As the summer draws to a close it is soon time to think of storing your RV for winter. These tips will help keep your RV in top condition so you can spend less time preparing it next spring and get you on the road sooner.
- Clean the inside of your RV well. Make certain that all counters and spaces are cleaned of crumbs. Vacuum all cushions and strip mattresses.
- Remove all clothing, blankets and linens to keep bugs out.
- Empty the cupboards of all food and make certain cupboards are fully cleaned.
- Defrost and clean the fridge and freezer. Make certain that the door of the fridge is propped open while the RV is stored.
- Winterize all the plumbing in your RV. Follow instructions carefully and do it properly. Improper preparation can lead to thousands of dollars in damage to your RV water system.
- Cover all exhaust vents and openings with cardboard and tinfoil. Animals will take any opportunity to make their way in to the smallest of openings.
- Check for any other areas an animal may be able to make home. This includes the chassis. You can purchase sealant at any RV store to cover exposed seams
- Cover A/C vent on the roof. You can purchase one at any RV supply store.
- Remove 12 volt battery and store in a warm dry place. If you cannot remove it make certain that water levels are topped up and all cables are unplugged.
- Fill propane tanks. Half empty tanks will dissipate faster in cold weather. If you have removable tanks do not store them in the RV. Store them in a separate place.
- Winterize your car engine. Fill the gas tank and always use a fuel stabilizer. Make certain brake fluid is topped up and the radiator is topped up with antifreeze.
- Clean the exterior and undercarriage of your vehicle and fill the tires before storing.
With proper preparation for storing your RV over the winter, you can avoid costly expenses and stress and have your vehicle ready to enjoy the first long weekend of spring.