The summer season has finally come to an end. The camping season is also completely over for us. Even before you put your RV in storage, you need to think of protecting it for the coming winter. It may seem to require a lot of work. But, an extra effort you put today will get your vehicle protected from deterioration. With just a little application of an elbow grease, your RV will for sure last for the camping seasons.
The many supplies to ever purchase include wrench set, screwdriver set, RV antifreeze, protectant and wax, tire blocks, and jacks, lubricant, absorbent material and dehumidifier, pressure washer, and a tarp.
Steps to Follow
Below are the ten steps to Canada RV winterizing that you must consistently keep in mind.
Step 1: Draining the Water from the Pipes
The sooner the weather cools down, the water will then expand and will crack the pipes. Avoid this from happening. Drain the water from the water lines, tanks, and heater. Open all of the faucets while you do the draining to better remove the water from the system. Pump the RV antifreeze into the tanks, drains, and lines.
Step 2: Check the Seals
The leaky roofs may cause major issues in the inside of the RV. Avoid such issues by inspecting the seals and ensuring there were no leaks. This will include examining the slide-outs, the roof, and the windows for possible leaks and holes. If there is water damage on the inside of the RV, look beside or above the damage to find the leak.
Step 3: Remove the RV batteries
Batteries and winter won’t ever go well together. If you will put your RV in storage, remove the batteries. Place them in a dry and cool place or even on a charger. Turn off all of the breaker switches first before disconnecting the batteries. Remember to always disconnect the battery from the negative cable first.
Step 4: Protect the RV’s Exterior
Clean the outside part of the RV. Inspect it for possible cracks. Make use of an RV sealant and fix the cracks around. Let them dry completely. Apply a wax that will protect the vehicle from harsh winters.
Step 5: Protect the Awning
Stop the mold from growing on the awning. Clean it thoroughly and allow it to dry completely. Just remember that awnings are manufactured using fabric material that can be susceptible to mold, sap, and dirt. Clean yours as well. Give it an even longer life.
Step 6: Unhook the Propane Tanks
Remove the propane tanks first. Store them in an area that comes well-ventilated. This will help prevent damage or rust. Walk around inside of the RV. Seal off the burners and then, pilot light on the stove. Check for the areas wherein the scent of the propane may linger.
Step 7: Lubricate the Hinges and Locks
When you allow your RV to not get touched for several months, it might cause the hinges and locks to stop working completely. That is why you need to save yourself from the stress of the camping season. Lubricate the hinges and locks right now.
Step 8: Clean the Interior
Clean the interior of the RV just the same with the exterior. A sanitized and clean interior can make a big difference. This is true when it comes to avoiding unwanted rodents and smells from entering the RV. Apart from general cleaning and vacuuming, it is recommended cleaning the kitchen sink, removing all food from the cupboards and fridge, leaving cupboard doors and fridge propped open, removing the valuables to discourage the thieves from entering the RV, bleaching the countertops, and cleaning off the outdoor stoves. Keep in mind to put some air fresheners, peppermint tea bags, and dryer sheets inside the RV.
Step 9: Cover, Tarp and Moisture Prevention
Cover your RV with a tarp but it should be made of non-breathable materials. This will cause moisture from getting trapped right below. This will ultimately lead to rust. That is why you should choose a breathable fabric cover that will avoid condensation and water. Wrap the trailer connector in a canvas bag or a plastic bag. After you cover the RV, add more protection to your RV. Block the tires to best avoid the movement. Cover the RV tires and place some traps inside and then around the vehicle. This will help repel unwanted critters. Put a humidifier as well to best reduce the moisture. Also, add some moisture absorber.
Step 10: Call Your Broker
It finally is about time to let the insurance broker know that you will be putting your RV in storage. They may cover the damage brought to your RV while it is stored. This is also as long as you have met the conditions of the policy. The broker will help you work through all those conditions. Call them today to know more!