If you are an avid owner of a recreation vehicle (RV), you know the pleasure of having a unit in tip-top shape. If you are lucky enough to live in a mild climate where you can use it year round, regular maintenance is on-going. But if you live in the land ice and snow, you need RV storage to protect it from the elements.
Ideally, you want to store the RV, so it’s protected from harsh weather. Storage should also be considered if there is a security concern or if you just don’t have the space to park it at your residence. Many storage centers have covered areas and security monitoring.
There are several things to do to winterize the RV before placing it in storage.
- If you are storing the RV outdoors, securing a tarpaulin over the roof will protect the paint finish.
- Remove any food or items that might attract animals or vermin.
- Check for any openings that might allow access to critters looking for a winter home. They can cause a lot of damage. Look inside and outside, underneath the counters, under storage spaces and even the roof – fill or tape any gaps you find.
- Clean out the refrigerator, cabinets and unhook the gas from the RV.
- Leave the drawers, cupboards, closets open and place baking soda in the fridge to combat odors.
- Cover the windows to avoid sun damage to interior materials or just to deter nosy neighbors.
- If there is a ceiling vent, leave it just a little open to allow air flow.
- Remove all batteries from any clocks, smoke alarms, and drawers.
- Fill the tires, or, if convenient and possible, remove them. If removal is not possible, plan to move the vehicle from time to time to avoid flat spots on the tires from developing. It’s also a good idea to start the vehicle engine occasionally while in storage.
- The water and sewage pipes all need to be drained to avoid freezing and breakage. Pipes bursting can cause costly damage to the RV.
And one final note, by using a self-storage unit center, you have the reassurance that if in the unfortunate case something does go wrong, someone will be on hand and contact you.