Cold weather is here already, and that means it's time to get your RV ready for winter storage. Taking the time to winterize your RV now properly will help to get you back on the road sooner in the spring when you are ready to hit the road and go camping. So, let's get started!
Many people think winterizing your RV is draining, flushing, adding antifreeze, etc. and yes that is part of getting your RV ready for winter. There are many good videos and how-to's out there that show you how to do this. It is essential that you first look at your RV's manufacturer recommendations on winterization. We are going to talk about other things that you need to winterize your RV.
Before you begin all the winterization preparations, consider installing some of the upgrades you have wanted make. Our reading and berth lighting are beautiful additions. Not only do they look lovely, but they provide great reading light and are dimmable.
To begin this winterization, we will start with removing items from the RV. Remove all food that may have been stored in the RV. Check all the cupboards and refrigerator and any other place you may store food when you are camping. Food left in RV is an invitation for bugs and small critters over the winter. You won't be in the RV for several months, so you would never know they were there.
Store any pots, pans, utensils, silverware, dishes and any other kitchen items that you use for your RV. Now you are ready for some cleaning. Thoroughly clean the refrigerator and freezer. Leave the doors slightly ajar and add a box of baking soda to keep odors away. Clean all the cabinets and keep those doors open a bit as well. The open doors help with air circulation. Don't forget to clean the stove and oven too.
Give the whole RV an excellent deep clean. You will be glad that you did this now because when spring hits, you will be able to do a quick clean and get back to camping. Once everything is cleaned make sure that you remove any liquid cleaners form the RV, you don't want to take a chance of them freezing and causing a mess that you don't see until the spring.
Many RV's have appliances like washer, dryers, and Icemakers. Make sure that you follow the directions that manufacture recommend for winterization. If your RV has an air conditioner, change the filter and install an AC cover.
Make sure all your windows are closed. If you have a window that won't be exposed to weather, you may want to leave it slightly cracked to allow for air circulation. Also, close the blinds to help prevent the sun damage.
On the outside, you want to give the RV a good washing and waxing. Put the antenna down and check the tires. Clean the awning and only when it's thoroughly dry should you roll it up.
Whew! That is quite a list, and it will take some time, so make sure you plan accordingly. Take the time now to winterize your RV correctly, and you will save time in the spring as well as money from damage that may occur if you don't adequately prepare your RV for those winter storage months.