Storing Your RV Part 1
Have you prepared your RV for storage? Many people prepare their RV by winterizing it in preparation for taking it to colder climates, but what should you do to prepare to store it when you’re not traveling the country?
Here are a few tips for you to utilize:
- If you choose to buy a cover for the RV, be sure it is made of a breathable material. This will help in preventing mold and mildew.
- Check the wheels front and rear. Leave the parking brake off.
- Place something between the tires and the ground. Make sure whatever you use is larger than the actual foot print of the tire.
- If you do not remove the tires for long-term storage periodically move the vehicle to prevent flat spots on the tires.
- Wash the exterior of the unit and clean the interior thoroughly.
- Make sure the awning fabric is clean and dry before storing.
- On a Pop Up make absolutely sure the fabric is clean and dry before storing. This is a good time to check for tears, and repair the fabric.
- Service all locks with a graphite spray lubricant. Lubricate all hinges and moving parts with WD 40.
- Turn all LP gas appliances off. Turn the main LP gas supply valve off. If you're storing a Pop Up or Travel Trailer make sure the LP gas regulator is covered.
- Remove the fuse for the LP gas leak detector while the unit is in storage. This will prevent the batteries from discharging. Don’t forget to replace it next spring.
- Insects are attracted to the odorant that is added to LP gas. To prevent mud daubers and wasps from building nests in and around your gas appliances, cover the refrigerator vent, the furnace vent and the water heater vent.
- Remove all perishables.
- Leave doors, drawers and cabinets open.
- Remove all consumables that would attract mice and other rodents.
- Defrost the freezer compartment and clean the refrigerator. Leave the refrigerator doors open and place some baking soda inside to absorb odors.
- Clean the air conditioner filters, and cover the air conditioner.
- Turn off the main breaker and unplug all appliances.
- Remove dry cell batteries in clocks, flashlights and other items.
- The use of Maxx Air products will provide the airflow and ventilation required during storage while keeping the elements out.
That wraps up part 1, come back next month to see part 2 where we’ll discuss battery maintenance and a few other things.