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How to Properly Prep Your RV for Autumn

How to Properly Prep Your RV for Autumn

Can you smell the chill in the air? Have you seen that first leaf hit the ground? How many pumpkin spice lattes have you had (we won’t judge!)?

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that the autumn season is just around the bend. While most avid RVers focus on winterizing their RV a bit later into the season, there are things you can/should do for the fall to make sure your rig is either road-ready or prepped for storage.

So, what can you do to make sure your RV is properly prepared for the upcoming change in seasons? Let’s cover a few helpful tips.

Check Your Systems

Whether you plan on driving your RV through the fall or not, the end of summer is a good time to check its systems and make sure everything is working properly. That includes changing the oil, checking the filters, and inspecting the tires to make sure they look strong and there’s enough tread.

It’s also a good time to clean out the holding tanks for the fresh water and wastewater. You definitely don’t want to wait until the weather gets cold to handle that. If you’re planning on storing your RV now, make sure there is no water left in the holding tanks – especially if you live in an area that experiences freezing temperatures. When the weather gets cold, that water could freeze and expand, and you’ll have an expensive mess on your hands.

If you’ve had an adventurous summer in your rig, make sure to give it a thorough cleaning – inside and out. This is especially important if you’re ready to store it away for the season. The last thing you want is for mold or other types of bacteria to grow in or on your RV because it wasn’t scrubbed off.

Keep It “Fall-Safe”

If you’re going to store your rig, make sure you keep it in a place that’s protected from some of nature’s elements. Fall lives up to its name with what can feel like thousands of leaves hitting the ground for weeks. If your RV is parked outside, leaves, twigs, and even tree sap could cause problems for the roof. Not only will the debris leave a mess for you to clean, but it could even end up damaging the roof and creating water damage.

Storing your RV in a garage is always the best option for keeping it safe and protected through the fall and winter months. But, if that isn’t an option, make sure you at least have a canvas cover for it.

If you’re planning on using your RV through the autumn season, we highly encourage it! It’s still a good time to check things out and think about the prep work you’ll have to do in a few short weeks before winter rolls around. Either way, make sure you’re not ignoring proper maintenance and storage prep. The more effort you put into it now, the easier it will be to get rolling again next spring. 

Sep 8th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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