Winterizing your RV is critical if you store it over the winter in a cold environment. As in most tasks, it really isn't all that difficult to do. We just have to make sure we do it!!
Each RV will have different style hoses, fittings, drain plugs, etc. However, the idea is to get all the water out of the RV completely and replace it with a suitable RV Plumbing Antifreeze. You must use the RV Plumbing Antifreeze when you are protecting your plumbing system.
The goal is to have no bursting pipes over the winter. If you leave water in your RV system - somewhere - odds are it will freeze and be an expensive nuisance in the springtime!
A fellow RV'er, named Ken Hook, put together an excellent video describing the entire winterizing process in simple easy to follow steps. Please take a look.
As Ken and I have pointed out, every RV will be a little bit different. The idea is the same. Ken's approach is a very systematical way to take on the task without forgetting anything or using the wrong type of antifreeze.
The traditional "automotive" antifreeze must never be used in your drinking water system within your RV - it is absolutely poison!!
It can be a great Saturday project to take on without too much risk to yourself or your RV.
Remember, the goal is to be sure to get ALL the water out of your RV - the sinks, lines, icemaker if you have one, the toilet, the shower, the hot water heater, etc.
On a personal note, I'd like to thank Ken Hook for sending me this great video that he obviously spent a lot of time on to put it together so professionally.
He is part of a company called 45DegreesLatitude.com that provides quality video production in the Ontario, Canada area.
Ken needed to winterize his personal RV, so he did all the research necessary and is now providing us all an excellent source of "How to".