Is Your RV Ready To Go Have Fun?

School is out, the sun is shining, the days are longer, and nights are getting warmer. It is finally time to get the RV ready and head out on the open road. CAL Ranch is dedicated to making sure that your travel plans this summer are memorable and worry-free.  It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie, part-timer, snowbird or an avid RV’r making sure you are prepared is essential. Before heading off on your next adventure it is important to make sure that your RV is safe and ready to go.  Here are a few tips.

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Cleaning & Preparing Your RV

The first thing you will want to do is completely wash the outside of your RV air it out, check and treat for rodent and insects. Vacuum or sweep the inside of the RV, change the bedding, dust, wipe down out the sinks, shower, and toilet.

  1.  Check sidewall seams for cracks and missing sealant. Examine the roof making sure that the seams are in good condition and sealant is used where needed.
  2. Check each tire to make sure it has the correct tire pressure as well as for any cracks or dry rot from having the RV in storage. Once it has been determined that the tires are in great shape check the breaks, wheels, and hubs to see if the bearings need to be repacked or replaced. Also, don’t forget to tighten lug nuts on each wheel before heading off on the road.
  3. Make sure there are not any cracks in the batter.  If there is a crack the battery must be replaced. Check for corrosion on the connectors, check the fluid levels and make sure to reconnect the battery and fully charge it.
  4. Ensure that filters are in good shape and verify the brake fluid, coolant, transmission, hydraulic and windshield washer fluids are filled.
  5. Inspect the appliances making sure the wires haven’t been damaged by rodents or need replacing. Replace batteries in the smoke and CO Detectors making sure they are working properly.

Water System
Once you have completed the safety check and your RV is clean and ready to stock, it is time to prepare the water system. Nobody is immune to cracked hoses, smelly sewer tanks.  It is very important to keep your potable water, wastewater and sewage water hoses and tanks in good condition and clean and free from bacteria. Bacteria in the potable (drinking) water tank can make you very sick while neglecting the sewage tank can cause serious odor and attract insects making your RV anything but delightful.

Your RV has 3 separate water tanks:

  1. White tank stores potable water which is drinking water and should be sanitized each time you empty it,
  2. Gray tank stores daily use water which is water used in the RV other than the toilet.  This would include, shower, cooking, washing dishes etc. that should be rinsed out and deodorized.
  3. The black tank stores your waste and should be emptied after each time you take a trip with your RV and cleaned out completely once a year


Inadequately stocked provisions can turn a great RV adventure into an emergency during an unseen event.  Make sure you have all of these items onboard and stored before you head out.

  • Propane
  • Food
  • Refrigerant
  • First aid
  • Water
  • Extension cords

Knowing the condition of all these important aspects of your RV will give you peace of mind and confidence to travel.  Now that the house cleaning and physical RV check is done, you can finally get going on your trip.