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What To Do If Your RV Doors or Windows Freeze

Winter’s bitter winds can freeze RV door locks, windows, and doors. It’s important to know what to do if your RV doors or windows freeze and how to prevent this from happening. Use these quick and easy tips to combat the ice.

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Frozen Door Locks: Prevention
Nothing can be more frustrating than finding your RV door locks frozen. One way to prevent frozen locks is to dip your key into Petroleum jelly or Vaseline, put it into the lock, and turn the key back and forth a few times. Repeat this to make sure the Vaseline is well-distributed onto the parts of the lock.

Frozen Door Locks: Solutions

Frozen Windows

The simplest solution to frozen windows is to wait until the RV interior warms up. The ice should then melt shortly.

If your RV is equipped with power windows, do not keep pushing the button. If you force the window down, you can damage the motor, and this could be expensive to repair.

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Frozen Doors: Prevention

To help prevent your door from freezing shut completely, clean the doorframe and rubber seals with soapy water and thoroughly dry. This should remove road debris that can build up over time. Water can collect around the dirt and freeze the door shut once the temperatures drop.

Apply a rubber conditioner or rubber care product over the rubber seals with a clean cloth. Use 303 Protectant or other non-petroleum based product. This will repel water, reducing the amount that enters the seal and freezes.

Frozen Doors: Solutions

Do not try to force a frozen door open. This can damage the rubber seal around the door.

While wearing gloves, hit the ice with the palms of your hands, and remove the ice as it breaks. If this method does not work, you can use a hair dryer to melt the ice. Be aware that excessive heat will damage the exterior paint.