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  • Published on Feb 18, 2014

    Steps on How to De-winterize an RV

    If you’re like most RV owners, your precious RV has been covered up and stored away for the winter months, leaving you sad and your RV in hibernation mode. But have no fear, because warmer weather is on the way, meaning you're one step closer to reuniting with your RV for another great season!

    Now that spring is right around the corner, start thinking about de-winterizing your RV in the coming weeks. For first time RV owners and even seasoned veterans, de-winterizing an RV can be a challenge depending on the severity of the winter. Although not difficult to do, you need to take your time to make sure your RV is safe and ready to roll.

    Follow these steps to help get you back on the road safely!

    1. Remove all Covers

    And when we say all covers, we mean all covers! Not only on the outside, but if you covered any vents, appliances or other areas, remove them all.  

    This may seem like a pretty self explanatory step, but hey, we're talking about your RV here, so we want to make sure it's done right!

    2. Charge the Battery

    Re-charge your battery right away so that it can charge while your are completing other steps in the de-winterizing process. Make sure you follow the instructions when charging.

    Remember to keep the battery charger in the "off" position while you connect your vehicle to the charger. Then, connect the red cable to the red terminal and the black cable to the black terminal, adjust the voltage according to your RVs specifications, and power on the charger.

    3. Inspect your RV

    Going through your RV with a fine-tooth comb may seem redundant, but it is absolutely necessary! Start your inspection outside the RV for any cracks or problem areas that weren’t there before winter. Also, be sure to clean off and check your tires to make sure they have enough air and are free of any issues.

    Once the outside inspection is done, head on into your RV to see if there's anything out of the ordinary. Open up the cabinets and check under the seats to make sure no creatures decided to make your RV their winter vacation home. You will also want to check the ceilings and windows to make sure no discoloration or issues with the sealant occurred. If so, address these issues now rather than later.

    4. Plumbing


    Before you begin this step, make sure you have access to fresh water. Once you have access to fresh water, you will need to flush out your RV’s plumbing system.

    Make sure all Antifreeze is out Now it may sound like a chore, but it really isn’t. All you have to do is fill up your freshwater tank, turn your water pump on, and open every faucet in your RV one at a time. Let the water run for about a minute for each faucet to make sure everything is cleaned out, especially antifreeze.

    Don’t forget to also run the toilet and shower as well, opening up the gray water tank.

    5. Propane

    Because propane is so vital to RVing, you're going to want to make sure your propane tank is good to go as well. To do this, take the RVs propane tank and attach the propane hoses to the RV.

    Follow instructions from your specific RV on how to do this. Make sure there are no leaks in the hose connections, then turn on the propane valve to open the line. Get a sponge with a little soap on it at the connectors and watch for air bubbles to form. If you see bubbles, you most likely have a leak in the line and will need to replace the connections.

    Again, take care of these problems right away. There is no reason to wait to get these fixed.

    6. Wash It!

    Wash your RV After these steps are complete and the battery is charged, give your RV a bath!

    Wash the outside while paying special attention to cleaning the wheel wells and the underbelly of the vehicle, getting all the sludge, dirt and grime out. After you have followed these steps, your RV should be ready to take on the open road!

    Sonny's RV

    If you do run into any issues when de-winterizing your RV, let Sonny’s RV service experts help you out.

    Our friendly staff of Master Certified RV Technicians are knowledgeable, experienced & have the skills & tools to service any and all manufactured RV brands. We work hard to provide excellent customer service and want to make sure we get your RV back to you in a timely manner with the job done right. Give us a call today or stop by our location at 5000 E. Yellowstone Highway. See you here!

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