RV Service Tips and Tricks

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Winterization - General Tips


We get asked from time to time about winterization. While south Louisiana is usually a warm place (okay, hot!), each year we can count on a few hard freezes. If you're concerned about your camper, especially if you're going to have it stored for a while, here are some steps you can take to protect your RV.

  1. Drain all tanks, fresh and sewage.
  2. Turn water heater bypass valve to the bypass position.
  3. Drain water by pulling the plug or anode rod on the front
  4. If installed, remove water filter from canister and reinstall canister.
  5. Access suction line from water pump, close valve from freshwater tank, and open the winterizing suction line (if not equipped, then fill fresh water tank with several gallons of non-toxic antifreeze.
  6. Put open suction line into antifreeze gallon and turn pump on
  7. Run all faucets, handsets, and toilets until pink antifreeze shows up out of all faucets.
  8. Turn breaker for water heater off
  9. Pour remaining antifreeze down each drain to have some in each tank and in p-traps.
  10. This process should use roughly 4-6 gallons of non-toxic antifreeze


If you're looking for more detailed information, check out the following video from Forest River that gives a good visual overview of the steps.  On the other hand, if your RV is nearby and the concern is short-term (as it often is in our area), you can turn on the furnace to a low setting (but still drain the tanks).