When September rolls around, it means the end of the camping season for many people. The days are getting shorter, the mornings are chilly... for the vast majority of seasonal campers, it’s time to start winterizing their equipment.
If you’re an experienced camper, you know exactly how to go about it. For new campers, however, it’s important to consult the owner’s manual and make sure you do each step properly.
Remember that you have to drain all the pipes and hoses in your RV; if they freeze over the winter, it can cause serious damage. You should also check the seals wherever snow, cold and moisture can get in: the outside access to your refrigerator, for instance, and the furnace vent. When the warm weather returns, the snow and ice that has accumulated will melt and water may leak inside.
If your RV is getting older, it’s essential that you check the seals everywhere and the roof. As they age, sealants can dry out, shrink and even crack. If the joints are damaged, water will leak in and cause damage. Use special sealant designed to adhere to rubber, plastic and glass. You’ll have to make a trip to a specialized dealer to find the right product.
Anyone who is handy can do these winterizing jobs, but feel free to consult your RV dealer if you have any doubts.