Spring is right around the corner – are you ready for your camping trips? Here’s a quick refresher course on how to dewinterize your new or used RV to get it ready for your travels!
Get a Charge
First things first: get a charge on your RV’s battery. Make sure the battery charger is off before connecting it to your RV’s battery. Adjust the charger’s voltage to the correct setting, then turn it on and let the battery get to charging.
Flush the System
Now you need to flush out the system with fresh water. Start by connecting your RV’s water hookup to a garden hose. Open all the faucets in your RV and turn on the hose. It’s that easy! While it’s flushing the system, go flush your RV’s toilets to clear any antifreeze. Let the faucets run approximately 10 minutes – or until the water runs clear.
Remount the Tanks
Pull your RV propane tanks out and put them back on the tank mounts. Make sure to reattach the propane hoses according to the user manual of your new or used RV. This is also the right time to check your propane lines for any leaks. If you see anything that concerns you or looks like it needs some repair, contact us right away to schedule RV service with one of our technicians.
A Little Housecleaning
You’re almost ready to hit the road! Here are a few last things to double check while dewinterizing your RV:
- Tire pressure
- Air filters
- Schedule an oil change
You’ll also want to drain your RV’s grey, black, and freshwater tanks at your closest certified dump station and get them prepped with fresh water.
Next, nothing beats freshening up the interior of your RV on a nice, sunny day – even better if you have a nice breeze. (It helps if it’s not a cold sunny day for this!) There’s nothing quite like “storage smell,” so let it air out with a nice breeze. Put down fresh clean sheets and bedding, and take stock of your traveling essentials (batteries, toilet paper, light bulbs, etc.), replacing what’s low or expired. Wash windows and the exterior walls and roof, if your RV was exposed to the elements during the winter.