If you are a travel trailer owner or frequent traveler on road trips, winter is most probably not your best time for activity. As a matter of fact, most travel trailer owners store the RV in a safe place during the colder months of the year until the spring comes and their back on the road. As a wise travel trailer owner, it is natural to get concerned whenever the cold season approaches. In other words, you have to prepare for the cold months and prevent damages such as bursting of pipes from frozen water, pump failure, air conditioner malfunction, refrigerator issues, and such other damages or problems on your property.
It is important to note that fixing winter damages for some parts such as the water system of your travel trailer may cost you as much as $ 1,000 or more. This preparation process is what is known as winterizing. When it’s about time you winterized your RV, you have to main options. You can either call a qualified technician or an RV dealer to perform the service for you, or you can decide to do the job yourself. It can be a challenging task yes, but not when you have the knowledge it takes. To help you prevent you RV and travel trailer parts from sustaining such costly winter damages, here are some incredible travel trailer winterizing tips you might want to have a look at.
Winterizing the Travel Trailer Battery
In most cases, travel trailers come with a single battery, which should be disconnected and placed in a warm environment to keep it in good order. This is best done when the battery is on full-charge capacity and its water level is sufficient. Also, avoid placing the battery on concrete. This is because concrete surfaces tend to have a draining effect on motor batteries. You may also want to remove smaller batteries in appliances and devices from their holders and store them away safely to prevent their destruction by the damaging effect of the cold season.
Winterize the RV/Travel Trailer Generator
If your travel trailer contains one, be sure to drain any fuel in preparation for winter before storing it. This is because if left to stand in the machine for the entire season, the fuel can be converted to a certain kind of lacquer, which will most likely require some costly repairs before it is able to start or function properly. A nice way to go about it is to leave the generator running until it stops as the fuel gets depleted. Once it stops, ensure that you push the kill switch or the ‘on’ button.
Winterizing the Trailer’s Exterior and Interior
Long winter months also tend to have a damaging effect on the RV’s exterior surface, especially when it’s covered with some dust, grime, or other substances and chemicals. The winter extremities will most likely cause reactions with such dirt with the surface as the snow thaws and melts, causing it to discolor, rust, or tarnish. This interfered with the look and feel as well as durability of your travel trailer. Before storing your travel trailer for the winter season, be sure to winterize by washing and waxing the road trip vehicle. You may also want to get an RV cover for the exterior in case the trailer will not be stored in a garage or RV canopy. The tires should also be protected by dedicated RV tire covers for best storage during winter.
The trailer’s interior may also be prone to fading and discoloration. To prevent winter’s damaging effects on your RV’s interior, be sure to lower the shades and cover the windshields. Remember to also close all windows and vents to avoid the penetration of snow as it blows around during the cold season. These and other actions that prevent the penetration of sunlight, ice, and snow, into the travel trailer will help sustain the problem.
On top of these, you would also want to prevent the formation of mold and mildew in your RV appliances such as the refrigerator, boiler, dryer, shower, and such other items. Be sure to keep any doors to these appliances open for some ventilation, drain any water passing through them, and drain any gas such as propane that would put your RV at risk of fire damage during the winter storage period.