Preparing Your RV for the Winter

Home » Preparing Your RV for the Winter

When the temperatures start to drop, it’s important that you begin preparing your RV for the winter. Whether you plan on storing your RV for the winter or you still have some RV camping adventures planned, it’s important that you get your vehicle prepped for the cold weather so it will survive this season without sustaining any costly damage.

Here are some important tips that will help you with your RV winterizing.

  • Consult your owner’s manual first – Your RV will likely have an owner’s manual with it, but if you’re unable to locate it, you can search online to find a copy of it as well. In most cases, the owner’s manual will outline specific actions you need to take to get your RV prepared for the cold winter weather. Follow these instructions carefully.
  • Insulate your pipes – Foam pipe insulation can help protect your pipes from freezing and breaking when the temperatures get too cold outside. Wrap every pipe you can find. Foam pipe insulation is fairly inexpensive, and it’s a smart investment to protect your RV during the winter.
  • Skirt your RV – RV skirting is designed to protect your vehicle in extreme cold. Vinyl skirting can help reduce interior heat loss significantly, and it will help stabilize your RV against heavy winds.
  • Use RV tire chains – If you’re going to be driving on snow-covered or icy roads, you need to use RV tire chains. You should always keep these on board your RV, and pay attention to weather reports before you drive so you can be prepared to put them on if needed.
  • Keep your diesel from freezing – Diesel can and will freeze if you aren’t careful. At most truck stops, winterized diesel is offered. However, if you’re unable to locate it, you can purchase an additive that will protect your diesel against freezing. This additive is available at most auto part stores or truck stops. You can also plug in the heating element in your diesel engine when you get to your destination.
  • Check the furnace—You want to make sure your heater is working before you get out in the cold weather. So, before your trip, test your heater to confirm it’s operating the way it should.
  • Add RV antifreeze—It’s important that you get all the water out by emptying the tanks and add RV antifreeze to vulnerable areas, such as the water pump and toilet valve. This will help prevent major repairs. 

It’s important that you take the time to winterize your RV – both for your own safety and the safety of your RV. It might take some time and effort to get your RV ready for the winter, but you’ll be glad you did.