Winterizing your RV, part 2 — ‘Protect water systems from freezing temperatures’


ChucksRV_JohnMelaas_Julianne GCraneThis is the second of a four-part series on ‘Winterizing your RV.’

The number one concern during cold weather is the damage that freezing temperatures can inflict on an RV’s water system including its supply lines, holding tanks and hot water heater, said John Melaas, manager at Chuck’s RV parts and service center in Mead, a small community few miles north of Spokane in eastern Washington.

“Frozen and damaged water lines and water heater tanks are in fact the most common problem related to not winterizing your RV, or not properly winterizing your RV,” said Mark Polk, an automotive technician and expert RV educator.

While people usually remember to drain their fresh and waste water tanks, some overlook the hot water tank, said Melaas. “We get really cold winters and a busted water heater can be a costly mistake.” Depending on the type of tank and labor costs, it could easily run between $500 and $1,000.

Part 3 of this four-part series will focus on protecting your critical batteries.

– If you missed “Winterizing your RV, part 1 – Now or before hard freezeclick here.

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: John Melaas, manager of Chuck’s RV in Mead, Wash., holding a busted water heater. (Julianne G. Crane)

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