5 Tips for Winterizing Your Trailer or RV
Article revised on 19 November 2018
Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to winterize your recreational vehicle. Make sure you do this properly, so that you can get the most out of your vehicle next summer!
Draining the pipes plays an important role in winterizing your vehicle. Damaged pipes can cause many problems when you put your vehicle back on the road next spring. With just a little preparation work, you can easily prevent that situation from occurring.
1. Drain the water from all your pipes and tanks then rinse them, whether they held drinking water, grey water (sink and shower), black water (toilet) or water from the water heater.
2. Pour a good amount of non-toxic antifreeze in the pipes to flush out the water. Pouring one cup of antifreeze into each of the drains, like the toilet and the sinks, is also recommended.
3. Activate the water heater bypass valve so the antifreeze does not seep into the heater.
4. Make sure all the water has been drained from the pipes by turning on all the RV’s faucets until the antifreeze pouring out of them turns red.
5. Lastly, pull off the drain hose caps to drain out any remaining water. Replace them afterward.
Other ares to check to winterize your recreational vehicle:
- Inspect the sealant in roof, wall, door and window joints to prevent water seepage.
- Clean and empty your vehicle of all food and any perishable items that might attract vermin and result in unpleasant odours
- Be sure the propane tanks are properly sealed.
- Lubricate all locks and the chassis.
- Drain the oil.
- Prior to your last fill-up before winterizing, use a fuel additive to protect the tank from deposit buildup.
- If you are leaving your vehicle outside all winter, park it on a surface made of cement or concrete or on a polyethylene tarp, rather than on grass, to reduce humidity and prevent corrosion.
- If your vehicle is not protected from the elements, it’s important to remove the snow from the roof regularly, but not completely, to avoid scratching the rubber lining.
If you follow these useful tips, you’ll find a perfectly maintained vehicle every spring!
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