Winterizing Your RV’s Plumbing System
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As much as we don’t like having to think about putting our RV away for the winter, it’s inevitable if you live in colder climates. That’s why we’re here with ways to properly prepare your RV for colder weather or storage, which is very important in most states and Canada. If an RV is not properly prepared for the winter months, it may cause water supply lines and the water heater to freeze. This post will give you some tips on how to best winterize your RV.

First off, your RV should be winterized at the end of the camping season or when the RV will be exposed to temperatures that will fall at or below 32°F (0°C).

 Depending on the type of RV you own, there are two methods of winterizing. Also, as always, we ask that you read, understand the instructions before beginning and follow the instructions as you go. Here are the two ways to winterize your RV depending on the type you have.

Air pressure

This method will utilize an air hose to blow excess water from the water lines.

1. Make sure all holding tanks are empty and drain valves OPEN.

2. Run the water pump until it is dry, this will take approximately 15-20 seconds.

3. OPEN all faucets and drains, and the toilet.

4. Using an air hose and adapter (customer supplied), blow air through the city water connection. Any remaining water will blow out in five to ten minutes.

5. Pour one cup of non-toxic RV antifreeze into all drain P-traps.

Demand or power plumbing system

It may be easier to winterize the RV with another person to assist you.

1. Level the RV and drain the fresh water plumbing system.

2. Replace the water filter cartridge with the clear plastic bypass hose (if so equipped).

3. Make sure the water heater 12-volt and 120-volt interior control switches are OFF.

4. Turn the water heater bypass valves to the BYPASS position.  For Jayco Motorized product:  Move the valves to the “Sanitize/Winterize Lines” position.

5. Make sure the “fresh tank drain” and “low point drains” are closed.  For Jayco Motorized product:  The low point drains must be closed for the antifreeze to siphon through the lines.

6. Insert the garden hose into a container of RV antifreeze solution (this quantity should be enough to winterize the RV); attach the other end to the City Water Fill.

7. Turn the water pump ON.

8. Open the hot water line on all the faucets (kitchen, lavatory, shower and outside shower) until RV antifreeze begins to flow continuously.

9. Close the faucet hot water lines and repeat with the cold water lines on all the faucets. Do not forget to run RV antifreeze through the toilet.

When you are done adding RV antifreeze

10. Remove the garden hose from the container of RV antifreeze.

11. To prevent staining, wipe the RV antifreeze out of the sinks, shower (or tub) and toilet using a soft, dry cloth.

As always, if you need assistance, please contact your local RV dealer.


Please note that repairs due to freezing are not covered under the terms of the Towable Limited Warranty. Also, automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol) and windshield washer antifreeze (methanol) are poisonous. Never use these products in your fresh water system. These products are harmful and may be fatal if swallowed.

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RVing: Top Festivals Around the U.S.
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Festivals, Fairs, Parades… all year round!? Count us in. For those of you on the road frequently, there are enough festivals and events around the United States to keep you busy all year round. Today, we’re sharing a list compiled by Top Events USA to help you add some more adventure to your life, or at least 2013.


  • January 1, 2013: Rose Parade – Pasadena, California
  • January 17 – 27, 2013: Sundance Film Festival – Utah: Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden


  • February 2, 2013: Groundhog Day – Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • February 12, 2013: Mardi Gras – New Orleans, Louisiana


  • April 15, 2013: Boston Marathon – Boston, Massachusetts
  • April 26 – May 5, 2013: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – New Orleans, Louisiana


  • July 3 – 4, 2013: Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Boston, Massachusetts
  • July 4, 2013: Independence Day Celebration – Washington DC


  • August 8 – 18, 2013: Iowa State Fair – Des Moines, Iowa
  • August – October: Aloha Festivals – Statewide, Hawaii
  • August 19 – 25, 2013: Washington State International Kite Festival – Long Beach, Washington
  • August 30 – September 2, 2013: Bumbershoot – Seattle, Washington


  • Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, Nevada
  • Puyallup Fair – Puyallup, Washington


  • International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • November 28, 2013: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – New York City, New York


  • National Finals Rodeo – Las Vegas, Nevada
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Tour of Duty Rides Across U.S.
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Yesterday, the Tour of Duty, a group of 24 Australian and American fire fighters, police officers and military personnel biking across the United States, stopped by Jayco’s headquarters to say thanks for being a major sponsor by donating the use of two Jayco motorhomes.

The group started in San Diego on August 12 and will end in New York City on September 11, riding a total of about 2,600 miles. The ride aims to recognize the dedication and sacrifice of all first responders and military from both countries.  Funds raised along the way will support the Wounded Warrior project and the New York Police and Fire widows and childrens fund. To donate or for more information visit

Here are some pictures from the day.

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