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Get Ready for Spring Camping! 7 Must-Do Tasks

| Updated Mar 14, 2024

Camping season is revving up, and so are RVers! Here's what you need to do to get ready for spring camping…

It's time to dust off the RV sitting in storage (literally and figuratively) and get it ready for spring camping. There is a LOT of camping fun just around the corner, but we all need to put in some work to prepare.

Here's our list of “must-do” tasks we always run through every spring. Of course, you'll need to tweak this list based on your RV, camping style, and whether you store your RV in the off-season.

But overall, this list will get you going (again, literally and figuratively) for spring…

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1. Replace Your Water Filter

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As you know, we highly recommend using a water filter on your freshwater system, and spring is the perfect time to change it. In fact, if you camp regularly, we recommend changing it at the top of every season.

That way, you have clean, good-tasting water from the start of the season. Some filters may last longer, especially if you don't camp that often

A good go-to water filter RVers regularly recommend is Camco TastePURE. It is very reasonably priced and can easily be attached to your RV water hose.

2. Replace Your Water Hose

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Most newbie RVers don't know this, but veteran RVers often replace their drinking water hoses every year. Bacteria can accumulate in the old hose over time or while sitting in storage.

You may be able to use it longer if you buy a quality hose, keep it clean, and carefully store it. However, it's always good to start with a fresh one every spring. Otherwise, it's just too hard to know what's growing inside.

3. Lube the Wheel Bearings

If you have a travel trailer or 5th wheel, add lubing the wheel bearings to your To-Do list. It needs to be done at least once a year, as well being inspected.

You can take it to your local tire shop to get it both inspected and greased up. Or, you can do it yourself if you know what to look for. Gooping it up isn't rocket science, but you'll need to know what to look for to make sure the bearings are in good shape before you hit the road.

4. Inspect and Seal Your Roof

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You probably checked your roof and seals in the Fall, but it's a good idea to do it for spring, too. You don't want to start off your spring season with a leak during your first camping trip.

If you're not comfortable getting up on the roof, hire an RV tech service or employ the help of a handy family member or friend. Look for cracks, bubbling, or discoloration. Then use RV caulk & sealants, and repair accordingly.

5. Evaluate Your Internet Service Provider

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Remote programs change constantly. Make sure that whatever Internet system you have does not lock you into excessive rates. Make sure that the amount of data you're paying for is what you're actually using and that it's at the best possible price.

One phone call to your Internet provider to discuss your rates will often result in savings and/or better speeds.

6. Check Your Awning

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Before you head out, check your awning to make sure it extends and retracts properly. Awnings are one of the most common things to break in an RV. So, make sure it's in working order.

While it's extended, check for mold or mildew on the material. This often builds up when RVs are in storage during the wetter seasons. If need be, give it a good clean with tips from our RV awning cleaner guide.

7. Check All Lights on Your RV

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Check all of the lighting on your RV, especially exterior lights, turn signals, and brake lights. Having to stop at an auto shop mid-trip wastes a lot of time when it's an easy fix to do at home.

If you don't have a spotter to help you check the lights, back up to a wall or garage door at night. Then, you should be able to test the lights by looking for the reflection.

If none or most of the lights aren't working on your travel trailer or 5th wheel, check the electrical harnesses that connect the trailer to your tow vehicle. Make sure there's no corrosion or build up on the metal pins or prongs on the connectors. Sometimes all you need to do is rub or clean them off and plug them back in.

What About Spring Cleaning?

Spring is always a great time to give your RV a thorough cleaning. There's something about spring showers and fresh flowers that inspire us to refresh our living spaces.

Here are the products and tools you'll need. Plus, some helpful tips. Keep reading…

More Helpful Checklists

Of course, there are a LOT of little things you need to do to get ready for spring camping, from packing to food prepping. The above covers a lot of the big tasks, but here are some more helpful checklists:

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2024-03-14

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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