As camping season comes to an end it’s time to prep your toys for storage. Being exposed to the elements year-round will inevitably cause wear and tear. If you stay on top of maintenance with these simple tips, you’ll keep your RV looking like new for years to come.
Once you’ve disposed of the waste follow these tips to keep your camper happy.
ONE | Maintain your seals
Every cut made for a window, vent and door compromise the strength of the exterior. Seals are added to fortify these vulnerable points – they help with a number of leakage issues so maintaining them will save you in the long run. Use a seal conditioner to prevent them from cracking and drying out alongside regular checks for any tears. The quicker you catch them the easier the fix and the less hassle you have to deal with.
TWO | Drain the Water System
This is probably the most critical step for winterizing your Boat or RV. Any water left in the plumbing system can freeze and break fittings and lines which can be a costly repair. Depending on the complexity of your Boat or RV’s plumbing system, you may be able to winterize it yourself with the instructions in your owner’s manual. It’s a matter of draining the fresh and wastewater tanks (including their pipes) and pumping non-toxic antifreeze through the entire system.
Sound’s simple enough, but if you don’t feel qualified to do it yourself you can hire a service center to do it for you.
THREE | Add Fuel Stabilizer
You wouldn’t think twice about it, but gas doesn’t last forever – it can begin to go bad after as little as 30 days. When fuel oxidizes it can result in sticky resin deposits which can damage your engine. To avoid this simply add some fuel stabilizer, following the directions on the product, and you’ll be set for spring!
FOUR | Stop By For a Visit
It’s a lonely time for your toys over the winter – they miss you. Take a few minutes to stop by and say hi every few weeks. Checking for any exterior damage, water penetration or odours could help you fix a problem before it takes a toll on your wallet.