Attention all RV owners! As the cooler temperatures start to roll in, it's time to start thinking about winterizing your beloved home-on-wheels. Don't worry, though, because Integrity RV Parts is here to help you through the process.
We've compiled a list of 5 practical tips and some of our top-notch winterizing products to ensure that your RV stays safe and snug during the chilly months ahead. So, let's dive in and get your wheels winter ready!
- Protect Your Water System
FAQ: How to I winterize my RV? Where do I start?
One of the first things you'll want to do is prevent any water damage to your RV's delicate plumbing system. Begin by draining all the water from your tanks, pipes, and faucets. Don't forget to flush out your black and gray water tanks too. Next, use a non-toxic anti-freeze, specially formulated for RV use, to fill your plumbing lines and protect them against freezing temperatures.
To help get the anti-freeze into your motorhome easily, we provide a hand pump kit for this specific purpose, as well as a water pump converter kit for a faster process! These items help pump the anti-freeze into your supply tanks and water lines with zero spillage.
- Seal the Gaps
FAQ: Do I need a full-sized RV cover for the winter? What type of RV cover is the best?
Winter winds can be relentless, so it's crucial to ensure that your RV is well sealed to keep the cold air out. Inspect the seals around windows, doors, and any other openings, and replace any cracked or worn-out weather-stripping. For extra protection, consider adding RV window insulation film, which provides an additional barrier to keep the heat in and the cold out. We also stock a variety of sealants and butyl seal tape which are great for closing up any of those unwanted gaps on your motorhome.
A full-sized, high-quality RV cover is great way to ensure your motorhome is completely protected against the elements. We recommend the ADCO Designer Series UV Hydro cover. It is water and UV resistant, so you can use it all year long, for short- or long-term storage. Storage covers are also a quick, easy, and effective way to keep critters out of your beloved RV.
Integrity RV Parts also offers side mirror covers, wiper blade covers, as well as heavy duty A/C vinyl storage covers. These are another great option for protecting your RV year-round if you don't want to invest in a full-sized cover.
- Check Your Tires
FAQ: What do I need to do to my RV's wheels and tires to prepare for the winter?
Before the frosty season arrives, give your tires some extra care and attention. Start by checking the air pressure and making sure they're properly inflated. Cold weather can cause tires to lose pressure, so be vigilant about maintaining the right levels. Additionally, consider investing in tire covers to protect your tires from the elements and prevent cracking during the cold winter months.
- Battery Precautions
FAQ: What should I do with my RV battery in the winter?
Your RV's battery deserves some love too! Cold temperatures can drain the battery faster than you expect. To prevent a dead battery surprise, either remove it and store it in a warm place or keep your RV plugged into a reliable power source. Investing in a quality battery tender or maintainer will also help keep your battery charged and ready for your next adventure in the spring!
- Keep your RV Clean
FAQ: What cleaning products should I use on my RV?
Spend the time now to deep clean your RV so when you take it out next season it’ll be in pristine condition for you! Depending on the size of your motorhome it may feel impossible to think of all the products and equipment you’ll need to polish up your RV. But don’t worry, we have a wide variety of items to help take away the headache of finding these products yourself.
Integrity supplies scrub brushes, RV wash, rubber roof cleaner, lambswool pads, and more! Lambswool pads are great for regular cleaning and polishing. Scrub brushes are better for when your RV needs a more thorough cleaning. We recommend gentle, non-abrasive washes, like Star Brite's premium RV wash, and 303 Products rubber roof cleaner. You can find these products and more in our Adhesives, Sealants, & Cleaners collection!
Congratulations, RV owners! You now have some helpful winterizing tips to ensure your home-on-wheels stays protected and secure during the cold season. So, while you're cozying up by the fire, you can rest easy, knowing that your motorhome is ready to hit the road again once spring arrives. Winter may be here, but with the right preparations, you’ll be ready to hit the road with confidence again next season! Safe travels!
Remember to invest in high-quality winterizing products from Integrity to make the process smoother and more efficient: