The cooler weather is just around the corner. Soon, the travel season will be ending for the year. It is time to start thinking about storing your RV, boats and summer vehicles for the winter months. Some people choose to store these vehicles in their own garages, backyards or driveways for the winter months. However, if there is not enough room for keeping them in a driveway, then it is time to think about parking the vehicles at a self storage facility.
How to Winterize a RV
The following tips are just a few reminders that should be done prior to placing your vehicle in storage for winter months:
- Take your RV out for a last run: This is a “maintenance run”, where you can listen for any issues that might be going on with your engine and other systems. Inspect the outside of the RV to see what repairs need to be made during the off-season.
- Thoroughly clean the RV inside and out: Wash the outside of the RV and wax it if you have the time. Remove all perishable items from the refrigerators and cabinets. Clean out the refrigerator and leave the door open after the cleaning. Open up all cabinets and leave the doors open for air circulation. Remove the linens and drapery to be cleaned. Vacuum the interior and wipe down any surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom areas.
- Take care of any needed repairs: Make any needed repairs to the outside of the RV including the antennae, awnings, windows and doors.
- Keep the plumbing system from freezing: Drain and flush the water tanks and water heater. If this step isn’t done correctly, the water tanks can freeze, expand and break the fitting lines.
- Protect the battery from dying: Remove the battery and store in a dry, cool and ventilated area. If you are only storing for short-term, disconnect the battery switches. Connect the batter to a maintenance charger if you are storing the vehicle for a longer time. Once a month, charge the battery to keep it fresh.
- Change the RV fluids: Change the oil and the oil filter before storage. Check the belts and the transmission, break, steering fluid levels. Fill these up if they are low. Add antifreeze according to the owner’s manual instructions.
- Siphon out the fuel: Untreated gasoline that is left inside of your RV can go bad during the winter. To prevent this from happening, siphon the gas out of your RV and into a gas tank. This gas can be used again in your car or snow blower.
- Elevate the tires to prevent flat spots: Store the vehicle on thick plywood off of the ground. This will protect the tires during the winter months. Cover the wheels to protect them from exposed elements if you are storing outdoors.
- Cover the RV during storage: If possible, cover the RV with a canvas tarp to keep it clean and dry during the winter months.
Additional Tips for Storing Your RV for Winter
Just like packing personal belongings for storage units, you need to properly prepare your RV for off-season storage. If you are storing your RV for long-term storage, make sure that you consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on types of antifreeze, fuel stabilizers and fluids to use. Also, make sure that you have updated the registration, license plates and insurance for the RV before you place it in storage. Some storage facilities will require proof of insurance in order to store these vehicles.
Storage World Has RV Storage in Atlanta, GA
Following these preventative tips will help to prevent damage to your RV during the off-season. Properly preparing your RV for storage in the fall will make it much easier to get it ready for the spring travel season.
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