Cold weather can take a toll on your RV. Before taking a road trip in the heat, follow these tips for de-winterizing your RV.
Charge the battery
While the battery charger is in the “off” position, connect it to the RV. Attach the black cable to the black terminal and the red cable to the red terminal. Charging can take a few hours or a few days, depending on the battery size.
Flush the water lines
Attach a garden hose to the water hookup of the RV. Open up all the faucets, and then turn on the hose. The water will flush out antifreeze and any impurities. After roughly 10 minutes, the water should run clear. At this point, turn off the hose and close the faucets. Dump the water tanks at a designated dump station, and refill the tank with fresh potable water.
Load the propane tanks
Locate the propane tanks you’ve been storing and mount them back onto their respective places in the RV. Then, connect the propane hoses to the RV.
Inspect the hose line fittings to make sure they are tightly fastened to prevent leaks. You should also open the line and place a soapy and damp sponge at the connectors. If air bubbles form, you likely have a leak and should have your connections replaced.
We at Hanner RV wish you and your family a safe trip in your RV. If you have any questions about de-winterizing your trailer or need replacements, be sure to stop by our service department.