As long summer road trips come to an end, now is the time for winterizing your RV. While winters do not become excessively cold, RV winterization remains essential as pipes can still freeze and mold growth can become a threat. While it may seem to be a big effort, winterizing prevents costly repairs and cutting your vacations short next year. Here are four tips for effective RV winterization in Eugene, OR:
- Gather the right tools: To successfully winterize your RV, you will require a few items. These can be found at your local RV supply store. The primary item is non-toxic RV antifreeze. Depending on the size of your plumbing system, you will normally require two or three gallons, and you want RV antifreeze—not regular. Otherwise, you risk poisoning your water system. You also need a water heater bypass kit if one did not come with your RV. For the holding tanks, you need a cleaning wand and a water pump converter kit. Finally, be sure you have hand tools to remove the drain plugs.
- Clear lines: Water and waste left in the lines threaten your pipes when temperatures dip below freezing. Remove the inline water filters and bypass them. Find the low point drain lines and use the water pump to clear them. Do not leave it running once they are cleared out—turn it off as soon as it is finished so you do not burn out the motor. Bypass the water heater and the lines around it before running through the antifreeze. Otherwise, you risk wasting it and needing to make an additional purchase.
- Add antifreeze: Once you clear the lines and water from the system, run the antifreeze through it. You will want to turn on the water pump and pressurize the system first. Turn on faucets (both cold and hot) and run them until you see antifreeze discharge. Flush the toilet until all you see is antifreeze. Turn the water pump off and run the city water inlet until you see antifreeze. Basically, you want to make sure it travels through your whole system. Once confirmed, pour one cup of antifreeze down each drain and two cups into the toilet. Flush it through the holding tank.
- Shut it all down: If the water heater has an electrical element, make sure it is turned off. This will keep it safe if you plug it in while storing your RV. Close all faucets and recap drains. If your RV has an icemaker or washing machine, follow manufacturer instructions for winterizing those appliances. There will likely be a process that does not involve antifreeze, and you will have to follow it closely. Otherwise, at this point, your RV winterization is complete and you are ready to store it until next summer.
Ron’s Hitch N Tow recommends winterizing your RV in Eugene, OR so you can enjoy it each year. If you are ready to upgrade with new lifts and better tow packages, call us today to schedule an appointment.