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I am going to attempt to winterize my RV myself this year, do you have any tips for us DIYers?


Great question, we get asked this a lot when we sell antifreeze in our store. Here is the list that our technicians use. Good Luck!


RV Winterizing Checklist


1)      Drain water heater. Check condition of anode if equipped.


2)      Drain fresh water storage tank.


3)      Drain waste tanks and rinse out. Leave drain gate valves in the closed position.


4)      Bypass water heater and pump nontoxic antifreeze thru all water lines, faucets, toilet and drain lines. Don’t forget freezer ice makers, exterior shower and washing machines if you have them.


5)      Bypass any water filtration systems, drain filter housing and check filter condition.


6)      Cover tires to protect from the sun.


7)      Roll out awning and wash mildew and dirt from canopy. Let it dry thoroughly before rolling up.


8)      Inspect roof for broken vent lids and cracked sealant. Also check the condition of the roof membrane.


9)      Make sure all vents are closed and sealing properly. Close all windows.


10)  Empty the fridge and remove all condensation. Prop doors open for storage.


11)  Add fuel stabilizer to all gas tanks and run generator for 30 minutes before storing for winter.


12)  Remove AC filter and clean.


13)  Check under belly for possible voids where rodents might enter the RV.


14)  Close all propane supply valves.


15)  Disconnect battery and bring indoors for storage.




I am getting ready to use my RV next weekend. What should I do now so that we have a trouble free outing?


That is a great question! We have 10 tips for insuring that you have a fun, safe and trouble free camping trip. Here they are:


1) De-winterize your RV by flushing fresh water thru the plumbing system. Be sure to plug all drain lines and the water heater. Also make sure that your water heater is NOT in the by-pass position, if you forget this step you will only get luke warm water from the faucets. This is a good time to check stock of toilet chemical, water hose, pressure regulator and sewer dump hose.


2) Clean the cabin air filter on the air conditioner. The filter is located at the return air grill. Clean with soap and water.


3) Plug your coach into shore power so that the batteries can get a full charge before the trip. Be sure to engage any battery disconnects at this time.


4) Check the water level in the house batteries. Fill to the top and only use distilled water!


5) Start your fridge cooling at least 2 days prior to filling it with food. RV fridges take much longer to get cool than your home fridge. Also be sure to put pre-chilled food and beverages in the fridge. This is also a good time to clean the fridge door gaskets.


6) Fill the propane tanks and inspect the hoses and regulator for possible damage or cracks in the hoses. light all appliances and test for proper operation.


7) Replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test operation. Check the date and charge of the fire extinguisher and replace if needed.


8) Check the roof seams for dried and cracked sealer. Also look for broken or missing vent lids. While you're up on the roof, also check the air conditioner for any debris in the condensor coils.


9) Check the condition of your tires, look for cracks, worn tread, bubbles and check the date code. Replace if they are over 6 years old or are showing any adverse conditions. Inflate all tires to the recommended side wall pressure. And don't forget the spare!


10) Perform an annual safety maintenance service that includes: re-packing the wheel bearings, adjusting the brakes, checking all lights, checking the emergency break-away system and the hitch.


Have a safe and fun camping season!


 




What do I need to do to get my RV ready for use after it has been stored?


How to Get Your RV Ready for Camping Season


 

How to Get Your RV Ready for Camping Season







   


For most RVers, the best cure for spring fever is getting their RV or motorhome ready for the first camping trip of the season. The promise of rising temperatures and longer days signals the time to prep the home away from home for another spring and summer full of family fun on the open highway.

To get the most out of your RV this season, follow our tips for preparing your RV for camping season.

Inspect the Outside of Your Rig. Your tires get a workout every season and are susceptible to damage caused by changes in climate. Look at them closely for cracks in the sidewalls and between treads. Replace any tires that have seen better days. Check the tire pressure on all tires, including the spare, and make sure the reading on the pressure gage meets the manufacturer’s recommendations. While you are outside, take a close look at the caulking around windows, doors, vents and seams, and repair any cracks, so water will not leak inside.

Test the Awning. Open your awning and examine the fabric for tears and holes. If extending the awning seems more difficult than usual, take your RV to your dealer’s service department to have the spring tension adjusted. Do not attempt to adjust the spring yourself.

Service Batteries and LP Items. Make an appointment with your RV dealer’s service department to check and maintain your RV’s batteries and products that use LP gas. Have a professional perform a load test on the batteries and replace them if necessary. A professional service technician should also test for and repair any LP leaks.

Check the Refrigerator. Vacuuming the back of the unit is a good way to keep it running efficiently. While you are back there, look for rust on the cooling unit and burner flap, and take it to a servicer if you find any corrosion. Make sure the inside is clean also, then turn it on and let it run for several hours to see if it is cooling properly.

Inspect the Sewage Dump Hoses. Because dump hoses have a limited lifespan, check them for tears and holes, and replace them if needed.

Maintain Security Devices. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure your fire extinguishers are in good working order.

Evict Critters. Unfortunately, your RV or motorhome provides great winter shelter for rodents and spiders. Check inside and out for signs that unwanted guests have taken up residence. Open outside compartments, and look for spider webs and debris. Inside, open cabinets, and look for droppings and other evidence of pests. Remove anything you find.

The time you spend getting your RV ready for camping season is time well spent if it means peace of mind that lets you relax and enjoy friends, family and the RV life! Get your RV ready today, and enjoy the spring camping season!



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