After a blissful summer of camping in the great outdoors, it’s time to park your RV for the winter. Here at Delmarva RV Center, we believe that a properly winterized RV can help you avoid costly repairs and extend the life of your RV for years to come. Read on for tips that will get you started on the winterization process.
Prep your camper and gather necessary items
Before you get started, give your camper a good, thorough cleaning and remove food from the refrigerator and the cupboards. Then visit your local RV supply store to gather all of the supplies you need. Having everything on hand while you work will save you time and frustration as you winterize your RV. Be sure to gather the following items before you begin:
- Two to three gallons of non-toxic RV anti-freeze.
- A wand to clean out holding tanks.
- A set of basic hand tools.
Properly Drain All Tanks
It is important to drain the freshwater holding tank, the black tank, and the gray tank. Be sure to remove the drain plug and open the pressure relief valve, and never attempt to drain the water heater when it is hot or under pressure. After properly draining your tanks, place caps on drains and close the faucets.
Pressurize The Water Pump
You can avoid costly damage during freezing temperatures by taking the time to pressurize the water pump. Pump RV antifreeze through the system, and then slowly open all of the valves until the antifreeze appears. Repeat this process for all of the faucets, including the outdoor shower if you have one.
Learn More At Your Local RV Dealer
With the proper care, your RV will be ready for adventure once spring arrives. Be sure to consult your RV owner’s manual, and stop by Delmarva RV Center for all of your winterizing needs. We can care for your RV model all year long!