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Storing Your RV Properly Over the Winter

The regular camping season is drawing to a close, and unless you're an adventurous snowbird, it'll be time to winterize your RV and retire it into storage! The winterizing process can be daunting, especially for first-time RV owners! This handy guide to properly winterizing your RV will help move along the process for successful winter storage! Here's how! It is very important to note that this is a general checklist of how to winterize your RV, and that you should consult your RV's owner's manual before starting the winterization process to find out if there are any model-specific steps to take to successfully complete winterization.

What You'll Need:

  • Non-toxic RV antifreeze

  • Cleaning wand

  • Water heater bypass kit (your RV may already have one)

  • Water pump converter kit (if your RV does not already have one)


  1. Empty the holding tanks. Make sure to go above and beyond just draining the tanks, use your black tank flush to completely get any gunk out, or use a cleaning want from inside the RV to blast out any unpleasantness so that it doesn't sit around all winter.

  2. Get all the water out. Sometimes draining the system just isn't enough! Use an air compressor, but keep that PSI low, around 30 - 50 psi to avoid blowing out the water lines. Make sure that all the water faucets are open, or you could have an expensive and explosive situation on your hands! Don't forget about the water heater either, as it'll need to be drained before winterization.

  3. Get it pumping. Time to get that antifreeze into your RV's system! After bypassing the water heater, use the line that connects to your fresh water line and stick it right into the antifreeze bottle. Ensure that you've closed all the faucets that you opened earlier before turning on the water pump. This will get the water system to start sucking up that pink antifreeze into the system like a toxic strawberry smoothie!

  4. Let it flow! One by one, open each faucet until the antifreeze starts to flow out, then closet them up again! Don't be afraid to bust out in your parody version of Let It Go, and your water lines won't be Frozen this winter. Don't forget to get that antifreeze flowing into the toilet too!

With a little work, you'll be doing your RV a big favor by saving it from the dangers that cold weather presents for RVs! There is now no danger of your water lines or pipes freezing or bursting, which could lead to costly repairs. Just follow these steps and refer to your RV's owner's manual for successful and proper winterization! Have any tips or tricks to make the winterization process easier? Comment to let us know!

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