Country RV Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin - RV Quick Tips
Winterizing Your RV
Blowing out your system (recommended)
(This is a general guide, depending on your RV. Plumbing systems vary)
1. Drain fresh water tank.
2. Remove drain plug from water heater.
(Plug may be a 1-1/8 inch metal plug with anode rod or a ½ inch plastic plug located at the bottom of the tank. We recommend using a socket wrench only)
3. Thread blow out plug into city water connection. Attach air to blow out plug (compressor needs to maintain but not exceed 35-45 PSI) Allow the air to blow out all the water in the water heater. If able, rocking the camper helps in getting any extra water sitting in bottom of water heater tank.
4. Remove the air from unit once water heater is blown out and reinstall your water heater drain plug. (Replacing the teflon tape on the plug is recommended. Also you may have an anode rod on the end of your plug, this may or may not need to be replaced depending on how much of the rod has been eaten away. Consult your RV dealer if have question on replacing the rod)
5. Connect air again, allowing air to pass through your interior and exterior faucets, toilets, and showers. We recommend doing one faucet at a time first to get all the water out, and then go back thru a second time opening two at a time and hot/cold separately. This helps to get any water out that may be sitting in low areas or between faucets
6. Remove the air once all points are blowing dry air.
7. Wipe out sinks, tubs, and toilet. Pour approximately one cup of RV antifreeze into each trap and on top of toilet flap to keep the seal lubricated.
8. Remove water pump feed line coming from tank at the pump or tank. A separate 2’ hose with a ½” connection and connecting it at the pump may be needed. Insert the hose into antifreeze and turn the water pump on just long enough to get antifreeze into the pump. You will see the antifreeze start to come out of the pump and into the water lines one pump is winterized. Reattach the freshwater lines to the pump and/or tank.
9. If your unit has an inline filter system, remove the canister. Discard of the filter cartridge and leave the canister disconnected for the winter. Leaving it connection can cause it to crack because moisture can become trapped in the threads.
10. Underneath the camper open or remove caps for your low point drains. Most units have two. These lines are usually located near the edge of the frame and stick straight down toward ground. These are separate lines than your fresh water tank drains. Leave these open until spring or several days to ensure any remaining moisture can escape.
11. Dump hold tanks
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