If you like camping, you already know it's one of the most relaxing things you can do. It allows you to unplug from your daily routine and enjoy some alone time in a tranquil location.
The idea of off-grid camping in a tent may not seem comfortable for everyone, so you might like camping with something more accommodating, such as a recreational vehicle.
RVs have increasingly become popular among people who enjoy traveling and exploring the great outdoors comfortably. However, like most owners, when the camping season ends, you're faced with the challenge of figuring out how to store the RV. One convenient and safe option is using self-storage. Self-storage facilities provide affordable, typically covered, RV parking for different size rigs.
But how do you get your RV ready for the long wait and ensure it stays in good condition even while in storage?
This guide will help you prep your RV for a self-storage facility and give you some tricks to prolong its life while in storage. Keep reading to learn more.
Preparing Your RV for Storage
Here are some tips to help you ensure your RV is ready to sit for long periods without use.
Clean the RV's Exterior
Start prepping your RV by thoroughly washing the exterior to remove dirt, grime, and bugs. Scrub it with a sponge dipped in soapy water and use a high-pressure washer to rinse and remove any tough stains. Then use a dry cloth to dry the surface, ensuring no pools of water are left on the top of the RV.
After washing the RV, remove any accessories, such as bar lights and antennas, and store them away in the RV. Then apply a coat of wax to protect the paint and finish.
Clean the RV's Interior
Next, shift your attention to the interior of the RV. Thoroughly scrub the floors, seats, and surfaces with clean soapy water and disinfectant.
Remove as much dirt, dust, and debris as possible. Then vacuum the upholstery and wax all wooden surfaces to give them a shimmer and protect them during the long wait.
Furthermore, remove all perishable items, such as food and beverages, from your fridge and cabinets. Then properly clean the refrigerator and unplug it from the power to prevent unpleasant odors and pests from taking up residence in your RV while it is in storage.
And now that the interior is clean, take some preventative measures, such as blocking your sink drainage using steel wire or foam.
You should also plug any holes on the RV's underside to ensure pests won't find any ingress areas. Additionally, strategically place some mothballs to deter pets further.
Empty and flush all tanks
The last thing you want to happen to your RV is to rust while in storage.
That's why emptying all your water tanks before storing it in a self-storage facility is essential. This includes draining all water from the RV's fresh water tank, hot water tank, gray water tank, as well as water lines.
After emptying them, flush the holding tanks with clean water and drain them completely. Finally, add RV antifreeze to the water lines to prevent freezing during the winter.
Perform any Necessary Maintenance Tasks
It's also an excellent idea to perform any necessary maintenance tasks before storing your RV.
Start by checking fluid levels, and top up or change washer fluid, cooling liquid, oil, or transmission fluid if needed. Then add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel tank to prevent it from going bad and clogging your fuel pump. You can also top up your fuel tank if you want to.
Furthermore, change the oil filter, air filter for the engine, and air conditioning if needed. Then lubricate the chassis and slide-outs to prevent corrosion.
Moreover, check your tire pressure and inflate them to the manufacturer's recommended pressure.
Prepare the RV for long-term storage
If not already assigned in your self-storage facility, look for an ample parking spot, and ensure your RV fits and leaves room for maintenance. Then turn off all appliances, and disconnect the battery or connect it to a trickle charger.
Level your RV using jacks not to stress your suspension or bend your frame. Then secure all doors, windows, and remaining vents to prevent pests and weather damage. Finally, install a breathable cover to protect the RV from the elements and cover your tires to prevent rot.
RVs are a great way to explore the outdoors and camp without sacrificing all modern amenities.
However, storing it after the camping season can be challenging if you don't permanently live in your RV. But using a self-storage facility is an excellent option that allows you to keep it safe, maintain its condition, and protect it from the elements.
We recommend you properly prep your RV beforehand to ensure it stays in good condition while in storage until your next adventure. We hope these tips help and that your RV is around and you're still camping for many years to come.