Storing Your RV

The following are some guidelines you can use when storing your RV. The steps can be done in pretty much any order you're comfortable with, along with adding items to the list as needed. The following items are useful when you will be storing your RV for any extended period of time, not just for the winter.

  • 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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