After Alaska’s mild winter we were chomping at the bit to de-winterize the motorhome. We never could have predicted it, but the motorhome could have been used almost all winter long. Our first RV trip of the year is usually in the beginning of April and we were right on track.
Everyone has their process for winterizing and de-winterizing, our’s is not too different. Throughout the winter we make regular trips out there because we forgot something or picked up something for the upcoming season. I also start the engine and generator every few weeks to keep things charged and ready. This going in and out tracks in a lot of gravel from the driveway and spruce needles from Mother Nature’s car port. Most of our time getting ready is cleaning to start off the season with a clean slate.
Ben’s De-winterization Checklist
- Check Engine/Chassis Fluids
- Engine oil
- Transmission (make sure the engine is warmed up first)
- Power steering
- Brake fluid
- Engine coolant/antifreeze
- Windshield washer fluid
- Hydraulic leveling fluid
- Visually Check Critical Engine/Chassis Components
- Serpentine belt
- Engine hoses (look for leaks & give them a little squeeze)
- Possible rodent nests/damage
- Check air filter
- Check tire air pressures (don’t forget the spare)
- Top off propane tank
- Lubricate slide out seals and track
- Headlights, Brake Lights, etc.
- Check Wiper Blades
- Start engine and let it reach operating temperature before first drive.
- Function Test Accessories
- Heater/Air Conditioner
- Power Windows, Mirrors, etc.
- Stove and oven
- Water Pump
- De-winterize RV Plumbing
- Flush out the water lines
- Appropriately open and close plumbing valves
- Fill fresh water tank and water heater
- Getting a Clean Start
- Dust and oil wood cabinetry
- Generalized cleaning
- Clean windows inside and out
- Clean ceiling vents
- Shampoo carpet/upholstery if necessary
- Wipe down and treat any vinyl and leather
- 2015 Improvements (every year we make improvements)
- Replace the worn old mattress
- Replace broken 12v TV in living room (the previous one only lasted 2 seasons, let’s see how long this one lasts, we are trying a different model)
- Seal interior of rear window to fix condensation (see video)
- Replace covers on exterior steps
- Remove window casings and replace with curtains
- Install new curved shower curtain bar and new shower curtain (This is awesome!)
Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. I hope this list helps you or gives you a few ideas on how to winterize and de-winterize your RV. Feel free to comment below if you have questions or some tips and techniques that worked for you.
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