It’s always a sad day when it’s time to put the RV into storage at the end of a memorable, enjoyable camping season. But with RVs, the adage, “Out of sight, out of mind” definitely does not apply! You’ll want to ensure that your RV is in good shape before, during, and after it is in storage. Here are some examples of what to expect when your RV is in storage for a long time, so that you can prepare, know when to check up on your rig, and get your RV ready for more camping fun without encountering some not-so-pleasant surprises!
House Batteries Will Drain
If your RV is equipped with house batteries, they will require some upkeep while your RV is in storage, or you could potentially be holding a funeral service for some very dead batteries. You have a couple options, depending on how you’re storing your RV. If you have facilities to connect your RV to shore power, connect your RV about once every month for about eight hours to keep your batteries juiced up and fully exercised to keep them strong when it’s time to get out of storage.
If your RV is at a more remote location, like a self-storage facility or a storage lot, you won’t be able to get electrical access to your RV. Remove the house batteries and store them in a place that is warm enough to prevent them from freezing. Keep them charged up until you’re ready to take your RV out of storage.
Rodents, Insects, and Pests Will Make Themselves At Home
Part of owning an RV is fully expecting bugs, rodents, and other pests to come on in and make themselves comfortable in your space, especially if you leave any food or clothing in your RV while it’s in storage. The best strategy to avoid this is to stay proactive and anticipate this problem so that critters won’t have anything to be tempted by.
Before you put your RV into storage, perform a thorough inspection both inside and outside your RV by shining a light from the underside of the RV, and places along any seams, vents, etc. to ensure that light can’t be seen. If you find that any light is shining through, seal up the holes or bring your RV into our service department! Also make sure to clean up any crumbs so there isn’t anything that pests will want to snack on.
Sun Exposure Will Cause Fading
The sun fades fabrics of all sorts, and materials on and inside your RV are no exception. If you don’t plan on putting a cover over your whole RV, make sure to close the blinds on all the windows inside your RV to avoid the sun fading the interior fabrics. You’ll also want to be sure to give your RV a complete cleaning.
For more complete protection, invest in an RV cover, which will shield your RV from not only the sun, but from the wintery elements and spring showers. Just be sure not to skimp on the quality of your RV cover, as a cheaper version won’t stand up to the wind and weather, and can tear and won’t seal properly. You don’t want to be greeted by a wasp nest come springtime!
Tires Take Considerable Maintenance
To keep your tires in good condition, they will require a little TLC while your RV is in storage. Before you put your RV into storage, make sure that the tires are properly inflated per the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, if your RV cover does not cover the tires, purchase additional tire covers to protect them from UV damage.
That’s not all, though! If you don’t want to purchase a new set of RV tires once your RV comes out of storage, you’ll have to tend to your RV every few months. Just like you and your weekend routine of parking yourself on the couch for Netflix marathons, RV tires must move every once in a while to make sure they don’t get flat bottoms! When RVs sit for longer than three months at a time, the bottom of the tires flatten out and become susceptible to ozone cracking. Move your RV a couple feet every few months and you won’t have to worry about flat bottoms and cracking (on your tires anyway …).
Water Lines Will Freeze
Regardless of what you may have heard elsewhere, without properly winterizing your RV’s water system, your water lines, and potentially your holding tanks, will be toast. Icy, frozen toast. Even small amounts of water will freeze, harden, and expand, causing cracking and splitting in the plastic. It’s not a pleasant discovery to make in the spring when you find that you’ll have to replace some or most of your RV’s water system.
Insurance Plans Can Help
It should be a no-brainer when considering whether or not to keep insurance on your RV while it’s in storage. Stuff happens, sometimes bad stuff, that’s out of our control, yet we’re left to clean up the mess and deal with the repairs.
If you invest in comprehensive insurance, instances of damage from natural causes, freak accidents, and even if the building or structure protecting your RV collapses and damages your RV, it could be covered. Even if you don’t plan on using your RV for a very long time, having that insurance will ensure that your RV will be protected! Just be sure to double check to see what will and won’t be covered while your RV is in storage.
No matter how long your RV will be towed away for, now that you know what to expect when your RV is in storage for a long time, you’ll be able to prove that a good offense is a good defense when it comes to keeping your RV in great working order! If you have any other questions about RV storage procedures, don’t hesitate to give our service department a call here at Gillette’s Interstate RV!
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How do you feel about RV storage? Is it a pain, or is it totally worth it when you peel off that RV cover in the spring? Let us know your routines and how they work for you!