View Full Version : Winterizing a pop-up camper?
10-11-2009, 10:45 AM
Well with a little snow in the air and the kids back in school it is time to put away the pop-up. Problem is i bought it this spring and have no idea what to do to winterize it. I figure some of my sled head buddys must have pop-ups and can give me the low down.....thanks!!! I will be storing it in a garage but it is not a heated one.....thanks!!
There are several things to do.
Fresh water system.(there are several trains of thought here, below are both) Do one or the other although I have seen people do both to cover everything, #2 first then #1.
1).Drain the system, open all valves and drain points and blow it out with compressed air.
2). Drain the system and refill (not completely) with RV antifreeze(pink) then open each faucet/shower and allow to flow until you get the pink RV antifreeze flowing.
Toilet water system.
If it has a holding tank get it pumped out then add RV antifreeze and flush a few times.
For the interior just clean it and add some DampRid and since it is in a garage maybe don't close it all the way so air can circulate unless there are critters around.
10-11-2009, 12:56 PM
does it have a hot water heater?
I've got a pop up camper with a little hot water heater and a pressurization pump in the system. As my uncle is in the RV business, I consulted him, and he says all that's necessary for my camper is taking the anode out of the water heater (which drains it too), opening the holding tank drain to obviously drain that, and leaving the holding tank drain partially open, which lets any small remaining water in the system freeze and expand without rupturing anything. I've done this this way for the last 3 seasons and have had no issues with anything come spring.
10-11-2009, 04:03 PM
<font color="0000ff">"… a hot water heater?"</font>
(A device that heats hot water?)
Why would you want to heat hot water? To make it even hotter?
Maybe just a plain ol' water heater? Heats cold water, to make it hot! http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif
(Sorry, I couldn't help myself, the devil made me do it! http://www.johndee.com/discuss/clipart/happy.gif )
10-11-2009, 07:55 PM
When we had our pop-up we did both of what Wags said. That is what the RV dealer said to do. We buy RV anti-freeze that is good to -50 degrees. I think that is standard but I'm not sure.
10-11-2009, 08:28 PM
Thanks for the help!! yes it does have a hot water.
Brad don't you worry about the water that is still in the pump housing and the poly tubing? I like the comfort knowing everything is protected.
10-11-2009, 09:55 PM
Do you have a water heater by pass? If you do make sure you use it. Water heaters have a lining in them that don't like the pink stuff. Check for a winterization kit on the water pump to. It will be a hose coming off the pump to stick in the bottle of antifreeze. You will have to turn a fiting that shuts the hose off to the water tank and turns on the winterization hose. That way you don't have to pour antifreeze into the tank and then pump it through the system. It pumps directly from the bottle. Check out www.glpuc.org (http://www.glpuc.org). Lots of good info.
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