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As the weather gets colder, the days spent cruising around in your recreational vehicle enjoying the great outdoors are unfortunately numbered. In order to keep your RV in the best condition for next year’s camping season, it is essential that it is stored properly during the off-season. Try out these 6 RV storage tips!
Before putting your recreational vehicle into storage, spend time examining the exterior for damage. Look for any holes, cracks or overall damage in the seals, roof, windows, doors and sidewalls. If you do notice any damage, contact your RV dealership for information on the recommended sealant. To ensure the sealant will work for you, it is essential to use the right type.
Once you have determined there is no damage, it is time to clean the exterior of your recreational vehicle. If you have questions regarding the best RV cleaner for your model, consider contacting the manufacturer.
Depending on how much gas is left in your tank, you can either siphon it out or use up the remaining fuel. To avoid the gas going bad inside of your RV, never leave the gas inside of your vehicle throughout the winter.
To avoid mold, mildew and pests, thoroughly clean the inside of your RV. During camping season, you can likely find food, electronics, clothing, outdoor items and more inside of the vehicle. Before placing your RV into storage, determine what can stay inside and what should be removed. For example, any food or climate sensitive items like electronics should be removed before storage.
Next, drain the water system to remove any water left in the tank and pipes. This step is extremely important, because if there is any water left inside it can freeze and crack the pipes inside of the RV. Once all of the water has been removed, pump non-toxic anti-freeze through the system.
If the battery is left in the RV during storage, it can freeze and become unusable. To prevent this from happening, disconnect the battery and store it in a cool and dry place. To prevent the battery from dying over the winter, charge it once it reaches below 80%.
To prevent flat spots from forming on the tires during the winter, block or jack the tires. If you are able to drive your RV around periodically during the winter to rotate the tires, this step may not be necessary.
Winter elements and UV rays can damage the exterior of the RV as well as the tires. In order to prevent this from happening, always keep your recreational vehicle covered during the winter.
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