Preparing Your RV For Self-Storage
Unused and uncovered RVs, especially during the winter, benefit from RV self-storage. A climate-controlled self-storage facility will keep your RV in good condition for the following spring. Storing your RV also protects it from vandalism, insects and rodents.
Tips for Self-Storage: RVs
Generally, there are two kinds of RV self-storage spaces available: open and enclosed. Storage areas that are enclosed have four walls and a roof and are protected by a locked door. Storage spaces that are open may just provide a roof, but not always. They may be simply a locked car-park space. The type you choose will depend on your budget and also the value of your RV. Typically, renting an enclosed storage space will be more expensive than an open space, but they offer more security as well as being a low maintenance option.
If you decide to park your RV in either an open or enclosed space, you will need to invest in a quality RV cover. The RV cover should be made of a breathable material so mold and mildew won’t form on the surface of your RV.
Before parking your RV in storage, clean it inside and outside thoroughly. Apply RV polish to prevent dust from sticking to the surface while it is being winterized. If you use a good cutting polish you should be able to remove any scratches, but dents will require professional attention. Applying a light coat of grease to the RV’s tires will help to prevent cracking.
Vacuum the floor. Curtains, bed linen, blankets etc., will have to be removed for laundering. Any remaining food supplies will need to be emptied from cabinets and the refrigerator. Food left in the vehicle might attract pests.
Keep batteries in your home garage where you can periodically charge them. This will keep your batteries in working order.