How to Winterize Your RV

The Essential Guide to Winter RV Living and Storage.

“A Must Have Guide for Every RV Owner”
Robin DeHart – The RV Guru


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Here are just some of the Tips and Secrets in this book.

Show “Old Man Winter” who’s the boss and prepare your RV for winter.

What is the best type of RV Skirting

Learn about the most cost effective and energy saving type of skirting on the market and where you can buy it. A must read…

How to extend the life of your tires

Find out what dry rot is and how you can prevent it from happening to your tires. Dry rot is not only costly, but very dangerous.

What type of heater is the safest

Not all heaters are created equal, and some can be dangerous. Find out which ones are safe and energy effecient for your RV.

Why you should never park on grass

Parking on grass is a common mistake for many an RVer. Find out why, and where you should be parking instead. A must read…

How to stop heat loss through your windows

Most RVs have single pane windows, which lose a lot of heat. Learn about the simple and cheap solutions that will keep the heat in.

What is in your gas that could ruin your engine

For RVers with gas powered engines, there is an additive in gas that causes corrosion. Find out what you can do about it.

How to keep your batteries from dying

Your RV batteries are going to need to stored the right way to ensure that they hold a charge in the spring. A must read…

Top ways to pest-protect your RV

Pests are more than just a nuisance, they can cause a lot of damage. Learn all the tricks to stop them from getting in your rig.

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12 chapters of Step by Step instructions, Tips and Tricks.
Chapter 1 - Wash and Wax
  • How to clean and store your awning.
  • The easy way to make your own awning cover.
  • How to get your RV’s exterior looking spotless.
  • What you should be inspecting as you’re cleaning.
  • And more…
Chapter 2 - The RV Interior
  • The items that need to come out of your RV before storing it.
  • How to keep pests out all winter long.
  • Which vents you should cover up.
  • The most common things people forget to do before closing up.
  • And more…
Chapter 3 - Where To Park
  • What makes a good parking spot.
  • Why you should never park under a tree.
  • The best investment you can make to protect your RV.
  • What you can do if parking on a lawn is your only option.
  • And more…
Chapter 4 - Tires
  • Why RV tires are prone to dry rot.
  • How to protect your tires from the elements.
  • What type of surface will ruin your tires.
  • How to prevent flat spots from forming.
  • And more…
Chapter 5 - Covers
  • Are RV covers a good investment?
  • Why tarps will damage your RV.
  • What kind of cover you should be using.
  • And more…
Chapter 6 - Plumbing
  • Why winterizing your plumbing is the most important thing you can do for your RV.
  • What type of antifreeze your should be using, and what kind will ruin your plumbing.
  • Step by step walkthrough of how to clear all lines of water and fill with antifreeze.
  • A comprehensive list of the tools and parts you will need.
  • And more…
Chapter 7 - Batteries
  • How to safely handle your batteries.
  • What to do if they have acid residue on them.
  • How to store them so they still charge in the spring.
  • What happens if a battery is left uncharged for too long.
  • And more…
Chapter 8 - Fluids and Other Items
  • What you need to do to your engine right before storing.
  • How keep your fuel from ruining your engine.
  • Where to store your propane tanks.
  • And more…
Chapter 9 - Skirting
  • Why skirting your RV is the most important step for winter living.
  • The different methods of skirting an RV.
  • Which kind is the best for performance and value.
  • What is R-value and what it means for your skirting.
  • And more…
Chapter 10 - Heating
  • The spots where your RV will lose the most heat.
  • Cheap and easy ways to make your rig as heat effecient as possible.
  • The most common ways to heat an RV.
  • The types of heaters worth buying, and the kind you should avoid.
  • And more…
Chapter 11 - Liquids and Waste
  • How to keep your water flowing all winter.
  • An easy way to keep the pipes in your wall from freezing.
  • Why your sewer hose might break and what you can do about it.
  • And more…
Chapter 12 - Ventilation and Other Items
  • Ways you can keep your humidity down.
  • Why you might need to buy tire chains.
  • The biggest threat to your engine in freezing temperatures.
  • And more…

How to Winterize your RV

Sample Content Below: How to add RV Anti-Freeze to RV plumbing and Winterizing your RV

  1. First, remove any water filters, both on faucets or inline.
  2. Fully drain all the water out of your fresh water tank.
  3. Flush out both the black water and grey water holding tanks. Be sure to drain fully. Newer 5th Wheels, Motorhome and travel trailers will have a built in tank flushing system. Using a protective spray line, lubricate the drop valves for the black and gray tanks.
  4. At this point you should drain your Hot Water tank. This is done by removing the drain plug. Be sure to open the pressure relief value to relieve any pressure. This also helps the tank drain faster and more completely. IMPORTANT: Make sure the water in the tank has cooled down before you drain it. This is also a good time to inspect the hot water tank anode. These are commonly part of the drain plug.
  5. Remember to open up the following: Outdoor shower, Toilet value and all cold and hot taps. Open all hot and cold faucets.
  6. Open up all low point drain lines. There typically is a line for the hot and one for the cold. Now start your water pump. Run it just long enough to push water out of the lines. As soon as the water lines are drained, turn the pump off to avoid burning it out.
  7. Next close off all the faucets, taps and open drains.
  8. Close the valve on your Hot Water tank bypass. If your rig does not have this valve, it can be bought as a kit. This is an important item to have. Without it you could potentially fill up your hot water tank with RV antifreeze. That can be a lot of wasted antifreeze.
  9. You can use your water pump to now push antifreeze though the water lines in your RV. Newer RVs have a water pump kit that lets you draw antifreeze straight from the jug with the turn of a valve. If you don’t have this option on your rig, then connect a section of tubing to the inlet side of your water pump. Place the other end of this tubing into the RV antifreeze jug. Install a water pump converter kit, or disconnect the inlet side of the water pump (the line coming from the fresh water holding tank). Be sure to use only non-toxic RV antifreeze.
  10. Now pressurize the water lines with RV antifreeze by turning on the water pump. Open both the hot and then cold on the faucet until antifreeze starts to flow. Open these taps up slowly to release any air. Watch the level of your RV antifreeze jug so that it doesn’t run dry.
  11. Continue this process until all faucets, outside shower, toilet etc.. are running RV anti-freeze through them. Remember to start from the closest to the pump to the farthest. Repeat this process on all faucets from the closest to the farthest away.
  12. When it comes to the toilet, keep flushing it until anti-freeze is flowing.
  13. You can now turn the water pump off. It’s a good practice to open a tap at this point to release any air pressure.
  14. Dump 1/2 to a full quart (1 Liter) of antifreeze down each drain as well as a quart or two into the toilet. Flush this down to protect the holding tank.
  15. Make sure that you turn off the breaker to your hot water tank if it is electric. This will keep you from frying the element should it accidentally be plugged in and turned on while its being stored.
  16. Ensure you have closed all faucets.
  17. Always read your owners manual to your RV to make sure there are no special considerations for items like your fridge ice maker, washing machine or outdoor sinks or showers.
  18. If storing your RV though the winter outside, remember to put on your protective cover and you’re done until spring.

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How to Winterize your RV - Winter Camping - RV Living in Cold Weather

How to Winterize your RV - Winter Camping - RV Living in Cold Weather

by Michael Letendre

The only guide you will ever need to learn how to winterize your RV for winter and storage, plus how to do cold weather living and camping in your RV. Whether you are winterizing a fifth-wheel, Class A Motorhome or travel trailer, this “How to” guide has the answers to your winterization questions. To properly protect your RV for winter and winter camping, you’ll need to know more than just simply how winterize your RV water lines. This book is full of bonus RV winterization tips. The smooth writing style of Michael Letendre will guide you through the RV winterization process, step by step. This eBook has two sections. One is a guide with step by step instructions on how to winterize and store your RV for winter. The other section is for those brave souls that dare spend the winter in their RV. There are some very important things to know about winter camping in your fifth-wheel or Motorhome, even when you are in warmer climates like Arizona.

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The “How to Winterize your RV” eBook covers in detail many of the items mentioned in this video.