Prepare for Your Summer Trip with RV Parks in the Phoenix Area
May 31, 2022at5:00 AM
When snowbirding season is over, and you’re ready to visit your favorite RV parks in the Phoenix area during the summer, you’ll want to complete a few housekeeping chores before departing.
RV Maintenance to Complete Before Leaving
Chances are, your RV may need some routine maintenance taken care of before you can hit the road. Being thorough and taking your time with this step ensures you won’t end up needing emergency roadside assistance when you’re a day into your trip.
What’s more, it’s always a smart idea to hook up your RV after it’s sat for some time to make sure the water and electrical system are working as they should. It’s best to practice preventative maintenance throughout the year, but if you aren’t sure exactly what steps to follow, this list should help.
Un-winterize Your RV
If you’ve come back from snowbirding and your RV hasn’t been on in a while, you’ll first want to get everything up and running, which means un-winterizing your water system. Washing out the antifreeze from your pipes and plumbing also allows you to clean out your holding tank, as well as clean the holding tank’s sensors that can accumulate gunk and debris over time.
Inspect for Damage, Flat Tires, and Check the Oil
Now it’s time to give the vehicle a detailed inspection. Look over tires, check their air pressure, examine their tread, and consider taking a short drive and then re-checking — that way you’re getting a clear idea of the condition of your tires after they’ve been on the road.
Of course, you should also change the oil if needed, and inspect and test your RV’s mechanical systems. Headlights, taillights, signal lights, and interior lights should also be checked, along with the appliances, roof fans, and vents inside of the RV itself.
If you’d like help with inspecting your RV or want a second opinion, hiring a professional to service the RV is likely a wise investment.
Clean If Needed
Even if you keep your RV spotless inside, it’s probably accumulated some dust over the past few months, so a good inside cleaning is worth the effort. Furthermore, think about cleaning the exterior of the RV and also your storage spaces.
Cabinets inside the RV, the oven, the refrigerator and the freezer, are all good spaces to give a one-over to as well. Cleaning may seem like something you can do along the way, but giving yourself the time to properly clean the space may help you uncover other areas of concern you didn’t find during other maintenance steps.
Good Travel Guidelines
As you’re on the road, there are a few tips to keep in mind that can make the experience more enjoyable, safer, and easy.
The 2-2-2 Rule
The 2-2-2 rule is a way of traveling by RV that is safe, relaxing, and lets you see interesting places for more than one night. The first 2 means that you drive no more than 200 miles each day, while the second 2 is about stopping every 2 hours. The third 2 means that you stay 2 nights in each place.
In addition to the first three 2s, many RVers also recommend getting to an overnight destination before 2:00 pm.
Monitored, Wireless RV Security System
Tools like Ring have wireless security monitoring you can use for your RV. In the event of a disaster, first responders will be sent to your RV. Likewise, it’s a good idea to have a satellite phone for places that don’t have cell phone signals.
Make Rock Shadows RV Resort Your Top Destination
As you’re on the road, be sure to make Rock Shadows RV Resort one of your top RV park destinations in the Phoenix area. We offer a wide range of amenities to help make your summer trip a success.