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Make sure everything checks out before your camping season begins with these tips from American Family

Madison, Wis. (May 28, 2015) - Summer signals the start of camping season, and if you own a camper or motorhome, now is the time to get it ready.

"Just because a component worked when it went into storage, doesn't mean it will work now," says Benjamin Wagener, personal lines senior analyst. "Batteries can run down, electrical parts can corrode, and gaskets can get brittle and crack."

Before your first trip, here's a basic checklist to get your camper or motorhome ready for the season.

  1. Check the propane tank, lines, regulator and gauges for leaks.
  2. Inspect all water hoses for holes or excess wear. Replace any damaged hoses.
  3. Refill, flush and test all water systems, tanks and faucets, checking closely for leaks. If you used antifreeze, be sure it's completely flushed from the system.
  4. Test all appliances that run on L.P. (Be certain the water heater is full before lighting.)
  5. Replace batteries in gas, smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and test them to make sure they work.
  6. Check all fire extinguisher expiration dates and pressure levels.
  7. Test all interior and exterior lights, switches, electrical connectors, surge protectors, outlets, etc.
  8. Check engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant and filters.
  9. Check air conditioner filters.
  10. Check underneath your camper or motorhome for signs of rodent damage or nests.
  11. Schedule an appointment with a mechanic who specializes in RV's so they can check and repair any mechanicals before you hit the road. Including:
    • Inspect tires for sidewall cracks, cracks between treads and excessive wear. Replace any worn or damaged tires.
    • Check the generator to be certain its exhaust system is in good condition and doesn't leak.
    • Inspect brakes, bearings and hydraulic or electric controls, and repair or replace any worn components.
    • Inspect shock absorbers, springs, etc.
    • Lubricate the chassis.
    • Check all components of the towing system including the hitch, receiver and wiring.

Finally, be sure to check your owner's manual for instructions specific to your camper or motorhome.

Taking the time to check out your camper or motorhome before your travels will save a lot of headaches down the road.

While no one wants to think of damage to their camper or motorhome, make sure you’re insured against damage or theft. Take pictures of the interior and exterior, and keep them where you can easily access them in the event of a loss. One easy way is with American Family's DreamVault, a free, Web-based inventory tool that allows you to document your possessions in one easy place.

Not sure if you're properly insured? Check with a local American Family insurance agent before the camping season begins.

About American Family Insurance
Madison, Wis.– based American Family Insurance is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company and ranks 373rd on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General, Homesite and AssureStart) also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the Internet or by phone. Web: www.amfam.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/amfam; Twitter: www.twitter.com/amfam. Google+ plus.google.com/+amfam/

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