Posted on: January 19, 2022
Written by: Debra Pamplin
Wintertime finds a lot of RV owners taking a break from travel. Considering the idea of storing your RV? Whether tucked away inside a rented storage unit or under a carport in your yard, there are some issues that can arise during the dormant period. Problems can be found within the exterior and interior of the rig that can range from critters to cold temps.
If proactive steps are taken, once you remove the rig from storage, it likely will be in the same working condition as the day you placed it in storage. Here are some areas to watch while storing your RV.
It is highly recommended to remove all the batteries before storing your RV. This is especially true for those facing a cold and hard winter. Before storing them in a dry and clean location, fully charge the batteries. Storing the batteries in a garage or similar location to protect from the elements is best.
The reason it is important to store batteries at a fully charged level is to prevent freezing. It is quite difficult for a fully charged battery to freeze, as it will only happen if the temperature registers at 55 or 60 degrees below zero.
In contrast, an uncharged battery can freeze at or around 20 degrees above zero.
While this is likely the most important preventive measure to take, it is also one of the simplest. Just like pipes in your house, cold temperatures can cause your RV pipes to freeze, expand and burst. A simple act can prevent severe water damage.
Drain the storage tanks and connecting pipes and storing the RV with empty tanks is the best practice to prevent frozen, broken pipes.
Frozen pipes aren’t the only way to have destructive water damage. Windows not insulated well enough, a leaky fridge or a weak seam that needs reinforced are all options for the messy, hard-to-clean damage.
Before storing, consider insulating single-pane windows to reduce condensation. If storing at home, park on gravel instead of on a dirt patch. Emptying the fridge and leaving the door propped open is also a way to prevent condensation buildup.
The idea of a family of mice taking up residence in a stored RV isn’t pleasant. Their presence can surely create a difficult situation quickly. Luckily, the prevention isn’t a difficult one at all. To avoid the damage they can leave behind, there are a few options that are fairly cheap and pretty reliable.
The most important way to keep mice out is to take away all the things that attract them. Remove all food items and leave a clean rig. Another possibility is to have lights on under your RV.
Providing extra care to your RV’s tires before storing will help ensure their longevity long after the storage period is over.
By taking these preventive steps, you can store your RV with peace of mind.