Getting Your Camper Ready to Camp

04 April 2024

Whether you’re camping somewhere in-state or out-of-state, it’s important to ensure that your camper is as prepared for the adventure as you are! At Kerola’s Campers, we want to help you accomplish all the steps necessary to make your upcoming camping trips safe, fun, and memorable.

How to Get Your Camper Ready to Camp

Regardless of what kind of size, make, and model of camper you own, here’s how to get your camper ready to camp:

  1. Clean Out Your Camper
    Nothing says “I’m ready for camping season!” like giving your camper a good, thorough cleaning. Take some time to dust surfaces, mop the floors, and make your camper as cozy as possible. While you’re cleaning out your camper, be sure to inspect both the interior and the interior of your camper so you can locate issues that need to be fixed before you leave for your camping trip.
  2. Perform Necessary Maintenance
    A camper is no different than a vehicle: it needs routine maintenance so it can get you where you’re going. How’s the tire pressure? We recommend taking your camper for a ride to test the brakes and lights, too. These maintenance checks allow you to prioritize everyone’s safety and comfort.
  3. Take Stock of Your Emergency Supplies
    When you’re on the road, it’s important to have first-aid supplies and emergency-preparedness tools that you may need in case of an accident, severe weather, or an injury. In addition to a first-aid kit, double-check to make sure that you also have a tire repair kit and portable power bank. Non-perishable foods and water should also be kept in your camper during the camping season.
  4. Charge (or Change) the Battery
    Regardless of whether you’re using electrical hookups (shore power) at the campground, you need to be sure that your battery is fully charged. The battery is essential for powering your camper's lights, refrigerator, and other essential appliances when you’re not using shore power or running a generator, so you’ll do yourself a big favor by making sure it’s in working order. (Another tip: test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarm and install new batteries if needed.)
  5. Evaluate Your Appliances
    If your camper has been parked all winter long, keep in mind that it would benefit you to evaluate all your gas-powered appliances; make sure the stove, water heater, and all other appliances are working well and that no air has gotten trapped in the gas line. If necessary, refill your propane tanks.
  6. Address Your Camper’s Water System
    Your freshwater tank should be full before you embark on your upcoming camping trip. Also, empty and clean the waste tanks. The first task will guarantee that you’ll have clean water readily available, while the latter will prevent unpleasant odors and potential leaks during your travels.
  7. Take Stock of Your Camping Supplies
    Don’t leave for your trip without making sure you have hoses, leveling blocks, awning, outdoor furniture, and all other camping supplies you need to make your time spent camping as relaxing as possible.

Final Thoughts from Kerola's Campers

By following all of the above tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the trips you

have planned—even spontaneous ones! As always, you are welcome to visit us at 3610 North Hermitage Road in Transfer, Pennsylvania. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

In addition to selling top-name brands from industry leaders such as Aliner, Gulf Stream, Starcraft, and Riverside Retro (among many others), we also carry high-quality camping accessories from manufacturers such as COBB, Gränsfors Bruk, Lodge Cast Iron, and many more. Should you have any questions about our inventory, please call us at 724-962-4561.

From all of us at Kerola's Campers, wish you a scenic, rejuvenating, and adventurous camping season!