As the colder weather is here which means it is time to store the RV. As simple of a task as this may seem, there are certain things you need to do to ensure your RV is storage-ready. Without proper storage, the RV will not be fit for use when the weather brightens up again. You need to take certain precautions when storing your RV so it has a better chance of surviving the hibernation period.
Your first decision needs to be whether the RV will be stored at home or at a dedicated RV storage facility. RVs can be stored at your home if you have a large enough level space for it, but be sure to check with the local agencies as there are tight restrictions regarding the storage of RVs on properties. This will vary across cities, so it is best to find out before you store the RV for winter.
RV storage facilities can vary greatly from a big dirt lot to a gated lot with security and temperature control. Depending on the budget you have available for RV storage, you will have a selection to choose from. Your top concern when choosing should be security and this includes the security features of the storage facility as well as the location within the city. If the lot is remote, then even a fancy gated exterior may not be enough for you.
You also want to avoid non-concrete areas like grassy fields as there may be animals looking to get into your RV for warmth. Dusty locations can also be bad as they can increase your potential preventative maintenance costs. A total coach cover is advised for all storage regardless of location to ensure that roofing and sidewall materials are protected from all elements.
If your budget allows, a storage facility designed for RVs is the best option as they have better security features in place.
Mounted security cameras and even a guard on site give you peace of mind. These facilities also provide adequate storage room for your unit allowing for easy access to all compartments should you need anything. These facilities can be expensive but provide the best environment for your RV and in the long run, save on maintenance and prevent possible damage and theft.
Preparing Your RV for Storage
When your RV is going to be out of use for a lengthy period of time, there are certain precautions you need to take. The same would be done if your home was going to be vacant for a period of time. Some components will require winterization and this will vary according to the model of your RV. Be sure to check with the manufacturer guidelines regarding any model-specific winterization that is needed for your RV.
More preparation is needed if the RV is to be stored outdoors.
• Cut cardboard inserts to place inside the water heater and refrigerator exterior to keep dust accumulation to a minimum.
• Cover the furnace intake to prevent bugs from getting in
• Turn off all 120-volt circuit breakers and unplug all devices/appliances
• Identify any cracks or openings in the floor or exterior of the coach and repair them before storage
• Seal around drain piping, electrical harnesses, and propane tubing
• If stored outdoors, cover the tires to reduce UV exposure and obscure windows
• Use non-absorbing synthetic blocks under the footprints of the tire if on asphalt
• Leave a roof vent cracked slightly open and a window at the opposite end cracked to allow for ventilation
Even though the RV is in storage, you still want to periodically check on it and inspect the condition it is in. if there has been any damage then you need to address this with the facility manager and your insurance right away. Even in storage, be sure that your full insurance coverage on the RV is activated. By planning and preparing for RV storage, you can guarantee that when the weather warms up again, your RV will be ready to hit the road as soon as you are.