Winter RV Storage Tips: Prepare Your Rig for a Long Winter’s Nap
Unless you live in one of the warmer states, you’ll be putting your RV away for winter. But before you do, you need to make sure that you properly winterize your RV so it’s ready for you to use on the first good day in Spring. We’ve put together our top RV storage tips to help you protect your RV from the biggest challenges that winter has to offer.
RV Storage Tips
When you’re ready to store your RV for a while at any time of year, you need to start on the inside. An empty RV is a welcoming home to rodents, so spend some time looking for any gaps or holes where they might get in. Favorite spots are around pipes or cables; if you can see daylight, a mouse can probably squeeze through the gap. Seal those places with silicone or expanding foam. Next, give the whole camper a thorough clean, getting rid of any food or crumbs that might attract rodents. This should include opening all drawers and cupboards. Leave them open so they don’t make a home for a pest.
An important part of camper winter storage is cleaning out the fridge and freezer. Empty them of all food, clean and allow to defrost and dry. Prop the doors open to prevent mold from growing. Turn off all appliances, whether they run on LPG or electricity. Turn off the electrical supply at the main breaker. Turn off the LPG at the source, and remove the tanks. These should be stored in a garage or outbuilding, not inside your RV. If you have anything of value in your RV, it’s safer to take it home with you.
Close the windows and the blinds to protect the fabrics from UV light bleaching. You will want to have some ventilation, though. Make sure roof vents are allowing a small amount of airflow. Drain down all the water systems before entering winter RV storage. You can refill the system with RV antifreeze, this is not the same as the antifreeze you buy for your car which may be toxic. With the inside ready, clean the exterior and make good any damage. If your RV trailer storage is outside, you should add a layer of wax and buy a cover to give it added protection. If you have an awning, clean & dry it before putting it away.
Make sure the tires are properly inflated. They can also be damaged by UV light, so it’s worth covering them, too. The battery may be damaged by storing over winter. If you won’t be able to visit and get your RV started every few weeks then remove the battery. If you will, then charge the battery and make sure its water levels are sufficient. Lastly, fill the fuel tank. You can add a fuel stabilizer, which will prevent the fuel degrading while it stands. And with that, your RV is ready for the harshest winter.
Ready for Anything
We hope that these RV storage tips will give you the help you need to store your RV over winter, and find it ready to go when the first days of spring come.