Like most RVers, you take your RV out camping as much as possible during the summer
months. People who live in cold climates often take their RVs south for the winter, but if you
don’t have that option or prefer to keep your RV close to home, you’ll need to know how to
properly store your RV during the winter. The winter season is already hard enough on your RV,
so you don’t want to make things worse by not storing it properly. Therefore, we’ve put together
a list of tips to help you store your RV properly and keep it in good condition until spring arrives.
- Find a Storage Facility
The first step is finding a storage facility to accommodate your RV. You can store it in your
garage if you have a small RV, such as a pop-up camper. However, if you have a larger RV,
you’ll need to find a storage facility to accommodate it. When looking for a storage facility, make
sure to find one with security features, such as a fence and security cameras. You should also
look for a storage facility that offers RV winterization services. This way, you can have your RV
winterized before you store it, and you won’t have to worry about doing it yourself.
- Get Tarps or Covers
Once you’ve found a storage facility, the next step is to get tarps or covers for your RV. If you’re
storing your RV outside, you’ll need to protect it from the elements. Tarps and covers will help to
do this. Custom tarps are always a good option because they’re made to fit your RV perfectly.
You can also get large all-purpose tarps to cover your RV. If you choose to go with all-purpose
tarps, secure them well, so they don’t blow away in the wind. Always remove any tarps or
covers before you start using your RV again in the spring.
- Clean your RV
Before you store your RV, you’ll need to give it a good cleaning. This is important for two
reasons. First, it will help prevent mold or mildew from growing while your RV is in storage.
Second, it will make it much easier to clean your RV when you take it out of storage in the
spring. When cleaning your RV, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathroom areas. These
are the areas where mold and mildew are most likely to grow. At least once a year, you should
also have your RV professionally cleaned. This will help to keep it in good condition and extend
- Disconnect the Utilities
Another important step in storing your RV is to disconnect the utilities. This includes water,
electricity, and sewage. You want to keep these utilities connected while your RV is in storage.
Doing so could lead to damage or even a fire. Also, make sure to empty all of the tanks before
you store your RV. This includes the fresh water tank, grey water tank, and black water tank.
Add some RV antifreeze to the drains and toilets to prevent them from freezing.
- Protect the Tires
The tires on your RV are one of the most important parts, and they need to be properly
protected while your RV is in storage. The first step is ensuring the tires are inflated to the
proper pressure. The next step is to put your RV up on jack stands. This will take the weight off
the tires and help prevent flat spots from forming. You should also consider putting tire covers
on your RV’s tires. This will help to protect them from the sun and other elements.
- Make It Critter-Resistant
When you’re storing your RV, you must ensure it’s critter-resistant. This means sealing up any
openings that animals could use to get into your RV. Start by checking the seals around doors
and windows. If you see any cracks or holes, seal them with caulk or expanding foam. You
should also check the roof and underbelly of your RV for any openings. These are the most
common places where animals will try to get in. If you find any openings, seal them with metal
flashing or hardware cloth.
Storing your RV is necessary if you want to keep it in good condition. By following these tips,
you can ensure that your RV is properly protected while in storage. Remember to clean your RV
before you store it and disconnect the utilities. You should also put it up on jack stands and put
tire covers on the tires. Finally, seal up any openings that animals could use to get into your RV.
By following these tips, you can rest assured that your RV will be in good condition when you
take it out of storage in the spring.