Winterizing Your RV

Ok guys, it is getting to be that time when we start hearing the word ‘polar Vortex” along with numerous Winter terms. The temperatures are dropping and that means that it is time to start getting your RV prepared for the brutal Winter that is coming. If you are not familiar with all the things that need to be done, you will need to call in an expert to complete all the tasks properly to avoid costly damage to your rig. Getting your rig ready for Winter is not a fun task nor is it one you look forward to but it is necessary. Taking the proper steps this Winter can mean lots of care free fun when Spring arrives.

The very first thing you will need to do is to disconnect all your water connections to the RV. Be sure that your water heater is turned off. Next you will need to drain all your low point drains. These should be marked with stickers. If you do not know what you are doing, STOP and call a professional. In addition to the drains be sure the water heater is also drained.

The next step is important as it helps to get any residual water out of the lines that could cause a problem if there is a freeze. use an air compressor to blow out the water lines. You can connect the compressor directly to your water intake. Before you start your task, be sure that you bypass the water heater. This step is important so you do not push gallons of water into the tank. Once this step is complete we will move on to the next task. Again, if you are not sure of yourself, call a pro to finish for you.

The next step is important as it ensures you have no water line freeze ups. You are now going to add anti-freeze to your entire system. By using a hand pump at your outside water intake, you will begin pumping anti freeze into your system. Once you start filling the system with the anti freeze you will want to start checking the faucets inside to be sure it is reaching all of them. Check your sinks , shower and toilet as well. Don’t forget the ice machine and washing machine as well.

There is one other place you might overlook when using the anti freeze. Be sure to add the solution to all your drains as well. If water is left in them they can freeze as well.

Once all these tasks are done you are almost ready to walk away for the Winter. There are a few more things you will want to look at. The last thing you want when you return in the Spring is mice. The best way to ensure you do not get any is to be sure you have removed all food sources and crumbs from your rig! Walk around the rig and fill in any holes you might find. Mice cannot chew through metal meshing or steel wool. These materials make great patches for small holes where mice might enter your rig.
Well there you go.

These are some of the most important things to do before the main throws of Winter hit your area. As a final step. You might want to clean your RV before saying bye for the Winter. Not only will this help keep your rig smelling fresh but it will make things easier when you open it up again. You will be opening up your rig to a nice clean environment in the Spring. This will make things go much smoother and faster so you can get back on the road a lot faster!
I hope you find these tips helpful but if ever in doubt, call the Camper Pros. They will get your Winterizing tasks done quickly and professionally.