When storing your RV for an extended time a little preparation goes a long way into protecting and keeping your RV in great condition. Depending upon the season and for how long your rig will be stored there are different steps to preparing your RV for storage. Taking the proper steps to prepare your RV before storage will definitely enhance your overall ownership experience.
Cleaning the Interior of Your RV
No matter what season it is, you should always clean the interior of your RV. Be sure to remove any trash and food from your rig. Food and crumbs can attract rodents and insects while your RV is in storage. When it is time for that first trip of the season again you will be happy you took the time to clean your rig.
Also, pay special attention to the freezer and refrigerator for perishables. You don’t want to come back to your rig and find terrible smells or mold growing inside. After you have cleaned out the fridge and defrosted the freezer, leave the door open. Make sure that all of your appliances are turned off.
Secure Your LP Gas Tanks
Double check that your LP gas tanks are secure and completely turned off. Also, turn off any appliances that use gas so they will be off when your open up the tanks again later.
Drain the Plumbing
Whenever you are storing your RV for an extended period and especially in Winter months you should drain the plumbing. Leaving water in your pipes during freezing temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze and burst.
You should make sure your batteries are fully charged before storing. Clean the battery terminals and apply anti-corrosive grease. If your RV has a battery cutoff feature be sure to set it to off.
Cover Your RV
If you are storing your RV outside in an uncovered space a quality RV cover will help protect your rig from the Texas weather. The cover will help protect your RV from rain and sun damage helping maintain the appearance of your exterior for longer.
Winterizing Your RV
Follow the winterizing guidelines from the manufacturer of your RV. Some winterization items to address include adding fuel additives, draining water from your pipes, checking the antifreeze and disconnecting the batteries. You may also want to have your RV winterized at a RV service facility.
Before storing your RV check the inflation of your tires to make sure the tire pressures are correct. Also, UV rays from the sun can damage the tires over time so cover the tires if possible. You can also park your rig on blocks and extend the jacks to take pressure off your tires and prevent flattening.
Lubricate Locks and Hinges
Lubricate your door locks with a graphite spray. Use WD40 to lubricate hinges on doors and storage boxes.
Examine the RV Exterior
Check the roof for any debris that may be hitching a ride on the roof. Also, look for any cracks or damage that may allow water to penetrate the roof. If your rig has slide-outs, extend them and look for any debris or problems with the rubber seals. Be sure to bring them back in before storing.
Owning an RV can provide your family with a lifetime of memories. A little planning and preparation can make sure your RV is always ready for adventure when the time comes. Taking steps to protect and prepare your RV for long term storage will help make sure your RV is always ready to answer the call of the open road.