Tips to Prepare Your RV for Spring

Tips to Prepare Your RV for Spring

Let's begin your spring RV preparation by de-winterizing your RV plumbing system. Depending on how you winterized the unit, it will require de-winterization, but confirm the wintry temperatures are done for the season before you do.

Basically, you need to flush all of the non-toxic RV antifreeze out of your RV plumbing system. On average, you likely used two or three gallons of RV antifreeze to winterize your unit. The most straightforward method is to flush your RV antifreeze out by running fresh water through your water system, either via the city water inlet or a freshwater holding tank, using your water pump. Open your faucets (hot and cold) and run fresh water through your system until it runs clear. All antifreeze remains will move into the holding tanks and can be unloaded at a dump station later.

If you added RV antifreeze to your freshwater holding tank, it would need to be drained before adding potable water to your freshwater tank.

You will need to determine the best manner for draining and disposing of your RV antifreeze. Most RV antifreeze is biodegradable and safe for the environment, but you should review it before disposing it. Most of it can be emptied into a large bucket and disposed of properly.

Another way, if the RV antifreeze you employed is biodegradable, is to open your drains and drain the non-toxic RV antifreeze from your system into a container. If you don't have a bypass kit on your water heater, you need to drain the antifreeze from your water heater too, but remember that it will be six or ten gallons depending on the water heater tank size.

After draining the antifreeze, close all of your drains and reconnect the outside shower hose if you removed it.

Take your water heater out of bypass mode and hook the drinking water hose up to your city water inlet. Turn the water on and open your water faucets (hot & cold). Run fresh water through your system for several minutes. Remember your outside shower if your RV is equipped with one. It will take a few minutes to fill your water heater tank before water comes out of your hot water faucets.

Fill and flush your toilet. Then, add some additional water to the black water holding tank and treat it with chemicals to be ready for use.

Re-install any water filter cartridges you removed before winterizing. Then, with pressure on your system, check your whole water system for leaks. Then, the RV is de-winterized.

Follow these tips for de-winterizing your RV. Then, contact us for an RV park near Pleasanton, TX.

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