How To Winterize An RV: What You Need

For most RVers, especially if you live in states with lots of freezing temperatures, it is time to protect your RV investment by winterizing it.

If you’re like us, you may choose to DIY the winterization job to save money and avoid the hassle of getting an appointment at an RV repair shop.

1. Open the drain valve, or       remove the drain cap from       your fresh water tank (and if       applicable, the low point       water system drain). 2. Empty the gray and black       tanks.

Step 1: Drain All The Water Out

3. Remove the drain plug from       the water heater. 4. After draining the water       heater, this is a good time to       use a tank rinser to flush       out any other debris or       minerals and make sure it is       nice and clean.

1. Attach a blow out plug to the       city water connection. 2. Connect an air hose from       your compressor to the blow       out plug and run air through       the water lines while drain       plugs are still not re-installed.

Step 2: Blow Out the Lines With Air

3. Open all hot and cold       faucets while the air is in       the system, to allow the air       to force the water out of the       lines. 4. Temporarily stop the       compressor, or disconnect       the air hose 5. Reinstall the fresh water       tank drain plug or close the       value, and low point drain       valve (if applicable)

6. Replace the drain plug or       anode rod. You might need       to wrap it with new plumbers       tape to make a nice tight       seal. 7. Run air through the lines       again now that the system       can more easily pressurize.        Be sure to open and close all       faucets (hot and cold).

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