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RV in the WoodsAs winter ends, many people get anxious to ready their RV for the season. Before you can go, you have to walk through the steps of de-winterizing your camper. Whether you're a rookie or have many years of experience, it's always helpful to have a checklist to make sure you don't forget anything. And remember to wait until the temperature is going to stay above freezing. Being overly anxious and de-winterizing too soon could lead to frozen pipes if another cold spell comes through.
  1. Remove anti-freeze from the pipes. Run fresh, potable water throughout the entire water system until you don't see any trace of the anti-freeze, which is typically pink. Common areas that get forgotten are the toilet, outdoor shower, washing machine and ice maker.
  2. Sanitize your water system. Mix a quarter cup of bleach for every 15 gallons your fresh water tank holds in a bucket with some water. Pour that into your fresh water tank and then fill the rest of the way with water. Run faucets until you smell the bleach coming through the lines. Let it sit for 12 hours, and then run clean water through until the scent of bleach is gone.
  3. Take the battery out of storage and inspect it. Charge it and re-install it in the RV.
  4. Turn on the propane and check all appliances that run on LP, including the oven, refrigerator and hot water tank. Make sure the hot water tank bypass valve is open and it is filled with water first.
  5. Check the tire pressureand inflate according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
  6. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide or other gas leak monitors and make sure the fire extinguisher is fully charged.
  7. For a motorhome, complete all typical tasks to keep a vehicle in good running condition, including oil changes and tune-ups.
  8. If there is a generator installed, start it up and let it run for a few minutes.
  9. Give the entire RV a thorough cleaning, inside and out. As you go, check for any winter damage, including rodent infestation or leaks.
  10. Confirm that your RV insurance policy is in good standing with adequate coverage.
Avid campers are always anxious to get their RV ready to go in the spring, so use this checklist to make sure you keep your rig in good condition before you hit the road.

Don't forget to check your coverage. Call Coral Financial Group at (954) 345-2600 for more information on Coral Springs RV insurance.
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