The Ultimate RV Winterizing Checklist

June 22, 2018 Uncategorized

Many people are using RV’s to travel across the country, while others are using them as their full-time home.

Either way, it’s important to keep up with the maintenance. Once the summer months are over, you’ll need to start prepping your RV for winter.

Not sure where to begin? We’ve got the lowdown on the ultimate RV winterizing checklist so that next season, you’re ready to hit the road!

Where to Store?

The great thing about storing your RV at a storage facility is they usually offer outdoor, covered or indoor storage.


Outdoor storage is the most common, affordable option and is simple as parking your RV in a designated spot on a storage lot. It offers great security with fenced in areas and security cameras and is generally the best option for short-term storage.


Covered RV storage is the most popular option and is similar to outdoor storage but offers a bit more protection from weather elements and is a great option for long-term storage.


Indoor storage offers a lot of protection but is also your most expensive option. It is not very commonly used and finding a facility that offers it is hard to come by.

Cover or No Cover?

Most people don’t want to deal with a cover because it’s a pain in the neck to put on and take off.

However, some covers have zip-in doors that make life easier.

Keep in mind that if the cover flaps in the wind, there’s the chance it will wear away paint or decals.

Water Heater & Water Lines

Unless you’re able to keep the RV inside a heated building, it’s important to protect the water systems from freezing.

The best thing to do is drain and bypass the water heater. In order to drain the water heater, let it cool and open the hot water faucet to relieve pressure in the tank.

Then, you’ll want to open the outside access panel on your RV and remove the plug at the bottom of the tank.

Have you checked your RV to see if the water heater is equipped with a Bypass Valve? If it’s not, consider installing one.

There are two ways for RV winterizing the fresh water system: either the Antifreeze Method or the Blow-Out Method.

Antifreeze Method

Use special RV Water Line antifreeze. Feed this through each of the water lines.

Empty out the toilet and pour enough antifreeze to protect the valve at the bottom of the outlet pipe. Lastly, pour some into the actual toilet bowl and let sit there.

Don’t flush it.

Blow-Out Method

Use an air compressor to force water from the lines.

Battery Storage

The last thing you need is the battery to freeze. Remove it and store in a nice, warm place.

Avoid Little Pests

Mice and other small critters look for a place during winter too. Try to close off as many openings as you can.

The water lines are a good place to start since mice can fit themselves through the tiny openings.

Also, if you’re worried about them getting in, set up mouse bait and traps throughout the RV.

Wrap up on RV Winterizing

By going through the RV winterizing checklist, you’ll be well prepared to store properly during the cold months. When summer comes back around you’ll be the first one back on the road to your next adventure.

If you need help storing your RV for the winter, Right Move Storage can help!

Contact us today for more information.

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