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Fall RV Tips

Date Posted: 9/14/2016

Fall RV Checklist

By no means are these the only steps to be taken to prepare your trailer for its long and wintery slumber but it’s a good place to start.  Every experienced RV’er has their own little set of ‘tips’ to recommend.

 

  • * Bring your RV to Camping In Style for a professional winterizing service.
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  • * Clean and store all dishes.
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  • * Turn-off and clean the refrigerator (leave the refrigerator doors open and place some baking soda inside to absorb odors).
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  • * Clean the oven (leave the door slightly open).
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  • * Leave all cupboard doors slightly open (for air circulation).
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  • * If your RV is equipped with appliances such as icemaker or washer/dryer, follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures to winterize them.
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  • * Remove all dry-cell batteries in clocks, gas detector, smoke detector, etc.
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  • * Remove all freezable foods and cleaning liquids from the RV.
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  • * Wash your RV thoroughly and apply a coat of good quality wax or protectant to help protect the exterior from the ravages of the winter weather.
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  • * Clean and let dry your awning. Lubricate all moving parts using silicon spray. Once the awning is dry, roll it up and ensure that it is in the “lock” position.
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  • * Check tire pressures.
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  • * Lower the radio / TV antenna.
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  • * Insects are attracted to the odor that is added to LP gas so install plastic bags/covers on outside vents (furnace, refrigerator, water heater) to prevent nesting.
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  • * Remove, clean and replace your air conditioner filter(s). Cover the air conditioner.
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  • * Install an air conditioner winter cover (buy an A/C cover, do not use a plastic bag because condensation may damage the unit).
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  • * Inspect the underside of the unit thoroughly. Look for anywhere that mice or other rodents can get it, and seal as necessary.
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  • * Install roof vents covers. Inspect vent openings and re-caulk if necessary.
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  • * Close all windows. Consider leaving one sheltered window and one roof vent open just a crack. This will provide some air flow through the RV and help prevent musty odors or mildew.
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  • * Close all of the window blinds to avoid sun exposure to the carpet, drapes and upholstery. Leave doors, drawers and cabinets open.
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  • * Service all locks with a graphite spray lubricant. Lubricate all hinges and moving parts with WD 40 or Crown.

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