Winter RVing Tips

Winter RVing

RVing can be fun at any time of the year, including in the winter. However, when winter RVing, there are some extra precautions to take and common mistakes to avoid so that you can have the best trip possible.

Don’t neglect your water lines

Even with your RV heated, your water lines can still freeze. Play it safe by installing a heat lamp in the water compartment and then turning it on during cold winter nights.

Don’t forget to disconnect your freshwater hose

Keeping your freshwater hose connected can cause it to freeze. As such, you should either invest in a heated hose or only use your freshwater tank during the course of your stay.

Don’t forget to pack for emergencies

While it’s important to have food, blankets, coats and gloves, you should make sure you bring a heat gun to unthaw anything frozen. If you don’t have a heat gun, you can use a hairdryer or an outdoor propane heater instead.

Don’t ignore the waste tank

No one wants to think about the waste tank when they go RVing, but the pipes and valves of the waste tank can freeze as well. Be sure to insulate the tank to prevent freezing.

 

We at Hanner RV hope you have an amazing experience RVing this winter. Visit our dealership to learn more about which features can help you on your journey.

How to Winterize Your RV

Winterize your RV - Hanner RV Supercenter

Winter is coming, even here in Texas. And, while we may not get snow-covered or frigid, it is still important to take the proper steps to winterize your RV.

  • Drain the water. Any water left in the water lines can freeze, which can cause them to break. Make sure you drain all the water from the plumbing system and water tanks. Then, pump nontoxic RV antifreeze through the system.
  • Repair any damage. If you have any cracks or holes in your RV’s exterior, these could let rain in and cause a lot of damage. Get any cracks resealed. Make sure you are using the proper sealant for your RV.
  • Park it. If possible, choose a covered area to store your RV for the winter. If that is not an option, find a place that is out of the way of trees and at least somewhat sheltered.
  • Cover it. To help prevent damage from prolonged exposure, invest in a custom cover specifically for your RV.
  • Store the batteries. Disconnect the batteries and place them in a cool, dry place. Check the charge periodically and charge them up, when needed.

If you need help getting your RV ready for the winter, we are here to help. Schedule a service appointment at Hanner RV Supercenter and we will take care of everything.