It’s a sad time of year for many campers but is a necessary evil for campers in this area of the country. Some of the things to protect your RV against as it sits quietly through the winter months are freezing water, damaged tires, and critters.
Water – Because it freezes when it expands, water can do a lot of damage to your RV if not drained well before the cold weather sets in. Be sure to completely drain your rig’s plumbing system. Each RV is different so check your owner’s manual for details specific to your RV.
Tires – They are too expensive to replace if you don’t need to and they will be holding up a lot of weight while your RV sits patiently waiting for spring. The changes in temperature and lack of movement can cause flat spots on your tires. It’s wise to use your leveling jacks to carry some of the weight of your rig. And try to park your RV on a firm surface such as concrete or a paved area. The frost can cause the ground to heave and if you’re parked on dirt, gravel, or grass, your RV could end up sinking into the ground.
Engine – For the engine, you have to do the reverse of what you did for your plumbing. Instead of draining fluids you need to fill them up. Top off the fuel tank and add a fuel stabilizer. Make sure your brake fluid and oil are full as well.
Critters – They’d love to move right in if you’re not needing your rig for the winter so the best way to avoid that is to empty the rig as much as possible. Remove all food items and pull all the linens as well. They won’t have anything to snack on or snuggle up in and hopefully they won’t stay.
Once all these things are taken care of it is time to cover your RV or place it under cover for the next few months. It will be safe and sound and you’ll be pleased to pull it out of storage when the leaves start budding on the trees again.
We hope you enjoy your quiet time this winter and we look forward to seeing you in the spring. Call us to make that camping reservation when you’re back up and rolling in 2017