Now’s the perfect time of year to be spending time at your camper. There are fewer bugs, less humidity, and the fall colors are beautiful. But before you know it, it’s going to be too cold outside to really enjoy the outdoors—and, maybe, your camper. Many people don’t use their camper during the winter. If that’s the case, you’re going to want to properly winterize it as a responsible camper insurance owner. Here’s an overview of some tasks you should carry out.
Dump Your Water
When it comes to winterization, water is the enemy. As the temperatures dip below freezing, water will expand and contract, which can wreak havoc on your camper. Start by disconnecting from your water source, then open the petcocks. This will drain most of the water from your camper. As a precautionary measure, run your faucets and showers to get rid of any lingering water. Finally, flush the toilet.
Your water heater requires some extra attention. Yours should have either a drain plug or a valve at the bottom of it. Either remove the plug or open the valve. To help the tank drain, use the hot water side of your sink or shower. If possible, follow these instructions to bypass the water heater. Alternatively, antifreeze will do the trick. Be sure to pour antifreeze into drains and your toilet regardless of whether or not you bypass the water heater.
Now that the main task of winterizing is completed, it’s time to handle some smaller stuff. Don’t underestimate the value of cleaning up the inside of your camper. Be especially certain to clean up any food you have that isn’t shelf-stable and secured, or else you’re asking for pests and unpleasant odors. Also, try not to keep any valuables lying out in plain sight.
Increase Air Flow
You may find this surprising, but circulating the air in your camper is vital during the off-season. Keep at least one vent partially open. If you aren’t one to cover your camper, use a roof vent cover to prevent unwelcome moisture from entering. Speaking of moisture, you don’t want too much humidity to enter your camper, either. This can cause some serious damage to your cabinets and upholstery. Look into desiccants and other dehumidifying methods.
These are just a few of the basic camper winterizing tasks. You should always check your manual for more detailed, unit-specific steps you can take to protect your investment before winter sets in. And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to look into camper insurance.
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