Storing your Winter Items

RV season seems to pass by in a flash. It’s time for you to plan how to store your RV as the leaves begin to turn and signal winter. We have compiled the top options for winter camper storage, as well as the steps you need to take before.

Why store a car?

It is important to keep your RV or camper safe from the elements. Your RV can be damaged by snow, rain, freezing temperatures, and even the sun’s magnified reflection off snow.

Winterize your home properly to avoid serious problems such as broken water lines, frozen heaters, and tires that are worn.

The Winterization Process

Winterizing an RV is about preparing the plumbing system for freezing pipes and tanks to prevent them from freezing. It also involves modifying some other components. A basic RV winterizing checklist:

  • Drain the lines and add antifreeze.
  • To protect your RV tires from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, install RV tire covers. Also, jack up the entire rig to lower the static pressure that can cause bald spots.
  • To keep the battery charged through winter, disconnect it and bring it inside. If left unattended for a long time, RV batteries can lose their charge.
  • Repair any roof leaks.
  • Repair damaged window or door seals by identifying and fixing them.

The process is quick and simple and should take no more than two hours. Plumbing work is the most labor-intensive and tedious, but it shouldn’t take more than an hour.

You might also consider covering your coach with a large cover, winter RV cover, or carport depending on what type of storage you have.

Where to store your belongings

After your RV has been prepared, you can start looking at storage options. There are two options: either a private residence or storage facility. Each has its pros and cons.

Private residence: This is your best option, regardless of whether it is your own or the home of a friend or family member. It is free and eliminates the hassle of moving your RV to storage.

Depending on your RV’s size and available space, you have options. It may not be possible depending on the regulations of your city, county, or HOA. You may not want a huge vehicle taking up space on your property.

An RV storage facility is an excellent option, especially if you need extra security or your home is not available. You have the option of indoor (covered or uncovered) storage. Both offer different levels of protection against theft and weather damage.

Some storage facilities include extras, such as indoor heating and RV maintenance/de-winterizing. This option is not free. You can expect to pay between $30 and $100 per month for RV storage depending on the size of your RV and whether it is covered. Or up to $500 for all-frills indoor space.

De-winterizing Your RV

This is basically the reverse of what you did before storage.

  • Drain the antifreeze out of the plumbing system and clean the freshwater lines.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated and not damaged from the winter.
  • Recharge and reinstall your battery
  • Check the exterior and interior for any signs of water damage or other pests.
  • Give it a thorough clean, both inside and outside.

The process of de-winterizing should take only a few hours depending on how extensive the cleaning and repairs are. You’re now ready to go on the open road, making new memories with your RV.



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