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How to Store an RV: Keeping It Safe During the Off-Season

Did you know that 46 million Americans plan to take an RV trip within the next 12 months? If you are putting your RV away for the cold winter months, you might not be aware of everything you have to do to store an RV safely and have it ready to go the next time you pick it up.

Keep reading to learn everything there is to know about storing an RV before you make any mistakes.

1. Choose Where to Store It

Although this might sound obvious you have to take the environment into consideration. You can opt to store it on someone’s property but if it will be rained on and snowed on you might want to consider installing a pole barn to keep most of the elements off of your RV.

You can also choose to pay for a monthly covered RV storage lot or an outdoor RV storage lot. Usually, this will cost you around $100 but if you choose a reputable location you can rest assured that your RV is safe. You can read more about outdoor RV storage right here.

2. Clean Your RV

Before you store your rig, you want to give it a good wash and wax to keep any dirt from building up on it while it is in storage. After you are done cleaning it, take a look at all of the rubber seals, silicon seams, and caulking. You want to make sure that if anything is peeling or cracking, you redo it and make sure that there are no entrances for bugs or insects to make your RV their home while it is away.

3. Air Flow

You do not want to leave your RV with zero ventilation. The last thing you want to do is open the RV in springtime to find a moldy and mostly smell as soon as you walk in. A great way to get good airflow is to leave the rooftop vents open.

If you do not have RV vent covers then it is a wise investment before you store it.

4. Let There Be Light

You might be tempted to close all of the blinds and curtains but fight the urge. The darker it is the easier it will be for mold to spread if there is a small leak that you are not aware of. Letting the light in will fight any mold that could grow.

5. Plumbing and Tanks

When you are storing your RV for months you want to completely flush out your tanks especially if it will be in freezing temperatures. Add some RV antifreeze into the pipes to ensure that nothing freezes over and bursts while in storage.

Now You Know How to Store an RV

We hope that now you can head to your local RV storage and drop off your RV with peace of mind because you know how to store an RV properly. There is no reason to spend all that money on your RV and then see it wither away because you did not store it correctly.

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