Winterizing a RV
As cold months approach, many RV owners decide to hang up the keys over the freezing and snowy days leading to their RV sitting in the cold winter months. An RV being stored without any type of climate control will be subject to freezing temperatures and often the elements. Also an RV owner should consider that their recreational vehicle will be sitting unused for some time, and that they need to take precautions to ensure that their investment does not weather or get damaged. There are important mandatory steps to winterizing an RV, along with many suggestions that are sure to make the winter months much easier on an RV owner’s coach.
Every RV owner who decides to store their RV should learn to properly winterize their coach not only to get more familiar with their RV, but also to save money.
Prevent Water from Freezing in Pipes
The number one goal of any RV owner is to prevent any water from freezing in the pipes, tanks, appliances, or toilet. This will require a bit of leg work from an RV owner to drain every single thing that contains water. The black and gray tanks will need to be fully flushed out, so that will require an RV owner to flush out the tanks properly. Then all freshwater lines and freshwater drain ports will need to be opened, in order to allow for proper siphoning and draining of all the pipes. After all the water has drained out, an RV owner can take a bit of compressed air on a blower (about 20 psi), and blow air into the fresh water lines of their RV to help remove any excess water. In areas of hard freeze, many people also buy a RV pipe winterizing that works similar to antifreeze, however, it is non-toxic or damaging as typical antifreeze is. (Never use common auto antifreeze in fresh water lines.)
Prevent Battery Drainage
Most people who winterize prefer to put a small float charger on both the RV house batteries and the truck battery of the RV. This will allow the batteries to have a small float charge all through the winter months. The float charge is basically a small trickle of power which will keep the batteries at top performance all through the winter. Batteries if left unused can suffer severe damage if allowed to drain. With the cheap price of an adapter style float charger, it is a worthy investment to save hundreds worth of batteries in an RV.
Take Care of Those Tires
Be sure to winterize RV tires by treating them with RV tire conditioner and putting covers on them. Even in cold winter months RV tires can suffer damage from UV light and dry rot. All the cold winter storms and rain and the constant process of them drying and getting wet again can shorten the life of the tires. A good UV protecting cover on the tires will help you save a lot of money in tire expenses in the future.
Winterize the Entire Body of the RV
A great thing to buy for any RV is a cover that protects from UV light and rain. These covers while very hard to install (once a year for winterization) can greatly preserve the looks, body, and roof of the RV. The rain, snow, and ice will accumulate on the RV cover rather than in the roof and air conditioning systems of the coach. The body will not be subject to the UV light, sleet, snow, and rains which will preserve the lifetime of the paint. An RV cover will truly help preserve the overall look and function of the RV for many years to come.
Though winterizing a coach does take a lot of leg work, an RV owner can ensure themselves that they have taken proper care of their RV when they perform the steps themselves. The process can cost a bit of money, but any RV owner can save money by doing this work rather than hiring somebody who comes out and does it for them. Winterizing is essential for any RV that is not in use and will be in freezing temperatures for lengths at a time.
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