Millions of households in the U.S. own an RV. If you are an RV and travel enthusiast, Access Insurance Services, serving the San Antonio, TX area, can help you ensure that you are properly covered before you head out on the road next time. We have also put together a brief guide to help you winterize your RV.
Drain the Water Systems
Winter tends to wreak havoc on plumbing pipes, resulting in them freezing and bursting when temperatures dip to a certain number. So, you want to ensure there is no water left in your RV.
Begin by turning the water heater off and draining it. Disconnect the water supply, open the faucets, and allow them to run until no more water is coming out. This completely drains the freshwater tank, leaving no water left inside the pipes to potentially freeze.
Next, flush the holding tanks and blow compressed air through the lines to push out any remaining water. Don’t forget to fill your water heater back up in the spring before using it again!
Blow Out the Water System
To ensure all water has been successfully blown out of the water system, you will want to install a blowout plug in the city water connection and then use compressed air to blow the water out.
Open all faucet valves, beginning with the one furthest away from the city’s water. Close the valve as the water flow halts. Repeat this until the water stops flowing from each valve. Make sure to flush the toilet. All of this ensures no water remains in the system.
Add Antifreeze to the Water System
Antifreeze is an important step to winterizing your RV. A water conversion kit or hand ump can be used to do this. The water pump pressurizes the system when turned on, then you must flush the toilet and open all faucets until you can see the antifreeze. To ensure the antifreeze gets into the holding tank, you can pour some into the toilet and down the drains.
To ensure your RV is protected throughout the winter and when you head out onto the road, reach out to the insurance agents at Access Insurance Services who serve the San Antonio, TX area.