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10 Top Tips for Storing an RV at a Local Storage Facility

Posted on Oct 05, 2017

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With winter on the way, it’s time to start thinking about RV storage.

There’s a bit of a chill in the air, and the leaves are starting to make their way onto the front yards of homes across the Okanagan. This is a good sign that it’s time to start prepping your RV for self-storage. If you plan on parking your rig right at home or at a storage facility nearby, there are a few items to be dealt with first to minimize damage during the winter months.

Here is a list of some of the main things to take care of before saying goodbye to your favourite summer ride:


1. Protect the tires.

Clean your tires, ensure they’re inflated to the proper pressure, and cover them up to protect them from the sun’s rays.


2. Check on your RV insurance policy before parking it at a local storage facility.

Before parking your RV for the winter, make sure you’ve got the appropriate insurance coverage in place. This is especially important if you’re leaving the RV at an outdoor Kelowna self-storage facility.  Although they’ll do their best to protect your rig, bad weather can still happen.


3. Inspect and secure the plumbing and tanks.

It’s very important to winterize your trailer or motorhome before the temperature drops to freezing. Without this crucial step, you run the risk of cracked pipes come springtime.


4. Manage the electrical system.

Before kissing your beloved summertime home bye-bye for the winter, make sure the electrical system has been shut off. This means using the battery disconnect switch to ensure that batteries are not being drained over the cooler months. If you prefer, take the batteries home with you and store them in a climate-controlled environment.


5. Don’t forget to rodent-proof.

This step is fairly important. Pests love a nice and cozy winter retreat, so they may be inclined to borrow yours. To keep them out, block all external openings, install mice traps, and remove all food items from the cupboards.


6. Protect the window treatments.

Before tucking your RV away for its winter slumber, clean, dry, and store the window treatments away, if possible. If the windows leak or moisture gets inside, fabric window coverings may be infected with mould.


7. Tackle the ventilation.

To reduce the likelihood of mould or mildew from developing, spend some time dealing with the ventilation system. Some RV owners prefer to leave the rooftop vents open to provide airflow. This works great, as long as your ventilation system comes with the appropriate covers to keep rain and snow out.


8. Clean and check the seals.

The seals play a major part in keeping your RV protected. By cleaning and inspecting the seals, you can derail any potential problems before they even begin.


Do you have a boat that needs to be prepped for winter storage too? Check out our previous post for boat winterization tips: Boat Storage Kelowna Tips: Winterize Your Boat Like a Boss.


Are you looking for a safe and secure RV storage facility to park your RV at this winter? Come and see the new RV and boat storage facility at Space Centre Storage. We’ve just added 157 new stalls perfect for both your boat and RV. They also come with amazing amenities.


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