Coming out of Hibernation:
- Begin with a thorough exterior inspection. Examine the outside, including the body and roof for any cracks or separation and look inside for stains on the ceiling, sure signs of roof leaks. Look beneath the coach and/or tow vehicle for signs of fuel or other fluid leaks
- Once you've determined there are no exterior leaks, wash the RV with a specially formulated soap designed for the exterior. Work in the shade, since washing a hot surface can result in hard -to-remove spots and streaks. Use specialized wheel cleaners to make tires and trim look new. Make sure all of the lug nuts are secure, check tires for cracks and other damage and set inflation pressures.
- An RV that's been stored all winter needs to be aired out. Vacuum the carpet and floors and other surfaces as needed.
- Spring prep should include a fluid and connections check. Look for insect and rodent nests and chewed wires and hoses. Check the amount of LP gas and test appliances for proper functioning.
- Test the water pump and water system, including the hot water heater.
- On motor homes, generators and tow vehicles, change the oil and filter and perform all recommended services according to the owner's maintenance manual.
- Batteries should be checked for electrolyte level and connections should be removed, cleaned and treated with an anti-corrosive product.
- Replace batteries and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check all gauges on fire extinguishers. Check and refill your first aid and emergency kits. An emergency kit should include: flares, a gas can, reflective triangles, duct tape, jumper cables, wheel chocks, flashlight and basic hand tools. If you can find wood blocks, this may help when in soft soil areas. These can be placed under the landing gear to keep RV from sinking into grass or soft surfaces.