Spring has sprung! Which means camping season has officially started. Now is the perfect time to declutter, organize, and tackle some preventative maintenance on your rig before heading out on your first adventure. Always remember when starting any project on your rig that there are many different types of RVs and motor homes. For the best results, refer to your rig’s owner’s manual or refer to YouTube for some helpful how-to videos. So let the spring cleaning begin!
De-winterize Your Rig
When first pulling your rig out of storage it is important to de-winterize and inspect your unit for any unwanted surprises before your first trip. A good place to start is hooking your rig up to sewer and water. Turn on all your faucets, open your tanks and give your plumbing a good flush. This will rinse out any antifreeze and purge the lines of air that may still be present from winterizing your unit before storage. This can also ensure that there are no water leaks or repairs that need to be made to your plumbing before you head out.
While flushing your plumbing you can always inspect the unit to make sure everything is in working order: test your lights, radio, awnings, slides, propane, and refrigerator. Climb on top of your rig and inspect the roof for any damage that may have occurred during the winter. Flex tape is always a quick and reliable fix in the event of any damage. Don’t forget the obvious things during your inspection, such as tires. Then remember to get the oil changed, (if your unit requires) the final step to make sure your first trip goes off without a hitch.
PREPARE YOUR RIG
The final step in your spring cleaning needs to be a good, old fashioned purge. If you are like me, every trip involves accumulating more things. Before heading out, clean out all the storage spaces and get rid of non-essentials. Remember as an RVer \minimalism is key. Everything in your rig should have a purpose. If it doesn’t serve a purpose get it out of your rig!
Here’s a list to give you a good start
-Old campground flyers
-Old Broken or not working items
-Anything you have duplicates of
-Items that cannot be safely stored or easily put away.
After purging your unit, organize and find a place for everything. When placing things away, think about the order in which you may need them. This will make setting up at your campsite a stressless endeavor and allow you more time to kick back and relax.
Don’t get overwhelmed! You can always tackle your spring cleaning in parts. Take a couple of weekends and ensure you have your rig exactly the way you want it before your first trip.