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4 Winterization Tips For RV Owners

August 15, 2020
By Jeffery White

Winter can be hard on humans, pets, cars, RVs, and everything else in between. People take certain measures to protect themselves and their animals against cold temperatures. They must do the same for their vehicles, including those of the recreational variety. It is not uncommon for RV owners to put off winterization tasks until the last minute. For one, some of them are time-consuming, and people feel as if there are better ways to spend the hours they have throughout the day.

Additionally, some of the jobs can be pretty challenging and laborious. With that being the case, lots of folks would rather avoid doing them altogether. If you happen to be one of them, then you are in luck. RV winterization services are available at our shop, J & W Mechanical Fleet Services. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today or ask about what we can do for you.

The remaining sections will focus on tips that may make winterization easier for RV owners. Thus, do-it-yourselfers and other curious individuals are going to want to stay put. With any luck, one or more of the suggestions will come in handy to them.

1. Read The Owner’s Manual

A lot of people go through life without reading instructions. You have probably been guilty of trying to put something together without looking at the available guide beforehand, at least a time or two.

RV owners’ manuals contain manufacturer winterization recommendations. They also often provide information about built-in winterization features. Perhaps there is an item you didn’t know you had, which can make the task a breeze.

The booklet should have a section on how to care for appliances during the wintertime too. Reading it over and applying the recommendations will prevent your vehicle from sustaining damage. Therefore, RV owners should check out those manuals for a better winterization sexperience.

2. Wash And Wax Your RV

If an RV is going to be parked continuously over the winter months, its exterior should be washed and waxed before it goes into lockdown. It is also a good idea to handle those chores ahead of temperature drops. The last thing anybody wants is to be standing out in the cold washing and waxing an RV. Although the tasks might not seem that important, they are because they safeguard the vehicle’s exterior from the elements. Protect the outside of your house on wheels to keep it looking its best and standing strong.

3. Don’t Forget To Clean Awnings

Many RVs come equipped with awnings, and if not, owners have them installed. The cloths extend out from the RVs and provide people with shade. They can help beat the heat while eating, sitting, or just staying outside. They need to be thoroughly scrubbed, rinsed, and dried when you are winterizing your RV. Doing so can prevent trapped moisture from freezing and damaging them. It also stops mold from growing on the coverings.

4. Concrete Can Be Bad For Tires

Yes, tires roll across concrete surfaces day in and day out without fail. However, when a recreational vehicle, which weighs a lot, is parked on a concrete driveway for several months, flat spots can develop on the tires. Staying in the same place for a long time can even sometimes permanently damage rims, so much so that the owner will be in for quite a surprise when they hop in the RV to take off and things feel out of whack. Utilizing your RV’s leveling system or placing the axles on stands is a simple way to ensure your RV’s tires and rims stay in excellent shape during the wintertime.

The information on this page may have changed since we first published it and is for informational use only and is no substitute for actual professional advice. If you’d like to establish a relationship, reach out to us and we’ll tell you how we can make it official.