If you’re one of the many RVers who chooses to settle down and stay in a stick home during the winter months, you’re approaching that time of the year when winterization becomes a necessary chore. Winterization is an important task for any responsible RVer. It protects your rig from many of the threats freezing weather poses to your RV – cracking pipes, broken water storage, and much more. Repairs to these could cost upwards of thousands of dollars, depending on how winter’s wicked weather impacts your RV.
Thankfully, winterization is a fairly easy task to perform yourself. And, if you’re not one to enjoy DIY projects we offer complete winterization services, which saves you time and provides you with the peace of mind of knowing the job has been done properly. But, if you’re one of those people who love to DIY, read on to learn how to winterize your RV easily.
Prior to starting the winterization process you’ll want to make sure your RV is parked where you plan on storing it for the next few months and cleaned inside and out to prevent pests like mice from making a home in it over the winter.
Non-toxic RV antifreeze – 3 gallons.
A water heater by-pass kit – unless already installed.
A scrub wand to clean gray and black holding tanks.
A water pump converter kit, or tubing to connect to the inlet side of the water pump.
Tools to remove drain plugs.
RV User Manual – Read your manual prior to beginning the winterization process, as it may include separate instructions for winterizing your RV and/or appliances
If you’ve got your supplies ready to get the job done you’re now prepared to start.
Step 1 | Bypass your water heater – this prevents you from having to fill it with 6-8 gallons of antifreeze, which is costly and wasteful.
Step 2 | Drain all water from your RV including the gray and black holding tanks. You’ll also want to ensure your scrub the holding tanks to remove any gunk using a wand and product intended to clean these tanks.
Step 3 | Shut the bypass valve off of the water heater, connect the freshwater tubing by placing in a the jug of antifreeze.
Step 4 | Switch your water pump on and allow it to pull the non toxic anti freeze through your RVs water tubing. Check the water faucet furthest from the water pump first and ensure the fluid coming out is the same color as your antifreeze. Add 2-3 cups of antifreeze to your toilet and flush repeatedly to move through the system. Add 2-3 cups to each drain as well.
Step 5 | Ensure your RV is closed completely, sealed, and ready to be stored away. Head inside and grab yourself a delicious piece of pie.
If, after reading this, you’ve decided winterization is something you would rather leave to the professionals, contact us. Our expert RV service team will happily help you take care of your RV and make sure it will withstand the test of winter’s harsh weather. October 26 to November 2 we are running a winterization special from 8am to noon. You can get your RV winterized, 2 gallons of RV antifreeze, and a free roof inspection all at the low price of $99.00 (plus tax). If your RV has a washer and dryer, dishwasher, or ice maker we’re offering winterization at $155.00 plus tax. This package is originally $190.00 plus tax. We’re offering a variety of RV service coupons available to make winterization and care for your RV affordable.