1. Give your home a good wash. There are several ways you can wash your rig besides the traditional bucket of soap and water hose. If you are stationary in an RV park, like we are, you might not have the ability to give it a traditional bath. Research some of the waterless products that are on the market today and see what might be good for your particular home. The main thing to look for is a product that will make your home shine and protect the color and fabric from the upcoming harsh winter elements.
2. Inspect roof seals and touchup where necessary. Bob went up on our roof a couple of days ago to check the seals and seams to ensure the upcoming snow season would not end up inside our home. He found that several bolts/screws had little or no sealant over them. In other areas, the sealant had shrunk into a crevice leaving the opportunity for a small puddle to form and potentially become a trouble spot. Putting a fresh beading around vents will keep cracks from forming and allowing moisture to seep in. Chad from Changing Lanes did a great video on maintaining your roof.
3. Clean out your gutters: Small as they are, your gutters do serve a purpose. Check for any cracks that may have formed which might be allowing water to drip down the sides of your RV. This can cause unsightly lines and stains on your pretty home. It's fairly easy to do this using a car broom. This telescopic ladder made it even easier for Bob to clean ours out this year.
4. Inspect and clean your awnings. Roll out your awnings and clean off any debris then wipe off any tree sap, bird poop, etc. Bees love to nest in awnings and twigs and other small item can cause tears in the fabric. Look for small tears that might need attention and fix them before they get any larger. If you used your awnings a lot this summer, consider purchasing a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Roller Mop. They are getting really great reviews from RVers. Ensure your awnings are completely dry before rolling them up again. Don't forget to clean above your slides and especially under any slide-toppers you might have too.
5. Clean and/or Lubricate the seals on your slides. You may not be moving your slides in and out, however, the seals are exposed to the elements and need to be maintained. Check with the manufacturer of your home to see what product is best to use on your particular slide.
6. Inspect for pests. Fall is the time of year small rodents are looking for food and a place to nest. Mice were particularly bad this year in our area. Rodents can cause costly damage to wire which they are prone to chew through. They can get in through the smallest of holes in your home (they only need about 1/4 of an inch to get in) and make a mess of your pantry. They also leave tiny droppings along the path of their journey to any crumb they can find. Rodent feces can carry bacteria and other diseases that can make you very sick. Clean with a good disinfectant when removing any rodent and/or their droppings.
7. Check your propane tank. Inspect your tank for any lose hoses. Also look for any leaks or cracks around the nozzle connections. Not only for safety reasons, but as you get into the winter months, propane becomes more expensive and you want to ensure you are not wasting gas. Keeping your propane tanks topped off is better than keeping it less than full as your furnace puts out more BTUs with a full tank. Keep the your site looking beautiful as well by touching up any areas on the bottle where the paint is cracking or rusting and give it a quick spray of paint.
8. Change the Anode: The Anode Rod extends the life of your RV water heater by collecting corrosive elements in the water that could damage your water heater tank. The rod is a part of the drain plug and should be checked at least once a year. Replace it when half of the rod has been corroded away. If you wait to change the rod until it is totally corroded, the electrolysis process may cause a great deal of corrosive damage to your tank. You can get good deals on Anode Rods on Amazon. Be sure to get one that fits your tank
9. Change your vacuum bag: If you have an inhouse vacuum system with the collection bag inside one of the under compartments, this is a good time to change it. We rarely use ours so once or twice a year does it for us. If you use yours more often, well then you will need to change your vacuum bags more often.
10. Clean or Add Roof Vent Cover: If you have vent covers, check for debris, clean out the vent, and look for cracks which indicates they may need to be replaced. Vent covers allow you to ventilate your rig during wind, rain, and snow without getting a dumping inside your home. The newer models have vent covers that just snap on which makes adding or replacing easy-peasy! Just be sure to get the right one for your vent.
Next week we tackle getting ready for Colorado Winter #!2