Preparation Tips For Winterizing And Storing Your RV!
Going on a road trip in your RV is always a fun family thing to do. You can stop at some of the best camping grounds, enjoy the many activities the place has to offer, and have a wonderful time with your family. Unfortunately, RV-ing is something that you cannot do all-year round, especially if you live in an area that snows. It is a seasonal activity that you will only get to enjoy for a few months each year. For the rest of the year, your RV is stored till the next season.
Where to Store Your RV Safely
If your RV can fit inside your home garage, then good for you. However, because RVs are bigger than regular vehicles, you might need to have a special garage built specifically for your RV. If money is a problem, then you have the option of renting a storage unit.
There are some things that you have to consider though when it comes to building an RV garage or renting a storage unit. For one, does it have a heater? The RV’s water lines could freeze during the winter months, and it is going to cost you a lot of money to have the damaged parts repaired or replaced. Two, will it protect your RV? The garage and storage unit should be able to protect your RV from the different weather changes. It should be able to protect it against the harsh rays of the sun, the harshest of winters, and the dangers of storms. In addition to these, it should also be able to protect your RV against theft and burglary.
Prepping Your RV
The first thing that you need to do to prep your RV for winter and storage is to give it a good cleaning. See to it that you remove all perishable foods, even the nonperishable ones. You do not want these to attract pests that are looking for access to food. Also, canned goods could freeze during the winter months and burst, scattering rubbish inside the RV.
The second step is to check the plumbing and the water tanks. In fact, if the trip is going to be the last trip for the season, it is advisable that you drop by a dump site first and have the water storage tanks emptied. Pipes that still have liquid in them could easily freeze and burst during the winter months. This is definitely a mess that you do not want to deal with. Once the contents are emptied, drain the tanks by turning the faucets and shower on and unlatching the tank drains. Finally, clean the water storage tanks. Fresh water tanks are easier to clean than black and gray water tanks, which you will need special products for.
The third step is the application of an antifreeze product to prevent freezing of the tanks and plumbing system. Of note, only use antifreeze products made specifically for RVs since regular ones are poisonous. Apply the product per the inst ructions provided.
The fourth step in winterizing is making sure the LP supply is shut off properly and covering its tanks to prevent dust and debris accumulation. If the LP tank is removable, remove it and do not store it inside the RV.
Finally, make sure that all electrical appliances are switched off to prevent battery drain.
Jennifer Daehn is a regular contributor of articles in several home improvement blogs. She also writes about RV maintenance and care articles.