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Basic Steps to Dewinterizing an RV at Home

How to Dewinterize Your RV Yourself

Once the snow melts in the warm spring air, we understand the itch to get back in the RV and on the road. But before you head to the campground, your RV requires some spring TLC after months in storage. You can start your spring cleaning when you dewinterize your RV. Dewinterizing an RV doesn’t have to be a difficult process. We’ll help you get started by going over the basic steps.

Dewinterize Your RV Exterior

Check the Tires

After months in storage, your RV tires are likely deflated. Before you hit the road, you need to do this essential step in dewinterizing an RV. Driving an RV, or even towing an RV, on underinflated tires can be dangerous, possibly leading to a blowout or an accident. You should use a tire pressure gauge to check PSI and reinflate your tires to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can search these recommendations online or consult your owner’s manual.

Aside from reinflating, you should inspect your tires for overall quality. This includes checking for cracks in the sidewall and examining the tread. If your tires look worn down, it’s a good idea to replace them before the camping season starts.

Charge and Reinstall Batteries

During the winterization process, you should have removed the batteries from your camper. Over the winter, these batteries likely their lost charge. You can check the charge on your RV batteries in spring using a voltmeter. Make sure your battery, probably a 12-volt battery in your RV, reads at 12-volts or higher. If it’s anything below 12, you need to charge your RV battery before getting on the road.

Once the battery is charged, the next step in dewinterizing an RV is to check the water level of the batteries. If the water level is below the plates, add a little distilled water to cover them. Now that your battery is charged and ready to go, you can reinstall it in your RV.

If you’re not familiar with RV batteries or not confident in your abilities, Juniata Valley RV can check and reinstall your batteries for you.

Replace Propane Tanks

After the battery is reinstalled, you should replace your RV propane tanks. Simply reinstall them on their mounts and connect the hose tightly. You can check that the hose is on tight enough by opening the valve slightly then applying a small amount of soapy water to the hose. If any bubbles appear this might signify a propane leak.

If your propane tanks need to be refilled rather than replaced, just make sure that your tank is not expired before refilling it.

Wash and Inspect the Outside

Your RV likely needs to be cleaned after spending so many months in storage, and this is a great opportunity to inspect the exterior as well. Examine your RV looking for any cracks, leaks or signs of damage. Check the weather stripping and sealant, making replacements as necessary. You should also check out the roof, as well as inspect the slide-out seams for any leaks.

Dewinterize Your RV Interior

Flush the Water System

Flushing your water system is one of the most essential steps to dewinterizing an RV. Clean water is essential for RV camping – for drinking, cleaning, showering, cooking and more. Winterizing your RV often includes adding anti-freeze, which now needs to be completely flushed out of the RV’s plumbing system.

If you added anti-freeze to the holding tank, you should start by emptying it completely. Then, you can refill it with water and begin the process of flushing the water system. If the water heater was not put into bypass mode for the winter, it also needs to be drained and flushed with potable water.


Sanitize the Water System

After flushing the water system, the next step of dewinterizing an RV is to sanitize the system as well. Even if you used nontoxic anti-freeze, which you should in an RV, the system needs to be sanitized before drinking, showering or cooking with any of the water in your RV. There could be bacteria or mold growing in the water system after months in storage.

Sanitize the RV water system by pouring ¼ cup of bleach for every 15 gallons your fresh water tank holds. Mix the bleach with a gallon of water then fill the fresh water tanks. After this, turn on all the faucets and shower heads, similar to when you’re adding anti-freeze in fall, and let the water run through. Once you smell bleach coming out, close the faucets and let the bleach mixture sit in the water system for up to 12 hours.

Woman opening a cabinet to let it air out during the process of dewinterizing an RV.

Once the bleach mixture has sat, you should drain all the water from your RV. Then, refill the fresh water tank and turn all the water fixtures back on. Let water run through until you no longer smell bleach. Now, you’re good to go!

Change Filters

After a long camping season, your RV’s air filters are likely full of dust and debris. Similarly, water filters will collect dirt and bacteria over the season. You should start fresh in spring by replacing these filters before camping season. Changing filters can also improve the efficiency and quality of the air and water in your camper, as well as save energy.

Clean and Inspect the Interior

Your RV is probably stuffy and full of stale air after months closed up in storage. You can start your interior inspection by opening all the doors and windows allowing your RV to air out. While you do this, you can also clean any dust or dirt that settled on the surfaces, as well as vacuum the floors.

We recommend opening the fridge and cabinets as well to let them air out. You should keep an eye out for any unwanted settlers who may have taken refuge in your RV during the winter, like spiders, mice and squirrels. Finally, check your ceiling for discoloration, which may be a sign of leaks.

After you’ve finished this process for dewinterizing an RV, you’re ready for spring camping! Spring cleaning is essential before hitting the highway for another long camping season. If you need spring camping supplies, RV parts or any materials to dewinterize your RV, stop by Juniata Valley RV’s parts store! We’ve got all the supplies you need for a successful camping season.

Want a New RV for Spring Camping Season? Shop RVs from your favorite brands like Winnebago, Aliner, CrossRoads, Vanleigh and more! Visit our online inventory to see our in stock units, and visit us in person when you’re ready to take a tour or make a purchase.

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Breathtaking Outdoor Destinations in Pennsylvania

Top Scenic Outdoor Destinations in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State spans the Mid-Atlantic to Appalachian regions of the United States. Nestled between Lake Erie and the Appalachian Mountains, Pennsylvania has hundreds of beautifully breathtaking views. Our favorite outdoor destinations lean toward the natural world, although there are plenty of sparkling manmade views to be seen from the buildings of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

East to west, we gathered our list of the best outdoor destinations in the state. Whether you’re planning to camp in one of the state parks or passing by an overlook on a road trip, views can’t be missed.

Hawn’s Overlook

Hawn’s Overlook at the Raystown Dam has a magnificent view of Raystown Lake. It’s located in the Alleghenies region and was featured on the cover of the 1996 Pennsylvania Visitors Guide! You can reach the overlook is a short hike from the nearby Ridenour Overlook. Hawn’s Overlook is best to visit at sunset. It faces west, providing a view of a beautiful, golden sun setting over the lake.

The view from Hawn's Overlook, one of the best scenic Pennsylvania locations.

High Knob Overlook

The High Knob Overlook is easily the best view from one of Pennsylvania’s top outdoor destinations, Loyalsock State Forest. The overlook has a beautiful view of the state forest in northeastern Pennsylvania. You can get to High Knob Overlook by hiking the Loyalsock Trail, or drive up the road and park a few steps from the overlook. You can read about camping at Loyalsock State Forest in this PDF.

Big Mountain Overlook

One of the most expansive views, this outdoor destination lets you see hundreds of miles into the distance. This breathtaking mountain vista is located in the Buchanan State Forest. At the overlook, you can see the valley and surrounding mountain ranges of Franklin County. While there are tons of hiking trails in the Buchanan State Forest, you can also drive up to the overlook via Tower Road. There are plenty of camping opportunities in the Buchanan State Forest, read about camping opportunities and fill out an application on the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.

Boone Run Vista

In the Susquehannock State Forest, the Boone Run Vista has a beautiful, open view of the mountains. It overlooks Potter County in eastern Pennsylvania. Only a small sign and a simple wooden bench sits at this overlook, on the side of a narrow dirt road, but with a view this beautiful you don’t need much else. Boon Run Vista is only a few minutes from Cherry Springs State Park, which is known for stargazing opportunities.

Leonard Harrison State Park Overlook

Although the park is known for hiking, this overlook provides a great outdoor destination goal at the end of your hike. This vista is easily accessible for everyone, just a few steps behind the park’s main building. The overlook has a western view of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. There are even a few viewfinders at the outlook for those wanting a closer look!

Lebo Vista

If you want another view of the PA Grand Canyon, Lebo Vista is a great outdoor destination to visit. It’s easy to reach for everyone; it sits along a bend at the end of the drivable portion of Lebo Vista Road. It has scenic sights of Lycoming and Tioga Counties. If you look to the east, you can see Pine Creek and Cammal about 1,300 feet below!

Chickies Rock

The Susquehanna River in Lancaster County is a unique sight when looking from Chickies Rock. Just north of Columbia, this outcropping of quartzite rock sits about 100 feet above the water. It offers views of York County, Marietta and Lancaster County. Chickies Rock is also a bit of a historic sight. It once was home of several iron furnaces, rolling mills, a canal and an old trolley line. Remnants of these old structures can still be seen from the outlook.

Grand Canyon of PA - view from Leonard Harrison State Park

Greenwood Access

We had to shoutout or hometown of Juniata County! Greenwood Access has a great view of the Juniata River, for which our county is named. This river is a tributary of the legendary Susquehanna River. This outdoor destination is located at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Greenwood Access near Thompsontown. Most Juniata River natives will tell you the best time to come is late spring through October, when the fall foliage is at its peak.

Appalachian Mountains to the Susquehanna River, these breathtaking scenic views are the best outdoor destinations in the state. These are just a few travel destinations in Pennsylvania. The state has hundreds more places to visit and campgrounds to stay at. Juniata Valley RV is here to help you get there.

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