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An abundance of warm weather has made for a great year of travel. Nonetheless, it is time to begin preparing your RV for the harmful freezing temperatures that loom ahead. In this article we’ll discuss why winterizing your motorhome is important. Plus, we’ll provide you with a downloadable checklist that details how you can ensure your vehicle successfully survives the cold.

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“Eowyn” strikes a pose in the snow.

Winterizing an RV prevents the damage that occurs when temperatures dip below freezing. These low temperatures cause liquids to freeze and expand with enough force to rupture crucial systems within your RV. Indoor faucets, toilet valves, water pumps, and the macerator are all areas of concern. Advanced RV’s recent interior plumbing developments help to mitigate the problem, but extended storage leaves every motorhome susceptible to freeze damage.

“This type of damage is hard to reverse,” says Frank Kolasinski, a service specialist at Advanced RV, “Once it’s done, it’s done. You’ll have to spend a considerable amount of money to get you back where you were yesterday.”

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“Liberty” enjoys the winter scenery.

We’ve created an RV winterization checklist to help account for each step of the process. The checklist includes instructions for winterizing your water pumps, sewage systems, batteries, and tires. We suggest you print the list out or bookmark this page to return to later. “If in doubt, I would always err on the side of caution,” Frank adds, “We’ve worked hard to make the process as easy as possible. We’ve placed winterization valves in convenient locations, and reversing the procedure is as simple as running water through the system.”

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“Escape” couldn’t escape an ice storm, but the motorhome continued to run smoothly in the cold.

Some RV owners circumvent the winterization process by storing their motorhomes in tropical climates or in heated garages. Many Advanced RV partners store their motorhomes at our Cleveland facility. Here, their RVs are kept in a temperature-controlled building and can undergo maintenance or be fitted with upgrades. “People like this option because it’s hassle free,” says Frank, “As an added bonus, their RV returns in the spring with some features it didn’t have beforehand.” Typically, people who select this option want to avoid making winterization precautions and foresee upgrading, for example, to a quiet air conditioning unit. That way, when warm temperatures return, their motorhome can hit the road without missing a step.

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Alison Kraus' Prevost tour bus

Last week, Marcia and I had a business meeting at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Chautauqua is a wonderful community that organizes themed weeks throughout the summer with daily speakers and entertainment. We enjoyed performances by Alison Krauss and Black Violin during our time in Chautauqua.

Following the Alison Krauss concert, I hung around the venue listening to one of her band mates describe life on the road to me and a few others. It turns out, I learned, that the rock star lifestyle isn’t always glamorous. Talking about a tough schedule and a lack of comfort, he pointed to the buses and said, “Those air conditioners have two settings–loud and louder.” I turned to see five major-brand air conditioners mounted to the roof of each of their Prevost coaches.

Alison Kraus' Prevost tour bus

I wanted to share with him the great news about our new Quiet Air Conditioner–9 decibels (3x) quieter inside a coach than the other two major-brand air conditioners we tested. I wanted to tell him that our Quiet AC for tour buses and motor homes has the same cooling performance as the two higher rated low-profile, roof-mounted air conditioners like the ones on their tour buses. However, I bit my tongue and continued to simply enjoy his company and his stories. I can only hope that there will be another opportunity to share our Quiet AC for tour buses, motor homes, and trailers with this musician and others living life on the road. We can’t do much about their strenuous schedules, but I hope we can help make their lifestyle a bit more comfortable when they’re not in the spotlight.

Low-Profile Quiet AC for tour buses

To learn more about our Quiet Air Conditioner for Motor Homes–or to order yours–head to Upfitters’ Resource, our vehicle for providing well-designed, high-quality products and systems for your life on the road!

High-Quality Quiet AC Inside Coach

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