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For a lot of the country, it seems winter has come already. If you haven’t started to winterize your RV yet, now is the time to start preparing it for long term storage. Winterizing mainly includes prepping the plumbing system, but there are other parts of this process as well. We’ll go into some of the supplies you’ll want to make sure you have on hand. The more prepared you are now, the less hassles you’ll have when springtime comes.

Special care needs to be taken when it comes to winterizing your RV plumbing system. Besides anti-freeze, you may need a holding tank wand, water pump conversion kit, and a water heater by-pass kit. Before adding anti-freeze, you’ll need to empty out the water that’s currently in your system. Blow out plugs are needed if you plan to use an air compressor to blow the water out of the lines. A holding tank wand, such as the Valterra Flexible Tank Wand, is used if your RV doesn’t have a flushing system for your tanks. This particular tank wand can make 90 degree turns to make sure your RV holding tank gets clean. Unless the water heater is bypassed, you can end up using a lot more anti-freeze than you need to. RVupgrades offers by-pass kits with either a seasonal or permanent installation. Using a water pump converter allows you to use your RV’s water pump to send anti-freeze through the plumbing system. Camco offers a pump converter that comes with a brass valve, siphon hose, roll of Teflon tape, and a pump adapter.

Besides the plumbing system, other parts of your RV need to be tended to as well. The RV’s engine should be serviced and make sure it has anti-freeze. Batteries should be taken out in particularly cold climates or disconnected in warmer areas. Propane tanks should be removed as well. Check the outside for any gaps or tears and fix them. This prevents leaks and prevents animals and insects from getting inside. Dicor roof sealant can go around edges and seams on your RV’s roof to help create a watertight seal. Your RV should have a thorough cleaning inside and out, including removing bedding and any food left inside. View our full selection of RV cleaners and cleaning supplies. Keep a non-electric dehumidifier inside your RV to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. For example, the Star Brite No Damp Dehumidifier uses pellets that draw moisture from the air and collects it in a container. It treats up to 1800 square feet.

Covering the RV is typically the last step, and will protect your exterior from damage & the elements. Having the right type of cover is important. Adco makes a range of RV covers for different climates, including those for high precipitation areas. Others are designed to take in wind as a factor as well. All our RV covers are available in a large variety of sizes for every type of RV or trailer, including fifth wheel skirts. Covers for tires, air conditioners, and propane tanks are available as well.

Parts to Have for Winterizing Your RV