Recreational vehicles or RVs are great to have, especially when you like to go on road trips with your family when the weather is clear and the air is warm. However, they are a considerable investment, and it is necessary to protect them from disuse and the elements during the winter months. In most cases, you will not have the space to store an RV in your garage, and most communities will not allow RVs to be parked for long periods on the street. You will have to place your RV in a storage unit when you will not be using it for some months, and that is something that you have to plan carefully.
Find a Storage Unit
Not all storage companies have the facilities to store an RV. An RV requires a very large room. Those who live in towns that have this kind of storage can consider themselves lucky. However, that is just step one in your storage plan.
Inspect for Holes
You have to make sure that rodents will not bed down for the winter in your RV and chew on wires and upholstery. They can get through very small holes so even the best storage units will not be proof against them. Check the undercarriage of the RV, and every nook and cranny inside including drawers and cabinet doors for any holes or gaps. Fill it with expanding foam or silicone after first experimenting with it to get a feel for the stuff.
Remove all Food
Remove anything and everything that can be construed as food that can attract rodents and insects. Use a liberal amount of mothballs and make sure that all the surfaces are wiped down with a disinfectant. Defrost and clean the freezer, prop the doors open, and place baking soda to absorb odors.
Close Everything Down
Turn off the main breaker of the RV and the LPG supply valve. Disconnect the battery, and store them where it won’t freeze. Clean the AC filter and leave it out to dry. Close blind and shades but leave drawers and cabinets open to air them. Remove batteries from flashlights and clocks but keep them close by for next time you need them.
Wash the Exterior
Leaving dust and grime on your RV in storage will degrade the finish and paint, so wash it down thoroughly from roof to undercarriage and apply a good coat of wax. Seal any cracks you might see with a sealant recommended by your RV dealer. Remove fabric awning to be washed and dried before storing.