Tips for Winterizing your Habitat
If storing your trailer in persistently cold weather, you’ll need to prepare it appropriately.
We recommend storing your habitat in a dry, level, well-ventilated area.
- Close all vents + windows
- Raise leveling jacks
- Retract front step
- Wash the exterior (don’t forget the roof + tires + wheels)
- Extend the awning (if you have one), vacuum/sweep away branches and leaves. Wash with a mild, natural soap to reduce mildew. Allow to dry completely before retracting.
- Inspect sealants (windows/doors/roof racks)
- Secure all exterior components (7 pin connector, breakaway switch, safety chains)
- Lubricate all grease fittings on the axle hubs
- Check tires for damage + set tire pressure to the max indicated on the tire sidewall
- Clean the underside of the trailer – wash off mud or other road accumulations on frame, axles, or other components
- Inspect for any damage
- Chock wheels to prevent habitat from rolling unexpectedly
- Empty/clean your fridge/cooler. Block lid open to provide air movement
- Spread out cushions so air can reach all sides
- Place containers of moisture-gathering beads in the habitat
- Clean the floor, walls, surfaces
Proper prep and winterization of your fresh + wastewater systems are vital. Freezing water expands and can lead to possible rupture of tubing, fittings, tanks, and fixtures.
- Empty fresh water tank
- Empty grey water tank
- Open all faucets (hot + cold) in the sink + shower
- Turn the yellow drain valve located under the kitchen sink within the plumbing access to drain
- Disconnect the shower hose + the drain hose
- Drain the TRUMA combi eco hot water system per manufacturer instructions (see page 12 + 13 of the TRUMA manual)
- Use an air compressor to blow out any remaining water
- Fill P traps with non-toxic anti-freeze (sink drain + shower drain)
- Turn the battery off with the battery cut off switch
- Unplug the AC (if applicable)
- Disconnect your batteries (removal is optional)
- Get a cover for your habitat (if storing outside)