Want To Take Your Motorhome On Vacation This Year? Here's Some Things You Need To Do First

Posted on: 30 July 2017

If you have a motorhome, or camper, that you would like to take out on the road this year for a vacation, you will need to make an effort to ensure that it is ready to go. This is especially important to do if your motorhome was not in use for a while, such as over a long winter. To get it ready for the road, you will want to start with the following suggestions.

Look For Leaks

After sitting for a long time, and enduring a lot of rain or snow, there is a chance that the vehicle has sustained some damages that caused some leaks. Go into the motorhome and look for indications that water has been making its way inside. Look at the wall and floor right below the window and doors. Check for discoloration there, and in the ceiling around any vents or air conditioners. Even if you do not spot any significant damage, that does not mean that you are in the clear. You will want to look at all of the caulking around the windows, doors, vents, and air conditioners. If any of the caulking looks as though it is rotted, cracked, or it is missing, you will want to remove all of it and then seal that spot with brand new caulking.

Test All Of The Appliances

Whether your motorhome is a simple one, or an expensive model with all of the bells and whistles, you will want to inspect and test out whatever appliances you have. Even if there is nothing more than a mini fridge and a microwave, you will want to turn them out to make sure that they work. If you have a propane stove, you will want to first inspect the propane lines and fill the tank up with fresh propane fuel before trying out the stove. This way, you will know that you will have use of all of the appliances that make camping in a motorhome a true luxury.

Check The Waste Tank And The Dump Hoses

The last thing you want to have happen is for your family to use the bathroom, only to find that there is a problem with your waste tank and all of human waste is basically pouring onto the ground at your campsite. Make sure that there are no holes or large sections of rust in the tank and if there are, you will need to replace the tank before you leave. Also, check the condition of the dump hose. As long as the hose is in great shape, you should have no problem dumping your waste at the designated locations whenever you need to.

After you have checked all of those things, you can have a mechanic give it a tune up, stock up on clean dishes and food, and finally take off on the vacation you have been wanting for so long.