Now is the best time to winterize your recreational vehicle (RV)—unless you plan on heading to warmer weather. The process of winterizing is simple but requires a few detailed steps to ensure your unit is properly set for its hibernation. Winterizing your RV, motor home, and/or trailer will help protect its plumbing system, lower the risk of mold and mildew, and prevent unwanted rodents and insects from taking up residence. We recommend you follow your specific manufacturer’s instructions for winterizing, but here are the winterizing basics.
1. Start by thoroughly cleaning the interior and exterior. After you clean the interior, open up the cabinets and fridge and leave them that way. Close your blinds to keep the sun out, too.
2. Drain and blow out all water lines. Drain all tanks and add nontoxic antifreeze following the specification in your manual. Check this step-by-step guide.
3. Turn off the ice maker
4. Close all facets
5. Ensure all exterior doors, windows, storage compartments and slides are closed and sealed shut.
6. Some RV’s have a winterization valve. If you have one, turn it on. The valve works by not putting water into the system when it’s on, even if you connect your fresh water hose up to the valve and turn it on, having forgotten your RV had been winterized (just like the by-pass valve).
7. Make sure tires are properly inflated.
8. Open and dry all awnings.
9. Place coverings over the tires and the RV.
10. Find a safe place to park your RV, ideally under shelter.
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