Prep Your RV And Keep It In A Storage Facility So It's Safe And Protected While You're Between Trips
If you don't use your RV for weeks at a time, you probably wish it didn't take up so much space while it's parked in your yard all that time. The best way to park your RV when you don't have a garage large enough for it is to park it in an RV storage lot. Here's a look at options in RV storage and how to prep your RV before putting it in storage.
Choices In RV Storage
When you start looking at RV storage facilities, you may find three options. One is open storage where your RV is parked in the open behind a secure fence. The other options keep your RV under a cover. Covered storage is similar to parking under a carport while enclosed storage is like keeping your RV in a garage.
Open storage is the most affordable option, but if you want the best protection, you may prefer covered storage. Covered storage protects your RV from sun exposure, rain, and snow. Enclosed storage offers more security and better protection from pests too.
Preparations To Take Before Storing Your RV
Buy a cover to put over your RV, no matter where it will be parked to help protect it from the sun and weather outdoors and dust indoors. Make sure the cover is made from breathable fabric so moisture won't get trapped underneath it.
Before putting the cover on, clean the inside of the RV so there are no food odors to attract bugs. Also, make sure the RV is completely dry so mold and mildew won't grow. Clean the refrigerator and defrost the freezer. Prop the doors open on the unit so odors won't build up inside.
If you'll be storing your RV over the winter or for the long term during any season, you may need to drain the water, add a fuel stabilizer, and remove the battery to store at home. You may want a service center to winterize your RV if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.
Mice may take an interest in your RV when it's parked for a long time and has no human activity. Seal your RV as best as you can so no rodents can squeeze inside. You may also want to remove cushions mice can tear up for nesting materials. By removing food and nesting material, mice may not have an interest in moving in your RV for the winter.
Keeping your RV in a storage facility is a good way to make sure the RV is protected while you're not using it and the RV won't be in your way on your property. By cleaning and prepping the RV before you put it in storage, you won't have to scrub it clean and air out bad odors before you take your next trip.