RV Winterization Tips: Why And How To Do It

With Winter quickly approaching, it is time for you to start thinking about winterizing your RV. We, here at Folsom Lake RV, have a full RV service center where we can take care of all your RVing needs including winterization, but let’s first look at some RV winterization tips to find out why this process is important and how you could do it yourself.

It’s time to winterize your RV. Check out these tips!

Why Winterize?

When the temperature drops, unless your RV is inside a heated and enclosed environment, the water within all of your pipes and tanks will be affected. When water freezes it expands, so if your pipes are full of water, there is a very high probability that they will burst. Then once the ice unfreezes, the water will leak into the RV causing water damage as well as damage to the pipes.

When Should You Winterize?

The main thing to remember when you start looking into winterizing your RV is that you do it before the year’s first freeze. Once the temperature has reached below freezing, you will be entering the danger area of the pipes freezing and causing damage.

DIY Winterizations Steps

Water Lines
With all of the water lines and tanks, you want to ensure they are protected properly this winter.

Although we can take care of winterizing your RV, there are some more adventurous people who like to take care of things like this on their own. So here’s an easy do-it-yourself list:

  1. Drain the Water Lines– Let the water run out of your fresh holding tank, and take the contents of the black and gray tanks to your local dump station.
  2. Run Air Through the lines– Be sure to open any hot and cold faucets including sinks, toilets, and showers. Attach an air compressor to the lines and let some air blow through to completely clear them of water. Then, close all of the faucets.
  3. Bypass the Water Heater– Many RVs will have a bypass valve to keep water from entering the heater, and completely bypassing this, it will save you a lot of money in antifreeze costs.
  4. Add RV Antifreeze– RV antifreeze will be pink in color so be sure to get the correct kind. Once you have it, you can pour 2-3 gallons directly into the fresh water holding tank. Then turn on all indoor and outdoor faucets including the toilet until you see the pink liquid coming out of the faucets.

If you do not feel confident in your ability to do these winterization steps yourself, then feel free to contact us about prices and to schedule your appointment. Then be sure to stop by our location and get your RV taken care of!

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