It’s that time of year again! Fall is here, and the memories of all the summer trips you made in your RV are lingering in the crisp, cool air. As you say goodbye to the warm weather as the owner of anything from a pop-up camper to a full-sized luxury coach, you realize that now is the time to think about how to store your vehicle for the winter. A detailed checklist of RV parts to get is essential to proper storage and safety during the process. Before you begin, be sure you have a copy of your owner’s manual as a handy reference for repairs and maintenance specific to your make and model.
Choosing a Storage Provider
First, it’s important to figure out who you want to store your vehicle. You can choose to do it yourself, or you can hire someone. Usually, this decision is one of cutting costs. Storing it yourself is usually less expensive than hiring someone, so once you’ve made your choice, take a look at the list below to figure out where to go from there.
Here are the basic items you will need, which can be found either online or in a brick-and-mortar RV parts stores.
– Non-toxic RV antifreeze: Two or three gallons usually does the trick, but work with your supplier to ensure you have the right amount for your vehicle.
– Water heater bypass kit: Most RV owners have already installed one of these and simply check them before winterizing.
– Cleaning wand for thorough cleaning of holding tanks: Be sure not to leave debris or waste behind that will harden and be more difficult to clean up later.
– A water pump converter or tubing that connects to the inlet side of your water pump: This is for necessary drainage so that freezing doesn’t happen while the automobile is in storage when the temperature drops.
– Fresh water holding tank: This should be drained and cleaned thoroughly.
Please remember to check your owner’s manual for specific information regarding your vehicle to be sure that you have properly winterized all systems, since every make and model is unique. Visit your RV parts store to ensure you have everything you need to get started. You will be a happy camper once you have the peace of mind that your vehicle is safe and warm for the harsh winter weather.