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Go RVing: Winterizing your RV

From the bloggers at Go RVing.

When RV owners hear the word “winterize” it conjures up thoughts of protecting the RV plumbing system from freezing temperatures. The definition for “winterize” is to prepare something, like a house or automobile, to withstand cold winter conditions. This is interesting because RVs are both a house and a vehicle. So, in addition to winterizing the RV plumbing system we need to be concerned about preparing the RV’s interior, exterior, and chassis components for the harsh winter months too.

With that said the most logical place to start is to protect the RV plumbing system from damage, since this is the number one problem RV owner’s face during periods of freezing temperatures. If you don’t protect the RV plumbing system any water remaining in the water lines or tanks can freeze, expand and break fittings and lines. This can be a very costly mistake next spring!

When I explain how to winterize the RV plumbing system my goal is to make it as simple as possible, and 100% foolproof against any damage caused by freezing temperatures.

The result is my 7-step process to winterize the RV plumbing system.

Before you get started there are a few items you will need. These items can be found in most RV parts stores:

  • Non-toxic RV/Marine antifreeze. The amount depends on the layout and length of your plumbing lines. Two to three gallons will usually do it.
  • A water heater by-pass kit, if one is not already installed on the water heater.
  • A tank cleaning wand to clean and flush the black water holding tank if the RV does not have a built-in tank flushing system.
  • A water pump converter kit, or tubing to connect to the inlet side of the water pump.
    Basic hand tools to remove and install drain plugs.

To read the full story by Go RVing, click here.

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