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  • Published on Sep 21, 2015

    When Should I Winterize?

    Every year around this time you hear a lot about winterizing your RV. But for us down in the south, it can always be a bit of a gamble on whether or not we should winterize our RVs. Today we want to help you get an understanding of the benefits that winterizing can have and if you should winterize your RV or not!

    You should winterize your RV if you are leaving your RV outside and the temperatures at some point will be below freezing. Once temperatures hit below 32, you could see all kinds of damage when you fire it up in the spring. New Orleans usually sees freezes during January and February so it would be a great time to  Here are some main issues you may see if you choose to forgo winterizing your RV

    Freezing Water Lines

    The biggest problem with not winterizing is that your water lines could freeze. Once the temperature gets below freezing, any water or moisture that is in your lines will freeze, causing damage to your lines that no one wants to repair.

    The best thing to do to keep your lines clear and free of freezing is to give your lines some RV antifreeze. Make sure if doing it yourself it is the pink formula and not the green formula that goes in cars!

    Moisture Causing Mold

    To go along with the idea of keeping moisture out, you will want to make sure that your RV is sealed properly to prevent any leaks. Leaks can not only cause water damage, but they can also cause mold and mildew, making your RV a very dangerous place to live. That is why we don’t suggest covering your RV with a tarp. Although it might protect against snow and other elements, moisture from the tarp can still get into your rig!

    The best solution to keep moisture out of your RV is to place a moisture absorbent product in your RV. This will make sure that whatever moisture that might have snuck in will be sucked up by this device.

    Insect Control

    Another factor to watch out for when winterizing is that pesky rodents could look to find their way into your RV. This seems like common sense but you would be surprised at how many times food and drink is left inside a camper over the winter months. If even the slightest amount of food is left, you could find yourself having to set out numerous traps to get rid of the pest. The best thing to do is deep clean your fridge, pantry and cabinets that might house any food or things that pests might like.

    Bent’s RV Rendevous

    We hope these tips help you decide to get your RV winterized. The thing to realize is that it is better to be safe than sorry. With so many unknowns on the weather and freezes, getting your RV winterized will ensure that your RV will be safe to drive in the spring! If you have any questions on winterizing your RV, stop by Bent’s RV Rendevous and talk to our service department! Our highly trained technicians will help you get squared away.

     

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