For most people, winter is a time when their RV takes a rest. That isn’t to say that you can’t use your RV in the winter, because you certainly can. However, the majority of RV owners choose to use their vacation time during the warm summer months. If that sounds like you, then you will want to understand how to properly winterize your RV to keep it in good condition while it is parked. Hopefully, by properly winterizing your RV, it will be ready to go when spring rolls back around.
The three tips below will get you started in the right direction when trying to winterize your RV.
Tip #1 – Water is Your Enemy
One of the main goals of winterization is to get all of the water out of the RV (or as much as possible). When left to sit, water can cause serious problems. Not only does freezing water run the risk of bursting pipes or cracking tanks, stagnant water can develop an odor and attract insects. Your RV will be much healthier in the spring if you are able to drain all of the water after your last trip in the fall. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for draining your tanks and lines, and give everything related to the plumbing a thorough cleaning. Also, if you live in a particularly cold region, you can use RV anti-freeze (not automotive anti-freeze!) to prevent any remaining water from freezing inside of your tanks.
Tip #2 – Leave Nothing Behind
A detailed cleanout of the RV is another step of the winterization process. The last thing you want is to step into your trailer or motorhome in the spring only to realize that some food items have been left in the pantry – for several months. Take your time and check off each section of the RV after everything has been removed. It should only take an hour or two to complete this process, and that will be time well spent. If you have non-perishable items that you expect to put back in the RV in the spring, designate a spot in the house or garage for them so repacking for your next trip will be quick and easy.
Tip #3 – Defend Against the Weather
You want to keep your RV protected from the harsh winter weather as much as possible. Toward this end, there are a couple options. If possible, store your RV under a roof or inside. Obviously, this is the best option, as it will prevent rain or snow from contacting the vehicle. Of course, for many people, this isn’t an option. If your RV can’t make it inside, an RV cover is the next best option. You should be able to locate an RV cover for just $250 or so, and they can make a world of difference. Considering the protection that they offer to your valuable RV, it is worth the investment to spend the money on a quality RV cover.
Winterizing your RV doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process – but it does need to be done. Even if you don’t live in a harsh climate, you still don’t want your RV exposed to the elements while it lays idle for months at a time. Take a few basic steps to winterize your rig and you will be one big step closer to taking your next trip when spring rolls around.