RV Maintenance Tips & Helpful Hints

    Annual maintenance tips to keep your RV in perfect shape!!

  1. Wash the exterior of your unit.

  2. Check all of the roof and window seals and caulk any gaps.

  3. Cover all of the vents to prevent insect nests and leaves.

  4. Make sure the awning is clean and dry.

  5. Cover the tires.

  6. Turn off the propane.

  7. Clean the interior.

  8. Remove all food.

  9. Defrost the refrigerator and clean the seals.  An open box of baking soda and leaving the door propped open will also help.

  10. Charge the batteries.

  11. Shut off the master switch to the batteries.

     

Steps to winterize your RV
    There are two ways to winterize your water system.  How cold it's going to get where you are could determine the method you use.

By Air

    To blow out the lines, you will need a blowout plug.

  1. Make certain that your unit is level and empty the fresh water tank.

  2. Turn on the water pump and open each faucet.  Run the faucet until the water stops flowing.

  3. Do this also with the toilet valve and the exterior shower.  Lay the shower head on the ground to make certain it is completely drained.  Rubber band the toilet sprayer handle open. 

  4. Release the water suction in the city water hookup by pressing on the cone shaped valve in the center of the connection.

  5. Turn off the water pump.  If it has a reservoir, remove and empty the reservoir.  Clean the strainer and replace it.

  6. Make sure the water heater is off and the water is cool before draining it.  Open the drain plug and empty the water heater tank.  Release the pressure at the pressure/temperature valve.

  7. Leave all of the valves open.

  8. Attach the blowout plug at the city water hookup.

  9. use an air compressor (limited to 30 psi).

  10. Ease the air hose on to avoid building up pressure.

  11. Run air through the system with all valves open for five minutes.

  12. Disconnect the air, close all the valves and replace all the plugs.

By Anti-freeze

    You will need to purchase non-toxic RV anti-freeze. 

  1. Make certain that your unit is level and empty the fresh water tank.

  2. Turn on the water pump and open each faucet.  Run the faucet until the water stops flowing.

  3. Do this also with the toilet valve and the exterior shower.  Lay the shower head on the ground to make certain it is completely drained.  Rubber band the toilet sprayer handle open.

  4. Release the water suction in the city water hookup by pressing on the cone shaped valve in the center of the connection.

  5. Turn off the water pump.  If it has a reservoir, remove and empty the reservoir.  Clean the strainer and replace it.

  6. Make sure the water heater is off and the water is cool before draining it.  Open the drain plug and empty the water heater tank.  Release the pressure at the pressure/temperature valve.

  7. Remove the inline water filter, if you have one.

  8. To avoid filling your water heater tank with anti-freeze, switch the water system to "water heater bypass".

  9. Close all drains and valves.

  10. Using the intake hose from the water pump, draw the anti-freeze through the pump directly from the jug.  Turn on the water at each valve one at a time and starting with the most distant valve, run both of the hot and cold taps until you see color.

  11. Check the volume of anti-freeze often to avoid drawing air into the system.

  12. Do the same with the toilet, the sprayer, the showers and the city hookup.

 

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