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October in Canada means fall is here and if you haven’t already winterized your RV, it’s time! As you follow along on your winterizing checklist and get your RV ready for storage, here are a few helpful tips and insider advice to consider while you choose supplies, a storage spot, and work to keep your RV in top shape until the spring.
All antifreeze is not created equal
If you think any antifreeze will do to winterize, guess again. When winterizing your fresh water system, you must use one that is specifically designed for potable water systems. Never use automotive antifreeze, it is extremely toxic. We recommend an RV-specific propylene glycol based antifreeze as it has little or no odour, and provides lubricating protection.
Vents can be left open
Hate that musty smell that greets you each spring? Unless you live in very severe weather conditions, you’re able to leave the vents open year-round if you have vent covers installed. This will maintain good ventilation and eliminate the stale smell of storage.
Don’t fill your propane tanks
It’s best to put off filling your propane tanks until the spring, since the warmer weather will cause the gas to expand. If your tank was overfilled during the fall, it can cause a potentially dangerous situation from the increase in pressure as it warms in the spring.
Batteries can freeze
If the temperature plunges below zero, your lead acid battery is in danger of freezing. Read up on how to store your battery in the winter, to ensure a long lifespan.
Rotate your RV each year
If you store your RV outside through the winter without a cover, do not park it in the same position year after year. Rotating the direction your RV faces while in storage each year will even out any UV damage as it occurs, so you don’t end up with one badly faded side after a few years.
Covers are worth the investment
One of the main issues your RV will face while in storage is UV damage. From peeling decals to faded upholstery and damaged sealant, UV damage can cause big problems. The best solution for outside storage is to invest in a cover. We recommend the ADCO Tyvek plus Wind RV Cover, which will stand up to our cold Canadian winters, and is available at your local RV Care dealer.
Don’t forget about security
Once you’ve winterized, given your RV a thorough cleaning, and parked it for the winter, don’t forget to secure it with an anti-theft device. There are plenty to choose from to suit your specific RV, such as a hitch lock or wheel lock, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing your RV will stay put until spring.
When in doubt, trust the pros
If you don’t want to go the DIY route, your local RV Care dealer is happy to help! Contact them to learn about their winterizing specials.
For helpful how-to advice, check out our webcast on winterizing and preparing your RV for storage!