As the end of summer approaches, you may be planning to take one last camping trip with your RV. Then you’ll have to get it ready to go into storage for the winter. An RV can experience several types of damage during the colder months, but a handful of simple steps can help you avoid problems.
Clean the RV Inside and Out
Before you put your RV into storage, go through it and remove any perishable food. Clean out the refrigerator and freezer and leave them, as well as cabinets and drawers, open. You should also clean the A/C filter as you prepare your RV for winter.
The sun’s UV rays can cause your RV’s paint to fade and can make exterior materials dry out and crack. Wash and wax the RV’s exterior to prevent damage.
Protect Your RV’s Interior
Vents and spaces around windows are potential access points for insects and small animals, such as rodents. If they get into your RV, they can cause significant damage. Cover vents and seal any gaps to keep critters out.
You should also lubricate any hinges and locks on doors and windows. That way, they will be easy to open and close in the spring.
Your RV’s interior can be damaged by exposure to sunlight. Closing the blinds is a simple way to avoid that.
Protect Your Vehicle’s Vital Components
Turn off any gas appliances, the supply of gas, and the main breaker that supplies electricity to the RV. Remove dry cell batteries from appliances.
Before you put the RV into winter storage, remove the batteries. Keep them charged in a safe, temperature-controlled location so they don’t freeze.
Fill up the RV’s gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer. Let the engine and generator run long enough for the fuel stabilizer to work its way through the fuel system. Change the oil and oil filter for both the engine and generator.
Check the tires and make sure that they’re inflated to the recommended pressure. Put wood underneath the tires so they’re not in direct contact with the ground. That can prevent damage to the tires if the ground freezes.
Look for Issues and Make Repairs
As you go through the process of preparing your RV for winter, check for signs of problems. Cracks and gaps around windows damaged electrical components, and other issues can get worse if they’re not addressed before winter and the RV is exposed to harsh weather and animals. Get any problems taken care of before you put your RV into winter storage.
Order a Portable Shelter to Protect Your RV This Winter
Many problems, such as sun and animal damage, can be avoided by keeping your vehicle covered. Portable Garage Depot sells storage shelters in a wide range of sizes, including ones that are tall enough to cover an RV. Order a shelter today to keep your RV safe this winter.