Prepping a Used RV
Prepping your first RV if it’s a used rig, may involve a few different procedures. Part of this preparation will involve a thorough inspection of all the parts, systems, and components of the RV to make sure they all work properly. You might need to have the air conditioner repaired, or replace the tires, or get an oil change and brake job, in addition to outfitting it with your personal affects. The previous owner may have left some useful equipment in the RV, like tire chocks, or an extra propane tank, or sewer hoses, and you’ll need to inventory those items to see what’s missing and still needs to be purchased. With a used RV you may also want to replace the bed, as well as the bedding.
Whether your first RV is new or used it can be an exciting process to outfit it for your camping needs, but I recommend doing this over time. In the initial prep, just take care of the basics, because you won’t know how much room you have for storage and what you’ll really need for your unique camping style. If your camping style will require a generator, solar panels, WIFI booster, or air compressor it will become readily apparent the more you camp. Less is more, when it comes to RVing. If you need additional equipment, it will become apparent very soon.
De-winterizing an RV and Getting it Ready for a New Season
The third level of prepping an RV is to get it ready for a new camping season after it has been winterized and stored for the off season. This is a simple process of flushing out the antifreeze from the waterlines, refilling the freshwater tank, and turning the refrigerator on. You should also check all the components and systems, such as the batteries, tires, engine (if it has one), generator, air conditioner, water heater, furnace, jacks, and slide outs. Also, many of the staples you typically keep in your RV throughout the camping season may need to be restocked, like pancake mix, refrigerated condiments, and coffee. If you took the bedding, towels, and extra clothes out of the RV at the end of the season, these items would need to be returned to the RV. When prepping for a new season inspect the entire RV, including the roof, for any damage that might have occurred when the RV was in storage.