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Hitting the road in your RV this summer?  If so, then there are some things that you will need to do to get prepared.  Most RVs sit in one spot all winter long. This can cause even the most well taken care of RVs to have problems. Depending on where you live, the winter months can really wreak havoc on your RV.

Today, we are going to discuss some things that you should do before taking your recreational vehicle out on the road. So, if your RV has been in storage this winter, make sure to go over these tips.  They just might help make your next road trip easier.

Replace Old RV Furniture

Has your RV’s furniture seen better days?  For those of you with older RVs, getting new RV furniture before going out on a trip will make things more comfortable.

Sprucing up your RV will also increase its overall value which will help protect your investment. RV furniture can be purchased and quickly installed before hitting the road.

If you’re taking the family with you this summer, getting a new pull out sofa or replacing those worn-out recliners will make everyone a lot more comfortable. Having the comforts of home while camping in an RV is necessary for many.

Get It Tuned-Up

This is probably the most important thing you can do for your RV before hitting the road. Getting a tune-up from a professional mechanic that specializes in RVs is your best bet. These technicians have been trained and are certified to handle recreational vehicle.

By making sure that your vehicle is up to par, you will avoid any major breakdowns while on the road.  This can even save you a ton of money by not having to pay those expensive tow bills.

Additionally, you will be able to enjoy your vacation and not have to worry about getting stranded on the side of the road.  For tips on hiring a mechanic, check out this link.

Patch That Leaking Roof

Does the roof in your RV leak when it rains? You are not alone. Most RV owners face this issue at least once in their lifetime. But a leaking roof can cause major damage to your investment.

Water damage and mold are serious issues that can be a direct result of a leaking roof.  To learn more about inspecting your roof for leaks, visit this website.  Here you will find a checklist of things to look for during a roof inspection.

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An Ounce of Prevention …

Before you hit the road this summer, make sure that your RV is ready. Having a breakdown while on vacation is never fun.  But it’s a real possibility if you fail to properly prepare your vehicle.

The tips above are just a few things that you can do to ensure that your next road trip goes off without a hitch. No one wants to be stressed out while enjoying time with their family, so why risk it? Remember, an ounce of prevention is all you need to protect your RV from major repairs.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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  1. Some great tips here. A road trip is such a great way to enjoy an extended journey. I have so many friends who love it and would not trade their RV for any other way to travel. It would be a huge inconvenience to face a leaking roof in the middle of your holiday!

    • Thanks Christina :) And yes re the leaking roof – surprisingly happens to more RV’s than you would think! So always best to pre inspect before you head out on a trip.

  2. Such great tips! My partner and I want to road trip around Australia (we’re both Aussie!) for 6 months to indefinite in a few years, so this will come in super handy! Thanks for the great post :)

    • Thanks Rhiannon, Australia is an awesome country to RV! Have an amazing trip, let us know if we can help with any further tips.

  3. Great post Megan! I am actually roadtrippin Australia right now and almost at the end of it. Wish I would have read this earlier :)

    • Thanks Wiebke! Hope you’re having a fabulous time here in Aus :) Tips to keep in mind then for road trips in the future :) Happy travels!

  4. Love your blog Megan and how you’re helping others on the road :)

    • Thanks Amy! Thankyou for being part of our community :)

  5. This is something we’re been thinking about doing for months now. The way you break it down makes it seem much less daunting! Great info Megan, as always!

    • Glad we could help with some planning tips before you head out :) Happy travels Juliette!

  6. Great blogpost! Thanks for the tips. We just bought a van and we are converting it, so the tips might come in handy!

    • Glad we could help Myrthe :) All the best with converting your van!

  7. Great tips as always, Megan! :-) I love staying in an RV or the Brits would call it campervan. LOL!

    My husband and I would like to travel around Europe using an RV, hopefully soon!

    • Haha yes we call it a campervan in Australia also – most readers here are based in the US so I usually revert to their terminology :D

      Europe is a brill place to travel in an RV. Have a great trip!

  8. Excellent advice, Meg! I didn’t realize that new RV furniture is an option. I see my RV next month and I’m going to bring a tape measure – time for a furniture upgrade!

    • Thanks Nancy :) Absolutely – can always upgrade an RV – sprucing up the inside is usually a lot cheaper than trading it in for a new vehicle :)

      Have fun!

  9. In India, Road travel is just so limited to SUVs and personal cars. No-one thinks beyond that. Though I have always always dreamt of buying a bus and converting it into a RV and hitting the road. This seems just so much fun. I’d probably get to do it on a road trip abroad. Very useful article with amazing recommendations.

    • Converting a bus into an RV sounds awesome! Sad to hear that road travel is limited in India – for such a large country with so many beautiful regions, it would be a great destination for a road trip!

      Glad you enjoyed the post – hope you can make a bus/RV trip happen overseas!!

  10. Going on an RV road trip is a dream of mine, and we don’t even own an RV. But I’ve heard rentals are reasonable. Looks like you have a great list here to make a road trip go much smoother!

    • Rentals are a great way to go if you don’t own – and yes, you can get some very reasonable rates too :)

      Have a great trip Tami!

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