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RV Winterize and Maintenance Tips

Are there any special arrangements in operating your RV during winter season? Do you have access to any water at all when you're living in freezing temperatures? It largely depends on the vehicle. Winterizing many motorhomes and travel trailers can be difficult because they have central heating and are controlled by a thermostat, making water flow possible even in freezing temperatures as long as heat is maintained. Consider some helpful tips to winterize your RV.


Read Your Owner's Manual

The only way to be sure about freezing temperatures is the to check your owner's manual. Some RVs are insulated, others are not; some may have a definite freezing temperature that must be avoided if the water system is not to freeze.

When In Doubt Use A Portable Water Source

Using a portable water source allows you to keep the regular water system winterized just in case. Non-toxic RV antifreeze should also be added to the holding tanks as regular wastewater will dilute small amounts of antifreeze. 

Gas Supply And How to Winterize a Travel Trailer

To winterize your RV will require a full amount of LP gas supply. The longer the winter trip, the more you want to make sure the gas supply is full. Some travel trailers use Butane fuel, however it will not suffice in below freezing temperatures. Use propane in the tanks to ensure the heat and water systems are maintained in your vehicle. Find great deals on products to RV winterize from Ebay right here:

Choosing A Campsite

Part of your RV winterize plan should include where you park when you camp.  When camping in the winter, a sunny place to park is exactly what you need. A shady, windy parking spot will only help to keep temperatures down. Look for a windbreak section and plenty of sunlight. It might also help to park your front of rear of your RV facing the windy areas.

Drive Safely

This shouldn't require much explanation, though a lot of people continue to ignore good advice. When driving on icy road, slow down as much as possible. No one will give you a ticket for driving too slow when there's ice on the road and the situation is dangerous. Speeding on the other hand leaves your RV and your life open to an accident. Try and learn the road when you're away from other vehicles and make sure you can safely accelerate and brake if need be.

Take great care to winterize your RV before winter's chill sets in so that your travel trailer makes it through many more winters.