If you live a nomadic lifestyle by spending part of your time at home in a house and the rest of the time in your camper at a favorite campground, you’ve got to do some things to prepare yourself for long-term camping. Doing so reduces stress and ensures that you’re able to afford to be away from home from longer periods of time.

Here are some of the ways you can prepare your camper for the new camping season:

Do a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of the recreational vehicle.

Look for visible damage such as cracks, leaks, and broken pieces. Hook up the battery you removed during the winter and test the brakes and the lights. Use a tire gauge to see if the tires need inflating. Ensure that door and window handles open and close easily. Make sure the electrical system is in good working order.

Pump and pressurize the water system. 

Once the water heater is full, it should shut off naturally. You’ll also want to make sure that the drinkable water system is ready to go. A good flush with a bleach and water mixture helps removes traces of the RV antifreeze you pumped through the water tank and lines. This is an important step because you’ll want to have access to water to drink inside the camper.

Take stock of the things that you have and the things that you need to acquire.

When you do purchase items for your camper, focus on multi-use objects that take up very little space. You’ll eventually run out of storage, so it’s imperative that you have things you can use several different ways opposed to several items you use one way.

Preparing your camper for long-term camping takes time, but once it’s done, you have less to worry about. You’re prepared for any type of scenario you’ll encounter while staying in your home away from home. You’ll be better able to enjoy the experience without restriction because of the steps you took before you left for your favorite campground.