Handy DIY Tool for Winterizing an RV Water System

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Winterizing an RV water system isn’t just recommended, it’s necessary. Without taking the proper precaution and preparing your rig for winter, you risk pipes freezing and damage to the water system, which spells trouble when you go to take your first trip of the spring. To winterize your RV’s water system, you have to attach an air hose to the exterior water main and shoot compressed air through the lines of each of your appliances to remove any residual water.

In most cases, winterizing an RV water system is a process that requires two sets of hands; one to engage the air hose outside the vehicle, and one to open the faucets inside. You may not have another set of hands to help you in the process, so we have a quick trick you can use to make winterizing an RV water system a one-man job. In this lesson, we teach you how to craft a simple tool that eliminates the need for someone to hold the exterior end of the line.

Winterizing an RV water system with an old garden hose

If you’ve ever gone through the process of winterizing an RV water system, you know that it’s impossible to do on your own, right? Wrong! With a few simple household items and a little jury rigging, you can forget about having to call over a friend and do it all by yourself. RV expert Dave Solberg teaches you how to make a quick and easy tool that utilizes an old garden hose, air chuck and worm clamp to attach an air compressor to your water line.

With this basic rig for winterizing an RV water system, you can turn on the air and do what you need to do inside — open each faucet individually to clear out leftover water from your appliances and protect your pipes for hibernation. Try out this easy tip, and you’ll be done winterizing in no time!

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