As the winter season draws closer and you’re reluctantly bidding adieu to unforgettable motorhome adventures, it’s time to ensure your trusted travel companion is ready for a well-deserved rest. Winterising your motorhome is a crucial process that will help preserve its condition and keep it in top shape for future journeys. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a newbie to the world of motorhome rentals, here’s a step-by-step guide on winterising your motorhome properly after a season of road trip adventures.
Protecting Your Motorhome During the Winter Months
Step 1: Clean and Declutter
Before diving into the technical aspects, start by giving your motorhome a thorough cleaning. Remove any debris, trash, and personal belongings. Clean and sanitise the interior to prevent any mold or mildew growth during storage.
Step 2: Empty the Holding Tanks
Begin by emptying the grey and black water holding tanks. Ensure they are completely drained and then flush them with clean water. This step is vital to prevent unpleasant odours and the buildup of residue over the winter months.
Step 3: Winterise the Plumbing
To protect your motorhome’s plumbing system from freezing temperatures, you’ll need to add antifreeze. Follow these steps:
- Drain the fresh water tank and water lines completely
- Bypass the water heater, if equipped, to prevent antifreeze from entering it
- Use a non-toxic RV antifreeze to fill the water lines. Run each faucet, shower, and toilet until you see the pink antifreeze coming out. Don’t forget the outside shower, if applicable
- Pour antifreeze into each drain to protect the P-traps.
Step 4: Protect the Batteries
Cold temperatures can take a toll on your motorhome’s batteries. Disconnect them or use a battery maintainer to keep them charged during storage. This will extend the life of your batteries and ensure they’re ready for your next adventure.
Step 5: Inspect and Maintain the Exterior
Give your motorhome’s exterior a once-over to identify any damage or areas that need attention. Check for cracks, leaks, or loose seals, and address any issues promptly. Wash and wax the exterior to protect the finish during storage.
Step 6: Tyre Care
Properly inflated tyres are essential for safe storage. Inflate your motorhome’s tyres to the recommended pressure and consider using tire covers to protect them from the elements and UV damage.
Step 7: Interior Preparations
Inside the motorhome, take steps to prevent moisture buildup. Place moisture-absorbing products like desiccant bags or moisture-absorbing crystals throughout the interior to combat condensation.
Step 8: Cover Your Motorhome
If possible, invest in a good-quality motorhome cover to shield your vehicle from the winter weather. If you don’t have a cover, find a sheltered storage location to protect your motorhome from snow and ice.
Step 9: Periodic Check-Ins
During the winter months, periodically check on your motorhome to ensure everything is in order. Look for signs of pests, and if necessary, use pest control measures to keep unwanted visitors at bay.
Step 10: Plan Ahead for Spring
As winter gives way to spring, plan for the upcoming camping season. Schedule a maintenance check to ensure your motorhome is in tip-top shape for your next adventure. This includes checking propane systems, appliances, and performing a thorough inspection.
By following these steps, you’ll ensure that your motorhome remains in excellent condition and is ready to hit the road when warmer weather arrives. Properly winterising your motorhome not only protects your investment if you are a proud owner of one of our ex-rental motorhomes but also ensures a hassle-free start to your next travel season.