Well, we’ve unfortunately hit that time of year. Camping season is coming to a close, and when the temperature starts regularly dropping below 32°F (0°C), it’s time to winterize. Basically, winterizing entails protecting your RV from freezing temperatures so it’s prepared when the snow melts, the frost thaws and spring flowers start poking out. (Yes, I’m currently listening to The Beatles’ classic “Here Comes the Sun”).Your main goal when winterizing your RV is taking care of the water system. Here is a step-by-step guide so your rig is thoroughly prepared to hibernate through Jack Frost.
You may want to raise your rig on jacks, but at least make sure you’re parked on concrete or pavement so tires do not sink into the ground.
Remove batteries of any type and store in a warm, dry location.
Fill all propane tanks, and store in a sheltered location.
Not inside the RV.
Turn off the RV’s main circuit breaker. Block the exhaust pipe with steel wool or aluminum to keep out pests.
Remove all food and drinks as some things can burst and become messy (and attract unwanted visitors like rodents and insects in the spring).
Clean stove, make sure to thaw freezer completely and dry. Leave all refrigerator doors open.
Close all roof vents, make sure windows and doors are fully sealed. Cover any holes with screening, and cover vents with cardboard to make sure rodents and
insects can’t get in.
Get a container of moisture absorbent and place it on a flat surface inside the RV. This will prevent corrosion and mold.
This is a given, but try to protect your RV from the elements as best you can by parking in a shelter or getting an RV cover. Obviously, this sounds like a lot of work, but it will be well worth it when you’re ready to make your next excursion to one of our fine resorts in the spring.
As always, be sure to check your owner’s manual for any additional steps, and happy exploring!