It’s Time to Winterize Your RV! Follow Our Easy RV Winterization Guide!

Cool weather is upon us and it’s time to winterize your new or used RV! If you’re not hitting the road for warmer climates this winter, you should follow these easy steps for RV winterization to make sure your RV stays in tip-top condition and is protected from damage during the cold months.

Winterizing your RV isn’t hard, but you want to make sure to do it right. Follow this how-to guide below!

First Things First: Prep Tanks and Lines

  • The first thing you need to do is drain your fresh, black, and grey holding tanks (in that order). Make sure properly drain your black and grey tanks at a dump site.
  • Next, open the lines and all the faucets.

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  • You’ll want to open both hot and cold faucets throughout your new or used RV – and make sure to get every single one, including the tub, shower, and all the sinks in both kitchen and bathroom(s). This allows air to circulate through the lines. Then, you’ll need to use an air compressor to blow air through the lines to prevent any lingering water to either freeze in the lines or dilute the antifreeze (rendering it ineffective). When you’re done, close all the faucets.

Add the Antifreeze

  • Next, add antifreeze. This is a don’t-skip step to help keep the plumbing system in good condition during freezing temps. There are a few different ways to add the antifreeze depending on which kind of RV you have, and our RV service department can help if you have any questions.

Sweep Out the Summer

  • Now it’s time for a deep clean. Start by removing ALL remaining food anywhere, including dry and canned goods, seasonings, etc. If it’s food, pests will find a way, so clean out all the food from both indoor and outdoor kitchen pantry cabinets, or any places throughout the RV you like to stash snacks within arm’s reach. Make sure to clean and wipe out the fridge, too!

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  • Next, strip linens from the bedrooms and bathroom. Speaking of the bathroom, even things like toothpaste or OTC medicines and cough syrups can attract pests and rodents, so a good rule of thumb is: “when in doubt, clean it out!”
  • Wipe down all surfaces, give the windows a shine, and sweep or vacuum the floors.

Prevent and Check for Damage

  • Now you need to look for any needed repair or damage. Some places to check: seals, slide outs, tires, and roof. Check for cracks or other damage and schedule RV service before putting your RV up for the winter. Don’t put off repair until the spring! Putting your RV in storage with any existing damage, however small, will risk the damage increasing – and landing you with a costlier repair bill 6 months from now. No damage to be seen? Awesome! It’s still a good idea to schedule a routine, end-of-year check with our RV service department.
  • Finally, cover up vents or any point of entry. While using your RV to accommodate guests is hospitable, nobody really loves hosting raccoons or other presumptuous pests. Block their entry now!
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  • Last but not least, take the weight off your RV’s tires and put it on blocks for a long winter’s nap.

If you correctly winterize your RV now, your first travels of 2022 will get off to a much better start and in road-ready shape. It’s not a hard task, but you do need to prioritize it. Contact us today – we can absolutely help with any questions about winterizing you may have!

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