Storing Your RV

  • For motorhomes, fill up the gas tank. This will prevent moisture buildup in the tank. Also make sure all your fluid levels under the hood are full.
  • Drain and flush all holding tanks; fresh water, gray water, black water and hot water tanks.
  • Drain all water lines, using compressed air or at least the low-point drain lines.
    Note: If storing for the winter, also follow the guidelines for winterizing your RV.
  • Close the LP gas tank valve(s). If your LP tanks don't already have a cover, consider purchasing at least a vinyl LP tank cover.
  • Disconnect shore electric power to the RV.
  • Remove all batteries from the RV and store in a place where they won't freeze. Batteries that have been frozen will never again hold a proper charge, and will more than likely have to be replaced.
  • Visually check your RV for anything that might need to be repaired. Make sure you also check the roof.
  • Defrost and clean the refrigerator and freezer. Place open boxes of baking soda or crumpled newspapers in the compartments to eliminate odors during storage.
  • Remove all perishable items from the interior. Include in this any items that are susceptible to freezing, if storing during the winter months.
  • Cover all external outlets, such as furnace outlet, to prevent critters from entering.
  • Thoroughly wash the interior and the exterior of your RV. You might also consider shampooing the carpets inside and waxing the outside.
  • Close all windows; leave the roof vent(s) open ever so slightly for air circulation during storage.
  • Cover the tires to prevent weather-checking.
  • Cover the roof air conditioner.
  • Consider the purchase of a tarp to cover your RV during storage. Make sure you invest in a good tarp that can breathe.

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