Taking care of your RV is the best way to get the most life out of it. Out of all the maintenance you will do winterization is probably at the top of the list as far as importance goes. If you live in a cold weather environment, protecting your RV from freezing while it is in storage will help prevent costly damage in the long run.
Here are some of our best RV winterization tips.
Winterize Your Plumbing System
Your plumbing system is at a major risk for damage if you don’t winterize it. Start by draining all of your tanks. All water should be blown out of your lines. Then, use RV winterization antifreeze and run it through your systems. This helps to ensure that there won’t be any freezing happening while in storage.
- Remove filters.
- Drain all tanks.
- Drain the water heater. Remove the drain plug and open the pressure relief valve.
- Open all the faucets, the toilet valve and outside shower if you have one. Be sure to check any outdoor kitchen areas too.
- Open low point drain lines for hot and cold water lines.
- Recap drains and close faucets.
- By-pass the water heater.
- Add non-toxic RV antifreeze.
- Turn the water pump on. Starting with the closest faucet open the hot and cold valves until antifreeze appears.
- Do this process starting with the nearest to furthest faucets.
- Flush the toilet until you see antifreeze.
- Turn the water pump off and open a faucet to release the pressure.
- Pour a cupful of antifreeze down each drain and into the toilet.
Winterize The Interior
Winterizing the interior of your RV is important because it can help keep pests out. First and foremost, clean the interior from head to toe. Then, remove all bedding and sheets. Make sure any and all food is out of the RV, this includes spices. Finally, vacuum thoroughly.
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