Storage facilities can be the safest option when it comes to storing your RV. Even though your RV is covered by a roof in one of these facilities, you still need to take precautionary measures to protect it while it’s in storage. Below are four tips for protecting your RV while it’s in storage.
Prep the exterior
Before your park your RV in storage, give it a detailed bath. Wash the exterior, and dry it thoroughly so that mildew isn’t as likely to develop and fester. Make sure to clean the wheel wells, undercarriage and awnings. Applying a coat of wax to the outside will make it easier to clean after storage and will protect it from any dust that may accumulate on it. Also, check all seals, seams and caulked areas for holes or cracks and have those repaired while you’re not using it.
Draining the water system
During the winter months, water that isn’t drained out of the RV’s system can freeze, causing pipes to crack from expansion. This issue can be costly, as the pipes are all deep in the walls. Drain your RV’s fresh water and waste tanks, as well as all pipes. Then, pump non-toxic RV antifreeze into the system, which should push any remaining water out of the system. Considering adding a fuel stabilizer to your gas tank, since oxidation causes sticky deposits that can damage the engine.
Removing your propane tanks and valuables
When storing your RV indoors, it’s a good idea to remove your propane tanks for safety precautions. Store your propane tanks in well-ventilated areas so they don’t rust. You will also need to purchase caps for the propane lines to keep them covered during the storage time. It’s also a good idea to remove valuables from inside your RV. Although most storage facilities are secure, no business is 100% safe from thieves. Keeping valuables at your home is just another way to take precautionary measures.
Protecting your tires
The best way to store an RV is to jack it up. This prevents tires from developing flat spots from sitting for months on one side. Flat spots weaken the tire and can cause catastrophic blowouts once the RV is taken out of storage. Make sure your tires are clean from oils they have accumulated on the road. This will help preserve them for long-term storage.
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