How to Dewinterize an RV

As winter comes to a close, many RV owners are now looking to take to the open road and enjoy the warmer weather. However, before doing so, it is important to dewinterize your RV.

This process includes a variety of tasks, such as draining water tanks, flushing the water system, inspecting the battery, checking the plumbing, and more. By taking the time to properly dewinterize your RV, you will be able to ensure that it is ready for the upcoming camping season.

In this blog post, we will discuss the steps required to properly dewinterize an RV. We will cover topics such as draining the water tanks, flushing the system, inspecting the battery and other components, and more. By following these steps, you can ensure that your RV is in proper working order to hit the road this spring.

1. Check the RV’s Battery

The first step in dewinterizing an RV is to check the battery. If it hasn’t been used for a while, the battery could be dead or on its last legs, so it’s best to check it first. To do this, you need to remove the battery from the RV and check the charge. If it’s below 12 volts, you should consider replacing it. If it’s above 12 volts, you can leave it in and proceed with the rest of the dewinterizing process.

2. Inspect the Propane System

After you’ve finished cleaning the interior and exterior of your RV, it’s time to move on to the propane system. Inspect the propane tanks for any dents, dings, or other signs of damage, and check the connections to make sure they are secure. Make sure the propane hoses look in good condition, and replace them if necessary. Finally, turn on the propane tank and test all appliances that use propane, such as the stove, refrigerator, and heater. If everything appears to be in working order, you’re ready to take your RV out for its first spring trip.

3. Open the RV Plumbing Valves

After you’ve checked and replaced any parts that need it, you’re ready to start dewinterizing your RV’s plumbing system. The process is fairly straightforward: start by opening all of the RV’s plumbing valves. This includes the valves for the fresh water system, the water pump, the city water connection, the shower, and the sink. Be sure to open all valves slowly, as too much pressure can cause them to leak. Once all valves are open, turn on the water pump and let it run for a few minutes to ensure the system is working properly. Finally, flush the drains and check for any leaks.

4. Clean the RV’s Interior

After you have completed all the exterior dewinterizing tasks, it’s time to move inside and clean the RV. Start by vacuuming the interior to remove any dirt and dust. Then, wipe down any surfaces with a mild all-purpose cleaner. If the RV has leather seats, use a leather cleaner to keep them looking their best. Don’t forget to clean the windows and mirrors both inside and out so you have a clear view. Finally, deodorize the RV with a freshener for a pleasant smell.

5. Deodorize the RV’s Interior

After cleaning the interior and making any necessary repairs, it’s time to deodorize the RV’s interior. Open the windows and doors to air out the RV. If possible, use a dehumidifier to help remove excess moisture. Then, use an odor eliminator to help remove any lingering odors or musty smells. Consider using an ozone generator for extra odor removal. It’s best to do this in a well-ventilated area. Once the RV is nice and fresh, close the windows and doors and your dewinterizing process is complete.

In conclusion, dewinterizing your RV is a relatively simple process that can be done in a few hours. The most important things to remember are to open all faucets and flush the toilet and tanks, check the systems for any damage or leaks, inspect the roof, and make sure all the components are lubricated and in working order. With a bit of time and effort, you’ll be able to enjoy your RVing adventure in no time.