Before Putting Your RV Into Covered Storage, Take These Actions

RV travel may be over for the season, and you might have already decided to aput your vehicle into a coverage storage facility. Covered storage is great for protecting the RV from snow, sun and other weather issues, but you need to do some more prep before leaving your vehicle anywhere. These actions will enable you to drive right away once you're ready.

1-Check for Problems

After long winters you won't want to take your RV out of covered storage just to take it to a mechanic. Therefore, as part of regular maintenance before storing it, it's wise to look over the vehicle for cracks, seal problems, tears, holes and other problems. Make note of anything you find and consider repairing things now.

Holes are a special problem because mice and/or insects could get into your vehicle as it sits quietly over a period of months. The damage they do can be considerable, so any holes should be handled with duct tape, expanding foam or other solutions that will block anything from infiltrating the cabin or engine.

2-Remove Body Gels, Liquids and Any Creams

You may be serious about clearing out the living cabin in the RV, removing every crumb to deter any rodents. You might think it's fine to leave some toiletries on board since rodents won't be interested. However, you could return to other trouble. Those body gels, creams, liquids and lotions could freeze inside those canisters, pressurized containers and bottles. The containers could burst in the cold and when warmth returns and thawing happens, a liquid, gooey mess could be the result. 

Therefore, when you're removing food and other items, remove toiletries and random other items too.

3-Empty Out Tanks

Plumbing and other related tanks should be fully emptied for the same reasons that you want to remove liquids from the inside of the cabin. Pipes and tubing on recreational vehicles can get costly to fix, so be proactive and ensure everything is as dry as possible.

4-Take Out Battery

The internal components of the RV's battery should be protected like the rest of your vehicle. The best way to preserve that battery is to remove it from its location and stored separately. Cold temperatures and lack of use can sometimes affect the battery, so it's better to remove it altogether.

You can count down the days to your next RV trip comfortably if you heed these vehicle suggestions. For even more protection, you can investigate storage facilities with temperature control too. Contact a facility, like Blanco Self Storage, for more help.