Updated January 1, 1 . AmFam Team
As you wrap up your summer adventures, you’ll want to consider all that goes into winterizing your recreational vehicle. Winterizing your camper or RV not only saves it from damage — it makes it easier to get started next season! If you decide to do this work yourself, you’ll avoid paying an RV garage, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it takes to de-winterize your RV in the spring.
Whether you’ve got a big rig, trailer, fifth wheel or anywhere in between, take a look at these tips to get your ride ready for its winter hibernation.
Freezing temperatures can take their toll on more than just your rig’s water lines. Winterizing is primarily about keeping your water lines from freezing by flushing them and then adding antifreeze in certain places. As you’ll see, there’s really more to it than that.
Taking care of your RV tires during the winter months is just as important as attending to them out on the road. Follow your owner’s manual for off-season tire care. Here’s our advice on managing your tires:
Propane can expand and contract when the temperature changes and that can lead to leaks and problems next year. Here are a few things to do to help keep your propane tanks working well:
Much like vacation homes, you should unplug, clean the refrigerator and leave the door open during storage to prevent mold and mildew. Remove any food items, toiletries and medicines. Spend a little time wiping down and cleaning up your RV before you put it to bed for the winter:
Protecting your RV from harsh winter weather can add years to its life. These tips can help you keep your RV’s awning and everything else in great shape while it’s in storage:
It may seem like a lot to do but with a little work, you can add years of enjoyment to your RV or camper. And before you know it — it’ll be time for another season of adventures!
As you’re giving your RV some TLC this fall, remember to check in with your American Family Insurance agent (Opens in a new tab) and review your coverage options. With a well-crafted policy and a solid winterization strategy, your RV can be protected from the elements and the unexpected — taking you onto the open road well into the future.