This page I wrote for my old rv website
RVforSaleGuide.com before discovering the Vanabode as the best travel vehicle
for long term fun. People still like big rv's despite the much greater cost
and trouble to operate, so here's what I know
RV Spring Start up
Preparations before using your vehicle after having stored
the rv for some time.
A. To begin spring startup on your unit:
1. Remove all protective covers and plugs. Remove adhesive residue from
duct tape with WD-40.
2. Open all windows and roof vents to air out the inside.
3. Turn on all lights and replace bulbs if necessary.
4. Remove mothballs and rodent bait from interior and exterior compartments
including the hot water heater, refrigerator gas assembly, stove top and
5. Wash interior of your unit with mild soap and lukewarm water.
6. Check operation of all appliances.
7. Clean exterior of your unit with mild soap and lukewarm water.
8. Lubricate hinges, locks, and moving parts as necessary.
9. Reinstall any batteries in clocks, smoke detectors, etc.
10. Close water taps.
B. Air Conditioner
1. Remove protective cover.
2. Remove air shroud and check blower fan, motor, and cooling coils.
3. Wash or vacuum the condenser coil.
4. Clean or replace air filters.
5. Clean any dust or debris from discharge air opening and ceiling grill.
6. Clean the cooling fins.
1. Check for damage and mildew by rolling completely out.
2. Check pull straps for wear and tear and replace if necessary.
D. Electrical System
1. Check for short circuit between positive and negative battery
cables using a circuit tester or ohmmeter. Reconnect all battery cables
if no short circuit is detected and reset any electronic clocks, radio,
E. Furnace - 1. Remove cover.
2. Check for lint accumulation and insect nests.
3. Connect to shore power and turn on the thermostats to check for proper
4. Turn on main gas supply to the furnace checking for proper operation.
F. LP System
1. Open the main LP gas valve and check the LP system for leaks. Test
this by using a commercial leak detector solution or soapy water and brush
applying the solution around each gas line connection.
2. For any leak problems consult a certified LP gas technician to correct
any leak problems.
3. A rusted tank will not be filled by an LP gas attendant.
1. From outside open the refrigerator vent. Look up and around looking
for any nesting, rodent bait, mothballs and remove debris. Remember to
remove any debris from the vicinity of the gas burner assembly.
2. See your manual for more operating tips.
H. Window, Exterior Seals, Roof Vent - 1. Look for signs of deterioration
on and around vents and railings and reseal or caulk as needed with sealing
compound. Note: Do not walk on roof without proper support for weight
2. Check the putty around moldings of windows, storage doors, entrance
doors and repair as needed.
1. Remove covers and inspect tires for wear and deterioration.
a. Replace tires if tread is 1/16 inch or less and if tread side wall
is cracked, cut or flaking.
b. Select tires of the same size, load range, and construction.
2. Inflate tires to proper pressure.
3. Remove tow dolly or trailer from jacks or blocks. For safety, after
a few miles of traveling on your first trip check the lug nuts to be sure
they are still tight.
J. Water System
1. Close the pressure relief valve on hot water heater. Remove any
debris and/or mothballs from the area of the gas burner assembly.
2. Close drain valves and faucets including shower head.
3. Flush RV antifreeze by running water through entire system.
4. Reinstall drain plug which was removed in the winterizing process.
5. Add a few ounces of baking soda to the tank. Drive around the block
to mix solution. Drain and refill.
6. For water that has a bad taste or strange odor, perform the following
steps to kill bacteria that may be present:
a. Fill the fresh water tank half way with fresh water.
b. In a container mix 1/4 cup of household bleach for every 15 gallons
of tank capacity with another a gallon or two of fresh water. Pour the
solution into the water tank.
c. If needed, top off the water tank with fresh water. Drive around a
block or two to mix the solution.
d. Pump water through each faucet so all the lines are filled with the
water-bleach solution from the RV water tank. About a quart of water running
out of each faucet is adequate.
e. To purge old water out of the hot water heater perform the following
steps. About six gallons of water is held in the hot water heater so run
hot water out of the faucets until this much solution has passed. Now
the hot water heater should be filled with the water-bleach solution from
the RV water tank.
f. Let the water-bleach solution stand for several hours.
g. Drain the entire RV water system including the hot water tank.
h. If there is a bleach odor to the water then mix 1/2 cup of baking soda
with a gallon of water and pour into the freshwater tank.
i. Fill the tank completely with fresh water and run this solution through
the water lines and hot water heater. The baking soda solution can sit
in the system for a few days. Drive the rig around the block to slosh
the water around and clean the tank.
j. Drain the entire water system and refill with fresh water to complete
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