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RV Storage: 8 Steps to a Winter-Ready Rig

Posted on Oct 24, 2018

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Get your rig ready for winter RV storage with these 8 helpful steps.

 

The beautifully coloured fall foliage is just the start. Soon the leaves will fall from the trees in preparation for the incoming snow and cold temperatures. If you haven’t thought about RV storage yet, it’s probably time to start.

Here are 8 steps to take on your way to parking your RV for winter.

 

Step 1: Find a reliable and affordable storage space

Before you begin the winterization process, it’s a good idea to find a reputable RV storage facility. Look for a place that offers spacious parking stalls and modern security features. Before booking the space, though, it’s a really good idea to tour the facility first. This way, you’ll feel much more comfortable leaving your favourite summertime rig parked away from home.

 

Step 2: Winterize the plumbing system

First, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual. Here you’ll find instructions on how to drain the fresh water and waste tanks. Be sure to add antifreeze when you’re finished to make sure the pipes don’t freeze and break while in storage.

 

Step 3: Do a little exterior prep work

Give the exterior of your rig a good look over, looking specifically for damage or areas that will allow water to leak into the interior. You’ll also want to look at the door and window seals to make sure they’re in good working order.

 

Step 4: Prep the tires

Before parking the RV, check the tire pressure. Experts recommend inflating the tires to the pressure indicated on the sidewalls before parking the unit in RV storage. It may also be wise to invest in a set of tire covers to help protect them from snow, ice, and UV rays.

 

Step 5: Pull the batteries

Once your RV is parked, take the batteries home with you. It’s best to store them in a cool, dry place, like on a shelf in the garage. Because batteries lose some of their charge while in storage, a cool location will help slow that loss. You should check the charge every four to six weeks as well and charge as needed. Fully charged batteries are less susceptible to damage.

 

Step 6: Fill up with fuel stabilizer

If your RV is a motorhome or has a built-in generator, it’s a good idea to add some fuel stabilizer.  Add the stabilizer first then fill the fuel tanks. Once you’ve filled the tanks, let the engine or generator run for 10 – 15 minutes to allow the stabilizer to work its way through the entire system.

 

Step 7: Keep the critters out

In the middle of winter, mice are more prone to looking for cozy spaces to build their homes. This is where your RV may become susceptible to a critter infestation. In addition to installing mice traps, remove all food items and be sure to clean everything thoroughly. A few leftover crumbs can be a big invitation to a small critter.

For more ways to keep critters out, take a look at our previous post: RV Storage Tips: 3 Ways to Keep Critters Out.

 

Step 8: Check in on your RV

Once your RV is stored away for the winter, be sure to check on it a few times. If water gets in or a mouse takes over, you’ll be able to remedy the situation before it gets out of hand.

 

Are you looking for a safe and reliable RV storage facility in Kelowna? Come and visit the storage experts at Space Centre Storage. Our RV and boat storage lot comes with a residence on site, coded entry and exit, security cameras, patrols, and after-hour motion detectors. Call us today: 778-760-1713

 

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