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Winterizing Your RV – The 5 Things You Must Do

What is Winterizing?

Whether you plan to store your RV over winter and let it hibernate until the snow melts in the spring, or you’re looking forward to winter camping for skiing and snowboarding, you must take steps to be sure your rig is in proper shape to handle the extreme temperatures of the season. Most RVs come prepared for some cold weather camping, with heating ducts into critical storage areas such as water and sewer tanks.

Five Steps To Winterizing Your RV
1. Protect Your RV's Water System - To prevent damage to your RV’s water system, all water tanks, lines and pumps should be drained thoroughly. Non-toxic RV antifreeze should be used to keep any remaining water from freezing the system. You can still use your RV for winter camping even if you’ve winterized your water system. You just need to carry your drinking water with you, and keep water from flowing into the sinks and systems. Flush the potty using RV antifreeze.

2. Remove all foodstuffs from the rig … most canned or bottled stuff will freeze, and the rest will attract mice, chipmunks, rats, etc. Check under the sinks and storage compartments to make sure you get it all. Clean the refrigerator from top to bottom, and leave it cracked open to prevent mildew.

3. Remove Batteries - If you will be storing your RV in a location where AC power is not available then it is best to remove the house battery and the starting battery and store them in a place where they won’t freeze. If you don’t wish to remove the batteries from your rig, then you should disconnect them so that parasitic current drains will not run them down during storage.

4. Use Proper Insulation - Insulate all cracks and make sure windows and doors are properly sealed. Place egg crate bedding cushion in the roof vents and anywhere cracks or openings appear in the RV floor. If you’ll be staying in the RV, hang a quilted blanket over the front door to stop extra cold air from entering and warm air from escaping.

5. Check For Holes - Make sure holes on the underside of RV are either plugged with stainless steel wool pot scrubber pieces or aluminum duct tape. Both will keep rodents out. Cover all external vents to keep critters out. Sprinkle ant killer around anything touching the ground.

Why Is Winterizing Important?
It is important to winterize your RV, so you won’t have problems like leaking pipes and rodent infestation come spring. Your owner’s manual will have details on winterizing your RV model. Remember, winterizing your RV is not just about protecting your plumbing system, but also encompasses preparing your unit for storage for the months it will not be in use.

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