Posted on: October 24, 2018 | by: Paul Darden
RV Storage Tips: 7 Steps to a Winterized RV
There’s nothing like spending the spring and summer cruising around in your RV. But once the summer and early fall are over, it’s time to start thinking about storing your RV for the winter. Learn 7 steps for winterizing your RV in this post.
Step 1: Drain the Water System
The first and maybe most important step for winterizing your RV is to drain the water system. Drain the water and waste tanks and pump non-toxic RV antifreeze through the water system. Always check the owner’s manual for more information on draining the water system.
Step 2: Inspect the RV Exterior
Check the exterior of your RV for any cracks or holes. Inspect the roof, seams, windows, sidewalls and exterior doors. If you notice any holes or damage, reseal or re-caulk them. Always consult your RV dealer before choosing a sealant. The wrong sealant may not work for your vehicle and leave you susceptible to water damage.
Step 3: Drain the Fuel
Siphon out the old fuel into a gas can. This fuel can be used again in your snow blower or other fuel using item.
Step 4: Clean out the Inside
Always clear any food or other temptations out of your RV. Once the food has been removed, clean out the refrigerator, freezer, countertops and cupboards. This will not only help prevent mold and mildew from forming inside of your vehicle, it will also help to deter rodents and vermin looking for a winter home.
Step 5: Keep Critters Out
Block any cracks or holes in your RV that mice or other vermin may be able to squeeze into. Use steel wool or canned foam to plug any necessary holes. In order to ensure all cracks have been sealed, wait until its dark and turn all of the lights on inside of the RV. If you notice any light shining through holes or cracks, plug them.
Step 6: Disconnect the Batteries
Disconnect the batteries from the RV and store them in a cool and dry place. Unfortunately, unless you monitor it, your battery will die during the winter months. Check on your battery every 4-6 weeks and charge it as necessary.
Step 7: Cover Your RV and Tires
Exposure to UV rays can damage the paint and RV tires. Invest in a cover for your RV and tires. Never simply try and get by using a tarp to cover your RV, as a tarp doesn’t breathe and can trap moisture.
Park Your RV With Find Self Storage
An issue RV owners commonly face is finding a location to store their RV. Many homeowners’ associations won’t allow RV owners to park their vehicle in their driveway or lawn over the winter. Instead, consider parking your vehicle at one of our storage facilities in Carrolton, TX on Midway Rd, in Plano, TX on Coit Rd, and in Dallas, TX on Tyler Street.