Summer is soon to be a fleeting memory and before you know it, we’ll be in fall. You’re done using your RV. The road trip this summer vacation was a blast and it’s time to store the recreational vehicle until you’re ready to use it again. Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair suggest you do the following nine things to protect your RV while you store it.
Drain the Water
Before you do anything else, drain all of the water out of the RV’s plumbing system and waste tanks and replace it with antifreeze. This prevents the fittings, lines, and pipes from breaking if they get too cold. Make sure to use a nontoxic antifreeze designed for RVs and this specific purpose.
Repair the Exterior
You might feel comfortable going this yourself or having a professional do it. Inspect the exterior of your RV thoroughly and look for cracks and holes. Any exterior damage must be sealed and/or repaired. Use a waterproof sealant to ensure precipitation does not get into the RV and grow mildew.
Decide on the Storage Location
If you store your RV on your property, you can move on to the next step. If you are looking for a place to store your RV during the winter, make certain the storage facility is safe, secured, and has a good reputation for storing RVs. Some storage facilities don’t have experience in RV storage.
Cover the Vehicle
Unless you have your RV stored in a sealed garage, it’s best to cover it to ensure the exterior does not get damaged. Avoid using a plastic tarp for this job, however, because it will trap excess moisture inside the RV. Rather, purchase a quality RV cover designed to fit your RV tightly and securely.
Cover the Tires, Too
Some RV covers come designed to cover the entire RV and its tires. Purchase one of these or purchase separate tire covers for your RV while it’s in storage. Make sure the tires are filled to their proper psi before you put your RV in storage, and then cover them to protect them from the elements.
Disconnect All Batteries
Don’t leave the batteries connected in your RV. Disconnect all of them and store them separately in a cool, dry place. Coolness slows down battery charge loss, but if the temperature is too cold, it will ruin the batteries. Charge the batteries every month to six weeks while they are in storage.
Stabilize the Fuel
Gas goes bad as it sits in the tank. As it deteriorates, it leaves residue that can damage the fuel system and the RV’s engine. You can salvage the gasoline left in the tank after your road trip by adding a fuel stabilizer to the tank. This will prevent the gas from forming sticky resin bombs in your tank.
Close the RV to Tenants
Squatters have been known to take residence in RVs but we’re talking more about critters. If your RV is being stored in an enclosed storage garage, you probably don’t need to worry about this too much. If you store it outside, clear out all food and other attractants and seal any entries the rodents can use.
Don’t Forget It
Even though your RV is in storage, check on it regularly. Take the cover off and inspect the outside for damage. Inspect the inside for signs of critters or strange odors. Charge the batteries and check the tire pressure. If you do this every three to four weeks, you won’t have unpleasant surprises in the spring.
Bring your RV into Midlane Truck & Trailer Repair for a pre-storage inspection and service. You’ll find our shop in Eugene, OR, and you can reach us at 541-246-9551.