It won't be long before most of us will have to tuck our RV's in for a long winters nap. If your RV is not one that is traveling south for the winter, you will need to take some steps to prepare it for whatever weather Old Man Winter throws at it.
Once that last fall trip is completed take a day or two to make sure that your RV is refreshed, protected from the sun, wind, snow and cold.
Start by cleaning the refrigerator and freezer and placing a box of baking soda in each one to absorb odors. Make sure you prop the doors open. Unplug all the appliances. It's a good idea to remove any and all dry goods from pantries, cupboards and cabinets.
Make a list of remaining items in your RV and photograph both interior and exterior for insurance purposes in case of theft or damage.
Drain and flush the tanks and freshwater system including the water heater, washer and ice maker. Open the faucets to facilitate complete drainage. You can use low air pressure to blow out any remaining water and it's a good idea to fill the lines with a non-toxic RV antifreeze to ensure there is no left over water hiding that would burst a line or fitting. Remember, RV antifreeze will freeze at around 10 degrees above zero just in case you see a spare bottle in your garage frozen and go into a panic. Even though it freezes it does not expand like water will. It's always a good idea to go with a RV antifreeze that has a burst protection rating of - 50 degrees below zero just in case mother nature want's to exact all of her winter fury on your RV.
Rodent protection is a very import project that you should spend some quality time working on. If your RV remains plugged in be sure to seal around the cord entry point completely. Crawl around the underside of your RV and look for any possible gaps or entry points. It can be helpful to have someone shining a high power flash light from either the inside or outside looking for light coming through. You can find spray foam at most any hardware store that is rodent proof to fill gaps and keep mice from destroying your RV.
Fill your battery with distilled water and clean the power posts if needed. Remove the battery(s) and store them in an area that will not freeze if you are unable to keep a trickle charger running on them. You will extend the life of those batteries by using a
BatteryMinder Battery Charger, Maintainer, Desulfator, Conditioner while in storage. If you have a motorhome be sure to get the engine serviced and more importantly change the oil/filters and add fuel stabilizer and fill the fuel tank.
Wash your RV thoroughly, checking for any cracks or possible leaks. Use
Eternabond tape to seal all roof seams if needed and use RV sealant around windows, refrigerator and water tank vents. Open up the awnings and slide-outs to make sure they are dry and clean. If you need to wash them, let them dry completely before retracting.
Lubricate, lubricate, lubricate-literally anything that can be lubricated. With the wild fluctuations in temperatures during the winter months, condensation will form frequently and will rust anything that is unpretected.
Park your RV on a concrete slab or wood planks, inflating the tires to the maximum cold pressure and cover them with a protective covering to reflect the sun's rays away from the rubber.
Finally, tuck your RV in under a protective cover. You can leave a vent or two open for air distribution.
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motorhome supplies to winterize your RV? Contact us today for anything that you will need to preserve your RV for another winter so that you can jump in and go in the spring!
By Bill Rowell