June 18, 2020
DISCLAIMER: This article is meant to give you an overview of what the winterization process consists of in your RV and general information on how it works. We recommend that you do not winterize your RV at home if you do not feel completely comfortable and competent with everything that is required to properly prevent freezing in your RV’s water systems. If you are unsure about any of this, save yourself an immense amount of hassle and expense and get your RV winterized by a certified technician at a service center or dealership. Improper winterization of your RV can cause significant damage if done incorrectly.
After a long summer RVing in the great outdoors, your RV certainly deserves its long winter rest! But if you want your RV to come back the next summer performing just as well as it did this summer, it’s critical that you properly winterize your RV. Not only is this a good practice to get in the habit of doing before you put your hard-working RV to bed for the winter, but it will ultimately maximize the life of your RV, saving you money in the long run.
In this article, we’ll show you the basics on winterizing your RV, and we’ll also cover how to deep clean your RV with Tank Cleaner, which should be completed twice a year.
As a side note, many people choose to have their RV winterized by a certified technician. But whether you decide to do the winterizing work yourself or have someone else do it, it’s nice to understand exactly how the process works so you can make sure it’s being done properly.
Let’s jump in!
Before you start, you’ll need to gather some supplies:
Now that you’ve got what you need, it’s time to get started! Below, we’ve compiled a checklist of simple steps to take in order to properly winterize your RV:
That’s it! You’ve successfully winterized your RV! The work you put in now will save you time and money in the future, and your RV will definitely thank you next summer!
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On top of following the steps listed above, it’s also extremely helpful to treat your RV twice a year with Unique Tank Cleaner. This will keep your RV’s waste management system running smoothly for many years to come. By helping to prevent and/or remove pyramid clogs and other backups, Tank Cleaner is the easy solution to solving all the issues that can come from RVing during those sweltering summer months.
The Biannual Tank Maintenance Pack from Unique contains all the products you’ll need to treat your system at the beginning and end of the camping season. Tank Cleaner is a safe and effective product that contains specially selected strains of bacteria. These bacteria are particularly ravenous eaters, which just means that they’ll easily digest the waste in your holding tank, removing any residue and buildup and eliminating odors!
You should perform a deep clean with Tank Cleaner before you winterize your RV. When biannually treating your RV with Tank Cleaner, follow these guidelines:
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Here at Unique Camping + Marine, our expertise lies in the treatment of wastewater - not necessarily in winterizing or plumbing specifics, especially because every RV is slightly different in how their water systems operate. We have written this basic guide based on information we found helpful in this article, this article, and this article. All of these sites are recognized experts in RVing, so we believe you can feel safe following their recommendations. If you’re still unsure about anything to do with winterizing your RV, we recommend you simply take your RV into a qualified professional and have it winterized properly.
Remember: we’re always here to help! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us!
You bought your RV so you could enjoy life and spend time with family and friends. The last thing you want to do is waste precious time and money on fixing wastewater holding tank problems. Keeping your tanks in peak operating condition doesn’t have to be hard, confusing, or expensive if you follow our proven process: The Unique Method.
The Unique Method is a comprehensive tank care plan that we developed after years of conversations with real customers facing real problems. The Unique Method provides you with simple, preventative steps to stop odors, clogs, and sensor problems before they start so you can spend less time worrying about your holding tanks and more time enjoying the freedom and adventure of RVing. Try it yourself and see why thousands of campers trust their RVs with The Unique Method every day.
If you need more help with anything covered in this guide or simply have a comment, we’re here to help you anytime!
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