Now that many of us are self isolating and social distancing and Spring has officially arrived, how about a little camping prep. If nothing else we can help you start your list and begin to plan for Happy Travels ahead!
- Inspect tents for any mold or tears.
- To remove mold use a mixture of 5 parts hot water and 1 part vinegar with a drop of dish liquid. Rub affected areas and hang to dry.
- Patch tears using a patch kit or duct tape.
- Reseal tent seams using tent waterproof sealant.
- Set up tent and apply waterproofing if necessary.
- Check tent poles. Elastic pole cord is available and can be replaced.
- Repack tent when dry by folding and rolling.
- Check, clean and inventory all camping equipment including dishes, stove, cooler, flashlights and first aid.
Post – season
- tents should be unpacked after each trip.
- if needed a tent can be washed in a bucket of warm water with a bit of unscented dish liquid. Never wash in washing machine as this may break down the fabric and coating. Rinse and hang to dry.
- Tents should always be dry when packed to avoid mold and should be folded and rolled not stuffed for storage.
- Open all doors and compartments and check for rodent intrusion and water damage.
- Open the awning to inspect and dry.
- Inspect all seams, windows and vents for water damage and reseal if necessary.
- Lubricate all hinges and locks with spray lubricant.
- Test the operation of the hydraulic jacks if applicable. Also check the hydraulic fluid level.
- Raise the radio / TV antenna.
- Inspect the tires for dry rot and check tire pressure.
- Test carbon monoxide, gas and smoke detectors.
- Check the charge and condition of any stored batteries.
- If necessary wash RV and awning.
- Check and test propane, furnace, refrigerator, air conditioner, electrical system and waste water system
Post – season
- Place mothballs near (not in) the gas burner assembly of the refrigerator (to prevent spiders from nesting and causing gas flow blockages at the burner).
- Place sheets of Bounce or Fleecy (or similar product) under each mattress and cushion. This will keep field mice away as they don’t like the smell.