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.
RV Water Tanks
Your RV has a black water tank (for used toilet water, also called an RV waste tank), a gray water tank (for the used water from your RV sinks & shower) and a fresh water tank (potable/clean water that's used for drinking, bathing, and cooking). Here's what you need to know about odors from the RV water tanks, tips for using RV water softeners & filters, DIY water tank RV repair tips, and how to winterize your RV's water tank before parking & storing it for a long time.
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.
Have you considered living off the grid in your RV? I’ve been full-time RVing for the past 7 years. I split my time between long term stays in RV parks and living off the grid in my RV as a nomad wandering with the weather. If you’ll be staying in one place for at least 6 months at a time, then living off the grid (boondocking) is an option that you might want to consider. I’ve put together this helpful guide to give you an idea of what to expect in the way of living expenses and overall comfort when living off the grid in an RV, compared to on-grid RV living. See the costs and comforts associated with both on- and off-grid RV camping.
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!
The majority of online articles about unclogging an RV toilet were clearly written by someone who has never owned an RV — much less used an RV toilet! Here’s what you should NOT do if your RV toilet keeps clogging, what you SHOULD do to fix a clogged RV toilet, and how to prevent RV toilet clogs. Whether you have a regular RV toilet or an RV macerator toilet with a built-in grinder, I’m going to show you how to fix a clogged RV toilet once and for all!
I’m going to show you the easiest and most affordable way to empty your RV holding tanks (both the gray water tank and the black water tank) without tearing down camp just to empty your tanks. It involves an RV macerator pump and an RV portable waste tank — but NOT the Blue Boy RV waste container! Plus, I’ll show you the best way to find RV dump stations.
Replacing the waste valve assembly is a low-cost DIY project that any RV owner can do easily. Here’s how to do it – step by step, with photos and videos.
Here are the 3 best RV apps that every RVer should have. These are the best apps for iPhone and Android phones to make RVing so much easier!
Since there are so many important things that an RVer must do before leaving camp and hitting the road, we thought we’d compile the ultimate RV breaking camp checklist. You definitely don’t want to forget to do these things!
As an RVer, doing your laundry on the road can be a real pain. Here are some reasons to consider installing an RV washer & dryer. Plus, some features that you should look for when purchasing an RV washer & dryer — whether it’s an all-in-one washer/dryer combo unit or a stacked RV washer dryer.
Tackling each specific RV odor with the proper solution is the best way to freshen up your RV. These videos show how to remove sewer odor, as well as how to eliminate moisture and mildew odor. These are the 2 most common RV odor problems you’re likely to encounter.
Having clean, clear soft water while RV camping is nearly impossible to come by. Take care of your water supply by using RV water filters and water softeners. Filters and water softeners make your water taste better and work better for you when it’s time to clean up.
Just like the RV water system, your RV batteries need to be winterized to prevent expensive damage.
Here’s what you need to know about black water, gray water, and potable water on your RV.
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.
Chances are, your RV’s Black water tank always reads FULL — or close to full. Here’s why, and what to do about it in an attempt to get a more accurate reading of your RV’s black water tank.
The first sign there is a problem will be when you remove the black cap in preparation to drain your waste tanks. If you’re greeted with about a half gallon of waste water as soon as you loosen the sewer cap, then one of your dump valves has lost its ability to contain the water in the tank. The next step is to determine which of the dump valves is leaking.
Unfortunately, in the RV world some RV components have a higher failure rate than what you find in the average house. This is due to weight issues, cost restrictions, and of course exposure to the elements. Here are the top 10 RV repairs you can fix yourself.
Whether you are going to a new campground and planning to stay for months, or just going on a weekend trip in your RV, you should have a checklist of things that need to be done before you leave. Only by crossing off the things on this list can you get from one place to the other safely — and without forgetting anything!