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When Is The Best Time To Winterize Your RV?

Colder temperatures are swooping in at full force, and if you haven't already, you'll want to winterize your RV ASAP! Freezing temperatures spell bad news for your RV's water systems, as frozen water can cause your lines to burst, leading to expensive repairs! That begs the question, for those of you who are unsure, when is the best time to winterize your RV? The short answer: It depends.

Winterize Before Temperatures Drop

If you've made the decision to be done camping for the season, say in the early fall, it's the perfect time to winterize. Winterizing is a "better safe than sorry" type of situation, because the bottom line is that you'll want to winterize your RV before freezing temperatures hit. A short burst of morning frost may not cause any trouble, if the temperatures are consistenly low and the frost hangs around all day, you're racing the clock to avoid damge! The weather these days can be incredibly unpredictable, especially here in Michigan, so keep an eye on the weather forecasts and plan ahead so you can see if cold temperatures are on the wa.! In any case, if you've thrown in the towel on the camping season, go ahead and winterize!

Can You Still Use Your RV In The Winter?

Don't let cold temperatures deter you from enjoying the great outdoors during the wintertime! If your RV has a heated and enclosed underbelly, or heated holding tanks, you'll have a lot less to worry about in terms of freezing. You can add extra insulation to an underbelly, and aftermarket tank heaters will help if you have an RV that didn't come standard with these features. This way, you won't really have to winterize at all!

It's also not impossible to use your RV after it has been winterized! You won't be able to use the water system in your RV, as antifreeze doesn't make for the greatest cooking base or shower liquid. Just reserve all your watery activities for the campground bathhouses, or plan to use the method above to keep your water lines from freezing!

What About Winter Packages?

Except in the case of extreme cold, you can still use your RV without winterizing if your RV came with a winter package! These packages typically include enclosed underbellies and heated holding tanks, which will drastically reduce the chances of your tanks or water lines freezing. Most also offer thicker, more efficient insulation, high-output furnaces, ducted heating, and heated valves.

These features will allow you to use your systems to full capacity, even in low temperatures! Jayco even boasts a winter package that is tested up to zero degrees, which can be found in models like the Eagle fifth wheels and travel trailers! If temperatures threaten to fall lower than what your winter package specifies, go ahead and winterize. If you are not planning on constantly using your RV throughout the winter, you must winterize to prevent damage! Hopefully this guide has helped to shed some light on when the best time to winterize your RV is! Just remember, it's best to do it before it's too late! Are you going to winterize, or are you going to brave the elements this winter? Let us know in the comments!

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