YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Special care should be taken for cold
weather storage of your recreational vehicle.
- All components should be
- Make any necessary repairs before removing
- Remove all food
- Wash and dry the inside.
- Prop the door open so air can
- Remove any foods in the cupboards that
- Cabinet and closet doors should be left
open slightly to prevent musty odors or mildew.
- Drain the water tank by opening all
- If the tank is equipped with an exterior
drain cap, remove it, or open tanks drain
- Open all hot and cold water line drain
- Pour six gallons of non-toxic RV
antifreeze into the gravity water fill.
- Switch the water pump on
- When anti-freeze flows out-close the
- Turn the pump off.
- Pour non-toxic antifreeze into both
kitchen sinks and the shower drain (enough to fill
Automotive anti-freeze is poisonous.
Do not use it in the fresh water system.
- Drain. After draining, about two quarts of
water will still be in the heater
but there is plenty of
room for expansion due to freezing.
- Add RV anti-freeze to the water heater
tank by opening a hot water faucet. When antifreeze begins to
flow, close the faucet.
Drain the water tank by opening all the
faucets with the water pump turned on. If the water tank is
equipped with an exterior drain cap, remove it or open the
tanks drain valve.
After draining the water tank and water
lines, the outlet hose should be removed from the water pump. A
small amount of water will still be in the pump, so turn the pump
on, catching the water with a towel. The outlet hose can be
re-attached now or later.
Repeatedly flush the toilet until
anti-freeze appears in the bowl. One gallon of RV fresh-water
antifreeze should be poured down the toilet. The toilets
water supply line should be completely drained and the water
supply valve should be left open.
On models equipped with pedals, insert
something round like a soft drink bottle into the flush
On models with black/white levers, block
the white lever open with a wad of paper.
LP GAS REGULATOR
The regulator should be kept covered to
keep moisture out of the vent.
The LP Gas containers service valve
should be closed. All pilot lights should be extinguished and all
appliances (like oven / range, water heater, refrigerator,
furnace) using LP Gas should have their valves closed. Each
container should have anhydrous methanol added by an LP Gas
- Check water levels and add if
- Recharge battery if necessary. Check power
levels regularly and recharge as needed. Never store a battery in
an area where it will be exposed to extreme heat or where sparks
can occur. Proper ventilation is needed to disperse hydrogen
fumes given off by the battery.
- Disconnect cables.
To protect fabrics from fading, cover the
windows with newspaper or cardboard.
Vents to the range hood, refrigerator and
furnace should be covered with plastic. Inspect each roof vent
and replace if needed.
ALWAYS REMOVE VENT COVERS BEFORE USING THE APPLIANCES.
- Wash and wax
- Lubricate hinges and locks.
- Check underside of RV for holes and seal
any that would allow rodents, insects or other pests to
- Lock securely.
- Make periodic inspection throughout the
- Remove excessive snow from the roof with
long-handled tool like a broom.
- Prevention is the best kind of fire
safety. Take the same precautions in your RV as you do at
- Special precautions should be taken with
any open flame inside your RV.
- Operate all appliances according to
- Be sure everyone in your party is familiar
with all emergency features and the location of exits and fire
extinguishers. A chemical fire extinguisher has been included in
your RV. It needs to be regularly checked to be sure that it will
be ready in an emergency. Replace it immediately if it has been
partially or fully discharged. Fire extinguishers are mounted on
the sidewall or cabinet directly inside the front
- LP Gas containers, gasoline or other
flammable liquids should not be brought inside or stored in your
Test your smoke detector
- After a period of storage
- Before each trip
- At least once a week during the time of
actual use of your RV.
Some models have Emergency Exits. They are
marked by one-inch red letters. Emergency Exits are opened by the
use of handles that are colored red also. Make sure your dealer
explains the location and operation of Emergency Exits to you,
and be certain that your entire party is informed