If you haven’t decided on RV storage, check Different Options for Boat and RV Storage. Once you have chosen your RV storage location, these tips should help keep your RV in the best possible condition during it’s down time. These are general tips, not all campers and RV’s have all these systems, etc.
- If storing your RV in a cold climate, follow your manufacturer owner’s manual to winterize your RV. This usually includes draining all water and refilling with special RV antifreeze. If storing your RV in a warmer climate, drain and sanitize the water system, again following your owner’s manual directions.
LP GAS SYSTEM/ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:
- Close the valve(s) on the LP gas bottle(s), cover the regulator to prevent moisture from freezing and damaging. Light a burner on the stove to burn off any remaining gas in the line. Once the flame burns out, turn the burner off.
- Turn the thermostat to the furnace off. Turn off the main breaker and unplug all appliances.
- Disconnect the battery and store in a cool, dry, ventilated area away from extreme heat and sparks. Check water levels (if necessary) and charge if necessary before reinstalling.
- Change oil and oil filter in engine and generator. (Follow owner’s manual for generator maintenance.
- Fill up the fuel tank and add a fuel stabilizer.
- Inspect the tires for condition, and fill them to proper levels. Get wheel covers if outside to protect from UV rays. If long term storage is needed, put the RV up on jack stands (not hydraulic jacks, they can leak and go down over time). If parking on the tires themselves move slightly once a month so the tires don’t develop flat spots. Chock wheels and don’t set parking brake.
- Depending on what type of RV storage you choose you may need a cover, different options are listed at Different Options for Boat and RV Storage.
- Close all exterior vents and seal off all openings to prevent small animals from nesting.
- Wash and wax before storing.
- Check all roof seams and windows for cracks. Any cracks should be filled with manufacturer approved sealant prior to storage.
- Service all locks and hinges with lubricant.
- Defrost refrigerator and leave door open. Place a box of baking soda or moisture remover inside. Moisture removing agents can be purchased at appliance dealers or moving supply vendors.
- Remove any perishables from cabinets and leave doors open for ventilation.
- Leave any interior doors, closet doors open for ventilation.
- Close blinds or cover windows to keep sun out (only if you don’t have a cover).
These tips can make your RV storage a successful project. Use these and refer to your manufacturers owner’s manual for any specific instructions.