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How to Winterize Your RV Before Storing

October 2, 2015

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While the pleasant summer weather provides RV owners the ideal time to hit the road and see the sights, the winter season is a much less accommodating time of year.

If you own an RV and lack an adequate amount of space to keep it at your home, then you are most likely storing your RV at a local storage unit, such as U-Lock-It Storage in Madison, AL.

If you plan on storing your RV for an extended period of time during the winter, simply parking your vehicle in it’s storage spot isn’t enough to ensure it will be in running condition when you come back for it in the spring. You need to take precautions and “winterize” your RV to protect it from lengthy nonuse in the cold grip of winter.

Clean House

After you have found a safe spot for your RV to remain for the winter, it is best to go ahead and give it a deep clean. Start by removing every food item, even the non-perishables. Any food left behind can attract a horde of bugs, which you certainly don’t want to return to when you retrieve your RV in the spring.

You will also want to remove any non-food personal items from your RV, such as clothing, blankets, valuables and electronics. After all items are taken out, it’s time to bring out the broom and mop and thoroughly clean all surfaces, including floors, ceilings and windows.

Prepare the Plumbing

Pipes and holding tanks are integral to the RV experience, and a hiatus from use can be potentially damaging to your RV’s plumbing if precautions are not taken.

Start by emptying both holding tanks as best as you can at the end of your last excursion. Standing water in pipes and tanks can grow bacteria and cause numerous problems. Make sure to clear out water lines to the shower and sinks as well, even though you probably won’t get every last drop. Just as with the interior, you will want to roll up your sleeves and deeply clean all tanks, preferably with a water wand.

Remove Remaining Water

Your RV will be much better off if you remove every ounce of water, which cannot be done by simply draining the pipes and tanks. Compressed air is the best tool to blow out any remaining water from lines and pipes. Anti-freeze is also your friend – a few gallons added to your fresh water tank can be a lifesaver.

Final Precautions

Put the final touches on your “winterization” project by topping off your propane tank and then shutting off the gas supply altogether. Shore up any gas vents to make sure no wildlife use them as a home or nest during the winter. You’ll want a fully charged battery to withstand the lengthy vacation as well.

Tires are dealt a pretty tough hand when your RV is stored for the winter, with all the weight of the cabin being pressed down on just one section of the tire. Jacks or blocks can help shoulder some of the load placed on your tires and save a considerable amount of wear and tear.

Madison AL Storage Facility

Storage facilities are great places to store your RV during the winter, just make sure you “winterize” it!

Contact U-Lock-It Storage today to find out how we can help with all of your storage needs!