An RV can be a great vehicle for adventures both far and near. But during the off-season, your RV may start to feel like an eyesore or a waste of space rather than a recreational investment.
For many RV owners, storage is the ideal solution. A storage space allows you to keep your RV safe and out of the way until you're ready to load it back up and hit the road again.
However, it's important to prepare your RV for storage, especially if you plan to keep the vehicle there for more than 30 days. In this blog, we list several steps you should take before parking your RV in a storage space long-term.
Remove Personal Items
Items left in stored RVs can cause problems over time. For example, electronics make the rig a target for thieves, food products encourage pests, and chemicals of any kind can create unwanted odors or damage.
After your last trip of the season do a thorough cleanout of your RV. Be sure to do all household cleaning chores, including sweeping up and cleaning the appliances. Not only does this step leave your RV tidy, but the cleaning also gives you a chance to check the condition of everything in the rig.
Wash and Wax
Once you finish inside the rig, wash the outside. Pay particular attention to seals and attachments since these components are often most vulnerable to damage due to sunlight, temperature changes, and humidity levels.
If your RV has popouts, clean those sections separately and allow them to dry before retracting the popouts for storage.
Once the rig is completely clean and dry, apply a coat of wax. Automotive wax provides an added layer of protection against corrosion and paint damage. If you have a paint job you particularly want to preserve, invest in a fitted RV cover.
Clean out all the tanks. If necessary, winterize the tanks by removing all water and putting antifreeze in the most vulnerable sections of the plumbing.
Once you park the rig in your storage space, disconnect the battery so that you don't lose any charge during the storage period.
Protect the Rig From Pests
Depending on where you intend to park your rig for the off-season, you may have to account for insects, rodents, or both. Removing food and pet items as we discussed in section one is a vital first step because these items often smell inviting to pests.
Choose deterrents for pests that are common in your location and place them throughout the rig. For example, rats and mice dislike peppermint oil so dabbing oil around the most vulnerable areas can help keep rodents at bay.
Close off all openings that connect to the outside that aren't specifically intended to provide ventilation. You may want to cover ventilation openings with mesh so larger pests can get past them.
Talk to Your Insurer
Many seasonal vehicle owners assume that they can let their coverage lapse while the vehicle is in storage. However, failing to insure your RV during the off-season could make your insurance payments larger when you reinstate coverage.
Talk to your insurer about switching to a policy intended for rarely used sporting vehicles.
Follow these guidelines to ensure that your RV stays in great condition no matter how long you need to keep it in storage.
Looking for a place to park your RV? At Valley Express Auto Repair, we offer onsite vehicle storage spaces for RV, boats, and trailers.
When you're ready to take your RV back out of the road, our mechanics are happy to evaluate your vehicle and give it a clean bill of health so you can start your next adventure off right.