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How to Winterize a RV

Posted on: October 29, 2018 | by: Stor-Mor November 7, 2018

A RV outside before it is winterized and stored in a RV storage unitA recreational vehicle is a great way to see local and far away cities, sites and national parks. But unfortunately, this is only a seasonal activity. Once it starts to get cold out again, it is time to prepare your RV for winter storage. Properly winterizing your RV will ensure it doesn’t suffer from damage during the winter months. Try out these tips for winterizing a RV!

Recreational Vehicle Storage Tips for the Winter

  • Examine the Exterior: Inspect the outside of your recreational vehicle for any visible sign of damage. Take special care to look over the roof, seams, windows, exterior doors and sidewalls. If you notice any visible signs of wear-and-tear, consult your RV dealership for information on the best kind of sealant to use.
  • Drain the Water System: Draining the water system is arguably the most important part about winterizing your RV. If you have water left in the water system over the winter, it can freeze and crack the tank and pipes. Once all of the water has been drained, pump non-toxic antifreeze into the water system and allow it to run through the entire water system.
  • Siphon Out the Fuel: Any gasoline left in your vehicle can go bad during the winter which can damage the engine. Siphon gas out of the recreational vehicle and into a gas tank. This gas can then be used again.
  • Clean the Inside of the RV: Do yourself a favor and thoroughly clean the inside of the recreational vehicle before storage. This will not only make it easier for yourself next spring, it can also help to prevent mice and vermin from trying to nest inside of your RV during the winter. Vacuum the floors and any furniture to remove crumbs or leftover food. Thoroughly clean the fridge, counters and cupboards to remove traces of food.
  • Care for the Tires: It’s very possible over the winter for flat spots to form on your tires due to the constant weight of the RV. Prevent this from happening by blocking or jacking your tires. When storing your RV over the winter, always use tire covers. Tire covers will help to protect your tires from damaging UV light.
  • Disconnect the Battery: Disconnect the RV battery. Store the RV battery in a dry and cool location. The RV battery will lose change throughout the winter, so check on it every month and charge as needed.
  • Check on Your RV During Storage: The worst thing you can do for your RV is to put it into storage and never check on it during the winter. If there is a problem with your RV, it is important that you know about it as soon as possible. Check on your RV about once every month.

Stor-Mor Self Storage Has Vehicle Storage Units

Recreational vehicles are very large, which makes finding a location to park it for a long period of time very difficult. Parking your RV in your driveway or yard is also very inconvenient because it takes up so much space. Make room in your driveway by renting a RV storage unit! Stor-Mor Self Storage has RV storage units available at our Colorado Springs, CO, Fort Collins, CO on Lincoln Ave, Fort Collins, CO on Midpoint Dr, Littleton, CO, Cypress, CA, Anaheim, CA and Torrance, CA storage facility. Reserve your RV storage unit today!

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