K5 Insurance 5 steps to Winterize your RV
That chill you feel is mother nature whispering that summer is over. Like a hibernating animal, we need to prepare for winter. These 5 steps will help you to extend the life of your RV by protecting it from deterioration.
- Drain the water from your pipes. Water left in the pipes through the winter can freeze and lead to costly repairs. [image] Open all your faucets while draining to remove all the water that is in the lines within the RV. Once the water stops flowing, you can pump RV antifreeze into the lines. Be sure to bypass your hot water heater, which can be damaged by the antifreeze. Because it gets so very cold during Canadian winters – be sure that the RV antifreeze is rate to -50 degrees Celsius.
- Turn off your breakers in the breaker panel and then unhook and remove your RV batteries, which can be damaged by winter cold. Unhook and remove your Propane tanks. Storing your Propane tank in a dry, well-ventilated area will help to prevent rust or damage.
- Check the exterior of your RV. Check all the seals to ensure there is no leaks. Check for cracks in the exterior. Fill any cracks and repair any faulty seals. Protect your awning by washing it and allowing it to dry completely before rolling it up for the off-season. Clean and store outdoor stoves. Block your tires
- Check the locks and hinges. Repair damage and lubricate them so they move smoothly in the cold and save yourself the hassle in the spring.
- Prepare the interior. A bad smell will permeate a closed RV. Be sure to clean and sanitize the interior. Remove all food from fridge and cupboards to minimize rodents entering your RV. Cotton balls with peppermint oil will act as a natural mouse repellent and leave your closed RV smelling great. Place traps out for any determined mice. Bleach sink, counters and fridge. Leave fridge and cupboard doors propped open. Place an open container of moisture absorbent to keep the air from getting damp.
Finally, come in to K5 Insurance to cancel the plates on your RV to officially put it into storage. If you happen to use the RV while unplated, let us know in advance and we will update your Auto Policy.