Finally, your RV is coming out of storage! Of course you’re excited to spend some quality time in your motorhome, fifth wheel, travel trailer, toy hauler after the long winter. But before you pack up for the inaugural trip, make sure your RV is ready for the season!
Read the Manual
One of the most important things you need to do to ensure your RV is ready for spring is to consult the manufacturer instructions. Read the manual or manufacturer's website for key maintenance requirements and safety information.
Every RV is a little different and will have unique features. You should pay special attention to the electrical, plumbing, safety equipment and appliances.
Crack the Seal - Time to Open Your RV
If your RV has been unattended all winter, you may be greeted by a musty smell inside when you first open it back up. This is the normal result of air standing for a long period and nothing to be concerned about. Just open up the doors and windows and give it some time to air out.
Inspect the interior of your RV thoroughly for any signs of pests. If you left bug or mouse traps in your trailer over the winter, now is the time to check and empty them.
Cleaning the Inside of Your RV
Start by cleaning the inside of your RV thoroughly. Here are key areas in most RVs:
- Vacuum carpets & furniture (Shampoo if necessary)
- Mop wood/tile floors
- Wash windows
- Dust curtains/blinds
- Wipe down surfaces and hard furniture
- Wash all bedding
- Freshen mattress with Febreeze
- Wipe down furniture/nightstand
- Rinse dishes (dust can accumulate over winter)
- Wipe cabinets inside and out
- Thoroughly clean/sanitize refrigerator
- Clean oven
- Wipe down counter/cooking surfaces
- Clean microwave
- Wash linens & shower curtain
- Scrub shower & tub
- Wipe down sink
- Clean mirrors
- Clean toilet
Clean the Outside of Your RV
Now that your interior is fresh and clean, it’s time to move on to the outside. Be sure you close up all the windows before proceeding.
- Thoroughly wash exterior, removing dirt and black streaks.
- Clean all windows and your motorhome windshield
- Flush out waterlines
- Test all equipment (awnings, antenna, slide-outs, generators)
- Condition slide-out seals
- Check and replace fuses
- Go to a sanitation station and clean out holding takes
Enjoy Spring in a Clean RV
Your trip with your motorhome, fifth wheel, travel trailer or toy hauler will be much more enjoyable in a clean and well prepared RV. If yours is still in storage, you’ll find our DIY de-winterization guide very helpful. Of course, if you need help we’d be glad to lend you a hand, too.