Winterizing your RV
It’s that time of the year. There’s frost on the pumpkins and brilliant color in the trees. In many parts of the country, fall and early winter offer the best weather of the year for enjoying time with your RV. But many RV’s have already been winterized, water systems drained and refilled with antifreeze, black and gray water tanks have been drained and toilets prepared for storage for the cold season.
What if you could put off winterizing your RV until later in the season without worrying about a sudden freezing spell? What if you could avoid the cost and hassle of winterizing your RV altogether so it is always ready to roll for a impromptu weekend trip?
Perhaps you’re one of the growing number of folks fill timing with their RV, many who migrate South for the winter and North for the summer. Winterizing isn’t an option, so the weather dictates when and where you go. Not anymore. Xtreme Heaters can be your key to freedom.
Another Way To Approach RV Winterization
A number of years ago, a customer contacted us about keeping the basement of his RV from freezing over the winter. It was not something we had put much thought into, but as we spoke with the customer, the problems associated with freezing temps for RV owners were identical to the issues that our traditional boating customers face each winter.
Like an RV’s basement, boats have a lot of plumbing, storage tanks and batteries that can be adversely affected by freezing temperatures. The customer placed a heater in the basement area of the RV, directing the airflow in such a way that would move the warm air produced by his Xtreme Heater toward the piping and water tanks.
We suggested that since this was something kind of new to us, he may want to place a thermometer that logs the minimum and maximum temperatures over time and keep an eye on it for the first couple of freezing events. As it turned out, it worked great.
The automatic Xtreme Heater kept his RV basement area between 40 and 55 degrees all winter. A new use for Xtreme’s line of safe, reliable and efficient winterizing heaters was born, and many more RV customers have since joined the Xtreme family.
Picking the right heater for your RV
To pick the right product(s) to winterize your RV, you should first consider the configuration of the vehicle and what you’re going to keep warm. Your top priority should be your plumbing system. Identify where the pipes run, and where your water tanks (fresh water, black water and gray water) are located. Next, locate the batteries, which can also be adversely affected by freezing temperatures.
If they’re all in a single compartment, the next step is to measure the dimensions and calculate the volume of the compartment. From there, select the Xtreme Heater that best suits size of the basement compartment of your RV.
Special Deal For Multiple Heaters
Many of our customer run multiple Xtreme Heaters to keep several areas of their RV warm. Some RV’s have more than one basement compartment that contains plumbing or tanks. Some customers put an Xtreme Heater in the living area to keep the chill down, opening cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach plumbing.
For customers that need or want multiple heaters, we offer twin-packs at a substantial discount. If you need an odd number of heaters, give us a call and we’ll help you configure the right solution.
If you decide more than one heater is necessary, or even just desirable for your situation, you should consider the electrical system of the RV. Xtreme Heaters come in three sizes: Small, Medium and Large. All of our heaters are self regulating, meaning that they adjust their power draw withing a range to keep the heating element at a safe, consistent temperature.
When using multiple heaters, we suggest using outlets that are on separate circuit breakers if possible, for redundancy, and to avoid over-working a single circuit. For safety and reliability, do not overload a single circuit with too many heaters. While their automatic nature means that multiple heaters are not necessarily all running at the same time, there could be times that they will.