In our previous post, we discussed some of the basic steps needed to prepare your RV for storage should you not intend to use it this winter. Along with making sure you have great NJ Recreational Vehicle Insurance, finding a proper storage location, cleaning out pipes and tanks, and preparing LP gas lines for winter storage, there are a few often overlooked steps you should take to properly winterize your RV.
Clean it out
Make sure that you completely vacate the RV. This means clearing out all food including non-perishables. Temperature changes can cause food items to get stale and even for canned items to freeze and burst. Any food left in the RV can attract mice and bugs as well. Prop open the refrigerator door and allow the freezer to completely thaw out to avoid mold. Make sure you remove all linens and launder them. Thoroughly clean the inside of your RV of dust and grime. Do not leave any valuables on board unless the RV is being stored on your own property.
Make sure the battery is fully charged as it survives storage periods better that way. Ensure water levels in the battery are topped off. Disconnect cables to help safeguard them. If the temperature is likely to drastically drop, remove the batter and store in a warm, dry location. All appliances should be unplugged and batteries should be removed from alarms and detectors to prevent corrosion.
After spending months on the road storage is not easy on tires. They go from running around with all that weight on them to sitting in one spot for extended periods. This can wear out even the best quality tires. Consider using jacks to take the weight of the vehicle off the tires. Make sure to consult the owner’s manuals and manufacturers to ensure the vehicles safety when it comes to long-term jack use.
As with all vehicles, inactivity is hard especially on the engine. Use a fuel stabilizer, allowing the engine to idle to ensure that it makes its way throughout the system. Ensure that gas tanks are full to lessen the chance of freezing or drying out. Use anti-freeze to top off the radiator and check all other fluid levels and refill if needed.
While following these tips may seem like a lot of work, properly preparing your RV before storing it can help to prevent unnecessary wear and tear, and allow for the RV to be ready for use once the season come around again.
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