How To Winterize Your Motorhome

September 29, 2015


As hard as it may be to believe, winter is only a few short months away. You've had a great summer with your RV, enjoying adventures and travels, but soon you'll need to begin the process of winterizing your motorhome.

If winter signals the end of your RV season, then preventive measures you take during the off-season can save you the aggravation of costly repairs that only winter damage can bring.

What Should I Do About My RV Generator?

If your RV has a generator, the first thing to do is drain it of fuel. If you don't, fuel that's left to sit for months can turn into a lacquer-like substance that will plug up parts of carburetor. Let the engine run until the fuel is gone, then push the kill switch to make sure the electric fuel pump doesn't continue running, as well.

What About The Interior?

Make sure you remove all food items from your RV - this includes canned goods as well as boxed dry goods. Canned goods can freeze and split, while dry goods will attract rodents, and that will create many potential problems. Mice like to chew fabric and insulation, and even your RV's wiring. Once you've removed all the food, set up a mouse trap for good measure.

Also, lower the shades and cover the windshield so that sunlight – which can wear down and fade fabrics – isn't shining directly into the interior.

What About The Exterior?

Don't leave the dust and grime you've accumulated through a season's worth of traveling on your RV. These elements can rust or discolor the finish and quickly rid your vehicle of its shiny new finish. Give it a good wash and wax before shutting it down for the year.

What About The Water System?

This is an important step because not winterizing your water system can cause it to freeze. Drain all the water holding tanks and the water heater, then replace it with a non-toxic RV antifreeze. When finished, make sure all of the faucets are closed, and turn off the electric water heater's heating element.

What About The Engine?

The key step here is to make sure your coolant can protect your engine from temperatures well below freezing. An oil change before you store your RV for winter will remove any impurities from your oil.

What About The Tires?

Make sure all of your tires are inflated to the manufacturer's specifications before storing your RV. Under-inflated tires can develop flat spots, or go completely flat and create cracks and weak spots in the sidewalls.

Finally, store your RV in a covered parking spot or an enclosed area to protect it from the elements. Contact Move It Self Storage for RV storage locations and specials.

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