Winterizing Your RV
There are three types of winter RVers. Those who head south in search of warmer days, those who chase snowy mountain tops, and those who opt to winterize and store their unit for the season. If you’re the latter, check out our step-by-step guide to Winterizing your RV. Today we’re diving even further into the topic of winter RVing by bringing you our RV winter maintenance hacks. There are simple preventive maintenance steps that can be done to protect your RV during the cold weather season. Check out ten ways to keep your motorhome, Class B, or travel trailer in tip top shape when stored away for the cold months.
OPEN BASEMENT BAYS
Don’t be afraid to get under the RV. Any place that you see a small opening is a potential home for a small rodent. This can cause some major damage to your unit. To keep this from happening, simply fill those holes will steel wool.
KEEP YOUR RV CLEAN
Just like in any home, keeping the cabinets, pantry, refrigerator, or any other food storage spaces neat, sealed, and tidy will keep hungry critters out of your space and in the wild where they belong.
DON’T LEAVE A MESS
This is extremely important when it comes to the RV refrigerator (don’t forget the outside fridge if you have one). Wipe up any spills or sticky shelves. You can leave sealed coffee grounds or baking soda in the fridge to keep it smelling fresh.
Mark your calendar to run your generator every month. This will help prevent varnish from forming in the carburetor (if not, you could be looking at a big repair job come spring). Always remember to run your generator when your RV is located in an open space to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROOF
Check the seams on the roof of your RV. Caulking may have chipped or come loose allowing water to penetrate the roof. If you’re not up to handle the task yourself, you can always opt to have a professional check out and re-caulk the roof of your rig.
RV skirting is beneficial in keeping the undercarriage of your RV protected from cold temperatures and the wind. While heat is lost through the floors of your RV, a simple RV skirt will trap the heat that would usually escape through the floor.
Check out our video on winterization above and follow the steps to keep all RV water and drainage pipes from bursting.
This tip is simple but easy to forget – be sure to shut off the main valve to the LP tank.
Remove all batteries from any remote controls, clocks, smoke, alarms, and other devices.
Inflate your RV tires to their recommended RV tire pressure. This information can be found in your RV manual.
Don’t forget about your coach and house batteries! Make sure these batteries are fully charged and don’t forget to check battery fluid levels before storing your unit for the winter.
Looking for more information on RV winter living? Check out our post, Winter Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know This Winter Season. Are you traveling this winter? We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment in the section below sharing where you’ll be headed this season for a chance to be featured on our La Mesa RV Blog.