We're sad to see the camping season go, but with this simple guide on how to winterize your RV, trailer, or summer home, you'll be ready to go when the weather breaks next spring!
No matter where you spend your summer, if you have a seasonal dwelling there are steps you need to take to ensure a worry-free winter. With the help of our friends at Sherkston Shores Beach Resort & Campground in southern Ontario, we've put together these five tips to prepare your summer home for the winter season.
Guidelines for maintaining your water and sewage systems vary for RVs, trailers, and summer homes. Though requirements range, you should always ensure that you're following these general guidelines.
Here's how take care of your sewage system:
Turn off your water heater, then drain and flush out all pipelines. Use an air compressor to ensure all water is out of the lines.
Antifreeze should be poured through all pipes and down all drains. Before this process, it is a good idea to use a water heater bypass kit to help avoid antifreeze waste. Drain plugs can be reinserted after this process.
Make sure to disconnect the RV's battery cable, whether you are keeping the battery inside the RV or not. If the battery is smaller and mobile, simply disconnect the battery and store it in a warm area during the winter.
For larger systems, be sure to check the battery periodically throughout the winter and keep its charge level up. You should also clean and dry your RV's awning and apply wax or protectant to its exterior to prevent weather-related damage.
It's common to forget some important steps when it comes to winterizing your summer home. To make sure you're prepared for the harsh winter months, bring in a professional or second pair of eyes to make sure you've covered every required step. Build a checklist and ensure that you, along with another person, have covered the essentials for a worry-free winter!
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