There are 5 Seasons for RV Owners! – Here are PreStorage Tasks for the STORAGE SEASON ahead
The kids are heading back to school. The days are getting shorter. That must mean one thing: for many, the RV season is coming to a close.
- While we might be slightly ahead of the game on this, it’s best to have a plan on what you need to do and/or schedule your appointment early to have this work performed so that you can protect your investment and be road-ready for the next adventure season to come. Here’s some advice from Allstate Insurance Company and Family Motor Coaching Association on what you should do to safely store your recreational vehicle. (DAN and ELI – link to (https://www.fmca.com and allstate.com)
- Drain both the water and waste tanks. And, don’t forget that there’s liquid throughout the system, also. Leaving it there risks breaking the hoses and fittings. Your owner’s manual should tell you how to perform this must-do function, or, if you don’t feel qualified or don’t have the time, a professional service provider can be hired. This is probably the #1 most critical thing you need to do to winterize your vehicle in Colorado.
- Tires need protection from the elements. Specially made covers can help. Additionally, tires can lose pressure when stored. Inflate all tires to the recommended pressure indicated on the sidewalls before storing your vehicle. Monitor this pressure when you inspect your vehicle throughout the storage season and keep them filled to the correct pressure. Then, be sure to recheck and refill when you’re ready to venture out again.
- Cover your RV…but don’t use a simple, lightweight plastic tarp. This will trap condensation and moisture and they usually just end up getting torn and tattered in the wind, often damaging your paint in the process. There are special custom-fitted covers available for purchase and some even have zippered openings to allow easy entrance into your RV when stored.
- Disconnect the batteries to extend battery life . Batteries are bound to lose charge when stored. KOA (link to KOA.com) suggests that you place batteries in a cool, dry place and check the charge every four to six weeks. A full charge will make it less likely to freeze and damage (or ruin) the battery.
- Stabilize the fuel. Over time, gas goes bad. When this occurs, a sticky deposit remains and may “gum up” the engine. Follow directions on the stabilizer packaging.
- Change the oil and oil filter. Acids in old oil can cause corrosion.
- Remove all food from the refrigerator, cabinets and drawers and thoroughly clean to discourage mice, squirrels and other pests. You may even consider setting up mouse and ant traps for your RV when in storage. Also, remember that mice like to run up cords and can fit into a hole less than the size of a dime. Inspect the bottom or your RV and seal any cracks and holes that might allow for rodent access.
- Seal it up! Caulk and fill holes and cracks on roof, doors, windows and access panels.
- And Finally…CHOOSE YOUR STORAGE LOCATION WISELY.
Many cities have codes regarding storage in yards and on streets. To avoid the hassle – and potential run-ins with disgruntled neighbors, a storage facility makes good sense.
Don’t scrimp on this – It runs a close second in importance to draining the water and waste!