Travel Trailer or RV Exterior Spring Checklist
Water leaks are the biggest concern that may be found after storing your travel trailer or fifth wheel over the winter months. Check your RVs roof and all of the caulking around the windows, vents, air conditioners, and doors to make sure there are no cracks or missing caulk. Even the smallest cracks and holes can cause serious water damage to your RV. If you find voids or cracks, re-caulk them.
Inspect your RV tires for sidewall cracks or cracks between the treads. Any cracks should be treated seriously and replaced. Also, don't forget to check your travel trailer or fifth wheel's tire pressure. To find the right tire pressure recommended for your travel trailer or fifth wheel tires, refer to your owners manual. There should also be a decal inside a cabinet that has the recommended pressure on it.
Roll out your RV awning(s) and inspect the fabric. Check for holes, tears, runs, or if anything has detached. If you're having difficulties extending your awning(s), take it to a professional at your local RV dealership. The spring tension might need adjusted and they are tricky. Do not try to adjust the spring tension on your travel trailer or fifth wheel awning yourself.
It's important at the start of each camping season to test your RV's water pipes and lines. Before filling your RV with water for the first time, make sure the hot water heater bypass valve is in the “normal” position and all faucets are closed. It’s best to use your “City Water” connections to fill your RV up for the first time. You can also use your fresh water tank and pump too.
Turn on both a hot and a cold water faucet during filling, allowing the air to escape until the water flows steady. Inspect all faucets and pipes for leaks. Inspect the water heater over-pressure safety valve and the water heater drain plug (outside of the RV) for leaks. After the water runs steady, turn off faucets and disconnect from your “City Water” connection.
Fill up fresh water in your onboard tanks. Reopen a hot and a cold water faucet until the water flow stops. Close the faucets. Switch the fresh water pump on. After the pump starts running, wait 20-30 minutes and listen to hear if the pump cycles on again. If the pump cycles on, it indicates a pressure drop or leak. If the pump does not cycle on, the system should be ready to use.
Make sure to run enough water through each faucet to be sure all RV antifreeze is removed. This process can be difficult if you haven't done it before. If you’re not sure what to do, bring your RV to your local dealer or service center for assistance.