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Old 09-19-2013, 06:46 AM   #1
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Winterizing for outside storage / Northern Illinois

What are your Tips and Ideas for good winterizing of a Travel Trailer in the Cold Climate? Anyone use covers over roof vents and A/C unit??

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Old 09-19-2013, 07:29 AM   #2
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Stan... If you have opportunity to cover your trailer...I suggest that you do such. UV light is the #1 destroyer of the materials that make up our RVs. I have a check list for winterization that I follow. This assures me that I have completed all the steps. I do not have my copy in front of me to share with you but I will offer this video for you to watch.

I wash and possibly wax my rig first
clean interior and add any anti mold and mildew additives I feel necessary
cover furniture with old sheets
MOUSE and Rodent traps
Cover tires
prep water system

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Old 09-19-2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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If you cover your rig, make sure the cover cannot flap in the wind, this will destroy the finish. Breathable covers are best.
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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This will be my first year winterizing our travel trailer, and plan to follow use some of the same ideas that worked when I winterized our pop up. One is that I completely cover the roof with just a blue tarp and secure it with bungee cords. I do this basically to keep the snow off the roof and still take the extra precaution of removing the snow as it begins to accumulate. I also use several bars of Irish Spring placed scattered in different places in the interior to deter rodents (this has worked great for as long as we owned the pop up) Finally, since I don't have a driveway I park the RV on wooden plans to prevent dry rot to the tires. I know there's going to be a lot more things that I'll be needed to do that will be unique to a travel trailer, so I will be monitoring this topic.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:39 AM   #5
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I am concerned about the roof vents being exposed to the snow and ice of a good Midwest winter. I really do not want to use a cover but the factory vent covers do not seem all that durable. Has this been a problem for anyone else in the cold climate??
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