How To Winterize Your Unit

The warmer days of summer are over and you should winterize your RV. If you need someone to do this for you call Steve Feezer at 303-227-1448. He has very reasonable prices

If you are going to be winterizing your RV on your own this year, the following are a few things that you should probably think about. (follow your manufactures instructions for best results)

You will need:
a winterizing pump,
short syphon hose
3 gallons or so of RV antifreeze. Make sure it is RV antifreeze, it is non-toxic. Important: Do not use automobile antifreeze.
Several rags

First thing, make sure all your holding tanks have been dumped at the dump station. Look for low point drains: there could be several, look for pipes sticking out from under your unit, drain them.

Turn off hot water heater; remove the drain plug for the hot water tank. Leave the plug inside your hot water heater area so you know where it is next spring or when you have completed winterization. Close the door to the hot water heater and let it drain.
Water filters should be disassembled and filters removed before adding antifreeze to the system, reassemble system without filters, but check with your manufacturer.

Turn on the water pump let it run while pumping out any water left in unit.

Open all faucets and water valves, open both the hot and cold sides of faucets so water can run backwards to the low points.

Once all water is drained, shut off all the faucets, and water valves, recap low point drains.

Hook up the syphon hose or winterizing pump to the water inlet or winterizing fitting (Newest units have the wintering fitting) there may be winterizing and bypass settings see manufacturer’s instructions.

Insert the other end of the hose into a jug of RV antifreeze (you must use RV antifreeze)
If water pump is not still on, turn on your water pump.
Go into the RV turn on the water valve closest to the water pump. Let the liquid run until pink. The liquid will run a lighter shade of pink at first, but keep it running until the pink liquid runs out, do both hot and cold water sides.
The toilet, hold down the flush lever until the pink comes out into the toilet.
Inside shower, if you have a shower hose remove it from the holder and let hang to the floor, make sure the valve on the hose is open to allow the antifreeze through the hose when you open both valves.
Washing machine connection; even if you never use this connection it still must be winterized.
All sinks both hot and cold.
Don’t forget outside shower / car wash
Ice maker
Sewer sprayers
Dish washers / Clothes Washers these need ran according to manufacturer’s recommendations
When done turn OFF your water pump
Remove your winterizing kit and store away until next year.
Dump remaining RV antifreeze at lease a cup each directly into the sinks and tub drains.

Take a damp rag and wipe away antifreeze from all surfaces like sinks, showers, and toilets to eliminate any possibility of staining.

That should take care of this task until next year.

Remember to remove all liquids from your cupboards, refrigerator, bathrooms, and storage compartments. Anything that may freeze, and bust the bottle open. Take it from me I had a big mess to clean up in the spring.

For flat roof units, tilt up the front or back of the unit to allow for drainage of water during the winter storms. This should eliminate puddles of water sitting on the roof causing expensive repairs in the future.

Remove RV batteries and put them in your garage to prevent freezing. For maintenance, put a battery charger on your batteries once a month.

If you choose to cover your RV during the winter, please come check on the tarps or covers monthly during the winter. Many times the covers rip or the straps come loose or break causing them to blow off or blow into your neighbor’s unit. This wind whipping of tarps can cause damage not only to your unit but your neighbors.  Your prompt attention to the repair is greatly appreciated.