We recommend that RV winterizing should be done as early as possible during the fall season because you’ll have less time to winterize it when winter gets close. A well-done job will prevent internal and external damage to your RV as you store it for a while during the snowy season.
To winterize a travel trailer, removing your RV’s batteries, food, and water from the RV is essential. This article will teach you how to winterize your RV and tips on other things you must do in camper winterizing.
This guide is perfect for dummies just starting with RVing and even for veteran campers who want to winterize a 5th-wheel camper!
There are two ways to winterize a water system: antifreeze and air compressor. Below is the list of tools and materials that you need. Make sure you don’t forget to put them all on your checklist]
- To Winterize RV With Antifreeze, You Will Need
- Method 1: Winterize an RV with Antifreeze
- Method 2: Winterize the RV with Air Compressor
- Helpful Tips
To Winterize RV With Antifreeze, You Will Need
- Non-toxic antifreeze (about 4 gallons)/ or an air compressor and blow-out plug
- A tool kit with a socket wrench (1-1/16”), ½” male pipe thread fitting (or quick connect fitting, depending on your water pump)
- Screw gun
- Channel locks
- Blow-out plug
- Teflon tape or Rectorseal
- A water pump converter kit
Our water system is not the only thing that you should winterize. Here are more things you should know and some winterization tips that can help.
- Protect the tires of your RV. There are tire covers that you can purchase in both physical stores and online stores.
- Remove your batteries and keep them in dry storage. Prevent them from draining as well with the help of a battery tender which you can purchase online too.
- Put some insulation on your windows and doors and ensure they’re shut.
- Place some natural dehumidifiers to prevent mold from building up.
- Unplug your electrical appliances.
- Clean your RV’s interior.
Why is it important to learn how to winterize your RV properly? Winterizing the RV is necessary for every RVer to do before the winter season. Doing this will save your RV from not only damage but also your time and pocket.
The best way to winterize a camper depends on how protected you want your system to be from the cold, or it can also depend on how cold it is in your location. Either way, we hope that our article is able to help you learn the process of winterization. Safe travels, and thank you for reading!
Read more: Winterizing your RV without antifreeze.
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