Master Guide to Winterizing RVs

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DAY 1

Proper RV Battery Storage: Tips And Troubleshooting

DAY 2

Using An RV Winterizing Kit

DAY 3

How To Winterize An RV Using Pressurized Air

DAY 4

How To Keep Mice Out Of An RV

DAY 5

Tips For Winterizing An RV Water Heater

DAY 6

How To Winterize An RV Generator


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51 Responses to “Master Guide to Winterizing RVs”
  1. Harold G . Woods Sr
    Harold G . Woods Sr

    RV Make: Ford 450, RV Model: Tioga, RV Year: 2008

    Thanks for the advice .

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  2. Kelly Dubois
    Kelly Dubois

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: Eagle, RV Year: 1993

    What is the best way to repair a hole in the roof?

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    • Kelly Dubois
      Kelly Dubois

      RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: Eagle, RV Year: 1993

      What’s the easiest way to winterize my camper?

      Reply
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  3. Kelly Dubois
    Kelly Dubois

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: Eagle, RV Year: 1993

    I have this awful smell in my refrigerator. There is no open or spoiled food in it. It smells like something died in there. How do I get in there to find out what it is?

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      Hello Kelly!

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  4. Eddie Knotek
    Eddie Knotek

    RV Make: Gulfstream, RV Model: Yellowstone Capri, RV Year: 1995

    My roof is EPDM rubber; what do I use to coat it, and what doI use to caulk vents, seams, Windows, etc. & is caulking applied before or after the roof is re-coated?

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      Hello Eddie!

      That’s a great question!

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  5. Joanna Jordan
    Joanna Jordan

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Motorhome, RV Year: 1987

    Love to more things like place to camp, upgrades, need help on how to make our RV handicap and how I can parts like a new/ used door or ramp. New owner to RVing.

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      Hello Joanna,

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  6. Brian Elliott
    Brian Elliott

    RV Make: Keystone , RV Model: Passport Ultra Lite, RV Year: 2014

    My first camper. I was advised to put 7 gallons into the fresh water tank, turn on the pump and run the faucets, toilet and showers until pink. Now I’m hearing it’s not the way to do it. Is it bad what I did?

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      Hello Brian!

      That’s a great question!

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      Ayan
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  7. Dennis
    Dennis

    RV Make: Beaver, RV Model: Patroit, RV Year: 1998

    need help, I have only owned this Bus for 1 yr.

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      Hello Dennis!

      Could you please send more information in regards of your question?

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      Ayan
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  8. Patrick Stover
    Patrick Stover

    RV Make: FOREST RIVER, RV Model: SUNSEEKER 2400R MBS, RV Year: 2015

    Ticket 35327 I cant find the fresh water tank drain plug?

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    • Customer Service
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      Hello Patrick,

      Thank you for contacting us. Here is the experts response:

      They usually don’t use plugs, typically it is a valve that needs opened. These are in different locations on all RV’s. Typically they are just below the tank or the opposite end of where the fill is. The drains can be put anywhere though. If your tank is visible from the inside like under the bed it is possible the drain is directly attached to the tank on the side and then just drains underneath. If you see just an open drain line under the RV this usually means there is a valve inside that needs opened. There are different types as well but if you know where the water pump is or the fill for the fresh tank check in these areas as these are usually near the tank
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/article/winterizing/

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  9. Barna Szabo
    Barna Szabo

    RV Make: thorn, RV Model: Chateau sprinter, RV Year: 2020

    my RV batteries ran down prior to winterizing- should i use battery recharger off my house hold current ? or take them out to charge and store them once fully charged?

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      Thank you for contacting us. Please resubmit the question with the make, model and the year of the RV. This is something the experts will need in order to help.

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      Ayan
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  10. Conrad Dauphinais
    Conrad Dauphinais

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: 38K, RV Year: 2019

    How to winterize this unit

    Reply
  11. Bill and Barb Brown
    Bill and Barb Brown

    RV Make: Winnebago , RV Model: Forza, RV Year: 2019

    If I leave the unit plugged in over a cold winter season and the right is in a non heated garage, do I have to do further winterizing? Is these a recommended setting (eg 40 degrees f) where the heat pump in the rig will maintain all the systems without further winterizing? Thanks, Bill

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  12. ross newmann
    ross newmann

    RV Make: a van, RV Model: 555-3, RV Year: 2019, Brand: thule omnistor roll out awning, Model Number: 5200

    tule wind out awning a weak awning already has had canvas replaced,also the a van pipe between both tanks poor as size of pipe cannot be bought in towns if it breaks

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  13. Joe Harper
    Joe Harper

    RV Make: ford, RV Model: travelaire, RV Year: 1987

    how to find srriker in furnace on 1987 travelire rv

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Joe. You would have to check around the combustion chamber to find where the igniter is located. The gas valve will have a line to the chamber in the same area so by tracing these you can locate where it should be. It will be attached to the side and sealed so you will have to remove it to check the igniter and burner assembly. There is typically an orange or red wire going to it as well.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

      Reply
  14. Jill Lienert
    Jill Lienert

    RV Make: Airstream trailer, RV Model: 1972 safari land yacht , RV Year: 1972

    Please instruct on winterizing a vintage airstream, with only a black/grey combo tank. , and the water pump and water heater. Thank you much , sincerely jill.lienert

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      Customer Service

      Hi Jill,

      Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. By becoming a member, you will have access to our expert’s knowledge. With your membership you will also receive discounts on products and hours of Premium video content.

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    • Customer Service
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      Hello Dean,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      What is the year, make, and model of your RV?

      Thanks!

      Reply
  15. Catherine Hopewell
    Catherine Hopewell

    RV Make: Airstream, RV Model: Excella II, RV Year: 1979

    General winterizing information wanted. No specific problems

    Reply
  16. Shane
    Shane

    RV Make: Scamper, RV Model: Fifth wheel, RV Year: 1984

    Just curious if you have any specific tips for older rvs

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. By becoming a member, you will have access to our expert’s knowledge. With your membership you will also receive discounts on products and hours of Premium video content.

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  17. Philip Gaynor
    Philip Gaynor

    RV Make: Monaco, RV Model: Knight, RV Year: 2012

    Need to winterize for middle Tennessee.

    Reply
  18. Manuel Flores
    Manuel Flores

    RV Make: Coachman , RV Model: Freelander , RV Year: 2014, Brand: Coachman , Model Number: 23CB

    Where is my fresh water release valve?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Manuel. I don’t have access to plumbing diagrams for your unit but the valve should be directly below the tank itself. Most of the time it is sticking out from the underbelly near one side or the other. There are some units that put the drain valve in the wetbay with the rest of the water connections and valves but most of the time the drain is just below the tank or attached to the side of the tank.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

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  19. Andrew Toennies
    Andrew Toennies

    RV Make: Coachmen , RV Model: Encore, RV Year: 2021, Brand: Water heater , Model Number: Winterize

    The antifreeze is not flowing to hot water lines, it was going out the water heater, I closed the valve now not water pump is not pulling antifreeze at all,

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Andrew. I would check the valves on the back of the water heater again. It sounds like the pump isn’t turning on because the lines are pressurized. It sounds like there is another valve that needs to be opened for the antifreeze to go to the hot lines. There are many different configurations for the bypass valves and they can have one, two or even three valves that need turned on the back of the tank. If by closing one stopped the flow into the tank but then stops the water pressure, most likely there is another valve near the top that needs turned on to allow the antifreeze to flow to the hot lines. I would check the inlet at the top of the tank and look for another valve that needs turned. If you have three valves, the top and bottom need to be closed while the middle valve needs to be opened.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

      Reply
  20. Cameron McKay
    Cameron McKay

    RV Make: Tiffin, RV Model: Allegro bus, RV Year: 2012

    Where is the power steering reservoir located

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  21. Royce Miller
    Royce Miller

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Arcadia 370RL, RV Year: 2021

    I Cannot get the winterizing port to pull the antifreeze up into the system. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  22. Shannon Walter
    Shannon Walter

    RV Make: Allegro , RV Model: 32', RV Year: 2007, Brand: Open road

    Tow car battery drains us eing SMI Stay and Play

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  23. Fred
    Fred

    RV Make: Hartland, RV Model: North Trail, RV Year: 2021

    is it ok to keep your Camper plugged it to the 110 outlet for the winter will it keep the battery good ?

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      Hello Fred,

      Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. By becoming a member, you will have access to our expert’s knowledge. With your membership you will also receive discounts on products and hours of Premium video content.

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  24. David myer
    David myer

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Model: Dutchstar, RV Year: 2016

    Winterize oasis system, dish washer

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