No one wants to see their RV spend the summer in storage, but COVID-19 has caused many people to replace their travel plans with social distancing. This is certainly disappointing, but it’s the right thing to do. Fortunately, with the right storage techniques, you can make sure your RV stays in good shape, ready to hit the road as soon as your next opportunity for adventure comes around. To help you care for your RV during this time, we’ve created a guide for how to properly store your RV while you’re home and practicing social distancing.
Clean It Out
Your RV should be clean when you put it into storage. Wash the exterior of your RV—including the roof—and keep an eye out for cracks or damage in the seals as you go. Make sure you repair any damage now so that it doesn’t cause major issues while your RV is in storage. You should also wipe down and clean out the interior of your vehicle. Remove any perishable items or leftover crumbs that might attract pests. When you put a clean, well-maintained RV into storage, it’s easier to get up and running once you take the vehicle out again.
Take Care of the Water Tanks
One of the most important tips for properly storing your RV while you’re home is to take care of the utilities before you put it away. Pay special attention to each of your holding tanks and the plumbing. If your RV is going to face freezing temperatures, be sure to completely drain the tanks and insulate the pipes to prevent damage from frozen water. Even if the weather will be warm, it’s still a good idea to keep the tanks either completely empty or completely full to avoid water contamination.
Check in Regularly
Even if you do everything right when you’re putting your RV away, it’s still important to check up on it periodically. Keep an eye on the engine’s battery so that it doesn’t drain and lose its charge while you’re not using it. You should also step into the interior of your RV from time to time to make sure everything stays clean and dry. Pay special attention to the moisture levels inside your RV to prevent mold from growing inside. These regular checkups allow you to catch issues as early as possible and prevent them from growing into costly damage.