With winter just around the corner and cool weather already upon us, there’s no need to wait any longer to prepare your RV for its winter slumber. It might feel like a hassle to take these extra steps, but in the long run you’ll thank yourself for being mindful and caring for your investment in a way that makes so much difference. Here are a few main areas you will want to address in your RV before storing it for the winter:
- Drain all water tanks and
- Remove batteries and check regularly for charge
- Clean and suction any moisture inside the RV, particularly in enclosed spaces
Skipping some of these necessary steps might be tempting, especially if you’re in a time crunch, but remember that finding a burst pipe or mildew laden couch cushions in the spring is not the way you want to start off your warm weather adventures.
Prepare Plumbing And Water Tanks
To thoroughly clean your water tanks and plumbing system for the cold winter months it’s important you make sure all the water is drained out of the water tanks and the entire plumbing system. To start this process, remove any water filters since you will want to eventually flush the system with antifreeze. At an RV dumping site, start by draining the fresh water tank, then the black water tank and the gray water tank, in that order. It’s important to be certain that the black water tank is entirely cleaned out so no human waste is left to rot over the winter. That would not be a nice problem to discover when you prep your RV for spring and summer travel!
Drain all of your RV’s water lines as well as the water heater, only after the heater has been turned off and cooled down. After draining all water lines, you should be able to run antifreeze through the water tanks, drains and faucets, and all water lines.