Winter RV Storage Tips

Some drivers use their RV year-round while others put the RV in storage for the winter months. If you are part of the latter group, it is important that you store the RV properly so it will be ready to go camping again next spring.  Most folks refer to this process as “winterizing the RV”. Check the following winter RV storage tips and get an online auto insurance quote from our website.

  • Defrost the freezer compartment and clean the refrigerator. Leave the doors open and place baking soda in the compartments to absorb any odors.
  • If the RV is in long-term storage and won’t be plugged in to electricity, it’s a good idea to turn off the main breaker in the power distribution panel.
  • Turn all LP gas appliances off and turn the LP gas supply valve off.
  • Close the window blinds to avoid sun exposure to the carpet, drapes and upholstery.
  • Leave doors drawers and cabinets open.
  • Clean the A/C filter(s).
  • If you have vent covers installed on the overhead vents, that prevent rain from getting inside, leave them cracked open to allow for some ventilation.
  • Remove any dry cell batteries from devices like smoke alarms, clocks etc.
  • Remove food and drinks from the RV
  • Pay attention to holes and gaps where mice can enter. Rodents like to chew wires. It is wise to cover the holes and gaps with silicon or foam.
  • Check the exterior. A service center can also do a thorough inspection of the roof, sidewalls, seams, windows, exterior doors and access panels and reseal or re-caulk any holes or cracks. That will help prevent water getting in where it shouldn’t and help protect you from potentially costly repairs come spring.
  • Cover the RV if you will not store it in a garage.

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