When you plan to keep your recreational vehicle off the road for a number of months, particularly during winter, you might think it's enough to just let it sit in your garage. However, there are some things you need to do so that it stays in good condition and will be ready to go when you're ready to head out on a trip again. Use these tips to get your RV ready for the off-season.
Assess And Clean Your RV
The first thing you need to do before you let the RV sit for the winter is to take an assessment of how everything looks and works. Give the RV a thorough cleaning, and as you clean, take note of the seat seams, awnings, roof and windows so you can make any necessary repairs. Ensure the awnings are dry as well. Lubricate the door locks and hinges so they don't rust.
Open Roof Vents
You don't want to go into your RV in the spring only to discover that mildew and mold have started growing everywhere. Make sure that you open the roof vents so that the interior has proper air ventilation. If you like, you can purchase vent covers that will still allow ventilation while still protecting the open vents themselves.
Squirrels, mice, and other pests would love to find a winter home inside your RV. While they are there, they might chew wires and cause other damage.
You can discourage problems from pests by taking some precautions. For one thing, search for any holes or gaps where they could get into the RV. For instance, they might be able to get in near the areas where tubes go into the interior. If you find any gaps, use expanding foam or silicone to seal them up.
Of course, it is also important to ensure that you don't leave any food in the RV to attract pests. You can also put moth balls or dryer sheets in drawers.
Find A Storage Unit
One of the best things you can do to preserve your RV is to store it inside a storage unit that is climate-controlled. Doing so will prevent you from having to be concerned about the state of the battery as it sits idle in freezing temperatures. Not only that, but it will keep your RV's fluids from freezing. Companies like Advanced Realty may be able to meet your needs in this area.
Now that you know what you should be doing to get your RV ready for winter, consult local RV storage companies. They can give you more suggestions that will help you keep your RV in great shape until you're ready to drive it again.