Top 10 RV Spring Maintenance Tips

Check out these 10 great tips we came across on, and if you need us you know we will be there to help take care of any of these important Spring maintenance checks!

As with any travel, the delight of hours on the road in your RV must be prefaced with hours of preparation. Especially if your RV has been sitting unused throughout the winter months, make sure you set aside time to get everything up and running properly this spring, before the travel itch hits you. Here are our top RV maintenance tasks to carry out this spring.


1. Sanitize the water system. Use bleach to flush out your water tank and to get rid of any bacteria that’s built up over the last year.

2. Maintain the generator. Like every engine, a generator requires an oil change and filter change every so often (about every 100 hours of use). You can take your RV into a shop if this level of complexity intimidates you, but there are also some great YouTube videos out there showing how to do this kind of RV maintenance.

3. Prepare the Air Conditioning Unit. This is a big to-do item before the dog days of summer hit. To make sure your AC system is flowing freely, clean the coils (typically accessed via the roof) and the inside air filter.

4. Check the Tires. The place where the rubber meets the road, as they say, is one of the most critical parts of your RV. Check tires for dry rot, and ensure that lug nuts are screwed in tightly. Then fill tires to the recommended air pressure. Many dealerships offer bearing repack service, which is a good idea every other season or so.

5. Reseal the Roof. Over time, water can tear away at the seals on an RV’s roof. Without regular reapplication of sealant, this can lead to interior leaks. Eternabond is a perennial favorite sealant product among RV gurus.

6. Examine the Batteries. Some RVs have wet-cell batteries, which require inspection monthly. In the spring, all RVers should clean battery terminals and clamps, and check that all batteries are properly working.

7. Look Over the Gas System. If your RV carries propane gas, spring is a good time to check this system as well. Make sure there are no leaks. Check that all gas appliances are working, and get the pilot light going in the oven. Some RV refrigerators can run on gas mode; if this is your arrangement, check that this setup is working properly.

8. Scrutinize the RV’s Exterior, including awnings, window seals, outside compartments and access doors, checking for water tightness and cleanliness. Remove any mildew or mold, and thoroughly clean your whole RV.

9. Refill all fluids in the RV, such as radiator, brake, power steering, and transmission fluid.

10. Give any Tow Setups the Once-Over. If you tow an additional vehicle with your RV, take time in the spring to check towing lights, as well as the hitch. Make sure all signaling systems are working properly before you hit the road.

No matter how well prepared you are for the RVing season, something could break on the road, so make sure that you know who to call when a situation arrises! We can help! Call RV Northwest and we will be happy to assist you in any of your repair or maintenance needs!