Tips for Storing Your RV Properly This Winter

By: South Thompson RV   |   13 Sep 2017
Winter is coming

With the leaves falling and the days getting shorter, many RV owners are starting to bring in their travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes to have them winterized. Did you know, that outside of the standard winterizing of your RV, there are some important things to consider before putting your RV to bed for the season. We want to make sure that you're in the loop to prevent winter damage that isn't covered by most insurance providers, so read along for some valuable tips and advice.



Check Your Seals

Winter is a good time of year to check your seals throughout your RV and its roof sealant. Openings on your RV, such as windows, doors, and body elements have a rubberized caulking that supports them and prevents water from entering getting inside.This caulking will crack over time, so it’s important to make sure that you check these seals seasonally. With the hot sun beating down in the summer and brutally dry winters wreaking havoc, it's a guarantee that sealant will crack. The good news is it's an affordable preventative measure to touch up this sealant. Monitor your seals and stay dry inside your RV. And don’t forget, beyond staying dry, it's important to avoid water damage through unmaintained seals because most insurance providers do not support these types of preventable mishaps.


Flush Your Lines, Keep Them Protected

For RVs that have full water and septic options, it's important to remember that these features can freeze. Both water and sewage can freeze and crack your pipes. We suggest not only draining these pipes but filling them with propylene glycol as part of our winterizing service. Propylene glycol is an antifreeze agent that is used to prevent freezing and cracking in RV and marine equipment, and it can save you thousands by preventing damage before it happens.


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Get Back to Basics

When preparing to store your RV for the winter, don't forget the little things. Remove everything from the refrigerator and pantry — you don't want any pesky rodents hopping in for a snack and overstaying their welcome.


Make sure not to leave any wet or damp items that can mold in your RV. Also, remember to remove all cleaning supplies and flammable materials from the RV. Many RVs are made largely out of wood, and that's not the type of campfire anyone enjoys!


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Keep it Up

Checking your seals is one of the most important things, and one of the most overlooked maintenance items by RV owners. Make sure that you're not missing the little things, and that you're preventing big leaks. Our team would be happy to assess the seals on your RV and help you with winterizing services. Book your service online, give us a call at 1 (888) 871-4058, or feel free to stop by anytime.

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