Putting your RV away for the winter should no be taken too lightly. Take your time and prepare your baby for the winter and you will be a happy camper when spring roles around. Your RV is a long term investment, protect that investment.
1. Clean your RV first.
You’ll want to clean your RV inside and out before you put her away. Remove mold and mildew from the outside and food particles from the kitchen area.
This is also a good time to check for leaks around windows, ceiling or roof mounted appliances and vents. A seal tech test is recommended every few years or so to get ahead of the game and stop leaks before they get too bad. We offer leak testing with our Seal-Tech machine, which finds leaks around any opening or exterior mounted object in your camper.
This is also a good time to mouse proof your RV, those little buggers can enter anywhere there is a hole big enough to get your finger in. Plug those holes with brass or aluminum wool, don’t use steel wool as it will rust.
Whether you winterize yourself or have it done, this is crucial to protecting your pipes, tanks, water heater, etc.
Your RV’s waterlines are small and if you don’t winterize, the waterlines will freeze in the winter. Once they freeze, they will burst open, and water gets everywhere.
Winterizing your RV is cheap; repairing it is not. A $10 plumbing line could cost you hundreds of dollars to replace because it’s so difficult to access the line to change it.
Freshens the air and repels rodents in enclosed storage areas including: RV’s, campers, boat, cars, etc.
3. Should you cover your tires?
Tire manufacturers build UV protectant in the tires themselves, those this only helps delay the damage from UV rays.
If you are using a full RV cover, you may not need to cover your tires.
“The sun exposes your tires to a form of radiation called UV light. Both natural and synthetic polymers absorb UV light produced by the sun. Since tires are made up of a rubber compound, which is a mixture of polymers, mainly natural rubber and synthetic rubber, photo degradation immediately takes place when tires are exposed to the sun.”
You can use an aftermarket product that will add additional protection from harmful elements. 303 Protectant is ideal because it does not contain harmful petroleum based chemicals or silicone oils that strip away the tires manufacture added protectants. 303 Protectant will enhance protection from UV light and is long lasting because it absorbs into the tire. Your tires will also stay cleaner because of the water repellent and anti-dust protection provided by 303 Protectant. Best of all your tires are left with that new tire appearance rather than the unnatural glossy look left by most tire shine products.
Covering your tires definitely protects them from UV damage and is a sure fire way to extend the life of your tires.
Protects tires and wheels against sun damage and rust. Sized for a custom fit. Fast and easy slip-on fit. Folds up for easy storage. Rugged wipe-clean vinyl with a soft, non-scratch backing. Water-repellent and water-resistant.
4. Covering your RV.
First off, you should not use the common “blue tarp”. Why? They do not breath and can trap moisture underneath it and promotes mold growth. Moisture is not your friend.
Keep your camper dry inside using “No Damp Dehumidifer“, these special pellets automatically remove moisture from the air, depositing it safely in the convenient container. Eliminate and prevent musty smells and odors.
Covering your RV also protects all aspects of your baby from damaging UV rays that cause fading color, peeling paint, cracking components among other things.
We offer a full live of RV covers to fit most any RV out there.