Winterizing Your RV
It’s that time of year once again, the temperature drops, the days are shorter, and Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to start winterizing your RV! Although it can be a somber time, it doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow this guide to winterizing your RV and ease your mind of any worries.
Empty out everything
First things first, remove all your stuff! It’s easy to forget some things in your RV or even get a little lazy and leave behind things that you feel aren’t necessary to take out since you’ll need it back in anyway. But don’t do this, take everything out, and we mean everything. There’s nothing worse than coming back next season to a moldy bag of fruit you left in the refrigerator or having to clean up the mess you left behind. And don’t think about skating by and leave your belongings and equipment in the RV, this puts unnecessary extra weight on your tires during the winter season. Protecting your tires is a must and we want the least amount of weight on them as possible!
Drain out all water
This is arguably the most important part of winterizing your RV so it’s important not to take any shortcuts. Be sure to drain all of the water out of your RV and don’t miss anything. That means draining water from the fresh water tank, the water heater, the black and grey water tanks, the ice maker, etc. Use an air compressor to blow out any remaining water and then add the antifreeze.
Cover any vents and holes
Check your entire RV for any sort of holes, vents, and crevices and make sure to cover them. You don’t want your RV to become the home of rodents trying to stay warm in the winter so covering holes and vents keeps them from burrowing in there. But be sure to use something “breathable” to cover otherwise you might cause a mildew problem for yourself.
Keep the weight off the tires
As we mentioned earlier, taking out all of your belongings is important to avoid putting unnecessary weight on your RV’s tires. Leaving your RV sitting in one spot puts all of the weight of the entire RV onto your tires for months and months. This will most likely result in a blowout next season. To prevent that, keep your tires in good condition, and extend the life of your tires, you need to lift and stabilize your RV. Using TrailerLegs, position the TrailerLegs under each axle accordingly and then simply drive forward or reverse back and your RV will be lifted and stabilized in a matter of a couple minutes.
Refer to our installation tutorial for lifting your RV:
Last but definitely not least, its important to protect the outside of your RV from the harsh winter months. Be sure to get yourself a nice RV cover to put over it. We would suggest getting a cover made out of a weather repelling material, its worth the investment. Don’t forget your tires! Even though the tires have been lifted off the ground, tire covers are still a great investment for your RV. Again, we recommend good quality tire covers made out of weather repelling material, this will completely protect your tires and keep them looking good for next season!