RVs are a great way to travel across the country during the warm summer months.
As summer comes to an end and snow starts to fall, however, you may think it’s time to park your trusty RV for the winter at the Beaver Campground in PA.
The problem is that winter can be harsh on idle vehicles. One major issue you might face is the water in your RV’s plumbing system freezing over. When this happens the pipes expand, causing them to crack or burst.
A damaged plumbing system, especially during the holiday, could set you back an exorbitant amount of money. If you delay fixing it, it can also really put a hamper on your travel plans come spring or summer.
While winterizing an RV isn’t necessarily a simple job, understanding what needs to happen and how to complete each step can make this process a whole lot easier. Here’s what you need to know!
Winterize your water system
The water system is the most vulnerable part of your RV during winter. Here’s how you can winterize it.
1. Get the necessary materials
To get the job done, the most important item you will need is antifreeze—at least three gallons or more depending on the size of your RV. You’ll also need a few tools to help you remove the drain plugs.
You will also need:
- A water pump converter kit
- A water heater bypass kit
- A cleaning wand
- A flushing system (if your RV doesn’t have one already)
2. Take out the water filters
Since you’ll be pumping antifreeze into the RV’s water system later, you need to remove your water filters. You can reinstall them when it’s time to hit the road again!
3. Drain and clean out your black and grey water tanks
You’ll need to look for a dump station like the ones you find around the Beaver Campgrounds in PA or any other RV campground to drain out your tanks. Connect the tubing to the tanks and wait for them to drain completely.
Remove all drain plugs and faucets from the RV to ensure that all the water in your water lines is drained. Doing so will prevent water from flowing back into the tanks. Fit the faucets and drain plugs back in once the water lines are completely drained.
Once this is done, you’ll need to flush out the tanks using a cleaning wand and your RV’s external flushing system.
4. Bypass the water heater
Naturally, the water heater doesn’t need antifreeze. Install a water heater bypass kit to prevent any antifreeze from getting into your water heater, however.
5. Pump in the antifreeze
Now that the water system is fully drained and the water heater is bypassed, you can safely pump in the antifreeze. Install the water pump converter kit and start siphoning in the antifreeze.
You can speed this process up by turning on your water pump and then turning on all the faucets in the RV and waiting until the pink antifreeze starts to trickle out of them. Turn on the shower and flush the toilet until you start to see the antifreeze too.
Finally, pour a cup of antifreeze down each drain, and now your RV’s water system is set for the winter!
Protect your engine, batteries, and electrical systems
Start this process by filling your RV’s fuel tank, which will prevent any condensation from forming inside the tank. Next, fill your radiator with automotive antifreeze.
Allow the engine to idle for a while to let the antifreeze move throughout it.
Next, make sure all the fluid levels in the batteries are topped off. If the weather becomes freezing cold, consider removing the batteries and storing them in a cool, dry place until spring.
Finally, disconnect the RV from shore power, and if it has an onboard generator, store it away according to your manufacturer’s instructions.
Keep out winter pests
During winter, lots of critters will be out looking for a place to stay warm, and your RV might be a great option if you don’t take certain precautions!
Here’s how you keep them out:
- Check the underside of your RV for any holes or spaces that can allow animals to get in. Patch these holes up with expanding foam.
- Remove any food inside the RV before storing it.
- Park the RV on solid ground, like concrete.
Prepare your RV for the winter for fewer repair and maintenance costs!
When your RV’s winterized, you know it will be ready for the road, come spring!
If you’re considering driving it up to the Beaver Campground in PA the minute winter clears or storing it there for the next few months, don’t delay preparing it for the cold!