Winterizing your RV—it's not just about the pink stuff!
Whether your RV is going into winter storage or taking you to warmer locations, you'll need to do some type of winter prep. RVillage members share their tips.
Storing your rig: Where? How?
If you're not one of those hundreds of thousands of snowbirds who heads south for warmer climates for the winter—perhaps your rig is going into storage. Here are some ideas for finding storage that should work almost anywhere, short-term or long-term.
To cover or not to cover?
So many details...
In the many different RVillage groups you'll find RVillagers talking about various ways to prepare your RV for storage—such as removing the batteries, checking the seals on the roof, running RV antifreeze through the water lines (the pink stuff, see more below); preventing interior mold, taking steps to keep pests out, parking on boards, covering the tires and pulling the window shades to prevent UV damage—and even utilizing various theft deterrents. Don't forget to turn off the propane!
How do you get that “pink stuff” into the water lines and tanks to prevent freezing?
How do you keep those pests from taking over?
Related Post: RVillagers share tips for keeping pests out of your RV!
“Exercising” a stored motorhome
If you own a motorhome, RVillagers advise taking it out once a month and driving it about 20-30 miles to exercise the engine, drivetrain and tires. While doing so, they recommend turning on the generator and running the air conditioner as well. (Visiting your rig could have the added benefit of scaring off any rodents, too.)
Do you need to winterize if it's only going to be a temporary freeze?
See responses here.
Winterizing an onboard washer
Go south? Winter RV travel
RVillagers share how they prepare for traveling from a cold climate to a warmer snowbird destinations.
Watch that weather as you travel, and don't get caught in a blizzard (if you can help it). Safely wait it out, if you need to.
RVillagers discuss locations that require tire chains.
10 winter driving tips from a helpful RVillager!
Related post: Weather & Wildfire Safety for RVers
A few popular spots for RV camping in warm winter climates are:
• Southern Florida
• Arizona (low elevations)
• Quartzsite (shown above)
• Lake Havasu
• Southern California
• Pahrump, NV
• Texas (in some areas)
• New Mexico (in low elevations)
Related post: RV Destination—Quartzsite, Arizona
Check out these RVillage groups for winter snowbirds:
Join some groups and search for more winterizing tips, ask questions and share your advice with others!
Search for more groups to find answers.
Winter RV Living
Perhaps you're a snowbird who isn't heading south this year. How do you live in an RV in the winter? Check out this post for lots of great tips from fellow RVillagers: Snowbirds RVing in the Snow?!
Disclaimer: The information gathered here is compiled from the posts and opinions of RVillagers, and not of RVillage itself. RVillage assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions.
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