Winterizing/RV Storage Preparation

To help prevent problems, prepare your RV for extended periods of non-use. This will also make it easier to get your RV ready for the next camping trip or season.

In colder climates, BEFORE storing for the winter, be sure your RV's plumbing system is properly Winterized to prevent costly freeze-ups.

1. Check your roof and other surfaces for any damage or potential leaks that could go unnoticed until it is too late.

2. Close all windows and roof vents.

3. Turn OFF 12-volt DC/120-volt AC/propane to the refrigerator; defrost and clean.

4. Use crumpled newspaper or open boxes of baking soda in the refrigerator to eliminate odors during storage.

5. Shut OFF the propane cylinder valve(s).

6. Cover all external outlets/vents (furnace, exhaust, etc.)

to prevent mice or other rodents from entering.

7. Cover the roof air conditioner (if so equipped).

8. Disconnect 120-volt AC power to the RV.

9. DO NOT use the leveling legs during storage.

10. Drain all water lines.

11. Flush, then drain ALL holding tanks; fresh water, gray water, black water and the water heater.

12. Remove all (customer supplied) batteries from the RV, and store in a place where they will not freeze. Batteries that have been frozen will never hold a proper charge.

13. Thoroughly wash the interior and the exterior of your RV.

14. Store your RV indoors, under a roof or purchase a breathable cover for use during storage.

15. To prevent weather checking and other UV damage, cover tires that are exposed to sunlight.

Snow removal

During the storage period, remove snow from the top of your RV to prevent damage to the unit’s structure.

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Bryan Platt's picture

What is recommended for exterior surface protection product? Wax?

Richard Wildhirt's picture

I'm winterizing my Reflection 295RL and can't locate the water heater bypass valve. Where is it?