WINTERIZING YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

 

Special care should be taken for cold weather storage of your recreational vehicle.

REFRIGERATOR

CABINETS

HOLDING TANKS

WARNING

Automotive anti-freeze is poisonous. Do not use it in the fresh water system.

WATER HEATER

WATER TANK

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 tank’s drain valve.

 

WATER PUMP

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.

TOILET

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 toilet’s 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 hole.

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 container’s 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 supplier.

RV BATTERY

WINDOWS

To protect fabrics from fading, cover the windows with newspaper or cardboard.

EXTERIOR VENTS

Vents to the range hood, refrigerator and furnace should be covered with plastic. Inspect each roof vent and replace if needed.

CAUTION; ALWAYS REMOVE VENT COVERS BEFORE USING THE APPLIANCES.

EXTERIOR

FIRE SAFETY

SMOKE DETECTOR

Test your smoke detector

EMERGENCY EXITS

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 also.