According to the United States Census Bureau, the RV industry has been growing steadily for several years. And today, more than 9 million American households have a recreational vehicle. If you are one of the many enthusiasts who heard adventures named after you, Frankenmuth Insurance is here to help you navigate the coverage you need to enjoy your next camping trip. Our motorhome service list can help you winterize your vehicle in winter and get your trip ready for the spring and summer season.
Before you explore, read our motorhome checklist:
- Check your tires. When in storage, your RV tires are likely to lose two to three psi (pounds per square inch) ̵
- Check fluid levels. Are your fluids filled and fresh? Now it's time to check. Look at gearbox fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant, engine oil, windscreen washer fluid, brake fluid and alternator oil and top up with any low level fluid. If you do not feel comfortable doing this yourself, have your motorhome serviced by a certified mechanic.
- Check lights and controls. Start the engine to check the correct readings on all meters, as well as dashboard lighting, headlights, taillights and windscreen wipers.
- Winter your water system. To prepare your RV for the winter and prevent frozen pipes, you have probably added non-toxic antifreeze to the water system. Now it's time to flush the system to make sure your water is safe for cooking, drinking, washing dishes and showering. To get started, attach your clean water hose to the city's water / garden faucet and your RV's connection for clean water. Then open the gray tank, turn on all the taps in your RV sinks and shower and let the water run through the system for several minutes until it looks and tastes clean. Then do the same for your holding tank. Switch on the pump and run it to flush away any remaining antifreeze. To protect the environment, it is not advisable to flush these liquids down drains or sewers. Some car stations / spare parts stores can dispose of the liquid safely. Others can give it to the recycling tools for a small fee. Look at these options before you begin. Remember not to be discouraged. We promise that this is the most time consuming step in our motorhome service list.
- Check for leaks. After wintering your water system, take a look around the toilets, sinks and storage areas. If you find a leak, repair it as soon as possible.
- Replace filter. To improve efficiency and save energy, replace your air and water filters. Be sure to buy the right size, as filters should fit snugly to block dirt and bacteria.
- Replace propane tanks. If your motorhome uses propane, you must reinstall and refill the tank or tanks and make sure that all gas-fired appliances work. You can do this by opening the gas line and testing each appliance. Top it up before testing the water heater.
- Check the safety devices. Replace the batteries in your motorhome's smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector before your first outdoor adventure. Then check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace it if it has expired. As additional precautions, read our blog posts: How to Use a Fire Extinguisher and Four Steps to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.
- Recharging of emergency equipment. Every motorhome should have a first aid kit filled with important items such as bandages and antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter medications and hand sanitizers. We have compiled a complete list of recommended deliveries. You should also have necessities for emergency repairs in motorhomes, such as a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, extra oil and coolant, batteries, leveling blocks, etc.
- Review your RV insurance. Before setting out, ask an agent to review your recreational vehicle insurance. This will give peace of mind knowing that you have comprehensive coverage for any adventure that awaits. Are you looking for a new expert near you? Find an independent agent in the community where you work, live and play.
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