How to De-winterize Your RV

It’s that time of year again and most of us are more than ready for getting our RVS ready for camping. This winter has been a longer than usual season and most camping people want it to be over. Patience fellow campers, it’s not as though we can just hook up and go when the season does allow us. Conscientious campers know that you need to do what is called “de-winterize” the RVs. Yes, if you were meticulous last fall, you must be equally diligent this spring and properly de-winterize your RVs.

This will involve a few tasks that are best addressed in a systematic manner so nothing falls through the cracks. So let’s begin the process of first removing the RVs from storage.

It is desirable to start this next season knowing that all the major systems are checked and working properly. Make sure that nothing is over looked and that if additional maintenance is required, it is addressed before major nuisances become inconveniences on the road.

Keep in mind, you’re not only de-winterizing your RVs, but also performing a mini pre-delivery inspection on the unit just like the pro technicians do before delivering them to the buyers at an RV dealer. Always have a pad and pencil on hand and jot down any items that need attention. Don’t rely solely on your memory. I can almost guarantee you will forget something and may even get upset later that you did. If you discover something that needs repaired and you don’t know how to do it yourself, don’t fret, just give your local dealer a call, I’m sure they know what to do as well.

When beginning the de-winterization on RVs, you first start buy checking out the exterior for any damage that may have been done during the storage. You then start to look at the roof to make sure all the seals have not started to get gaps from the change of weather, if you see gaps then add more caulk to the areas that need them. This will stop the water from getting in on rainy days and damaging the RV.

Now check your electrical system first by putting in your freshly charged battery that was removed last fall. As always, make sure to have proper gloves and safety glasses on to avoid injury. If your RVs have a slide out, run it out a couple of times just to make sure it works OK. Now continue to check all the amenities that work from the battery for proper working such as the lights, radio, and fans. If you have a place to be able to plug in your RVs, you can do that now. Then start the ac unit up and make sure it is working .

The plumbing on RVs should be simple to do. Fill your fresh water tank up and run the new water through the system looking for any leaks and fixing them. If you used RV anti-freeze, make sure to capture it and reuse it for next year.

The LP gas and appliances that run off of them usually don’t require much winterization, some RVs just require turning on the LP gas valve to the on position and you are ready, however, this is one of those areas that a pro should check it out for you. Contact an RV dealer near you to schedule Your RV in to have the LP system looked over and have them fill the tanks.

This covers the three major systems that take de-winterization and gets you ready for the season to come. Some of the smaller items will include making sure the tires are good and inflated along with some cosmetic inside repair and stocking up the food pantry. When you have all this done you are now ready to go camping and enjoy the season.