You’ve had a memorable season touring the country in your Canadian motorhome. Now the autumn leaves are almost a memory, replaced by early morning frost. The hint of snow is in the air. Unless you have plans to jump the border and spend the winter in warmer climates, it’s time to think about winterizing your RV. The easiest way to go about this is to take your RV to a reputable dealer, such as Eldorado RV. But, if you are more of a do-it-your-selfer, here are some of the items that need looking after.
Give your rig a thorough cleaning. Clear all food out of the fridge, freezer and cupboards. Don’t leave any munchies around to attract mice and other rodents. These critters are adept in squeezing into any nook and cranny to find food. Bring in all the linens and towels, give them a wash and store them for the coming season. Make sure all the dishes and cooking utensils are clean and dry. Leave the fridge, oven and all cupboard doors slightly open to allow air to circulate.
Wash the outside of your RV and then apply wax or another type of protective coating. This helps your RV handle severe winter weather. If your RV has slide-outs, pull them in. Clean and roll up your awing for the winter. Check air pressure and cover your tires. Lower antennas and close all vents.
Water and Waste Systems
Both the fresh and waste water systems need looking after. The fresh water system needs all liquids drained out to prevent freezing and bursting of the lines. After draining, replace the water with non-toxic antifreeze, pumped in with a water pump. Drain the hot water heater and the fresh water holding tank.
Drain both the gray and black water tanks. Flush them out with fresh water. Check the seals and make sure they are in good shape and then close the valves and install valve covers. Clean and inspect the sewer hose before putting it away for the season.
Electrical and Propane Systems
Remove the RV battery/batteries after making sure they are charged and store them. Cover the RV battery terminals. Make sure all the lights are off in the RV. Take all the batteries out of clocks, smoke detectors and the like. Turn the main breaker to “off.” As far as the propane system, close the valves on the LP tank and/or tanks then disconnect the hoses. If your LP tanks are exposed, cover them for the winter.
This all sounds like a lot of work. It is, and there is much more to it. Winterizing can get complicated. If you aren’t mechanically inclined, or if you’d rather have someone else handle all the details, consult your friendly RV service department.