Many people cannot wait for winter months to come and go so that they can de-winterize their RVs and take them places. Recreational vehicles are great for cross-country road trips, camping, and much more. They help owners accomplish various activities away from their houses without having to leave the comforts of home behind. Plus, with the COVID-19 pandemic still going on around the world, RVs let people do the things that they enjoy while social distancing.
Still, before folks can take their recreational vehicles out and about, they must get the automobiles ready by de-winterizing them. However, not everyone has the time to put everything on hold to complete the different processes associated with the endeavor, and some just don’t want to attempt the task. RV owners in Alberta and the surrounding areas should not fret if they land in such categories. They can contact our company, J & W Mechanical Fleet Services, to schedule RV de-winterization services. There are plenty of benefits that come along with leaving de-winterization to the professionals. Learn all about them for yourself by giving us a call. The remaining sections of this article will focus on some of the things that need to be done when reopening an RV for a new season. Stick around and read on to learn more.
Flush The Water System
Antifreeze is sometimes added to an RV’s water system during the wintertime. It prevents pipes and fixtures from freezing because of frigid temperatures. Recreational vehicles need to be connected to freshwater supplies to remove the antifreeze. Then, H2O should run through hot and cold faucets until no coloured water can be seen. The system must also be sanitized, which can be accomplished with a bleach and water solution.
Inspect The Tires
The tires of RVs can take a beating during harsh winter months. For one, if the vehicle is parked in one place for several months, the wheels can become bald where they were sitting. Rubber wheels can also dry rot and crack when subjected to rain, cold temperatures, and harmful UV rays. Getting on the open road with bad tires can be a recipe for disaster. If one or more of them blow out, accidents can occur. Therefore, a recreational vehicle’s tires should always be inspected before owners take their RVs out for a spin in the spring and summertime.
Check And Charge The Batteries
It is not uncommon for batteries to lose power in cold weather. Hence, they need to be checked during the RV de-winterization process. If they do not have enough juice as they once did, they might have to be charged. On the other hand, if the batteries have dead cells, replacements could be necessary. They should also be inspected for signs of wear and tear, such as cracks. Whatever the case may be, we have you covered.
Test The Gas System
Some RVs have propane tanks and lines to run appliances such as water heaters and stoves. People who own recreational vehicles with gas systems should have them inspected following winterization. They can connect a gauge to the line, turn off the stops, and fill the system with air to determine if leaks exist. When they do, they will need to be found using a soap solution and fixed. Things should never be left to chance when it comes to propane losses. When the system develops leaks, explosions and fires are possible. Such events can leave occupants with injuries or even claim their lives. Those hardships can be avoided by testing the propane system when de-winterizing your RV.