To Winterize or Not to Winterize…

We’ve had a ton of questions about winterizing here lately in the Facebook groups and on our business page.  I know many of you do not winterize since you are full time RVers, you all southernize!  (move south) We still have so many dreamers out there and part timers too!  Don’t forget about those that are anxiously awaiting the big R – RETIREMENT before they hit the road full time. Many of you are wondering how or when do I winterize.  If you are parking your rig for the winter and will not be using it, it’s a good idea to winterize.

I went on YouTube and looked up one of my favorite couples, Long Long Honeymoon because I knew they would have something on winterizing.  Lo and behold…they did!  Their video makes it easy to learn how to winterize your rig in under 15 minutes.  It’s pretty simple actually.  Be sure to watch the full video to get all the steps in winterizing.

Why do we winterize anyway?

The basic goal to winterizing is to remove all the water from the RV and replace it with RV safe antifreeze.  This is to keep pipes from busting and horror stories from being told.

How in the world do I get that antifreeze in the RV anyway?

RV antifreeze can be added either via the fresh water tank or the city water inlet.  Amazon has a good winterization kit.  Be sure to head over to Long Long Honeymoon’s video and purchase from their link.

Steps to start the winterization process:

  1. Drain all water – fresh, gray, and black
  2. Drain out all water from the water heater
  3. Put water heater in bypass mode
  4. Run water everywhere possible – when you see pink, you’re good to go!

Oh no!  What happens if you forget to winterize?  It can happen! That first freeze is upon you and it came quick!

Drain all the water and you should be ok.  Maybe.

When winter is over – Dewinterization begins!

  1. Remove all the pink antifreeze by flushing all lines
  2. Introduce fresh water into the P-traps
  3. Turn knobs on water heater back to original position
  4. Turn hot water valve on kitchen
  5. Flush out the fresh water tank

 

Seems easy enough! Well, I learned a lot and I feel extremely confident that I will be able to winterize my RV when I purchase one.

The full video is below.  Be sure to check it out.

Safe travels!

Robyn

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