The best way to enjoy the winter camping season in a recreational vehicle is to winterize it and getting it well equipped for winters. There are a few important steps before you winterize your recreational vehicle. Firstly, draining the plumbing system as even a small quantity of water in pipes and valves can damage the system. This step can be achieved by two methods that is first, by puffing out the plumbing system with compressed air and secondly, by using an RV antifreeze and filling the plumbing system.
It is recommended that the water is properly drained from pipes and the fitting and ensuring to go around the water heater else the heavy amount of anti-freeze would be required to complete the process accurately.
What Size Of Air Compressor To Winterize Recreational Vehicle
There are several opinions on the size and types of air compressors that can be used to winterize a recreational vehicle. Here is a list of air compressors that can be used and their features.
1. Viair 40047 400P-RV Automatic Portable Compressor Kit
It is a proper and smart compressor that has quality components, its running time is up to 40 minutes, and has an entire set of necessary accessories. It is very useful for inflating the tire to 35 inches and it also has a storage bag for carrying it. Although it a bit difficult to use for the first time it endorsed its efficiency and great functionality.
2. PORTER-CABLE C2002 Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor
It is lightweight 30 pounds and equipped with 13 accessories. It runs easily in cold weather but the oil-free might stop functioning over the period. It comes with an induction motor that increases its stability and durability.
3. VIAIR 45053 Silver Automatic Portable Compressor Kit
It is can be easily carried around with high performance and has a great safety feature of auto-off. It equipped with full accessories such as pressure switch, and air hose. Its working pressure can go up to 150 PSI.
There are many other compressors available in the market but above are some of the recommended ones.
While winterizing an RV what most is important is volume and not pressure. A 20-gallon air compressor can suffice to winterize a recreational vehicle. Also, there are other suggestions such as using 1-gallon air by not bypassing water heater which will result in giving a compressor tank of to volume to the capacity of heater and compressor. Some suggest using a 2-gallon compressor that outputs 100 PSI to the maximum level and lastly using 3 gallons of porter cable air compressor at 35 PSI.
Many campers and recreational vehicle owners have recommended that the most important step to winterize RV is the combination of two procedures and that is, firstly by pumping the water pipes and then utilizing anti-freeze. Also, it is important to purchase an oil-free air compressor so that oil is not found in water pipes.
Lastly, one can loosen up the water nozzles and outlets to drain the pipes through gravity and then winterizing the recreational vehicle.