5 RV Winterization Actions You Need to Know
Hitting the road during winter with your RV can put a lot of pressure on all the systems. With lots of plumbing and water tanks, RV winterization is a must-do to prevent water pipe freezing and other very common problems during the winter months. Here’s what you need to do to winterize your RV and have it in perfect shape by springtime.
1. Drain and Flush Water Tanks & Heaters
If you’re leaving your RV parked, it’s so important to drain and flush all wastewater tanks. Leaving these tanks unattended can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause infections and disease. At the same time, you also need to get all the water out of your water heater. Failing to do this can cause the water tanks and pipes to freeze during the winter.
2. Add Antifreeze Fluid to Your RV
Now that all your water tanks are drained is time to add antifreeze to your RV. Make sure you take the time to bypass the water heater to prevent the antifreeze fluid from reaching it. Most RVs already have a bypass installed; just make sure it’s set up before adding the fluids.
3. Run the Antifreeze Through the Pipes
Start opening all external faucets and valves outside your RV to let the antifreeze fluid run through them. Wait until the water turns pink to close the vales. This means the anti-freezer has made its way through all the pines and will prevent these from freezing under frigid temperatures. Then, run all internal faucets, showers, and toilets to make sure the anti-freezer reaches all of these pipes as well.
4. Raise Your RV
If you’re not planning to use your RV during the winter months, raise it. After months of sitting, your tires can develop flat spots that can damage tires. If possible, use leveling jacks or anything else you have available to raise your rig off the ground. If you leave your RV parked for more than a week, you should still consider raising it.
5. Double-Check Everything
Before you leave your RV ready to settle for the winter, it’s always good to double-check everything. Make sure all faucets and valves are closed. Verify pink water is running through all the taps, meaning the antifreeze fluid is working. And winterize any internal features on your RV like a dishwasher, washing machine, or ice maker that might follow different winterizing processes to stay safe during the winter.
Geraldine Orentas is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with Pakmule cargo hitch carriers.