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If you are a fair weathered traveler and prefer to stay home during the winter months, then it's time to think about winterizing your RV. Before packing the RV up, it is important to prepare it for the long winter ahead.

Storing your RV correctly during the winter months can help protect your RV. This means it will be ready to roll again in the spring. Whether you do a bit each day through the fall months, whilst the weather is still fair or you take a full day out of your schedule to prepare your RV. There are some must do's when it comes to protecting your RV from the freezing temperatures.

Preparing Your RV for the Winter

Plumbing - This is one of the most important areas to cover when preparing your RV. You will want to protect your RV's plumbing from freeze damage. Here are some quick steps to help you prepare your RV's plumbing.

  • Flush out your black and gray water tanks and drain the fresh water tank. You want to be sure that all tanks drain, and that they are as dry as possible.
  • You will need to drain your water heater completely and turn the plumbing valves so they bypass the tank while adding RV antifreeze.
  • When draining your freshwater system remember to open up all the faucets. You will want to drain as much water as you can before closing your low point drains. A compressor at 40 psi can help blow any remaining water out of the system and limit the amount of antifreeze needed.
  • Now that everything has drained, you must add RV antifreeze to your system. While some people have success just using compressed air the only true way to ensure that every bit of water is out of the system is to pump antifreeze through the system.

Now that the plumbing is taken care of, you may want to look at these other areas. This will make sure your RV is protected during the winter and ready to go in the spring.

Check the Refrigerator and Cabinets - Make sure all perishables come out of your refrigerator and cabinets. There is nothing worse than entering your RV in spring only to find a terrible stench. 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.

Have Your RV Serviced - Be sure to do a complete service of your motorhome either yourself or by a professional. This will ensure that everything is well lubricated, fluids are changed as needed, and that your RV is ready for the upcoming freezing temperatures.

Look over the Exterior - Now is the perfect time to go over the exterior of your RV. Check for any parts that need replacing or repaired, such as seals and seams on all the windows, slide-outs and doors. Be sure all roof seems are still watertight and close the windows, doors, and vents, to keep weather out.

Protect your RV from the Elements - It is a good idea to give your RV a good wash and wax before placing an RV cover on your motorhome or trailer. This will make sure it stays protected against winter storms and debris.

If you are looking for a range of RV parts, to help you keep your home away from home protected over the winter months, contact us today at RV Upgrades. We have everything you need to keep your RV running smoothly.

By Cheryl Heath

Winterizing your RV and the RV Parts Needed