When you invest in an RV or trailer, you want to ensure that your new toy remains in tip top shape- rain, shine, or snow. If you aren’t taking your RV out for an off-season adventure, it’s important you take the measures to ensure its’ condition while you store it for winter. If you’re lucky, you found an affordable location to store your RV indoors for harsh winter conditions, however the majority of RV storage tends to be outside- so it’s good to prepare in advance!
- Preparing for storage: Before storing your RV for a long period, it helps to give it a good wash and wax to help protect the RV from dirt build up and makes for an easier cleanup in the long run.
- Insulation: Check the seals of all windows and doors and replace as necessary so that dust and cold cannot seep in. It’s also important to check the roof vents and skylights – some RV websites sell specialized protectors for these areas of your RV to ensure that cold drafts cannot enter. As far as windows, many RV’s come with double pane windows to keep out the cold, if not, you can add insulated curtains. Be careful to also insulate and drain the water line of your RV so you can also avoid backup. Some owners like to leave a tarp on the roof of their RV so that snow removal is simple when it accumulates on the roof. Insulation is very important so that water does not seep through in the RV, causing water spots, or worse – flooding, dry-rot, and mold.
- Holding Tank: Too many RV owners learn the hard way when they don’t take care of their holding tank for long periods of time. This is a crucial aspect in order to ensure your RV will be safe to use, your RV water holding remains in good condition, and so that you don’t have any funky smells or frozen substance when you’re prepping for your next trip. Maintaining your tanks will help ensure the longevity of your vehicle. To ensure you are taking the correct measures, it’s important to read up on how to maintain and clean your RV’s black water tank and to know proper water tank care.
- Stabilizing: The jacks used to stabilize your RV or trailer could potentially freeze to the paved ground of the storage facility. An easy way to avoid this is to place blocks of wood beneath the jacks so that the RV can still be moved by raising the jacks and driving forward.
- Side Outs: It’s important to properly close your sides and awnings so that snow doesn’t accumulate or freeze sections, leaving them damaged. If they remain open, they could also be damaged from the weight of the snow and ice buildup.
- Security: The security at our properties is very top-notch. We have video surveillance of the majority of the property, individualized key code access, and at most sites, a manager lives on the property. Therefore, we try to provide as much safety as possible for our tenants, however sometimes circumstances are unpredictable, so it is always a good idea to have your RV or trailer self-secured. According to several owners we reached out to, one foolproof way to secure your RV or trailer is to attach a special high lock to the king pin so it cannot be stolen. Similarly, some owners also chain the wheels or use a wheel lock. With the luxury of an onsite manager 24/7, you are guaranteed a certain type of protection that can be hard to top.
To ensure that your vehicles, RV’s, and trailers are in tip-top shape and ready to go for camping season, it’s important to follow some of these guidelines. While utilizing a storage facility in the off season is a great idea, the site staff at the property typically are not responsible for the care and maintenance of your property while you are away.