Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-04-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 33
First RV and believe that I have successfully winterized...what else needs to be done?

Hello All and thanks for welcoming me, my wife, and my dog.

We purchased a 2016 Forest River Forester 3011DS. I have winterized that bad boy...all the lines and faucets have pink antifreeze coming through...also poured a cup down each drain for the traps...

What else needs to be done...I will cover it once the cover arrives and she will stay with me at my office, so I do plan to get out there every other week to start her up, and move everything around...

any other things that I need to do, moth balls, mice traps, I saw something about dryer sheets....I have no idea what to do next, and of course when I bought it, the manuals are missing, we are waiting for them to arrive.

thanks in advance

P.S. I think I have knicknamed her "cruisin in the slow lane"

Bigairh20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2015, 01:58 PM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 8
I generally take the battery out and store it in the garage and once in a while throw a charger on it just to keep it fresh. Dryer sheets do make for a nice lasting smell when it comes time to open up in the spring. Remember the last rule is to relax. Each year you learn something new and some things you won't agree with.

2015 Flagstaff 26VFKSS/
TV-2008 GMC Yukon
cjputer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2015, 02:08 PM   #3
Senior Member
Hoglou's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 553
Peppermint oil on cotton balls in salt shakers around the bays and coach for mice.
Hoglou westGA
KM4HQQ 146.640mhz
L'IL Foot" 2014 Sunseeker 2300
"Harry" the JK toad in the mirror
Hoglou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2015, 11:06 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 735
Nice RIG..wish I had one.

After spending almost an entire day cleaning my furnace and ducts of mouse poo and mouse nest material, I would set traps in the heater compartment and various strategic places in the camper.

If your heating duct work runs under the floor then by all means please affix a metal screen to the ductwork manifold under the heater. Yes, removing the heater is a PITA but cleaning up mouse urine and droppings is something I wish to never experience...the smell is AWFUL!

Dryer sheets don't help much with mice and the sheets make nice bedding material for the critters to use.

Additional Tips:

Remove batteries from TV remotes, thermostat remotes, and other safety devices. Batteries seem to leak over the winter months.

Do a roof inspection and ensure the Dicor is not cracked. Reseal as necessary to prevent any leaks.

Coat the water heater drain fitting threads with some mineral oil. The threads one mine get rusty if I don't do this.

Store in a tilted position so snow can slide off quicker....perhaps drive front wheels onto some wood blocks?

Cover wheels to prevent UV damage.

Seal all areas under camp to prevent critter intrusion.

Put baking soda in fridge and freezer. I do not leave fridge doors open after finding mouse poo in my freezer last year.

Duct tape or seal hater intake/exhaust openings.

Add a fuel preservative for engine and generator. Ensure engines are run long enough for preservative to get into fuel system.
Skyliner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2015, 11:43 AM   #5
Senior Member
Wayne Joan's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South West Michigan
Posts: 133
I read here about a product called "Fresh Cab". It is rodent repellent. I have placed some in our trailer and I am hoping no critters this year. I bought my "Fresh Cab at Tractor Supply. Menards also have it.
2015 Flagstaff 8528IKWS Diamond Package
2013 Ford F-150 Super Crew, EcoBoost, Max Tow,
6.5 bed, Roadmaster Active Suspension, E rated tires
91 days camped 2015
15 days camped 2016 more planned
Wayne Joan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2015, 12:04 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Kansas
Posts: 698
We've used dryer sheets for years with no critters ... I guess just Kansas mice don't like em.
3-4 pages of wadded up newspaper work as well inside a closed up refrigerator. The ink absorbes any order.
dieselguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2015, 12:53 PM   #7
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Butler, Pa.
Posts: 36
Depending on your location I would also put a couple of tubs of Damp rid to collect moisture in different areas of coach.
rhughsless is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2015, 02:45 PM   #8
Retired Ford Tech
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Full-Timer
Posts: 121
If you have a Black Tank Flush, don't forget to blow it out with air or pump anti-freeze through it. It has a check valve that could crack if you don't.
This is the voice of experience !!
rvpezzano is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2015, 05:24 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Wisconsin/Florida
Posts: 489

Just wanted to mention the outside shower if you haven't done it.

Also, You may want to take a look under your rig to see how much bare structure metal is exposed. We found that our new unit had no protection.
I used a combination of rubberized undercoat and spray-on bedliner to coat everything. Rustoleum makes some good products in spray cans. Best price is Walmart in automotive. For the investment in a new RV, this is well worth the time and money to protect the under body metal.
PenJoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2015, 09:48 PM   #10
Senior Member
Vince and Charlette's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Spring Valley OH
Posts: 342
I have one of those wonderful residential sized refrigerators. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the internal water filter can freeze. Well, it split wide open and when we de-winterized and hooked up the water, it came gushing out from under the refrig door. Don't forget the outside water filter canister too if you have one. Some come with a blank you can insert to allow you to remove the clear plastic filter housing.

2015 GT 364TSF
Vince and Charlette is offline   Reply With Quote

winter, winterize

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:44 AM.