While we are still a little ways away from the dune season beginning, the cooler nighttime temperatures are an early reminder that it's right around the corner. Before we know it, the toys will all need to be prepped and the RV or hauler will need a good once over. The fact is, almost all of us procrastinate and leave some much needed maintenance items to the last minute. This forces us into a mad rush, usually during the week we plan on leaving, to get things ready in time for that first big trip. Here are just some helpful reminders of what you can do during the months of September and October so you are on top of your game and ready to hit the sand.
ATV's, Side x Sides, and Motorcycles
clean air filter
fresh oil change and check all fluids
check and/or replace drive chains/sprockets or belt (RZR)
check and/or repl brake pads
Make sure all sand tires hold air. Air them up and recheck them after a few days. Add tire sealer if needed.
Make sure registration is up to date and you have a good flag ready to mount.
Check all lights. Don't get popped for a ticket at night for inoperative lights.
Test battery. Is it fresh and good to go for the season?
fresh oil change
clean and oil air filter
check (& change?) transmission fluid
bolt check entire car
check for oil or coolant leaks
inspect hoses and belts
check coolant level and fan operation
check brake fluid level and pads
check clutch operation
check shifter & linkage
check all lights
check tires and add sealer if needed
replace worn heims
inspect frame for cracks
verify current sticker or registration and you have a good flag ready to mount
Test batteries and check water levels. Also check your connections and cables
Run your generator for 30+ minutes and check it under a load. Make sure it is charging your batteries
Turn on your fridge and make sure it works under both 12V and propane
Inspect tires for cracks or separations and replace if needed. Drive your RV or pull your trailer around town 10+ miles at highway speeds and check afterward.
check trailer suspension shackles for excessive wear. Removal of a nut may be required to see if the holes are stretched
Check and top off propane levels. Check hoses for leaks
Check all bulbs and electrical items to make sure everything is working properly
Stock up on necessary pantry items
Wash sheets/ blankets
Other Items Not to Forget About
Season pass. Call the BLM at 760-252-6000 to order or visit a participating dealer. Season passes are not available AT Dumont
Flags for all toys
stock up on firewood