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How to winterize your RV

Draining your RV's pipes and filling them with anti-freeze could save you hundreds of dollars.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 3:52 AM
Updated: Oct 23, 2019 7:16 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- If you already went on your last camping trip of the year, you might want to winterize your RV. Technicians said it's better to prepare your RV for the cold sooner rather than later. It could save you hundreds of dollars. 

The winterization process starts by removing water from an RV's low point drain and water heater. These pipes should then be filled with a 50/50 anti-freeze and water mixture. This will prevent water from freezing, expanding and cracking pipes. Winterizing can save you a lot of money. A new water heater can cost $800 - $1,000. 

Blue Dog RV's Service Center can do all of this for you, but they said it is important to bring your RV in as soon as possible. 

"It takes about 45 minutes to properly winterize a unit," said Tom Saunders, a service manager at Blue Dog RV. "If you take that by five techs, eight hours a day, you can only do so many a day. So we have circumstances where they're lined up around the building and we're doing forty or fifty a day."

Saunders added that if you drop your RV off at the service center around this time of the year, before it gets too cold, they can get your RV back to you in about a day. 

Winterizing a standard RV or mobile home costs less than $100. The price can change based on each individual RV. 

During the winter, you can also protect your RV from the sun by using special RV covers made out of Tyvek. This material also protects moisture from sticking to the outside of the RV, as opposed to vinyl covers. 

If you have an outside shower, you can put a piece of cardboard or even an old t-shirt in the area to protect the pipes from freezing over. 

For more information about Blue Dog RV's Service Center click here

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