1. Clean and check the body of your RV.
Give your unit a thorough walk-around, noting any cracks or openings. If you find any, fill them before further winterizing. Clean the body of your RV and apply a good coat of wax to protect the exterior from the elements.
2. Clear out the interior of your RV.
Remove all food, drinks, and unnecessary items from your unit. Any food left inside will attract animals, rodents, and insects. Leave cabinets, cupboards, closets and fridges open. This will prevent moisture buildup within these enclosed spaces. Another great way to reduce moisture buildup and possible mold or mildew is to run a dehumidifier in your unit a couple of times during the winter.
3. Give your unit a deep clean.
Once everything has been removed from inside your RV, do a good clean to ensure there is nothing left behind. Be sure to let your unit dry completely after cleaning before closing it up!
4. Run antifreeze through the pipes.
This is one of the most important steps in winterizing, especially if you are storing you unit outdoors over the winter. Using antifreeze in the pipes will prevent them from freezing and breaking in below zero temperatures. Many travel trailers and motorhomes will have specific instructions for running antifreeze through the pipes, so make sure to consult your owner’s manual before doing this step. However, here are the basic steps to take when winterizing your pipes:
- Turn off water heater and drain all pipes.
- Open all faucets to ensure there is no water left in the pipes.
- Run antifreeze through pipes, ensuring all faucets are reached, including any outdoor kitchen or shower faucets.
- Run dishwasher, washing machine, and ice maker for a full cycle.
5. Cover all vents and openings.
Cover all vents with screens and plug all openings with expanding foam to prevent anything going inside your unit such as rodents or insects.
6. Shut off the gas.
If your RV uses propane gas, turn off the valve and remove the fuses.
7. Remove the batteries.
Remove all betteries from our RV and store them in a warm, dry place. If you are planning on using your unit throughout the winter, periodically check your batteries and charge them more often. If there is a large temperature drop, remove the batteries until it warms up a bit again as the water within the batteries can freeze.
8. Check on your tires.
Ensure that your tires are fully enflated before storing.
9. Lock it up tight.
Invest in a specialty RV lock for maxiumum security. Also, make sure that you have the appropriate insurance and coverage for your unit.
10. Cover and store in a trusted place.
Lastly, whether you are storing your RV indoors or outdoors, cover it to minimize any damage on the exterior and interior.