Well it’s finally almost here – the end of summer.  Fall will soon be upon us and after that a winter that may on one hand be mild but it may also be as cold as summer was hot this year.  Who can say?  There is one thing that is certain, however.  If you own an RV you have made a great investment in money and time and you will want to protect that investment going into what may be a harsh winter.  So what are some tips for winterizing your RV?  Can advanced planning really aid you in extending the life of your vehicle?  For those of you eager to learn how to protect your RV from the rigors of extreme winter weather here are some tips.

Maintain your Awning: Brush your awning off and remove any dirt, leaves or other kinds of debris.  After you are done removing larger particles, hose your awning down and brush with a soft-bristled brush.  If your awning is damaged, stop by Mobile RV Awnings where we sell replacement RV awnings.

Drain all of the water tanks: Drain your water tanks at a local waste station.

Remove the water from the hot water heater and close the drain valve: In most units the drain is located on the bottom of the hot water heater.  Be careful as you drain your water heater to watch out for hot water and little chunks of lime deposits.

Pump antifreeze through your water lines: Once you have drained your water lines, pump antifreeze through them.  RV awnings in the Inland Empire are particularly vulnerable to the harsh winter months.

Insulate Slides, Windows and Doors: Use storm-window kits, plastic sheets or double-pane windows to improve the heat-retention of your RV’s windows.  You can usually find a “cold weather” kit either at an online hardware store or at a brick and motor home improvement store.

Defrost the freezer compartment and clean the refrigerator: If you are storing your RV over the winter then you do not want mice and other pests to take up residence in your vehicle.

Turn off the main breaker: Again, if you will not be using your RV over the winter months, make sure that all electricity is disabled.

Check the literature that came with your RV for additional tips: The best source for information about your RV is from the people who manufactured it.  Always keep your manual handy for specific tips for maintaining and protecting your RV.

Yes, after record hot temperatures this year we are all entitled to a relief from the heat of summer.  This respite can be much more enjoyable for RV owners who know that their units will be protected from rigors of the cold winter months ahead.