How to Winterize Your RV

How to Winterize Your RV

November 4, 2021
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With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start prepping your RV for the colder weather to keep it running efficiently no matter how low the temps drop! Patriot RV has been providing RV lovers with fifth-wheel trailers, travel trailers, toy haulers, club cars, and pontoons for years. We know how to take the best care of your RV and want to ensure you do too! Read on to see our checklist for winterizing your RV!

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You will need a few things before you get started to make the process easy and efficient. Non-toxic antifreeze, a water heater by-pass kit, a cleaning wand, a water pump converter kit or tubing, and basic hand tools like screwdrivers and wrenches to remove your drain plugs.

Once you’ve acquired all your supplies, it’s time to get started! Always read your owner’s manual to ensure you are following specifications for your own RV and follow these steps:

  • Remove and bypass inline water filters.
  • Drain your freshwater holding tank.
  • Drain and flush gray and black holding tanks.
  • Let the water heater cool completely and then drain it by removing the drain plug and opening the pressure relief valve.
  • Open all water faucets, hot and cold.
  • Open the low-point drain lines.
  • After all the drains are empty, recap them and close the faucets.
  • By-pass the water heater.
  • Install a water pump converter kit.
  • Turn on the water pump and pressurize the system.
  • Flush the toilet until antifreeze appears.
  • Turn off your water pump and open a faucet to release pressure. Remove the screen over your city water inlet and push in on the valve until you see antifreeze. Replace the screen.
  • Pour a cupful of RV-safe antifreeze down all drains.
  • Close all faucets.
  • Check your owner’s manual for how to winterize your icemaker and washing machine if you have them.

This basic guide covers all the essentials for winterizing your RV. If you still need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Patriot RV! Get in touch with us by calling 606-506-4300 or stop by and visit us at 2771 US RT 23 South Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

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