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.
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.”
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.”
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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