Winterize Your RV

If your RV is stored in a climate that experiences cold winters, it is important to winterize. Taking the proper steps to prepare for winter will allow you to have an uneventful spring.

There are some basic steps that must be done, but each RV is different so be sure to check with your mechanic for more specific advice. In general, it is important to drain the water from the plumbing system. Open the low-point valve from under your rig to allow the fresh water to drain. After the valve is opened, turn on all the sink and shower valves in order to allow them to drain as well. Be sure to flush the toilet when draining the plumbing system. Most RV owners then use potable anti-freeze to coat the pipes for the duration of the winter. It is important to use potable, or non-toxic anti-freeze rather than the type that is used in a car. An anti-freeze installation kit can be purchased to guide you through the process. If you do have a water filtration system, be sure to disconnect it before pumping the anti-freeze through the pipes. The anti-freeze will ruin your water filters if you neglect this step.

It is important to consider your water heater as well. You can purchase a water-heater bypass set that helps prevent anti-freeze getting into your water heater system.

If at any time you are concerned with your level of expertise on performing the winterization, please speak to your RV mechanic. They can either perform the winterizing for you or offer advice on the process.

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