How to Prepare Your RV for a Road Trip

Going on a road trip with an RV can bring wonderful moments and experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. The most important part about RV travel is the preparation. In my opinion, it’s better to make sure you’re ready to go instead of dealing with mishaps and issues along the way. Here are some of pointers you can use to prepare your RV for a road trip.

An RV on the road with mountains; prepare your RV for a road trip

Cleaning and fumigation

There’s absolutely no doubt your RV will have picked up some dirt during last season’s trip or even from regular usage. It could also have found new occupants in the form of tiny pests. You have to see to it that you get rid of any pests that may have settled inside the RV. If you are tripping through California, you might consider calling a pest control company in Norwalk or San Diego, depending on where you are, to protect both your RV and its passengers. Taking this small step to prepare your RV for a road trip could be vital to the success and flow of the trip.

As for the cleaning, be sure to start by washing the exterior, cleaning the upper compartments as you make your way to the top. You can use RV wash and wax soap to clean and protect sealants and painted parts. The wax will give your RV that gloss and make it feel and look brand new. You can then clean the tires using a tire shine product. Chrome grills and bumpers can be cleaned using quality metal polish. Don’t forget to clean the undercarriage.

Check the tires

RV travel is meant to be fun and full of memories. You don’t want to encounter a flat tire with no options of getting it repaired in time. In order to prepare your RV for a road trip, you’ll need to do a thorough wheel check.

Include dry rot from storage, tire inflation pressure, and any cracks and wears that may pose a potential risk. It’s better to repair all the tires that look worn out before you leave for your journey. You need to also make sure all the wheel nuts are well tightened since you may encounter dusty and bumpy roads.

Vehicle battery; prepare your RV for a road trip

Battery inspection and preparation

Vehicle batteries can often fail to function when you’re just about to run the engine and leave for the journey. This is a common issue, especially if your RV has been stationary for a long period of time. Therefore, you need to make sure that the battery has no cracks and if so, get a replacement.

If you’re good to go, ensure that you disconnect and clean-up all the battery connections with a suitable lubricant that is marked as corrosion-resistant. Just before you finish up, also check on the fluid levels and fully charge and reconnect the battery. This should have your battery ready as you prepare your RV for a road trip.

Clean out the water system

Water is one important element that your RV needs in order to run smoothly on the road. Bearing this in mind, you’ll need to completely drain the water tank, clean it out, rinse and refill it with fresh water. Be sure to keep the water running through the lines as a way of flushing out any anti-freeze that may remain in the system.

Running water through the system lines will also give you a heads up in case of any leaks. Once you detect such a defect, you have to repair it before you can proceed further. Afterwards, you’ll need to disable the water heater bypass as preparation for hot water use. You’ll also need to replace the filter if it has frozen over winter or due to antifreeze exposure.

Hands holding a map; prepare your RV for a road trip

Plan the route

Before leaving your house to go on a long road trip, you need to make sure you have an idea of where you’re headed and what you’re going to encounter. This means that you ought to carry out a reconnaissance if you have time. If this isn’t the case, make sure you have a well laid-out map that can be backed up by an updated GPS. You need to also check on any weather updates so that you pack accordingly.

Use the above tips to prepare your RV for a road trip and avoid risky breakdowns. As further insurance, consider carrying a satellite phone in case you need help where there’s no cell phone service.

About Kevin Devoto

Kevin Devoto is an avid outdoor enthusiast and freelance writer. He enjoys writing about sustainability, eco friendly behaviors and local travel. He has traveled all over the world but has taken a particular interest in our great National Parks.

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