Starcraft Pop Up Campers – Get Ready for Spring

Get Ready, Spring is Coming

As customers begin to bring their Starcraft pop up campers out of storage this season, they should check and replace all sealants on the unit. Customers can find specific resealing information in their owner’s manual.  Along with inspecting and replacing the sealants, customers will need to follow the maintenance schedule provided in their owner’s manual. This includes checking and repacking the wheel bearings along with checking the tires and lug nuts. Customers will want to inspect other items. That information can be located in their owner’s manual.

Run through this simple check list before beginning the camping season:

1. Inspect all exterior seals for voids and cracks

2. Lubricate lifter posts and winch (Fold Down models only)

3. Grease axle bearings

4. Lubricate doors and locks

5. Inspect all roof and sidewall vents for blockage

6. Inspect and clear tubes of any blockage on water heater

7. Inspect frame for damage to paint, clean and repaint any damaged areas

8. Follow rubber roof OEM operators manual for maintenance and cleaning (Fifth Wheel and Travel Trailer models only)



9. Thoroughly clean water lines and water tanks of antifreeze

10. Make sure batteries are fully charged and hooked up properly

11. Check all safety alarms to make sure they function properly

12. Inspect power cord and clean contacts if necessary

13. Inspect tires for wear and cracks. Inflate to proper pressure

14. Inspect LP system

15. Lubricate hitch/coupler

Fourth Time’s a Charm for seasoning

All fold down trailers including Starcraft Pop Up Campers – along with some Camping and Hybrid travel trailers – need to have their tents seasoned four (4) times before the customer takes the unit on a camping trip. Below is the information from the owner’s manual.

Seasoning a new tent

Caution: It is very important to “season” your new tent on your Starcraft pop up campers or other hybrid & folding trailer. If you do not follow this procedure, you may experience some water seepage during the first few exposures to rain.  Well in advance of your first trip, set up your new RV.  Use a garden hose and thoroughly soak the tent with a light spray of water (do not spray directly on the tent with a high pressure hose). After the tent dries, repeat the soaking process three additional times.

If you notice any water seepage or leaks after seasoning your tent let the tent dry, then spray water repellant using the instructions provided on the product container.

 

Caring for Fabric

Caution: Do not use oil based cleaners or any caustic, granulated, or abrasive type cleaners on your Carefree product.

1. One of the best ways to keep the fabric looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years.

2. When it’s time for a thorough cleaning, the fabric can be cleaned while still on an awning frame. For Vinyl Fabric – Use a soft brush and warm water with soap. For Acrylic Fabric – Use a stiff brush and warm water with soap.

3. When cleaning the fabric, it is important to observe the following:

-Always use a natural soap, never detergent. Water should be cold to lukewarm, never more than 100°F. Air-dry only.

-Never apply heat to the fabric. Always allow the fabric to dry thoroughly before rolling up the awning.

Watch for Mildew

Mildew is a fungus that looks like dirt. Vinyl-coated polyester fabrics are mildew resistant because of a chemical biocide in their coating. Under ordinary conditions, mildew will not appear. However, in areas where high temperature and humidity are common, mildew can be a problem and may require the material to be washed more frequently than in cooler, drier climates. To clean mildew from a unit’s awning, thoroughly rinse the fabric with clean water and allow to air dry completely before rolling it up.

If you are interested in the Starcraft camper products, call Aline Parsley at Colerain RV at 513-923-3600 x112.

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