Winterizing an RV is something all RVers will tell you they do. Winterizing is actually much more than putting anti freeze in your RV water system. Batteries, ventilation, bugs, sealant, fuel and numerous other components need to be considered when preparing your Rv for storage.
RV storage procedures are divided between the chassis and the coach;
- RV Coach Storage preparation procedures
- If possible store your RV in a covered storage facility. Avoid trees and grass. Ensure that the RV cover you use for storage is breathable to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Inflate and cover tires to protect them. If you do not move the vehicle or the tires, every so often you will get a big flat spot when you eventually return to your vehicle.
- Make sure that all blinds and covers are down. This will protect your furniture from the sun’s rays. They will also act as a third barrier in case a rodent finds its way past your cover and window. This is a good time to check for any cracks or tears and repair them.
- Turn the main LPG supply valve off. Cover any vents that may attract or allow insects to crawl into your vehicle through.
- Remove anything perishable from the RV and open all drawers and cabinets. After you have defrosted your refrigerator and cleaned it, put some baking soda in it then leave the door open. This will prevent it from developing any odor.
- RV Chassis preparation for storage
- Take out your battery and store it too. Always take off the negative terminal first.
Check your battery every month and ensure it stays as close to fully charged as possible to prevent freezing.
- You will need to add fuel stabilizer to your RV while it is in storage. Put fuel in the vehicle and add the stabilizer. Run the engine so that this fuel can circulate in the system. You need to start your engine every two months and let it run on idle for at least two hours. Do the same for your generator.
- Change the oil before storing your RV. Your radiator should also contain the proper amount of anti freeze. Drain and flush this system then refill it very 2 years. Your owner’s manual should tell you which type of anti freeze is suitable for your specific car.
If all the above is done, you can be sure that when you come back to your RV in the spring ready to hit the road, you will have very few worries.
RV self storage facilities give RV owners space to store their vehicles if this is not possible at home. Self storage facilities are available all across the country. RV storage facilities are great options for part time Rvers but there are certain considerations one must make before storing their RV.
Should I cover it?
Without a doubt a covered RV storage unit is a much better option than an uncovered one. Rv covered storage units cost more, but this may be much less when you compare it to the cost of repairing all the damage than may occur during those months that you will be away.
Rodents chew through wiring and plastic and can get in through the smallest openings. They also love to spend the winter in the safety of your Rv.
Choosing an RV Storage facility
Check for security cameras at the storage location. There is a lot of valuable equipment in an RV that can get stolen.
A locked enclosed unit is the best and most secure RV storage space there is.
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