For many families, RV traveling or camping is a fun and adventurous way to spend summer. When winter sets in though, for many people it’s usually time to store the RV until inclement weather passes. Along with making sure you have the best NJ Recreational Vehicle Insurance possible to protect you when it comes to your RV, here are some tips you should follow to prepare your RV for its hibernation period.
Where you store your RV generally depends on its size. For smaller campers, garage storage may work just fine. Small RVs and trailers can be stored in the driveway or yard if there is space and city ordinances allow for it; however the inclement weather winter brings may not make this the best choice. Professional storage facilities are also available for larger RVs and trailers. Wherever you decide to store your RV, remember that it needs to be shielded from the elements with either a canopy or a cover that is made to fit your vehicle.
Having an RV sit unused for an extended period is hardest on the pipes. You must prepare all pipes and holding tanks for the RVs sabbatical. Empty all takes at a designated dumping station. Next, purge any remaining fluids in pipes by turning on faucets to make sure they are fully drained. This includes the shower, toilet, and water heater. Make sure you then take the time to properly clean all pipes and holding tanks. Black water tanks are fairly easy with a direct shot to the inside using a water wand. Gray and fresh water tanks are a little more difficult due to not having direct access. There are many specially designed cleaning agents to help with cleaning these tanks. Once your RV tanks and pipes are cleaned make sure that they are dried out especially if being stored in area where temperatures can reach freezing levels. Blow out all excess water. Use specially designed RV antifreeze for water tanks and water heaters. Finally, make sure that all drains, valves and faucets are closed.
You should ensure that all propane containers are topped off before storing your RV as full tanks handle climate changes and non-use better than half empty tanks. If the tank is removable, it can be taken off for storage but do not store it inside the RV. Cover all openings to prevent unwelcome guests from making their way into your RV. You do not want to open it up to find that you have a family of rats or an infestation of spiders.
In our next post we will discuss some commonly overlooked steps for winterizing your RV.
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