Earlier this year we gave you some handy hints on how to get your RV ready for all of your summer adventures. We hope you had an amazing summer traveling across the United States and making memories with your family in your RV. Sadly, though, Labor Day is only a few weeks away, a day that’s usually considered to be the unofficial end of summer. Kids are going back to school and it’s only a few weeks until we start to feel that nip of fall in the air in the evenings. For many RV owners, those are all signs that it’s time to pack up the RV and winterize is until it’s time for more adventure next year.
If you are only of those RV owners who are getting ready to say goodbye to your home-on-wheels for the winter, here are some tips from our Casper upholstery cleaning team that can help you winterize your ride.
Winterizing Tips for Your RV
Choose the antifreeze or blow-out method.
One of the most important things that you’ll do for your RV is protecting it from freezing water damage. Frozen water in the system can quickly ruin the internal workings of your RV and end up costing you a lot of money to get it fixed. You’ll want to research whether the anti-freeze or blow-out method is best for your vehicle (your deal or owner’s manual might give you an idea). The antifreeze method involves putting antifreeze into the water supply and then moving it into all of the pipes, including the toilet and shower. The blow out method involves using pressurized air to blow all of the water out of the pipes of your RV. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so pick the one that’s right for you.
Protect your battery.
Your battery can be damaged in cold temperatures if it isn’t occasionally turned on and charged up. It can end up discharging the battery, meaning it’s weaker the next time you need it and you’ll have to replace it much more often. If you have a battery charger where you are storing your RV, hooking it up while it’s in storage is a good idea. Otherwise, removing the battery and keeping it in a warm place will help prevent any damage. Even next to your house in the garage is going to be warmer than outside in the RV.
Seal off entrances from pests.
Pests can be a big problem for RVs in the winter. Mice, spiders, and even birds are all looking for shelter from the winter winds, and your empty RV could be perfect. Unfortunately, those little pests can cause a lot of damage during the winter that’s only discovered when you open the vehicle back up in the spring. Prevent pests from moving in by making sure that you cover up all of their possible entrances. Make sure windows and doors are tightly sealed, vents are covered, and there aren’t any cracks that could give them entrance into your RV.
Protect your tires.
Your tires can sustain a lot of damage in the cold. Many tire manufacturers recommend reducing the weight that’s on your tires while the vehicle is in storage to prevent cracking or uneven wear spots. You can do this by making sure you take as much out of your RV as possible when you close it up (extra equipment, stored items, etc. that can all add up to a lot of extra weight quickly). You can also use a jack to lift the frame of the RV up a little so there is less weight on the tires. You can also increase the pressure inside the tires to lift more of the tire tread off of the ground; refer to your owners manual or the tire manufacturer for recommendations.
Clean the inside top-to-bottom.
Don’t forget to clean the inside of your RV from top to bottom! Anything left in there over the winter could not only end up smelling horrible by the spring, but it could attract pests to your RV as well. Remove all of the food items, wipe down the insides and fronts of cupboards and cabinets, and clean the bathroom and kitchen facilities thoroughly. It’s a good idea to have your RV upholstery cleaning done now, too. That will remove any stains or smells so your RV is fresh and ready to use when summer comes around again.
Are you looking for an upholstering cleaning team in Casper who can help you get your RV ready for winter? AA Super Klean is the team you need! We work with many RV owners on their upholstery cleaning needs any time of the year. Give us a call or contact us through our website for a free quote on your RV upholstery cleaning project.