Even though you recently bought a used RV, it’s NOT ready for a road trip just yet. There are a few things you must do in order to make sure that your RV is safe, disinfected, and ready for you to travel in first! Here’s your checklist of 10 things to do before hitting the road in a secondhand RV.
Batteries And Electrical Systems
RVs and batteries really do go hand-in-hand... because no battery power means no RVing! Here experienced RVers share the best ways to keep your RV battery fully charged for longer periods of time -- including how to install RV solar panels instead of relying on your RV battery. You'll learn all about your RV's electrical system, everything you need to know about RV batteries & alternators, the important difference between an RV converter vs. an inverter, and the one big thing you need to do before parking your RV for the winter. You can benefit from the personal successes & failures of fellow RVers who will show you how to fix RV electrical issues yourself.
How to prevent RV battery theft. A full time RVer’s thoughts on RV battery lock boxes & how to lock RV batteries affordably. All about RV battery theft protection!
Just like the items inside your house, RV components have a certain life expectancy. Following is a list of all the items in and on your RV — and their expected lifespan. Items are listed in the order they are most likely to wear out, with time ranges showing the approximate number of years each item typically lasts. The list includes all major RV components — from the drivetrain and electronics to slideouts, roof vents, toilets, refrigerators, and more! A checklist of RV repair issues that you should be prepared for + DIY tips to make things last longer.
Should you take your RV to a professional to have it winterized? Or is this something you can do yourself? The professionals are only concerned with what damage ice in the water system will do to your RV. Here’s how to do ALL of the RV winterizing yourself… according to someone who’s been winterizing RVs for over 50 years!
When boondocking or RVing full time and living off the grid, you will have to tailor your Solar Power System to meet your specific needs. Here are some clever ways to set up your RV Solar Power System. Plus, everything you need to know about solar arrays, your solar system’s batteries, and solar power wiring tips. See the differences between parallel vs serial wiring connections, and why I chose a series-parallel configuration for my RV solar installation.
When it comes to seriously looking at solar power as a dedicated source of electricity when boondocking, a great place to start is a 200-watt Solar Kit. Is 200 watts enough? Yes, it’s enough to power a refrigerator… and watch TV. Here’s what to look for when you’re buying an RV solar system. And remember… you can always add more solar power over time.
If you want to use solar power when you’re RVing, but you fear taking on a DIY project that involves wiring and mounting solar panels & charge controllers, an RV Solar Suitcase may be exactly what you’re looking for! Here are the pros and cons of using a Solar Suitcase for RV boondocking.
The Heart Interface Inverter went bad in my 1993 Diesel Pusher RV. Having it repaired would cost a fortune. So I replaced it with a 1750-watt RV inverter.
RV batteries need routine maintenance. Here’s what you need to know before replacing an RV battery or alternator. Plus how to correctly use a multimeter.
The 4 best choices for indoor RV storage and outdoor RV storage — including the pros & cons of each: heated garage, steel building, enclosed RV storage facility, and outdoor RV storage facility.
RV solar panels provide 12-volt DC power to charge a set of batteries. See how RV solar panels work, plus how to install them in your own RV.
Extend your RV battery life by days, not just hours by replacing your original equipment lighting with RV LED lights. They practically never burn out, and LED taillights make you more visible too.
Knowing what to do when you deal with your RV electrical system is extremely important. Having a little bit of insight into your RVs electrical system is helpful even if you don’t want to do any wiring because knowledge is power. Be careful with it, though.
RV boondocking fans can greatly extend their RV battery life by converting to LED lights throughout their RV. Using less power means you run your generator less and you can get by with a smaller solar panel system. RV LED lights save you big money in the long run!
Just like the RV water system, your RV batteries need to be winterized to prevent expensive damage.
Here are some of the detectors and monitors inside your RV that need to be checked each year — and have a fresh set of batteries installed.
If you haven’t already, you need to winterize your RV’s water system. If you wait much longer, you’ll have a pretty stiff repair bill next year because the water system in every RV must be protected from freezing.
If you’ve stored your RV for the winter, then it’s time to get it out of storage and get things in order for your summer travels. Here’s how I prepare our RV each year for a summer of fun on the road…