How to Winterize your RV
Warmer temperatures make for ideal camping and road trips, which means revving up the RV engine. Make sure your RV is prepared for spring adventures by helping to winterize your RV now. Follow these maintenance tips to ensure your beloved ride is ready to explore.
Winterize Water System
One of the most important tasks is to winterize your RV's water system. You can do this by turning off the water heater and letting the water drain. This can help avoid the issue of frozen pipes, which can crack and damage your RV and result in expensive repairs. To help remove all the water, you can open the faucets when draining and flush the toilet. If you have an outdoor shower, be sure to remove the water from there as well.
Go RVing Canada recommends when filling the water system with antifreeze, have it reach all the faucets by pouring antifreeze into all the drains. If you have a washing machine, ice machine or a dish water, you may have to refer to your RV's owner manual for more detailed and specific winterizing instructions.
Clean Air Conditioner Filter
Your RV's air conditioner filters could use a good cleaning. Remove and clean the filter to prevent moisture buildup. While this is a maintenance task that can be done during the other seasons, it's smart to do so in winter to prevent any air conditioning issues come spring.
Remember, to remove your RV batteries to prevent them from freezing. If you are planning to store the battery in the RV, turn off the disconnect and breaker switches. Store the battery in a cool and dry area. If you are planning to store the RV in storage for winter, be sure to fully charge your battery beforehand. If your battery does happen to freeze, do not attempt to charge it, as it can possibly explode.
Start spring cleaning early! Tidy up the interior of your RV. This is especially important to prevent critters from seeking warmth within your vehicle for the season. Throw out any leftover food and beverages and clean up any food messes. Take out any blankets or clothing. Leave drawers and cabinets open to air them out.
Mold and Mildew
By not using your RV for a few months, there's a chance mold and mildew buildup could happen. Along with taking care of your health, having mold in your RV can cause possible rust and corrosion, damaging your vehicle's performance. By using a dehumidifier you can help limit the amount of moisture. If you are planning to cover your RV with a tarp, make sure it's made of breathable material.