As Fall comes around, the end of the traveling season in the east approaches and signals the time to begin preparing your trailer, RV or camper for storage during the winter.
While some people store their vehicles in a large garage or on a driveway, if you have no space to store your vehicle at your home, you could always take your camper, RV or trailer to be stored at a facility for self-storage.
Tips For Winterizing Your RV
When you are preparing your RV for storage during the winter, you should ensure that your license plates, insurance and registration have been renewed and are current. Take your RV out for a final drive before taking it to the storage facility and listen out for any problems with the engine, such as pings, knocks and unfamiliar noises.
When the drive is complete, check your vehicle thoroughly, walking around it and checking beneath. You should also inspect the roof for any broken seals, awnings, windows or antennae. Repair any problems that you find before you put your vehicle into storage.
How To Prepare Your RV For The Winter
The first step in winterizing your RV is to clean it thoroughly outside and inside. Wax your vehicle from top to bottom and remove any food inside your vehicle. Vacuum its interior, wipe inside its cabinets and the top of its counters. Clean and defrost the refrigerator and use baking soda in order to absorb unpleasant odors.
While your vehicle is in storage, you should leave the fridge door ajar to allow air to circulate. Close the blinds and windows to stop exposure to the sun damaging and fading the carpets and fabrics.
Once your vehicle is cleaned, you should disconnect the connections for the air conditioning unit and clean its air filters. When storing your RV for extended periods, you should take the battery out of the vehicle, putting it onto a maintenance charger somewhere that is cool, dry and well-ventilated.
Before putting your RV into storage, make sure that the oil and the oil filter have been changed and that the fuel tank is full with a fuel stabilizer added as recommended by the manufacturer. If you decide to keep the battery in the RV you should try to start up the engine regularly at monthly intervals to stop moisture from building up.
The final step in winterizing your RV is to cover up its tires with a protective tarp and then place a customized breathable tarp over the whole vehicle as this will protect it from the winter elements.
Storage Tips For Your RV
When placing your vehicle at a self-storage facility, you should do some important things before you sign your rental agreement. You should bring your vehicle to the location before you complete the agreement to make sure your RV will fit into the spot. It is also important to give the self-storage facility proof of your insurance and registration to keep in their files.
After you have done all of this, take the above steps to properly winterize your RV for storage and look forward to the warmer weather coming back around again.