TRAILER & RV WINTERIZATION

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Recreational vehicles are a great luxury item to have for the spring, summer and fall months. Whether you’re camping locally or traveling a distance, travel trailers offer the comfort and convenience of warmth and shelter when needed on the road.

During the winter months however, there is some consideration and effort that needs to be put into how these units should be stored. The option of simply parking it on your driveway or at an RV storage facility is unfortunately quite short sighted.

To save you the responsibility, JW Auto Centers is capable and willing to handle the logistics of this for you. JW staff are fully resourced to know how to winterize your RV so that you can make it through the winter season with some peace of mind. Here’s how it works.

Take Care of Your Water System

Your water system on your RV might be one of the most important systems to manage effectively heading into the winter. Frozen water lines often lead to cracked water lines which can be a nightmare to deal with in the spring if you haven’t winterized properly.

The biggest thing to take care of when winterizing your water system is to drain every water line on your unit right to the faucet. In the same way, you will want to then fill every water line with antifreeze. Antifreeze should also be poured into each drain to ensure those pipes don’t crack through the winter.

Batteries

Batteries on your RV should be removed for the winter and stored in a dry place. When disconnecting batteries, the negative terminal should always be disconnected first.

On larger RVs with multiple batteries, it can better to leave the batteries connected but well covered. When leaving them connected through the winter, it’s a good idea to check the charge level on occasion and recharge if needed.

Awning

On top of cleaning the exterior of your RV, it’s a good idea to clean and dry the owning on your unit as well. Cleaning the awning helps move debris that might have gotten stuck through the summer months. Ensuring that your awning is fully dry before rolling it up one last time is critical for preventing mold build up.

Locks and Hinges

Quickly lubricating the locks and hinges on your RV is a simple and effective way to eliminate breaks and jams when the spring season arrives.

Air Conditioner and Filters

Dealing with your air conditioner is not something you want to forget. Ensuring that your A/C unit is dry and that the filters are clean is a good practice heading into the winter months.

Air Conditioner and Filters

Dealing with your air conditioner is not something you want to forget. Ensuring that your A/C unit is dry and that the filters are clean is a good practice heading into the winter months.

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