It’s that time of year again. Leaves are changing colors and quickly falling. The weather is cooling down. Apple cider and donuts are in abundance. Winter’s freezing temperatures are just a short month away. You know what that means. It’s time to winterize your RV. If you’re looking to save some money you may want to consider winterizing your RV yourself.
Prior to winterizing your RV it is HIGHLY SUGGESTED you read your user manual and appliance manual and follow any specific directions your manufacturer has listed that are specific to your RV.
Before you jump into winterizing your RV, make sure your have the following important tools:
Non-toxic RV antifreeze – About 3 gallons, which is enough to properly winterize all faucets and toilets..
A water heater bypass kit – unless you have one installed.
A wand to clean gray and black holding tanks.
A water pump converter kit, or tubing to connect to the inlet side of the water pump.
Tools to remove drain plugs.
Now, if you’ve read your user manual and have all of your supplies out, you’re ready to go!
After disconnecting your water heater and using the water bypass kit your first step is going to be to drain all water holding tanks. Bypassing your water heater saves you money by avoiding filling the water heater with several gallons of non-toxic antifreeze. This includes your gray and black holding tanks, which will also need to be scrubbed clean and disinfected using a cleaning product intended for this. Properly draining your water holding tanks is a very important step in the winterization process as it removes water that has the potential to crack or plug your pipes.
After draining the holding tanks some RVers like to take an extra measure and blow out remaining water droplets using an air compressor. This is not mandatory and depends on how cautious you are. If you use this method be sure the pressure is less than 20 PSI.
The next step to proper winterization is actually pulling the non-toxic antifreeze through your plumbing system. Add 2 gallons to the fresh water pump. Make sure your bypass valve is activated as you do not want to waste antifreeze by accidentally adding into your freshwater tank. Once you’ve added the antifreeze, turn the water pump on and let it work its way through your plumbing. You’ll want to check your faucets to ensure the antifreeze has made its way through starting with the faucet furthest from the water pump. As an extra precaution add several cups of antifreeze to the drains and toilet, taking care to flush the toilet several times to work the antifreeze through.
Once you’re satisfied with the extent of your winterization pack up. There’s nothing more to do than head home and enjoy a football game with family and friends, delight in the fall colors, and start planning your spring camping trip! If you are looking for help winterizing and unsure of performing it yourself contact our RV service team to schedule your RV winterization appointment today.