How to De-Winterize Your Camper

Spring is just about here and that means it’s time to start getting your camper ready for all those fair-weather adventures you’ve been dreaming of during the winter. And if your RV has been in storage for a few months, the chances are good that you winterized your camper. Before you can use it on your first trip, you’ll need to de-winterize the systems and make sure your rig is ready. Here are a few key things you’ll want to do before you take your RV out of your storage spot.

Do a Thorough Inspection of Your RV
Before you move your RV from storage, it’s a good idea to do a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of your RV. Look for signs of water damage like delamination, stains, mold, or mildew outside your rig. If you notice anything of concern, you’ll want to get it repaired before you hit the road. 

goHomePort RV Service and Repairs is offering a free 15 Point inspection plus Dewinterization for only $189. Book easily online or give us a call.

Once you’re done with the exterior of your rig, take a look inside. Watch for discoloration on the walls which can indicate that there’s a leak somewhere in your RV. Check for warping or other issues in your countertops and make sure the antifreeze hasn’t dripped into your cabinets. This can indicate plumbing issues that you’ll need to fix before you can use your RV.

Flush the Water Lines and Remove Antifreeze
After your inspection, you’ll want to remove the antifreeze you added to the waterlines. The process for this will vary from rig to rig, so check your owner’s manual for advice. Keep in mind that you can always let our repair team at goHomePort de-winterize your RV for you. This way, you’ll know that the antifreeze is completely removed from the lines before you fill your fresh tank or start washing dishes in your sink.

Inflate Your Tires
It’s normal for your RV’s tires to lose air pressure during the winter months. Before you move your RV, check the pressure in each tire. If they’re low, you’ll want to fill them before you hit the road. Remember, goHomePort storage locations have on-site air with high enough pressures to fill even large Class A tires to their recommended pressure levels. 

Sanitize Your Fresh Tank
It’s virtually impossible to dry your fresh water tank out completely, and that trapped moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth while also encouraging the growth of bacteria that might be in the tank. That’s why it’s so important to sanitize your RV regularly. To do this, add a small amount of bleach to your tank and let it sit for several hours. Then, drain your water tank through the lines in you RV and rinse the tank out thoroughly. You may need to rinse your tank several times to get rid of any remaining bleach residue.

Now, You’re Ready to Hit the Road
With a little effort, you’ll be able to get your RV on the road in no time. And if you’re not comfortable doing it on your own, consider letting goHomePort’s team handle it for you. They’ll be able to assess your rig for damage and make any necessary repairs so you’re ready for the camping season and won’t have to deal with unexpected problems. Contact your closest location today to reserve a storage spot and to learn more about our repair services.
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