How To Dewinterize Your RV For Spring

It might not feel like it, but spring is just around the corner! That means it’s time to start planning your upcoming road trips. But first, you’ll need to pull the RV out of storage and shake off the dust of winter.

It might seem scary to dewinterize an RV on your own, but if you follow along with some simple steps, you’ll be ready to hit the road in no time!


Check for damage

Begin by removing any covers or skirting you installed and do a walk-around of your entire RV. Carefully check the exterior for any new cracks, holes, or stains.


Charge & reinstall battery

Before you reinstall the battery, make sure it has a good water level (top it off if not) and a full charge. This is also a good time to get a new battery if your current one is reaching the end of its lifespan.


Inspect/swap tires

Carefully inspect each tire’s pressure and tread depth. You may need to reinflate or replace tires if they have become damaged during the winter.


Dewinterize plumbing

Drain the antifreeze in your pipes and thoroughly sanitize the water lines with a blend of bleach and water.


Prepare your blank tank

This was probably drained before you stored the RV, but give it a thorough rinse and scrub. In addition, it’s a good idea to add an enzyme cleaner to the tank.


Test alarm systems

Check your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide sensors, and LP gas leak detectors. All of these are essential and can save your life, so it’s important to make sure they’re in good working order.


Refresh your 72-hour kit & first aid kit

Emergency supplies can save your life, so make sure you have all the supplies you need to take care of yourself for a few days.


Check weather strips around windows & doors

Take some time to inspect all the strips around your windows, doors, and vents. Replace anything that looks damaged and make sure you can form a good seal.


Fill up on gas, propane, and water

Fill up your fresh water tank, get some new propane, and fill up on gas. Run your faucets and test out appliances to ensure there are no leaks or problems with the system.


Clean the interior & exterior

Finally, give everything a nice thorough cleaning. You can dewinterize an RV fairly easily, but it'll still feel pretty musty until you freshen it up.

Track your RV maintenance

Make sure you keep track of all your RV maintenance and repairs with an online tool such as RV LIFE Maintenance.  Not only can you keep all of your documents in one place, but you’ll also receive timely reminders when maintenance is due to help you avoid costly repairs and accidents.