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You’ve probably experienced new places with your RV these past few seasons. Now that winter is right around the corner, it’s probably time to leave your RV behind during the holidays. Additionally, as an RV owner, you will want to ensure you store it correctly to avoid any issues.

Before you park it for good, some preventative measures should be taken. Let’s go over five storage tips to get your RV through the winter weather.

1. Prepare the interior for storage

The first action item you will want to take on is cleaning out the interior. According to KOA, “By preparing the interior, you can simultaneously prevent pests from entering and ensure your RV is ready for spring. Take out all food, trash, linens, and other items rodents and insects might like. Once everything is gone, the next step is to clean everything and unhook your appliances.” Don’t forget to clean the cabinets, refrigerator, and tabletops thoroughly.

2. Don’t forget to prep the exterior

Once the interior is covered, you’ll want to move on to the exterior. This includes inspecting all the windows, doors, seams, and the roof. You can also check your tires for any holes and inflate them to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Lastly, if you have undercarriage storage, empty and clean it to prevent bacteria from building up.

3. Cover the RV

Do you plan on storing your RV outside? If so, Price Self Storage states, “If your RV is going to be stored outside, it’s important that you invest in a cover that’s built explicitly for RVs and campers. The right cover will help protect it from exposure to ultraviolet rays and other natural elements. It’s important that the cover you use is breathable, so as to prevent mold and mildew from growing.” 

4. Store the battery in a separate place

If you plan to put your RV in long-term storage, you must store the battery separately. Take the battery out and remove the negative terminal first. Make sure it’s fully charged, clean, and stored in a cold, dry place. By doing this, you will help extend the life of the battery.

5. Drain the water system

This is probably one of the most important steps! Ensuring there is no water inside can prevent the plumbing system from cracking in cold weather. Drain the toilet, and water tanks, then work on sealing the faucets. Once you’ve drained all the water, ensure the drain lines and water pump are off.

What is the best way to store an RV?

Stowing school supplies in RV storage compartments in Minnetonka, Minnesota
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The best way to store an RV is by prepping the interior and exterior. You can also cover the RV to protect it from outside elements. Keeping the battery separate can extend its life, so it’s ready to go in the springtime. Finally, drain the water system and turn off the water pump and drain lines. Following these steps will increase your vehicle’s longevity.


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