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Storing your RV the right way is crucial to keep it in top condition and ready for your next adventure, whether it's a winter break or a short hiatus. In this guide, we will give you some tips and tricks to help you keep your RV in excellent shape while it waits for your return.

1 | Selecting the Right Location

Selecting the perfect storage location for your RV is a big decision. Different storage facilities offer various options, so it's important to find one that suits your needs. Look for places with security measures like fences and gated access. A facilities location can also be important. Facilities that are positioned away from busy urban areas can offer an enhanced security advantage. Less people means less risk of potential incidents, reinforcing the safety of your valuable RV.

2 | Clean, Prepare, and Repair

Before storing your RV, give it a thorough cleaning inside and out. Remove perishables, clean the refrigerator, and dispose of any garbage. Empty and clean all water tanks and lines to prevent bacteria growth. After cleaning, check for leaks, cracks, or damage, and arrange for repairs to prevent issues from getting worse during storage. Also, make sure all appliances and systems are turned off or adjusted to low settings.

3 | Preventative Care

Take these preventative measures before storing your RV to protect it from damage:

1. Tire Care: Inflate your RV's tires to the recommended pressure and consider using tire covers for sun protection. If possible, move your RV occasionally to prevent tire flat-spotting.

2. Battery Maintenance: If your RV will be stored for an extended period, consider disconnecting the battery to prevent drainage.

3. Fluids and Fuel: Add a fuel stabilizer to the tank and run the engine to circulate treated fuel. Also, drain the water system to prevent freezing and potential damage, adding RV antifreeze if recommended by the manufacturer.

4. Ventilation: Prevent moisture buildup and mold growth by cracking open windows if possible.

5. Rodent/Pest Prevention: Seal openings where rodents or pests could enter, such as exhaust pipes, vents and gaps. Use repellants or traps to prevent infestations.

4 | Storage Upkeep

During storage, visit your RV periodically to check for issues, ensure proper ventilation, and identify any needed off-site maintenance. Keep your insurance coverage up-to-date to protect against unforeseen events.

By following these practical tips, you'll keep your RV in excellent condition, ensuring it's ready to hit the road when you are.

RV parked at a rest stop with mountains and trees in the background.

Secure Storage for your RV

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