Chances are good if you're RVing in Texas this winter, you won't see too many scenes like the one pictured to the right (photo from Nevosoft.com screensavers). But that doesn't mean you don't need to take precautions when entering the changing season!

Getting the buggy ready for colder temps is a necessary evil regardless where your planning on spending the winter (except, of course, the opposite hemisphere).

In Texas, a few unbelievers out there that are still under the impression that it doesn't get cold enough for water to freeze. And while Texas does enjoy a rather mild winter climate compared to many parts of the country, it's still not unusual for temps to drop into the teens. The deeper south into the state you travel the less chance of freezing temperatures of course. But even Brownsville, the southmost point of the state, has an all time low temp record of just 12-degrees (1899).

Nearby, tropical South Padre Island experienced a substantial snowfall on Christmas Day 2004. Apparently, snow happens.

But regardless whether the winter season is mild or harsh in any given year, there are always a few days, weeks or months every year that dictate the need for proper RV care. And winterizing early can help you make it through the season without expensive mishaps.

Just follow the steps below and make adjustments according to your specific requirements.

1. Empty black and grey water tanks at a sanitary dump station.

2. Drain the fresh water tank and the water heater.

3. Use a blow-out plug and compressed air to remove any remaining fresh water left in the system.

4. Close the water heater by-pass valve to avoid filling the heaterís tank with RV antifreeze.

5. Disconnect the water line to your refrigeratorís ice maker or close the water supply valve, if so equipped, to avoid getting RV antifreeze in the ice maker.

6. Add RV antifreeze to the fresh water system using a pump converter connected to your fresh water pump or a manual pump that adds antifreeze through a faucet. Donít forget to winterize any outside showers or faucets.

7. Add a cup of RV antifreeze to your black and grey water holding tanks.

8. Add a small amount of RV antifreeze to the drains in tub, shower and sinks.
Always use RV antifreeze when winterizing. Never use automotive antifreeze, which is toxic and can damage lines and fittings.