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Old 10-27-2014, 07:52 PM   #1
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Winterizing Checklist - Did I Miss Something?

Here's my winterization check list. First time winterizing myself... Can someone chime in to double check my process? Everything seemed to go easy enough, but I'd hate to open it up in the spring to broken pipes.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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I don't know that I can add anything because I am new to this stuff but I may steal your checklist.
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Old 10-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #3
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I always do a good clean of the entire trailer, especially the kitchen cabinets with Clorox wipes to kill any food odors. I will put bounce dryer sheets in cabinets to help deter pests/rodents and help keep it smelling good. I will also set out a bottle of peppermint oil with a piece of gauze sticking out of it. The odor of peppermint oil deters mice and is a pleasant odor to have in the trailer. Many will also stuff steel wool into every crevice to the outside they can find.
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Add remove Battery and put it on float charger
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Dump some antifreeze down the drains to fill the traps if you have not already done so when turning the taps on. Put some extra down to sit in the tanks in case they hold some water or sludge still.
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Also if you have washer/dryer hook ups (used or not) run pink stuff through them too.
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Keep those tires covered.
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Can someone chime in to double check my process?
Good checklist. Add "remove water filter" for RVs with an on-board water filtration system. You wanna do this before the compressed air.

If the RV is gonna be sitting for months on end, a dehumidification product is a good idea. The Dri-z-air (calcium chloride) stuff works good.
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Thanks guys!

I have no onboard filter... But my last one did. The place I had it winterized didn't remove it during the winter, which I found odd.

Also... My camper is in a pole building year round and is covered on all sides except the front... No sun, rain or snow on it, so I was thinking I didn't need to cover the tires. Any differing opinions?


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Thanks guys!

I have no onboard filter... But my last one did. The place I had it winterized didn't remove it during the winter, which I found odd.

Also... My camper is in a pole building year round and is covered on all sides except the front... No sun, rain or snow on it, so I was thinking I didn't need to cover the tires. Any differing opinions?


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You do not have to cover your tires but what is the ground that they sit on made of? If it's dirt or gravel make sure that you put some boards under them. Best to use 2x8 pressure treated wood, but this is just my opinion. Depending on the size of tire you might get by with 2x6 but you just want to make sure the tires don't hang over the sides.....
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Inflate tires AT LEAST to the max if not 10 lbs more. (That's my routine). It leaves less contact on the ground, and helps insure your tires have plenty of air come spring.
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Here is a good article on winterizing from Good Sam Camping Blog: WINTERIZING YOUR RV — A step-by-step time-proven system to get the job done right! | Good Sam Camping Blog.

It includes items like removing perishable and freezable items, cleaning the refrigerator, and removing LCD TV sets.
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I would place the W/H in bypass and Drain it first,Then open the Low point drains. This prevents (White/Crap) from going Downstream! If you doubt what I say look at the area when you drain your W/H! Youroo!!
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For motorhome owners add; engage your cabin recirculation option, to close the duct off from outside air, thus limiting access from that entry point into the dash area.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:16 AM   #16
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very good list

I would suggest leaving your low point drain caps off for most of the process. Water will continue to drip out for a while. When blowing out the lines, water needs to go out these drains. I leave my low point caps off to the time that I see RV antifreeze coming out of them and then put the caps on.


Also, disconnect the shower hose from the faucet and not just the shower head. Water will/may remain in the hose. If you have an outside hose, remove it and get all water out of it. (open valves on faucets after hoses have been removed, as water will drain back into top of faucet while taking hose off)

When I am done completely, I remove the plastic screen bowl from the water pump and shake out any liquid as it may also hold water and bust.

(the bowls are cheap and easy to replace when the frozen water cracks them, but if you have had it happen to you once, you never want to have to fix it again )
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"I remove the plastic screen bowl from the water pump and shake out any liquid as it may also hold water and bust."

I don't know what you mean by this...are you talking about the glass water filter bowl?
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"I remove the plastic screen bowl from the water pump and shake out any liquid as it may also hold water and bust."

I don't know what you mean by this...are you talking about the glass water filter bowl?

On the water pump there is a plastic clear bowl that has a metal screen in it. If fresh water is left in there (I by-pass the water pump when adding RV anti-freeze to my unit) and freezes, it will/may cause the the plastic bowl to crack.
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