Are you sure that your RV is ready for the coming winter? Will it stay the same in spring or you will find an old rusty machine full of rodents when snow melts? You have a chance to avoid it. How? Read along.
Winterizing a Camper: Generator
Those RVs which have a generator need to be drained of fuel. Otherwise the fuel will become lacquer damaging the carburetor and when spring comes you will have hard times starting it. Even if your generator is not equipped with shut-off valve you do need to get one. Thus, when generator is running you need to shut the valve off. Wait until generator runs out of fuel.
How to Winterize RV: Battery
To save your RV’s battery you need to disconnect it. Next step is to remove it and safe it in the place which is warm enough. Make sure that battery is fully charged. It is a bad idea to place your battery on a concrete floor. Thus, the battery will start to drain.Winterizing a Camper: Rodents
To avoid rodents in your RV you should remove any type of food including boxed and canned food. In addition cans tend to split when frozen which is not good for an RV either. Mice love to make nests in RVs this is why mouse traps are a must, if you do not want them to damage and spoil your RV.
How To Winterize RV: Exterior
If you do not remove dirt and road chemicals from your RV in winter months, it can result in exterior rusting or dissolving. So, you RV will look aged and unattractive. To have this process under control try using calcium chloride or liquid salt. It will solve the problem of rust and dust. You can also try washing and waxing your RV before winter.
Winterizing a Camper: Interior
Sun can damage the fabric, plastic and carpeting inside of your RV. You can avoid it, if you lower shades or cover windshields. Do not forget to close all the windows as well as roof vents. It is useful to avoid snow from getting inside of you RV.
How to Winterize RV: Tires
Proper inflation of tires is a must. If your RV spends months on tires which are under-inflated, it will result in development of flat spots. If it goes flat, your RV will have cracks and weak spots as well. Covering tires to prevent them from sun rays is also important.
Winterizing a Camper: Storage Place
The best idea is to store you RV inside of a heated garage which is fully protected. Another option is to choose an appropriate parking pad. If you cannot afford it a backyard can help but not much. If you cannot provide a proper storage place for your RV be sure to check it regularly and protect your RV from moisture and other harmful processes.