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Essential Tips for Storing Your RV

Mar 19th 2015 at 5:51 AM

While it’s easy to simply lock up your RV and walk away when you’re done for the season, correctly preparing your RV for storage can help prevent expensive repairs. While many people just drain and winterize the water and waste systems, there is much more you can do to get your RV ready for long-term storage.

It’s a good idea to start with the interior of the RV. Empty the refrigerator and all the cabinets. Don’t leave any food in the RV, or even non-perishable items such as paper goods and toiletries; they only invite pests. Remove towels, blankets and clothes so they don’t get musty. Defrost the refrigerator, then clean and unplug all the appliances.

Next, you’ll want to vacuum the upholstery and carpets. Open all the doors and drawers, including closets, cabinets and appliances. Clean and dry these areas thoroughly and leave the doors open when you’re done. This will promote air circulation and prevent mold and mildew from setting in. Strategically place open boxes of baking soda around the RV to help absorb stale odors, especially in the refrigerator.

Don’t leave any valuables in the RV. Extreme temperatures and moisture can wreak havoc on electronics, so remove them if you can. Also, be sure to take the batteries out of items to avoid corrosion and damage. Turn off the main power breaker and make sure the LP supply valve is shut.

Before you lock up, close all the blinds to keep fabrics from fading, and put out rodent and insect traps to avoid infestations.

Now that the interior is ready to go, it’s time to tackle to exterior.Start by draining and flushing any water systems. This includes potable, gray-water and waste tanks. After this, add nontoxic RV antifreeze to the systems. This is also a good time to winterize the engine.Wash and wax the vehicle. Make sure to examine and clean the awnings, and ensure that they’re dry before you put them away.Check for any rust and inspect all seals and seams. Make any repairs as necessary, since time in storage will only make them worse.Inflate your tires to the maximum pressure for cold temperatures and stabilize the wheels. Plug any holes, including the tailpipe, and cover all vents to discourage nesting and pests.Lubricate all hinges and locks.

Following these tips will help ensure your RV is ready for your next adventure.

Parking your RV on the street or in your yard can expose it to weather, criminals and accidents. Consider renting space at a secure self-storage facility to further protect your investment. For more information on RV storage facilities available in Salinas, please visit this website.

Author Bio:

An expert at storage solutions, Sarah shares her knowledge on matters relating to this. You can find her thoughts at livejournal blog.

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