Bringing Steel Inside

by chelseab 12. September 2014 06:18

Here at ProBuilt Steel, when someone mentions steel our first thoughts are ultra durable garages and boat ports, but our appreciation for steel has infiltrated our homes as well. Industrial, neutral, and built to last, steel home decor is both aesthetically appealing and utilitarian. Plus, with a variety of finishes like high shine, brushed, even painted, interior steel can be customized to match any home.

Steel and kitchens go hand in hand. Stainless steel, in particular, is rust proof, easy to clean, and heat-resistant, making it the metal de jour for kitchen appliances. But steel is great for more than just refrigerators and ovens. One of our favorite trends embraces the clean lines and industrial charm of professional kitchens through steel countertops.  Plus, much like our steel structures, these counter tops are virtually indestructible. If new countertops aren’t quite in your budget, a simple steel addition like new cabinet hardware can make a big impact.

Steel Countertops Brighten a Modern Kitchen

Windows are another perfect opportunity to utilize steel. Today’s open concept homes lend themselves to big windows with even bigger impressions. But did you know that steel framed windows are a major trend? They offer terrific natural light, while offering a dramatic industrial look. Throw in some reclaimed wood furniture and your home is fit for a magazine spread.

Steel Framed Windows Make a Big Impact

Adding a little steel to your home doesn’t have to mean major renovations. Factory-inspired lighting can look great with everything from traditional to ultra contemporary designs.  Often times, they even double as art with sculptural elements.

Steel Lighting Looks Bright and Modern

Maybe it’s your dining room that could use a little masculine style? Steel dining tables, whether the steel is in the form of legs, a frame, or the entire piece, are stylish and durable. Steel legs are even strong enough to hold up heavier tabletop materials like marble. In our homes, the steel helps to break up the sea of wood furniture that always seems to occur.

We may be a little more excited about steel than the average person, but if you are looking forward a creative way to spice up your home décor, steel may be the way to go. Do you have any cool steel accents in your home? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Become a Weekend Racecar Driver

by RainF 25. August 2014 05:21

When the first automobiles were created, drivers had one thing on their mind: to go faster. This desire spawned a variety of auto sports that have long become global events people love to watch year after year. Formula One, NASCAR and The 24 Hours of Le Mans are the most recognized and oldest racing championships.

People at home who watch these races dream of taking their cars out to the track and competing with other drivers.  Most of us don’t intend to make a career out of racing, but would enjoy burning rubber and testing our skills on a track. The growing sport of Autocross is a great entry point for anyone who wants to test their racing skills in a safe and competitive environment with their own car. 

Rain's MX-5 NC (Miata)We have a few guys in our office who participate in Autocross events on the weekends, and they have a few pieces of advice for you before you get out there.

Be a Member of SCCA

Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) was founded in 1944 with one mission in mind: Bring motorsports to those who are passionate about it. As a member, you’ll be given advance notice of Autocross events in your area and discounts on registration for those events. It’s also a chance to connect with other car enthusiasts and get tips on improving your car or driving techniques.

Preparing for the Event

Before any Autocross event, it’s best to get your car checked out by your trusted mechanic to make sure everything is in working order and that it can handle the stress of pushing it under the extreme conditions of racing. If you’re the DIY type, you want to make sure these things are checked and addressed:

  • Secure the battery with a hold down bracket
  • Tighten lug nuts to secure the tires
  • Replace worn brake pads
  • Top off fluids (Oil, brake, coolant, steering, etc.)
  • Inspect and tighten up items, such as the oil filter
  • Have at least a half tank of gas
  • Check belts and replace if needed

You should not take your car out of the garage unless you’re confident it will be safe for the Autocross event. Once your car has been given a clean bill of health, increase the tire pressure on your tires to stiffen up the ride and handling responsiveness. The amount of pressure will depend on the type of tires you have and the course conditions, but, as a rule of thumb, at least five psi over street spec is recommended.

Remove anything that’s not bolted or required in your car to reduce weight and avoid anything rolling around in the car. Check your seatbelts for any damage or wear. If there’s any noticeable damage, you’re required to replace or fix it before you can race. Finally, make sure you have a certified racing helmet or they won’t let you race. SNELL SA2000 rating helmets are the standard for most events.

Find a Mentor

Going to an Autocross event for the first time can be intimidating. We recommend connecting with a seasoned driver and getting tips on how to approach the track. Ask to tag along on a course run so you can see how he or she reacts to the turns, braking and shift points. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The Autocross community is welcoming and loves new enthusiasts having fun!

The guys in the office can spend a whole day talking about Autocross and things you need to do, but these are some of the basics you should accomplished before getting out on the track. Once you feel acclimated and part of the community, you can dive deeper into the more technical aspects.

We’ve included a great video that shows you what Autocross is and gives additional information:

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Top 3 Steel & Metal Structures To Visit

by RainF 18. August 2014 04:43

Steel has been a useful building material since the industrial revolution. Since then it has been improved upon and become known as the premier building components to any massive project.

Factory Steel MillAs a builder of steel structures, we wanted to highlight our favorite three buildings that were exclusively constructed with steel or a precursor to it. You might recognize some of the buildings we’ll list but we want to tell you why they have become a treasured landmark in their respective cities. Make a weekend vacation and see these amazing sights!

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1887 and was finished in 1889 for the World’s Fair at the time. It was fought with a lot of criticism at the time since it would be the tallest structure to dominate the Parisian skyline. Which, for the unfamiliar is a great sin to do to the city; lucky for us construction of the tower was given the green light and the architectural masterpiece was created.


The Eiffel tower was made out of wrought iron, a precursor for many of our steel products now. It was an engineering marvel at the time because of its unique artistic style coupled with its precise calculations for wind loads. People believed it would not stand the test of time, but it’s still around being the icon of France. The Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure (300 meters) from the time it was completed till 1930 when the Chrysler Building took the spot for a short time.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of New York’s famous landmarks. Construction started in 1929 and was completed in 13 months. It was an engineering feat at the time because of its insanely fast construction time. It became the tallest structure (443 meters) till 1970 when the World Trade Center towers were created.


The Empire State Building has undergone some green renovations recently and was awarded the tallest LEED certified building in the United States.

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

This is our favorite building just because of the classic John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Willis Tower started construction in 1970 and finished in 1973 to become the tallest building in the world till 1998 when the Petronas Twin Towers surpassed it.


What makes the Willis Tower so unique is the way it was designed and engineered. In a simplified answer it’s a 3x3 area where each section was built up around a central tower. This style was one of the first of its kind and is known for its efficient and economic design. The structural design has become the basis for many of the future buildings that came after.

Maybe you can help us design a worthy steel building that can be as well-known as these three. Comment below and tell us your thoughts!

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Simple Boat Maintenance

by RainF 12. August 2014 07:23

Many of our great customers tend to ask us some questions on basic maintenance for their boats since we offer steel boat carports. While we don’t know everything on how to repair your recreational vehicles, we do have some fishing enthusiast in the office that knows a thing about keeping your boats sea worthy for many years to come. He has provided us with some insight and broke it down to four simple things you need to do each time you use your boat.
Boat SunsetKeep It Clean                      

After a long day out on the water, there is no doubt that salt and other residue that will have accumulated all over the boat. Once you’ve docked your boat on dry land, you should grab a freshwater hose and thoroughly rinse the boat to remove surface residues. After the rinse you should grab a soft-bristle boat brush and marine soap to scrub off the rest of the residues that might have lingered after the rinse. Once you’ve done that, do another quick rinse and your boat should look pristine!

Give It An Oil Change

The long standing rule with recreational boat engines is to change the oil every 100 hours of use or once a year, whichever comes first.  This is the part that might have you groan about boat maintenance, since there’s no quick oil change shop. You’ll have to do this yourself. Don’t panic, it’s a simple process which we will give you a general run down of what you need to do. But before you do anything, always refer to your boat manual for the proper way to do this.

  1. Start the engine to warm up the oil for easier drainage. Ensure you have water being fed to the water intake of the engine so it doesn’t overheat while you have it on for a few minutes.
  2. After about 5 minutes, turn off the engine
  3. Find the oil drain plug and unscrew it to let the oil drain out into an oil pan.
  4. Change out the oil filter
  5. After there’s no more oil draining from the engine. Replace the drain plug and tighten.
  6. Fill engine with new marine engine specific oil

Six easy steps will keep your engine purring for years to come.

Check Your Propeller

The propeller on your boat is what’s going to move your boat forward with ease. Inspect it before and after you have it in the water for any damage. A minor dent or nick on the propeller can put extra stress on your engine and cause loss of performance over time. It’s best to fix or have it replaced if you find anything wrong with your propeller.

Another thing you need to check on is the drive shaft of the propeller. Remove the propeller and see if there’s any random fishing line or debris wrapped around it. If you find anything remove it or get it looked at by a boat mechanic if it’s too difficult to remove.

Finally, you’ll want to put some propeller lubricant on the drive shaft to keep the engine running smoothly.

Give It A Home

Don’t just leave it on the side of your house uncovered when it’s not in use. It’s best to get a tarp over it or have a boat carport where it can stay when it’s not in the water. It’s a cheap and affordable solution to keeping your boat safe. Once you’ve check these basic items on your boat, it should keep it running for many years to come. Below is a video recapping these items:



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5 Rooms to Improve the Value of Your Home

by RainF 7. August 2014 10:39

With the advent of Pinterest and Ikea populating the world, there are more people trying to improve or revamp their homes to add more value and style.  The market for buying homes is back on the rebound and it’s becoming a buyer’s market with all the options in mortgages people have. The best way to improve the value and chances of having eyes on your home is to add or revamp additions that would give anyone coming to your home that “wow” factor.

Even if you’re not looking to sell your home, these five areas will definitely leave an impact to the value of your home after you put some work into them.

Kitchen

The kitchen is usually the gathering point for many homes. A place where families cook, eat and just hangout. In order to facilitate this room as a focal point you’ll want to modernize the look with new appliances, cabinets and countertops.

Remodeled KitchenYou don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel in order to ensure a great return on your investment. If you don’t have a designer’s eye you can always build a complete kitchen from one of the Ikea catalogs. If your kitchen has quality appliances, cabinets and countertops you can do the oldest trick in the book when it comes to improving the look of a room, which is to give it a fresh coat of paint to tie everything back together and catch the eyes of new people.

Garage

Garages are underutilized rooms in many homes. The primary use of garages is to store your vehicles when not in use and a place to store extra items.

Remodeling Garage to RoomHowever, did you ever think about transforming your garage into a guest room or home office? If you can live with having your cars parked in the driveway you can greatly increase the livable space of your home by leveraging the square footage of the attached garages.

You’ll want to do these things to ensure a good garage to room conversion:

  • Raised floors for insulation from the concrete slab of the garage
  • Insulate the walls of the garage and add drywall
  • Have an electrician wire up the garage room properly
  • Add ventilation for heating and cooling
  • Replace the garage door or insulate it to prevent heat or air escaping

These are the baseline things you should follow to set up a garage to room conversion, however after that you can add anything else you want to the room!

Patio

Patios are great value adding areas to any home. People love to have the ability to relax outside or have it a focal point for your backyard garden.  While it can be affordable to build a backyard patio, in order to have that “wow” factor and add some serious return on investment to your property. You’ll want to invest in some of the higher quality materials like cut stones for your backyard patio. Here’s a resource a few of us used when creating our own backyard patios: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/

Backyard Patio AddonBathrooms

Bathrooms are always a talking point when people are looking at homes. Having a modernized bathroom provides that “wow” factor and provides water saving abilities that old fixtures usually don’t have.

Remodeled BathroomItems you’ll want to update in your bathroom would be:

  • Paint the walls
  • Clean or replace the flooring
  • Replace the toilet
  • Replace the sink
  • Replace the shower/tub

Those are the bare minimum you should do when updating your bathroom, these should up the value of your home by a great deal with just a few replacements.

If you have extra space in the home that’s not utilized, maybe you can add a half bathroom. This is a guarantee to increase the value of your home.

Storage Shed

A storage shed in the backyard is almost always a welcome addition to any home. It’s very rare to see a family saying they don’t want extra storage space for their stuff. It’s great because you can put your garden tools, sports equipment, bikes or other items without worrying it will clutter the home. It’s best to ensure your storage shed is secure and big enough to hold your items.

Storage ShedSteel and metal storage sheds like the ones we have on our ProBuilt showroom are the perfect storage solution for almost all homes. 100% customizable and we take care of all the work after purchase.

Building or revamping one of these rooms will help increase the value of your home and make your friends go “wow” when they see it.

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How To Setup A Mechanics Garage At Home

by RainF 25. July 2014 05:48

Garage Engine WorkshopA lot of the ProBuilt Steel staff love cars and enjoy working on them when they have free time available. I mean take a look at our blog and you can see how fanatic we are about cars! Anyway, we wanted to share some ideas on how to transform one of our steel garages into a mechanics haven for your vehicles.

Tools

You can’t have a proper garage without tools for your cars. You’ll need to ensure you have these items in your garage to keep you ready to handle anything that happens or want to change on your car.

  • Hydraulic jack (3 ton rated max weight capacity)
  • Jack stands (2-3 ton rated max weight capacity)
  • Complete mechanics tool set (wrenches, screwdrivers, sockets, pliers, etc)
    • Craftsman or Snap-On are great companies for complete tool sets
    • Air compressor
    • Shop-Vac

We’ve included a great video that touches deeper on the essential tools for your home garage:


Lighting

Without proper lighting, you won’t be able to safely work on your cars without potentially damaging the vehicle or yourself in the process. If you want to do lighting right, you’ll want to install shop style florescent lighting that provides enough light when the garage is close or it’s dark outside. For lighting under the car or inside the engine bay, we recommend using led flashlights that you can easily place on your wrist or head to keep your hands free while working.

We’ve included a quick video that shows the type of shop lights that are in most home garages and how to install them:


Flooring

It’s inevitable that the floors of your garage will become dirty with oil and other car liquids or dirt. This is a pain if you have standard concrete floors that will absorb and stain after a while. Most people recommend adding an epoxy protectant on the floor to make it simple to clean up when you’re done working in the garage. This is a simple and cost effective solution to protect the floor of your garage, however, if you want to have a more professional feel in your garage. We recommend checking out floor tiles for your garage that will give you a unique style for your garage and it’s extremely simple to maintain and install.


Workbench

Finally, to round out a nice mechanic’s garage you’ll want a spacious workbench with easy access to tools along the wall to fix any part you need to install on your cars. A quick solution would be to have a heavy duty table bolted onto the wall of the garage with a wall of tool mounts to have easy access to most used tools.

We’ve included a video of a simple workbench to give you an idea of how it should be:


If you follow some of our tips you may end up with a great garage space to be proud of. Here’s a quick video to show you a complete garage makeover into a mechanic’s dream shop:

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5 National Parks To Check Out - Summer Edition

by RainF 21. July 2014 04:27

Summer is halfway through its course in the states. That means there’s not much time left to vacation with the family before the kids need to head back to school. If you have an RV that’s been neglected under your RV cover, then you should do a quick check of it and get the family together for one last road trip of the summer to see some of the best national parks in America.
National Parks PosterWe’ve listed some of our favorite national parks to visit and wanted to share them with you!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Smoky Mountains Photo

The Great Smoky Mountains are along the Tennessee and North Carolina border. It was designated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940 in our park system. Since its inception it has been noted as the most visited national park in the US and rightfully so with the majestic views and the abundance of hiking trails and fly fishing activities throughout the park.


Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon Photo

The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona became official in 1919 and is one of the most world renowned landmarks in America. It’s been listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You will love the breathtaking sights and the feeling of a millions years of history that the Colorado River took to carve out this masterpiece.

There’s a few small towns created around the Grand Canyon that provide lodging and activities for the whole family to get the full canyon experience.


Mount Rainier National Park
Mt. Rainier Photo

Mount Rainier National Park became the 5th national park in the US in 1899. This is a great national park in the Washington state for all times of the season. It’s great during the summer when the lower elevation of the mountain is green and vibrant with life. As you start to ascend to the top, you can view the wonder of snow and glacier peaks; a popular mountain climbing destination for daring families, perfect for thrill seekers.


Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Photo

Yosemite spans across much of the Central California area. It was established in 1890 and has since attracted numerous visitors, estimated over 3.7 million people each year to date. The Yosemite Valley is where most people are attracted to since much of the park itself is declared a wilderness and as such is extremely dangerous to venture off to without trained park guides.

With the entire wilderness there are many unique sights to see for the family from huge sequoia trees, the famous granite cliffs and animals in their natural habitats.


Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Park Photo

Yellowstone is located in Wyoming and extends into Montana and Idaho. It is considered to be the first national park in the US, which President Ulysses S. Grant signed in 1872. The most famous feature of the park is the geothermal geysers, such as Old Faithful.
Old Faithful Photo - Yellowstone

There’s a ton of activities for the family to keep them preoccupied as they venture off into the park. From fly fishing, hiking, camping and sightseeing; you’ll have days of items to jump around to.


Many of these national parks are accommodating to RVs and motorhomes. If you’re chose to fly to these locations, then don’t worry as they have lodging nearby many of these parks so you’re always ready to explore the amazing sights.

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Keeping Your Home Clean for All Seasons

by RainF 14. July 2014 04:19

As homeowners, we try to keep it presentable in case we have to host someone in the home for the evening. If you don’t schedule yourself to a cleaning cycle, you might end up dealing with a home that will become a hassle to clean up when you need it to be clean.

Instead of focusing on one major cleaning cycle; we found that breaking it down into each change of season has helped lessen the task over time and kept the home in great shape.

Cleaning in Progress

Spring Cleaning

It’s ideal if you can start your cleaning schedule around spring; however, it isn’t a game breaker. Spring is a great time to clean because the weather is starting to become better and it gives you a chance to open up the home and get some fresh air inside.

With the nice weather you can take all your items and toys out of storage and give them a quick cleaning as leaving items in storage for an extended time tends to accumulate dust and cobwebs. Once you’ve cleaned and organized your items to where you want them, you should clean out those storage areas. Just because they’re used to keep your items doesn’t mean you can neglect doing a quick cleaning. If you have a steel storage building or shed you could power wash any of the debris that collected inside and outside of the unit and with the great weather you can let Mother Nature air out and dry it for you.

Added to that, since you have that power washer handy, spraying the outside of your house to remove all the dirt or grime that may have collected on your siding and windows would be a quick way to clean the outside of your home.

Let’s focus on the interior now; vacuuming the carpet, cleaning your windows, dusting, a deep cleaning of your bathrooms and kitchen are the focal point here. Make sure you also remember to replace the air filter in your home air system, it’s good to do this every 3-4 months to keep your system functioning at top performance.

Lastly, do an inspection of items in the house that might have been damaged during the cold season, if you spot anything wrong, replace or repair it. Don’t wait till it’s too late to do anything.

Summer Cleaning                                                 

Summer cleaning is pretty easy; it’s more or less just maintaining what you did in the spring season. The big thing to do is do a quick cleaning of your fridge and freezer. Discard anything that has been left in there for far too long. Added to that, go around the kitchen and home and see if there’s any bug or pest infestation. Summer is notorious for bugs around and inside the home, you’ll want to ensure you prevent or stop it before it gets out of control.

Finally, summer time is usually grilling time; make sure you keep your grill and area you’re grilling at clean by scrubbing away any of the charcoal or food drippings away.

Fall Cleaning

The weather is starting to cool off again and this is a signal that you should start moving your spring and summer items in for storage. Added to that, you should also start looking at your doors and windows to see if there are any cracks or air escaping. If you do find any, it’s recommended you chalk or replace any weather stripping to prevent any escape of air outside. This will help keep your home warm and lower your heating bill come winter time.

You’ll also want to inspect your roof and find any damaged or missing shingles, if you find a few shingles that have problems then the local hardware store can help set you up to fix it yourself. However, if you don’t feel comfortable or the damage on your roof is a lot bigger than anticipated, then you should call a roofer to handle the repairs. It would be cheaper to do this then have your roof collapse around winter time when there’s snow and ice built up.

You’ll also want to clean out your gutters once all the leaves have fallen off trees. Blocked gutters are the number one reason for damage on your roof and gutter system.

Finally, call a furnace technician to inspect your furnace to ensure it will be functional and working comes winter time.

Winter Cleaning

This is more or less; keep up with general cleaning inside the home since it’s the holiday season, which means a lot of traffic from guest and more wear around your carpet and living areas. In addition, the major thing to keep in mind is snow removal if you live in an area that gets snow. Make sure you have all your snow removal gear like:

  • Snow shovels
  • Scrapers
  • Road salt
  • Warm clothing
  • Gloves
  • Wiper fluid & antifreeze (for the car)

These tips are sure to help keep your home in top shape for years to come.

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5 RV Mods You Would Be Crazy Not To Install!

by RainF 8. July 2014 06:35

While traveling the great open road, there is a guaranteed problem that will come up with your RV. It could range from the A/C unit doesn’t start or the flooring in your RV is starting to look like there was an earthquake and it needs to be patched up.

Some of us at ProBuilt Steel have experienced these heartaches; instead of taking our RVs back to the dealership to fix. We decided there was a cheaper and fun way to upgrade our motorhomes. Given that most of us have a RV cover to work under, no matter what weather or time of day it is. It made tinkering away easy!

Updated RV Interior

Here’s a list of our favorite mods, most of us followed guides at ModMyRV.com:

  1. Replacing interior lights with LEDs – This is our favorite mod because it gives you the flexibility to add different color LEDs to add mood lighting in the RV. But the best benefit of having LEDs lighting is the amount of power you’ll be saving on your batteries. Since LEDs are cool to the touch, you’ll have less heat generated within the RV, which reduces the work load on the A/C units. In addition, LED’s last at least 3 times the expected lifespan of the standard CFL bulbs.

  2. Installing a digital thermostat – Depending on the age of your RV and type, you probably have an analog slider thermostat to control the A/C and heater in the unit. While the analog sliders work, they don’t have the accuracy that digital thermostats provide. There have been times where the temperature is off by 5 degrees and that becomes an annoyance when your whole family is complaining that it’s too hot or cold. This is a quick mod that will help save your fuel, battery power and money in the overall life of your RV.

  3. Upgrade your floors – Laminate hardwood floors have become more affordable than ever and with a variety of options to choose from you can give your RV a nice visual and functional makeover. Laminate floors are great because the ease of clean up when they get dirty and the look of it when installed correctly.

  4. Fishing pole holder – This is a favorite for our fellow fishermen. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve gone fishing and our fishing poles are everywhere in the closet because they weren’t secured. We found a quick mod that lets you snap the handle of the rod on the wall and keep it in place while driving.

  5. Motion Sensor Light – Installing a motion sensor light on the outside of your RV is an extremely helpful security deterrent when you’re parked in a questionable RV park. It’s also a helpful light source that stays on when you and your family are outside of the RV grilling food or playing games.

These are our favorite mods; maybe you have suggestions or ideas on great RV mods. Comment below and share them with everyone!

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Prepping Your RV for the Open Road

by RainF 24. June 2014 06:51

Each year, more than 30 million Americans will travel by RV, and 1.3 million of them live in their recreational vehicle full time. The average RV owner will drive 4,500 miles each year, giving drivers lots of time to connect with the open road. Due to the fall and winter months, most RVs have been left idle for the time being, but with the summer months upon us, RV owners around the country will be anxious to break them out of their RV Covers or carports and on the road again!

If you think you might be taking your RV out for a trip in the near future, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prep it for first use this year.

Basic, Yet Essential, Maintenance

The first thing you’ll need to focus on is automotive maintenance. Make sure your fuses and battery are working properly and that all your fluids have been topped off. Replace old filters and sparkplugs with new ones. Next, check your tires and make sure the pressure is ideal and that your lug nuts are on securely. If it’s been a while, have your tires rotated so they will wear evenly. You should also take your RV in to check the suspension, brakes, alignment, and engine so you can hit the road without worrying.

If you winterized your RV, flush out the antifreeze from your water system and sanitize and inspect your system. To sanitize your water system, add 1 cup of bleach to a gallon of water and pour it into the empty tank. Fill the tank and run all your faucets until you can smell the bleach mixture. Let the water system set for 24 hours, then refill it with fresh water. You’ll need to run the new water mixture through the system again to ensure that the bleach mixture has been pushed out completely (there should no longer be a bleach smell). This may take a couple of tanks to eliminate the bleach smell completely.

RV Maintenance

Prepping the Exterior

After you ensure that the heart and soul of your RV is set to run as smoothly as possible, you’ll want to inspect your RV’s body to check for any holes from critters that might have tried to stow away during the winter months. Also make sure that the roof of your RV doesn’t have holes or damage from cold weather or branches that might have fallen on it. You’ll also want to wash and wax the RV so it shines as you coast down the highway.

Ready the Interior

After you’ve done your interior and exterior maintenance, climb aboard your RV and check that all your appliances are running properly. You’ll also want to clean up and air out the interior of the RV so you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience while cruising down the road. If your stove features a propane tank, make sure you check for any leaks in the lines or in the tank, and ensure you have enough gas to make it through your trip.

Be sure to stock an emergency kit on board, which should feature a basic first aid kit and other emergency items, including a flashlight; extra oil and fluids; a spare tire; and your RV insurance and registration information.

Once you’ve completed this checklist, all you’ll need to do is pick a destination and pack a bag before you hit the open road!


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