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Preparing your Travel Trailer for Spring

There are only so many warm days here near Seattle, and some of us prefer to do this from the comfort of our travel trailers. It’s the perfect blend of modern luxury while still allowing you to experience the outdoors to the fullest. If you’ve had your camper in storage for the past few months, as we suggested not too long ago, then make sure it’s ready for spring travel by following our dewinterization guideline by Ryan’s RV Town. We’ll make sure you’re all ready for your first trip of the year.

Complete Inspection

The most basic and important thing you can do to prepare your trailer is to inspect it. Top to bottom, inside and out, in every nook and cranny. This is the best way to find out if everything is working properly and to locate any problem areas and decide if they need to be addressed before you hit the road. You’ll want to feel every inch of your seals for tears and cracking. Sometimes, you’ll need to simply use sealant conditioner to rehydrate them, while other times you’ll need to actually patch holes to avoid leaks.

Open everything that can open, like doors, windows, cabinets, and even awnings to see if they open smoothly or if there’s some lubrication in order. Check out the tires and measure the pressure levels. Open your vents and give your travel trailer a chance to breathe and expel all the dust that’s been accumulating. Keep in mind, while you do this, you’ll want to be on the lookout for any pests that may have made a home in your trailer over the cold months in Tacoma or Bellingham.

In general, check every part of your camper, looking for anything that might need to be addressed right away and issues that might become more severe later down the line. Even if this takes all morning, it’s an important step in this process.

Test your Appliances

As you’re inspecting your travel trailer, consider hooking it up to a power source and testing all your appliances. Once again, you’ll be looking for any sign that something is underperforming or out of the ordinary. After all, you don’t want to find out at the campsite that your fridge won’t stay cold. Be sure to include all kitchen appliances, the heating and cooling system, and even the lights, both connected to the electrical grid and outside of it, like emergency flashlights.

Sanitize your Fresh Water Tank

Before putting your travel trailer in storage, you probably took some time to get the plumbing system ready for freezing temperatures, as we explained in an earlier post. Now it’s time to undo all of that and make your pipes safe for travel again.

Start by attaching a hose to your lines to pressurize it and, one by one, open the proper faucet or valve to drain the antifreeze. Keep this going until you see fresh water. When you’re sure all the antifreeze is out of your pipes, fill the freshwater tank with water and add a quarter-cup of bleach for every 15 gallons of water. Flush your system again until you smell bleach, then let this solution sit in the pipes for at least 8 hours. Flush out the system one final time and you should be ready.

As you’re inspecting your travel trailer and getting it ready for spring, you might encounter some issues that need addressing right away. Some of these issues will be simple, like changing a lightbulb or clearing away dust. But for all the bigger issues that you don’t have the tools or expertise to fix yourself, contact our service department at Ryan’s RV Town. Our experienced staff will work hard to get you back on the road in no time. We proudly serve Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham, Washington.