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With the weather starting to turn colder, it won’t be long until winter arrives. Unless you plan on some wintertime RV trips, now’s the time to start getting your RV ready for storage. While preparing the plumbing system is certainly one of the most important aspects of winterizing your RV, there are other things you should do to get it ready as well. The more prepared you are now, the less hassles you’ll have when springtime comes.
As previously stated, the plumbing is probably the biggest part of making sure your RV is ready for winter storage. This basically involves making sure water doesn’t freeze in the pipes, which could lead to some expensive repairs. Some may choose to do nothing except use an air compressor to blow out the water. Taking the easy way out is not beneficial in this case, as going the extra step to add antifreeze will make sure all the water is out of your system.
There may be steps to take that are unique to your motorhome, so check the owner’s manual before you start. There are a few general guidelines, however. The black and gray water tanks need to be drained, as does the water heater. The water heater will also eventually need to be bypassed, unless you want to fill up the water heater with antifreeze. Filtration systems are not to be included in this process, either. Flow-Pur has plates that make it easy to bypass your water filter. All faucets need to be opened and drain lines cleared to make sure there is as much water out of the system as possible. Antifreeze can be added to the plumbing using the Camco water pump converter kit. Using this method, faucets are then opened until you see antifreeze come out. This also includes the toilets and showers. Make sure you use RV antifreeze for the plumbing, rather than automotive antifreeze, as it is non-toxic and not intended for engines. Camco Winter Ban is an RV antifreeze that works in temperatures down to -50 F.
Once the plumbing system is taken care of, you can attend to other parts of your RV. The tires, for instance, should be slightly elevated using leveling jacks, so the constant weight of the RV does not damage them. It’s a good idea to cover them as well, to protect them from the elements. You should service the RV, topping off fluids and disconnecting batteries. Block any gaps or openings, including vents and exhaust pipes, to prevent insects or small animals from getting inside.
Clean the RV inside and out, and take out all food items, whether they are perishable or not. Wipe out the inside of the fridge and freezer and be sure that the freezer is defrosted and all water is removed. Leave the refrigerator doors open to help prevent mold or mildew. Using a product such as Kanberra Gel prevents mold from collecting inside other parts of your RV. Kanberra Gel removes mold from the air and is perfect for extended use. Inspect the outside for anything that may need to be repaired. Covering the RV is typically the last step, and will protect your exterior from damage & the elements. Adco makes a range of RV covers for different climates, including those for high precipitation areas.

These are some overall tips to keep in mind when winterizing your RV. With proper care, you can keep your motorhome safe from damage while it spends the winter in storage.

Guidelines for Winterizing Your RV