Here's a handy checklist to help you winterize and protect your RV during the winter months.

  • Clean and store all dishes
  • Turn-off  and clean the refrigerator (leave the refrigerator doors open and place some baking soda inside to absorb odors)
  • Clean the oven (leave the door slightly open)
  • Leave all cupboard doors slightly open (for air circulation)
  • If your RV is equipped with appliances such as icemaker or washer/dryer, follow the manufacturer's recommended procedures to winterize them
  • Remove all dry-cell batteries in clocks, gas detector, smoke detector, etc
  • Remove all freezable foods and cleaning liquids from the RV
  • Wash your RV thoroughly and apply a coat of good quality wax or protectant to help protect the exterior from the ravages of the winter weather.
  • Install a roof support to help with the weight of ice/snow and periodically check for snow accumulation and remove as necessary.
  • Clean and let dry your awning. Lubricate all moving parts using silicon spray. Once the awning is dry, roll it up and ensure that it is in the "lock" position.
  • Check tire pressures.
  • Lower the radio / TV antenna.
  • Insects are attracted to the odor that is added to LP gas so install plastic bags/covers on outside vents (furnace, refrigerator, water heater) to prevent nesting
  • Remove, clean and replace your air conditioner filter(s). Cover the air conditioner
  • Install an air conditioner winter cover (buy an A/C cover, do not use a plastic bag because condensation may damage the unit)
  • Inspect the underside of the unit thoroughly. Look for anywhere that mice or other rodents can get it, and seal as necessary.
  • Install roof vents covers. Inspect vent openings and re-caulk if necessary
  • Close all windows. Consider leaving one sheltered window and one roof vent open just a crack. This will provide some air flow through the RV and help prevent musty odors or mildew
  • Close all of the window blinds to avoid sun exposure to the carpet, drapes, and upholstery. Leave doors, drawers, and cabinets open.
  • Service all locks with a graphite spray lubricant. Lubricate all hinges and moving parts with WD 40.