An RV and open road is a typical American road trip dream. But as the summer comes to a close and winters arrive, it is time to store your RV nicely till the cold weather passes away. Always keep your RV clean, comfortable and ready for your next trip with these essential tips listed below by Crow Survival.
- Ensure that all the appliances are disconnected and your fridge is fully defrosted. Keeping the fridge winter storage ready prevents foul odor from forming.
- As winters are longer, ensure that your RV is not connected to any electrical sources. Keep the flow of power off on the main breaker on the distribution panel.
- Turn the LP gas supply valve off.
- Clean your cabin and upholstery to prevent any microbial accumulation.
- If you have vent covers that don’t let water get inside, open them for free circulation. You don’t want to end up with stale air when you open your RV next time. Add dryer sheets to prevent the musty smell and mice and rodent infestation.
- Winterize your tanks and plumbing by flushing well with the antifreeze.
- Before you send your RV into hibernation for the winter, get it fully washed and waxed. A good wash and wax will eliminate all the accumulation that may impact the clear coat and paint if left unattended in the winter months.
- If your RV has an awning, then clean it thoroughly to avoid staining.
- Inspect all the sealing and caulking to ensure that your RV is super airtight.
- If a seal is damaging, get it fixed or else it will let in moisture and bacteria in the winter months leading to more expensive damages.
- Investing in an RV cover is a cheap and effective way to protect it while in storage.
- RV keeps the rodents and moisture at bay that enters via your vents and shields the paint and upholstery from the UV fading. A good cover will withstand all the brunt of the issues so that your RV doesn’t have to.
- Ensure that the parking spot is flat.
- Always place wood underneath the tires to avoid damage from the frozen ground.
- Get a set of wheel chocks for keeping your RV safe in place, avoiding the accidental movements and damages.
- Ensure that the parking brake is off before you seal the cabin.
- Keep the tires covered because the UV rays can ruin the rubber and you may have to replace them sooner.