Prepare Your Camper for Spring
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Spring season is a great time to start planning your next great adventures. Following these steps will get your trailer ready to hit the road safely.
Inspect the Fiberglass Exterior
Fiberglass and gelcoat are known for their durability and impermeability but need regular care. It’s very important to check the exterior of your camper for cracks, leaks, or damage that may have occurred while your camper was in storage for winter. If you find any issues and need help diagnosing them or finding a service provider, please contact our Support team right away. If you used an exterior cover for the winter, be sure to let it completely dry before folding it for storage.
Recharge Your Batteries
As part of our Winterize Your Camper guide, we recommended that you charged your camper battery every 2-3 weeks or to completely disconnect your battery by disconnecting one terminal. This prevents losing storage capacity and preserves the longevity of your battery over time.
We recommend topping off your battery by plugging into shoreline power or a generator for at least 6 hours or overnight. If any of your electrical components are acting oddly after storage, your battery might just need a nice full charge!
When your camper is hooked up to your vehicle with the 7-pin connector, ensure the turn signals and brake lights are in working order. Confirm that the fire extinguisher is not expired and the C02 monitor’s batteries are in working order.
Check Your Hitch Equipment
Make sure your trailer hitch is in good order before you hit the road. By performing routine hitch inspections and maintenance, you can avoid failure on the road. First, inspect the ball mount and receiver for any signs of rust or bending. The nut on the tongue latch should be tight. Check the safety chains for any cracked or misshapen links- this can be a sign of weakened integrity. Also, make sure that chains are not hanging too low. To avoid overhanging, pull both chains all the way toward the front and twist and turn until they are about 4” off the ground then click them to your hitch.
Reinstall Your Propane
If you use a forced-air heater, it’s time to reinstall the propane tank that you’ve stored away from the elements. Make sure your tank has propane! Follow the instructions to wake up your heater’s control panel, prime the propane, and get your heater back up and running.
Check Your Tires
Before hitting the road, ensure your tires (including your spare!) are the appropriate PSI- refer to your Tire and Loading Information label on the inside of your side door. You should also visually inspect the tires for any bulges or missing rubber. Be sure to check that the nuts are tightened as well.
Sanitize your water system
After long periods of infrequent use, it’s important to flush your water system. We recommend cycling water through your clean water tanks 1-2 times. If you need to sanitize your tanks or lines, you can add 3/4 tsp of household bleach per gallon of fresh water. Let it sit for twelve hours before draining it. Diluted bleach is safe to use but you can flush the system with clean water if desired.
Do Some Spring Cleaning
Want to get rid of any built-up dust & grime? Use these tips to get your camper looking in top shape again.
- Use a citrus-based cleaner to wipe down Adaptiv cubes
- For fiberglass, use mild soap & water followed by Lucas Speed Wax
- Zep Orange Degreaser on laminate, refrigerators, or other surfaces inside the trailer
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