  • Exterior Check: Take a walk around your RV. Look for cracks or leaks – they can be sneaky!
  • Tires: Make sure they're pumped up right and don't have any wear or damage.
  • Window and Door Seals: Check them for any wear. They're important to keep everything snug!
  • Awning: Roll it out and check for tears or mold.

2. Battery Time

  • Put the Battery Back: If you took the battery out for winter, clean the ends (those are called terminals) and put it back in.
  • Charge It Up: Make sure the battery is fully charged and happy.

3. Water System Wisdom

  • Get Rid of Antifreeze: If you used special RV antifreeze, drain it out.
  • Make It Clean and Safe: Mix bleach with water (a little bleach goes a long way) and run it through all the faucets. Then, rinse it all out with fresh water.

4. Plumbing Check

  • Look for Leaks: After you clean the water system, check for any leaks.
  • Toilet and Tanks: Make sure the toilet works right and all the tanks are empty and clean.

5. Appliance and System Check

  • Refrigerator: Clean it and make sure it starts cooling.
  • Heating and Cooling: Test your heater and air conditioner.
  • Gas Lines and Appliances: Check for gas leaks and test your stove and oven.

6. Safety First

  • Smoke and CO Detectors: Test them and change batteries if needed.
  • Fire Extinguisher: It should be ready to use and easy to get to.
  • Emergency Kit: Restock your first-aid and emergency stuff.

7. Inside Cleaning

  • Freshen Up: Clean everything inside and let fresh air in.
  • Pest Check: Look for any signs of little critters that might have visited over the winter.

8. Final Check-Ups

  • Slide-Outs and Jacks: Give them a little oil if they need it.
  • Electrical System: Test all your lights and other electric things.

9. Paperwork Peek

  • Manuals: If you're not sure about something, check the RV’s manual.
  • Service Records: Write down any maintenance you do.

10. Make It Yours Again

  • Restock: Put back all your kitchen and bathroom stuff, clothes, and other personal things.
  • Decorate: Add any new fun decorations or comfy things for your trips.

Bonus Tips

  • Take It Slow: It's better to be careful and do things right.
  • Keep It Up: Check on your RV now and then to keep it in great shape.

Remember, every RV is a bit different. Always check your RV’s owner's manual for the best advice for your specific model.

 

Happy RVing, and here's to a fantastic spring and summer filled with adventure and fun!

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