RV Storage Requires Preparation
RVs are a big investment, depending on the size and make, and their price will almost certainly be significantly higher than your auto. In order to get reliable, long term service from it you should look after it and that means locating a good RV self storage unit for the long winter months.
Even in a climate controlled indoor RV storage facility, rodents and mice can find a small gap to enter and use your RV as a winter home if you don’t carefully inspect your RV before you drive it into its winter storage facility. Gaps and holes should be filled before the RV is left. Gaps are often found where water pipes or electrical wires enter the RV. They might go into cupboards, so this is the place to check first.
Remove Food Before Storing
All food should be removed from the RV to stop unwanted animals from being attracted to it. The freezer compartment of the vehicle’s fridge should be defrosted and unplugged from the power source. The same should be done to the LPG supply and the gas tap should be turned off firmly. At the same time, the expiration date on the cylinder should be checked too.
If you are to leave your RV in an outdoor RV storage facility, then you should ensure blinds are firmly closed to avoid the upholstery and carpets being damaged by the sun.
If the overhead vents have covers on them, to prevent rain penetration you should leave the vents open just enough to prevent rain but enough to allow for ventilation.
If you have clocks or flashlights that are run off of dry cell batteries, these should be removed to both prevent leakage and to prevent damage to the devices. Don’t forget to put them back in spring.
When it comes to preparing the exterior of your RV for winter storage, how you prepare it will depend on if it’s to be stored outside or inside. However, it is still a good idea to wash the vehicle completely, allow it to dry and then apply a wax based polish which helps to maintain the exterior in good condition.
The tires need to be inflated to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. If the RV is to be stored in an outdoor RV storage facility then the tires should be covered to prevent sun and hail damage.
Remove Batteries for Home Trickle Charge
Battery maintenance is something that is often forgotten until it’s time to start the RV at the first sign of spring sunshine. If your RV is to be stored long-term, it’s far better to take out the batteries completely and store them in a place where they are unlikely to freeze and where you can periodically attach them to a battery charger. A battery that is left discharged for too long may never regain its charge.
Following these simple suggestions will ensure that your RV will last for a very long time, especially if it is kept in an RV storage facility when not in use.