We’ve finally reached the time of the year when the weather is slowly becoming cooler and the leaves are beginning to change. School is back in session and summer is over. Now is the time to beginning preparing your boat and/or RV for the winter season.
Winterizing your boat
A clean boat is a happy boat.
Cleaning your boat now makes it easier for you when you are ready to dust the boat off in the spring. Cleaning the boat from top to bottom will also help you notice if there was any damage caused to the boat over the summer. Remove all the items inside the boat as well.
Don’t forget to clean the fuel system. You want to make sure to top off the fuel tank at the end of the season because this will prevent condensation in the tank during the winter. Make sure you run the engine for about 15 minutes after doing this, so you get everything circulating through the fuel system. It’s also a good time to change the oil.
Disconnect your batteries
Disconnecting the batteries keep them from dying over the winter. It also comes with the added bonus of helping the batteries last longer. If you live somewhere that experiences frequent sub-zero temperatures you may want to remove the battery from the boat completely.
Decide on storage
While an indoor, controlled climate is the best place to store your boat its not always the most affordable. If you’re going to store the boat in a storage unit now is the time to begin calling around and checking availability. If you are going to store your boat outside you will need to invest in a cover that can handle the winter elements.
When the weather warms up you will be glad you took these steps. Winterizing and taking care of your boat properly each year will keep it around for many summers to come.
Winterizing your RV
Time to Clean your RV
First things first, park and stabilize your camper for the winter. Clean your RV from top to bottom and remove any food or drink items. Unplug and prop open your fridge to prevent mold. Remove and clean any beddings or curtains. Don’t leave anything behind that will attract bugs. Be sure to disconnect all the electronics and remove and valuables from the RV. Disconnect the batteries and store them in a room temperature location. Now is a good time for you to look in your RV’s owner’s manual. Different classes of RVs and different products will have other needs that will need to be tended to before you can store your RV for the winter.
Drain the water
Don’t let water sit in your RV all winter. Sitting water can cause all sort of bacteria issues as well as freeze and cause major damages. Drain both your black and gray water tanks and then be sure to clean the black tank after. You’ll also need to get the water out of your water heater. This means you need to turn it off and let it cool down and not be under pressure
Add antifreeze to your RV
Before you can add antifreeze, you’ll either need to install a water pump converter kit, or you can disconnect the inlet side of the water pump and place it inside your jug or source of antifreeze. From there, you’ll need to close all faucets and drain lines. Then you can turn on the water pump. This will take antifreeze into the water system. With the system properly pressurized, go around to each faucet and turn on the hot water until you see antifreeze. Then do the same for the cold water. You can pour some additional antifreeze down the drain of each sink in the RV. With all that done, you should double-check that the water heater’s heating element is turned off and all faucets are closed.
Knowing how to winterize a camper the right way will save you a lot of hassle and expenses. Cleaning everything before you store your RV for winter will also make it quicker to get back into gear once the spring camping season begins. If the steps above sound a little complicated or you simple don’t have time, contact a local highly-qualified service technician to do it for you.