Storage, Winterization & Bringing Out of Storage
If storing your trailer in persistently cold weather (less than 20 degrees F), you must prepare your trailer appropriately. We recommend that you store your trailer in a dry, level, well-ventilated area protected from the elements. Use blocks, chocks or ramps for the wheels, if necessary. A garage is ideal. Refer to and follow the following storage preparation guidelines:
- Open your refrigerator, if any, and remove all food items, block lid open to provide air movement
- Spread out your upholstery so that air can reach all sides
- Open all cabinet doors and drawers, including interior storage area
- Place containers of moisture-gathering beads in the trailer
- Clean the floor, walls and all surfaces
- Lubricate all grease fittings on the axle hubs
- Check all tires for damage and set tire pressure to the maximum as indicated on the tire sidewall. Clean the tires and wheels with your regular soap/car wash solution
- Clean the tires and wheels as well as the underside of the trailer. Wash off mud and/or other road accumulations on frame, axles, and other components. Inspect and make note of damage to or in any areas or components.
- Close all vents and windows and thoroughly wash the exterior, including roof, sidewalls and front and rear.
- Note any maintenance issues that arise that may be needed. Inspect the sealants around roof accessories (vents, racks, etc.), windows and doors, resealing as necessary before winter rains or snows accumulate (to prevent leaks when snow melts in spring).
- Cover all exterior appliance vents.
- Extend the awning (if equipped). Vacuum or sweep away branches, leaves, and any other debris. Wash with a mild, natural soap to reduce mildew. Allow to dry completely before retracting the awning.
- Be sure all exterior components, attachments, etc. (breakaway switch, cords, safety chains) are secured.
- Prevent trailer from rolling unexpectedly during storage – chock wheels, raise levelling jacks and retract step assembly.
Proper preparation and winterization of your trailer fresh water and waste water systems are vital. Freezing water expands, leading to possible rupture of tubing, fittings, tanks, and fixtures. Thus, be sure to empty the holding tanks before storing and winterizing. Drain hot water or fill traps and lines of system with non-toxic anti-freeze if you are unable to blow out any pockets of water with pressurized air. Turn off the water heater, if any, and let it cool. Remove access panel and remove HW distribution line per instructions in section PLUMBING SYSTEM. Siphon water from tank per same instructions. Reinstall HW line by firmly pushing it back into place.
- Open your sink and shower faucets, both hot and cold.
- Open the drain valves of both the gray and potable water tanks, and fully drain the tanks . Close the valves when tanks are completely drained /empty.
- Disconnect the shower hose and drain the hose.
We have 3 different water heaters, it is imperative that they are emptied during freezing temperatures.
12V Water heater
- Use the blue key to open the valve that is directly below the popup valve, make sure you leave your faucet valve open. The water will run out and empty the heater.
120V Water heater
- Disconnect the cold water inlet and insert the siphon hose into the heater. Pump out all the water.
Truma Water Heater
- There is a valve behind the kitchen with a yellow handle, turn it into vertical position, it will drain all the plumbing lines and the water heater.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL FRESH WATER LINES MUST BE FLUSHED WITH FRESH WATER TO CLEAR THE FRESH WATER SYSTEM OF ANY ANTIFREEZE PRIOR TO USING FRESH WATER SYSTEM AFTER STORAGE
Preparation and winterization of the electrical system primarily revolves around your battery. Proper battery storage helps ensure both the powering up of your trailer systems on your next trip, and maximizing the life of your battery. Refer to the “Battery” section of this manual for proper storage information. Important Note: remember to turn off all electric loads in your trailer prior to storage.
BRINGING OUT OF STORAGE
If your trailer was properly and carefully stored and winterized, taking it out of storage and prepping it for another travel season should be relatively simple. Note: if your trailer sustained damage while being stored, please consult with your dealer or Taxa Inc. for information regarding repair or service options. The following checklist assumes that you stored your trailer with care:
- Thoroughly inspect the trailer exterior, looking for animal nests in, for example, wheel wells, compartments or openings.
- Open all doors and compartments, checking for animal or insect intrusion, water damage, or other deterioration.
- Check charge level in all batteries and recharge as needed.
- Check tire pressures and re-inflate to specified cold pressure.
- Lube chassis.
- Check all exterior lights, and replace as needed.
- Drain, flush and sanitize the fresh water system as outlined in the General Care and Maintenance chapter.
- Inspect the drain hose for leaks and replace it if necessary.
- Turn on sink faucets and all plumbing fixtures (faucets, water pump, Hot Water Heater), checking all joints and fittings and repairing leaks, if any.
- Check all 12-volt DC circuit fuses.
- Operate all 12-volt DC lights and equipment.
- Test the carbon monoxide (CO) detector as manufacturer’s instructions (if equipped).
- Check your shore-line power cord, 7-pin connector, converter, all outlets, breakaway switch, and any exposed wiring. If defects are found, refer service to your dealer.
- Operate air conditioning system (if equipped).
- Inspect and clean the interior.
- Check sealants on and around the roof, body seams and windows, resealing as needed.
- Wash the exterior, thoroughly flushing the trailer underside.