How We Roll in our RV – Winterizing questions

 How We Roll in our RV – Winterizing questions

We've been talking all week about winterizing our RVs.

Yes, the time has come for those living in the northern states and those who live where the temperatures drop below freezing can't put it off much longer.

But people still have a lot of questions and as we wrap up our winterizing series, Jennifer and I answer some reader questions about topics that haven't yet been addressed.

It's coming

In this edition of How We Roll in our RV, we talk about the need to re-winterize when folks head south and then back north. And we answer a reader question about whether the flat screen TV needs to be removed when the unit is exposed to the cold for prolonged periods of time.

Oh yeah, we also sound a very important warning for those of you who put your RV in storage for the winter.

Check out the above video and send your questions in to us at

Your's just might be the next one we answer in our next How We Roll episode.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.


  • More great info…always learning from your site Mike and Jennifer. I’d love to know the facts on the CS Adventurous, how it works so no winterizing needed. Thx.

  • I live in Portland, Oregon and don’t have to winterize – unless we have an unusually cold spell. I will be going to California for Thanksgiving and will be parked overnight in a fairgrounds camp with hookups. It can get really cold in that area in the foothills, but will my SS Agile be ok for a night if I’m in it and I have the heater on? Should I use a small electric heater?

  • I recently read a post from a Roadtrek owner in Ontario who drained and then blew out their plumbing but did not use the pink stuff. THey have been doing this for some years with no ill effects. Do you think that if I spend sufficient time blowing out the plumbing that that may be enough in Minnesota?

    • Gary, at $5.80 for 2 gal of the pink stuff, do you really want to gamble on the safety of your plumbing and macerator?

  • I live in Central Texas, 2006 Adventurous. I won’t winterize for a while, but should I drain the water heater between use to avoid “smelly” hot water? I use it at least 2-3 days per month. Thanks!

  • Mike,

    Bill’s question about winterizing then de-winterizing then winterizing…. Is the very reason we’ve moved our thinking from the Sprinter based RT’s back to the 40th Anniversary all-weather 190 Popular. Now if RT would only make that in the Quigley 4×4, we’d be set! Unfortunately, engineering issues prohibit having the 40th AE RT in 4×4 (for now.) We’re hoping they’ll sort out the engineering soon.

    We do the cold to warm to cold lots of times in each trip across I-40 to Albuquerque and up through the Rockies to Laramie. We do that all times of the year visiting our kids and grand kids.

    I’ll be modifying our garage for the 190 and using it as our second vehicle. The garage will be heated and have electric power, so no need to winterize!



  • In answer to question on removing tv,just saw in my RT manual that tv should be removed if -4 degrees . Don’t think I will ever have to remove!

  • You need a sign that says Florida 2 days ahead.

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  • Visit Crystal beach

  • MikenMeg Matteson

  • Louis Mefford

  • My winterizing is driving 1200 miles south.

  • Jj O’Neill

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