De-winterizing your RV marks the beginning of a new adventure-filled season. For those who live in colder climates, the process of de-winterizing is crucial to ensure your RV is in top shape for the road ahead. This checklist, inspired by the video at the bottom of this article, covers essential steps to get your RV ready for the season.

1. Tires and Running Gear

First, inspect your tires for any signs of dry rot, cracks, or other damage. Check the tread depth and ensure the air pressure is correct. If you have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), verify that its batteries are functioning. Additionally, inspect the shocks, lug nuts, and any other components that contribute to your RV's mobility. Make sure there are no loose wires or damaged propane lines, as these can pose significant safety risks.

2. Water System

Your RV's water system needs thorough attention. Start by connecting to city water and flushing out any remaining antifreeze from the system. Ensure that all low-point drains are closed and the water heater bypass valve is set correctly. To sanitize the freshwater tank, mix one cup of household bleach per 15 gallons of water, let it sit for 24 hours, and then flush the system thoroughly. This process helps to eliminate any bacteria that might have developed during the off-season.

3. Water Heater

When dealing with the water heater, ensure that it is properly drained and free of any antifreeze. Use Teflon tape on any fittings to prevent leaks and turn off the water pump while working on the system. Additionally, consider using a wand to remove calcium buildup from the tank, which can clog the system and reduce efficiency. Regular maintenance of the mixing valve is also essential to ensure consistent water temperature.

4. Roof Inspection

Inspect all components on the roof, including solar panels, skylights, and vents. Look for any signs of damage or wear, such as cracks or lifting sealant. Ensure that all screws are secure and that there are no gaps where water could seep in. Regular roof maintenance helps prevent leaks and extends the lifespan of your RV's roof.

5. Lubrication

Lubrication is key to keeping your RV's moving parts in good working order. Use products like Boeshield T9 or CorrosionX on door hinges, stabilizer jacks, and window latches. These lubricants help prevent rust and ensure smooth operation. Regularly lubricate all pivot points and mechanisms to avoid wear and tear, which can lead to costly repairs down the line.

6. Storage Locks and Hinges

Finally, check all storage locks and hinges for smooth operation. Apply a light lubricant to these areas to prevent sticking and ensure they function properly. This simple step can save you from the frustration of dealing with stuck locks or squeaky hinges while on the road.

By following this comprehensive checklist, you can ensure your RV is ready for a safe and enjoyable season. Check out the video: