Snow is starting to fly and another spectacular warm weather RV season is coming to a chilly end. If you’re planning to park your RV until another glorious Spring, winterizing your RV should be at the top of your “to do” list. Without winterization, you run the risk of doing serious damage to your RV.
Water freezes and expands in pipes and hoses, and can cause them to burst. Frozen water in your water pump can cause it to malfunction. Winterization also detects those tiny leaks that can lead to big damage.
So how do you winterize your RV? It starts with a short drive to your local RV dealer or service center. For your convenience, our REV Service and Repair centers have locations in Decatur, Indiana and Coburg, Oregon. We suggest having your RV professionally winterized. Proper winterization leaves very little room for error, and professional RV technicians have the knowledge, training and specialized tools to get the job done right. Winterization typically costs anywhere from $75 – $400, depending on the location and services included. Winterizing services can include:
• draining and drying all toilets, sinks, appliances and plumbing
• detecting and sealing cuts, cracks or holes in the exterior
• inspecting and cleaning vent caps and covers, as well as air conditioner shrouds
• inspect, clean and repair furnace and air conditioning units
• clean the awning
• apply pest repellent
• thorough exterior wash and wax
In some parts of the country, freezing temperatures and snow have already arrived. Don’t panic. Go ahead and drain all the water from your RV and pour a little RV antifreeze (the pink kind, not green or blue) down the sink and shower drains. Then, schedule an appointment with REV Service and Repair or a trusted RV dealer or service center.
Winterizing is a small investment to make to ensure that when Spring rolls around, your RV is as road-ready as you are. We hope this winter season finds you safe, warm – and winterized.