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RV De-Winterization Frequently Asked Questions

How do I de-winterize my RV?

De-winterizing your RV involves several steps including flushing and sanitizing the water system, checking the RV batteries, inspecting the tires, checking the RV appliances, inspecting and testing the water heater, and inspecting the exterior and interior of the RV for any potential issues. It's important to ensure that all systems are functioning properly before hitting the road to avoid any costly repairs.

What parts do I need to de-winterize my RV?

The parts required to de-winterize your RV will depend on the specific systems and components of your RV. You may need fresh water to flush and sanitize your water system, a battery tester to check your RV batteries, a portable air compressor with tire gauge to check and adjust tire pressure, and possibly replacement parts for any systems or components that are not working correctly.

How do I flush and sanitize the water system in my RV?

To flush and sanitize the water system in your RV, you'll first need to open all low point drains in the underbelly area of the RV, then drain and flush the system with fresh water. Finally, you can add a sanitizing solution to the fresh water tank and run it through the system.

After allowing the sanitizing solution to sit in the system for a few hours, you can then flush it out with fresh water again.

This is also a good time to begin use of necessary plumbing maintenance products for the summer camping season, such as gray water odor control, tank level sensor cleaner, drain valve lubricant and conditioner and tissue digester.

How do I check the RV batteries?

To check your RV batteries, you'll need a battery tester. You should test each battery individually and check for any signs of corrosion or leaks, as well as, checking and adjusting the water level for wet cell (lead acid) batteries. If a battery is not holding a charge, it may need to be replaced.

How do I inspect the tires on my RV?

    • To inspect the tires on your RV, you should check the tire pressure and look for any signs of dry rot, sun damage and / or other abnormal damage or wear. If a tire is underinflated, dry rotted, or has other visible damage, it may need to be replaced.

What should I look for when checking the RV appliances?

When checking the RV appliances, you should ensure that they are all functioning properly. This includes the refrigerator, water heater, stove, oven, air conditioning, and heating systems. If any appliances are not working correctly, they may need to be repaired or replaced.

After sitting for the winter, you will most likely need to bleed your LP system before testing the furnace, stove and water heater.   The easiest way to do this is to run the stove burners for a period of 4-5 minutes before attempting to light the furnace or water heater on LP Gas.   It is also very important to ensure the water heater tank is filled with water before operating or testing the water heater to prevent damaging the tank and other components of the water heater.

How do I inspect the exterior and interior of my RV?

When visually inspecting the exterior and interior of your RV, you should look for any signs of damage or wear. This includes checking for leaks, cracks, or other damage on the roof, walls, floors, and windows, or gaps and cracks in any exterior sealant or silicone.   Inside, check for any signs of water leaks, visible damage, mold, or pests.

What should I do if I find issues during de-winterizing my RV?

If you find any issues while de-winterizing your RV, it's important to address them before hitting the road. This may involve repairing or replacing damaged parts, cleaning, re-sealing and / or sanitizing areas affected by cracked sealant, pests or mold, or seeking professional help for more complex issues.

How often should I de-winterize my RV?

You should de-winterize your RV at the beginning of each camping season, typically in the spring. This ensures that your RV is ready for your camping trips and helps to prevent potential issues during your travels. Plan to de-winterize after the last freeze of the season but make sure to leave enough time for repairs before your first trip.

Can I de-winterize my RV myself?

Yes, de-winterizing your RV can be a DIY project if you're comfortable with the process and have the necessary tools, supplies, and knowledge. However, if you're unsure about any part of the process or encounter issues, it's always a good idea to seek help from a professional.

How to Dewinterize Your RV: A Step-by-Step Guide

As the frost of winter melts away and the promise of adventure calls, it's time to get your home-away-from-home road-ready. Dewinterizing your RV is crucial, not just for a smooth first trip but also to extend the life of your recreational investment. Let's walk you through the moderate, yet incredibly rewarding, process of getting your RV out of hibernation and back onto the open road.