What is needed to winterize an RV?



Camping outdoors during the summer is great, but it’s definitely time for your RV to rest during the winter! The proper winterization of your RV will ensure it performs as well next summer as it did this summer. It is a good habit to put it to sleep in the winter, not only to prolong its life, but also to save money.

The following article outlines all the steps we cover, along with the tools and supplies needed.

Equipment and supplies

To properly winterize your RV, you will need the following tools and supplies. In order to properly winterize your RV, you will need an aftermarket kit if any of these items are not installed.

  • A good RV antifreeze

The best antifreeze for your RV should be non-toxic, as it will extend the life of the vehicle and protect the environment. Depending on its size and design, a small RV typically requires two to three gallons of fuel.

  • A water heater bypass kit

Keeping the hot water flowing in your RV can be accomplished by bypassing the hot water heater. The ones that already come with RVs are pretty inexpensive, and if you don’t have one, you can easily get one for an affordable price. Unless you already have one installed, this step is essential for properly winterizing your RV.

  • Tank cleaning wand.

An inexpensive tank cleaning wand can be used if your RV does not have a flushing system.

  • Pipeline or pump conversion kits

RV coolant will be pumped into your water system when connected to your water pump.

  • Extractors and connectors for drain plugs

Your RV is now ready for winterization after you have gathered all the necessary items.

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Which RVs should be winter-ready?

RVs can withstand freezing temperatures with the following features.  If you plan to camp in cold weather, look for these RV features. 

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