Parking in a Winter Wonderland: How to Winterize an RV in a Few Simple Steps
How to Winterize an RV in a Few Simple Steps
Winter weather can turn harsh in the drop of a hat. And it can wreak havoc on your RV systems. Here's how to winterize an RV in a few simple steps.
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With the days getting colder and colder, you may be ready to put RVing on hold until spring. But caring for your RV means making sure it's properly stored and prepared for winter.
Luckily, learning how to winterize an RV is easier than you think! Keep reading to discover 4 easy steps to winterize your RV.
1. Drain the Tanks and Water Heater
The first step involves removing all the water being stored in your tanks and water heater. When the temperature drops, any remaining water will freeze and expand. This can lead to cracks which can cause leaks and water damage that will require a professional RV repair company to fix.
If your RV has inline water filters, remove them before draining your freshwater tank. Then, drain your gray and black water tanks.
Adjust the pressure relief valve on your water heater and use hand tools to remove the drain plug. This will allow you to safely drain any water.
2. Clear Remaining Water
Once your water heater and all your tanks are cleared, you may think you're done. But there is still residual water left inside the pipes.
Turn on both the hot and cold water faucets in every room in your RV. Don't forget to turn on your shower faucets and the toilet valve, too!
You may still have some water leftover in your pipes even after water is no longer coming out of your faucets. Use a water pump to remove this water. Then, shut off all the faucets and make sure any drain plugs you removed are put back.
3. Bypass the Water Heater
Check to see if your RV already has a water heater bypass kit. If so, simply follow the provided instructions to use it.
If you don't already have a bypass kit, you can purchase one and follow the instructions to install it.
4. Add Non-Toxic Antifreeze
By now, you may be wondering why you need to bypass your water heater at all.
Well, the final step to winterizing your RV is to add antifreeze. Your water heater is big enough that it doesn't need antifreeze. So, bypassing it allows the antifreeze to flow into the pipes instead.
Once bypassing is done, place the tubing from your winterizing kit (also called a converter kit) into a non-toxic antifreeze container. Using a water pump, pressurize the lines and begin introducing antifreeze into the pipes in each room.
When you get to the bathroom, be sure to flush the toilet until you can see some antifreeze.
Then, shut off the water pump, turn on one faucet (just to release the pressure), and add an extra cup of antifreeze down your sinks, drains, and toilet (and flush your toilet to add antifreeze to your toilet's holding tank).
Lastly, do a final sweep to ensure all faucets are in the off position.
How to Winterize an RV
If you're RV is going to sit through a cold winter, make sure you protect it first. Just follow our guide to learn how to winterize an RV, so you don't discover any cracked pipes or water damage when you go to use it next spring.
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