Every one of us fancies an RV in their backyard. If you do not know what RVs are, then you must know that RVs are recreational vehicles that can be categorized into different classes. Normally, there are three categories of RVs. Class A motorhomes, Class B motorhomes, and Class C motorhomes.
Class A RV:
Class A motorhomes are equipped with 6 wheels. Class A motorhomes feature a roomy interior and can accommodate multiple passengers. To get an idea about its spaciousness, people can move within the vehicle while it is in motion. The vehicle can be purchased from the market very easily ranging from 70,000$ to somewhere around $1million.
Class B RV:
In all fairness, class B motorhomes are a cross between class A motorhomes and Class C motorhomes. They are compact yet have a roomy interior. Also, they are easier to maneuver. If you want to use it for your everyday needs, you can do that easily. This is because the car has a compact size which makes it easier for the driver to drive around the city blocks. Having said that, you can also convert a van into a class B motorhome. When it comes to purchasing a class B motorhome, one can find a reasonable vehicle. within $40,000 to $125,000.
Class C RV:
In a nutshell, a class C motorhome is a smaller, more compact version of a class A motorhome that offers a better driving experience than class A motorhomes. Also, it is an affordable option when compared to class A motorhomes. In addition to this, it comes in a variety of layouts and multiple sizes, which provides the consumers with a wide range of options. Also, these motorhomes are more fuel-efficient than Class A motorhomes and are also better insulated than class A motorhomes.
Though it has limited space when compared to Class A motorhomes, these Class C motorhomes can easily accommodate 4 to 8 people without having to compromise on comfort level. These Class C motorhomes are built within a cabin chassis. What makes it more unique is the fact that a Class C motorhome can easily tow a separate car. This way, you can leave the motorhome parked and go on exploring the city in the car. It is to be noted that if you don’t bring a separate car along with a Class C motorhome, you can land yourself in a tricky situation. This is because manoeuvring a class C motorhome around the city is not an easy job. Also, it is even harder to find a bigger parking area and in the downtowns, it is next to impossible.
How to winterize RV:
Now that we have discussed the RVs and their types, what you must understand is that just like any other things, RVs also have their fair share of problems, which can be fixed if handled tactfully.
One such problem is the winterization of RVs. Before you put away your RV for winters, make sure to winterize your RV. Winterizing your RV is important as it prevents any potential damage and ensures that your RV stays fit for the spring season. Just like winter is hard on most of us, the same is the case with RVs. What you must realize is that winterizing your RV is critical but if done rightly, it could save you a lot of expensive maintenance costs once the season arrives.
Before you begin winterizing the RV, make sure you have the following supplies.
- Wrench set
- Tire blocks
- Pressure washer
- RV antifreeze
- Screwdriver set
Once you have all of the aforementioned supplies, follow the following steps to winterize your RV.
1. Drain out the water
Due to the weather being cooled down, the water at times expands and ends up cracking your pipes. To prevent this from happening, you should start by draining all the water from the heater, water lines, and tanks. To do this, you will have to open all your faucets. Doing this will drain all the water completely from the system. This should be followed by pumping RV antifreeze into the tanks of your RV along with the main lines and drains. Also, do make sure that it is rated to -50° C
You may wonder as to why it is important to remove water from tanks, lines, and faucets. Well, the main reason behind all this is to prevent any potential damage caused by winterizing chemicals.
Also, make sure of the fact that your black and grey water filters are completely drained. It is not a wise idea to let waste sit in your RV for an entire season. Allowing wastewater to sit in tanks for an entire season may trigger bacterial growth.
2. Make sure the seals are intact:
It is important to make sure that your seals are intact. This is because if otherwise, they can cause serious damage to the insides of your RV. If you wish to prevent any potential damage, you can simply do it by inspecting your seals and making sure that there are no leaks present whatsoever. You can start by examining your roof, and then proceed to slide-outs and windows. Make sure there aren’t any holes or leaks.
3. Disconnect and remove the batteries:
Before you winterize RV, make sure that you remove your RV batteries. This has more to do with the fact that contrary to traditional vehicles, most of the RVs use lead-acid batteries. This means that they are not sealed. This is why you must take out your batteries and place them in a cool and dry place. While you are at it, make sure that you turn off all your breaker switches before disconnecting your batteries.
4.Safeguard your RVs exterior:
Once you are done with the interiors, it’s time for you to clean the exterior of your RV and check for any cracks on its body. If you do find any cracks, do not panic at all. You can try using an RV sealant. Using an RV sealant will fix any cracks. Make Sure to dry down the sealant once you apply it.
5. Safeguard your awning:
Safeguarding yòur awning may look underrated but it is as important as it can get. Aside from being important, it is quite easy as well. You can easily prevent the mold from growing on your awning by simply cleaning it thoroughly. Once you clean it thoroughly, allow it to dry down completely. The main reason to keep the awnings clean is the fact that awnings are made of fabric, which is prone to catching mould, dirt, etc. Cleaning it will enhance its life period.
6. Unhook the propane tanks:
Irrespective of where you are storing your RV, be it outside or inside, you should always remove your propane tanks. Make sure that you store them in an area that is ventilated. Storing the propane tanks in a ventilated area will prevent them from rust and other damages. Also, make sure to seal off all the burners and pilot light on your stove to detect any propane. Unhooking propane tanks will prevent the foul smell from spreading throughout the van.
Now, this may appear to be not so important but it is important to lubricate your hinges and locks. This is because once you let your RV sit untouched for months may cause the locks and hinges to get sticky. If the situation gets worse, they may not work at all.
Before you winterize your car, make sure that you clean your RV’s interior. Cleaning your RV interior is as important as cleaning your RVs exterior. Before you winterize your RV, make sure to clean your kitchen sink. Also, make sure that all the food from the fridge and cupboards is removed. Also, make sure that the door of the fridge and cupboards are left open. This would prevent them from smelling foul. Also, make sure that you bleach all the countertops and clean the outdoor stoves.
Like I said earlier, the thought of having an RV is quite appealing, to say the least. But maintaining an RV is a more difficult job than acquiring it in the first place. You may face many things along the way. One such problem is winterization. Now, this may not turn out to be that big of a problem if it is dealt with many things waste water in a tactful manner. Prepping for winterization effectively and responsibly is important if you want to preserve and enhance the lifetime of your RV. This is because winterization can cause a great deal of damage if you do not plan accordingly. That said, follow the aforementioned steps, and you will be all set for winterization.