Preparing Your RV For The Winter

As the winter weather starts to grant us with its presence I’m sure you are all sad to think the camping season is coming to an end. Many campgrounds are starting to close up as well as many of you are taking camping supplies home for the winter. One thing to be sure you do is WINTERIZE your camper!

Here at Wilkins RV we have been thinking about our customers near and far as this cold weather approaches. We started our thoughts with the customers close by that are able to bring in their units and take advantage of our winterization specials give us a call to schedule your appointment today 1-800-724-2105 and ask for service or at

For those that cannot make it into our location here are a few guideline steps to use:

Be sure to use RV Anti-freeze!
Step 1
Disconnect your outside water source. Do not drain the water heater until after you have filled your pipes with antifreeze

Step 2
By pass your water heater and any under-sink water systems.

Step 3
Open the petcock to drain as much water from your pipes as possible. Open water taps and flush the toilet to drain any and all water remaining in the system.
Step 4
After draining as much water as possible, we recommended a blow-out plug to be attached to the water intake fitting. Apply air pressure from an air compressor to drain the remaining water. Blowing out the remaining water in not required, but the remaining water will dilute your antifreeze. Close all faucets and petcock when complete.
Step 5
You can add antifreeze either from the inside, using the water pump conversion kit or from the outside using a hand pump. Check your progress by opening up the fresh water system. Begin with the kitchen faucet. Open the HOT side of the faucet only. Pump antifreeze until flow from the faucet becomes pink. This will indicate that all the water has been flushed from your system. Close the faucet. Repeat step on cold side. Continue to the next lower fixture. Usually the bathroom sink, then the shower and finally the toilet.
Step 6
We recommend at least 2 pints of antifreeze into all sink & shower drains. The icemaker, washing machine and external shower will also need to be winterized. Look for this information in your appliance manuals.
Step 7
Open the drain plug on the water heater and leave open.
Step 8
Last, leave antifreeze in lines until spring. Do NOT drain.

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