Some people continue to travel in their RVs throughout the winter months, while others choose to park theirs and put them in storage until spring. Because your RV is both automobile and house, special care will need to be taken to ensure that nothing is damaged from freezing temperatures. The RV experts at Greenwood RV Rentals & Sales recommend taking the following steps to prepare the RV interior, exterior, and chassis.
Prepare the Interior
- Fill in any gaps or holes under the RV and in cabinets and drawers, to prevent rodents from entering the RV.
- Defrost the freezer compartment and clean the refrigerator. Leave the doors open and place baking soda in the compartments to absorb any odors.
- If the RV is in long-term storage and won’t be connected to electricity, it’s a good idea to turn off the main breaker in the power distribution panel.
- Turn off all LP gas appliances and turn off the LP gas supply valve.
- Close the window blinds to avoid sun exposure to the carpet, drapes, and upholstery.
- Leave doors, drawers, and cabinets open.
- Clean the A/C filter(s).
- If you have vent covers installed on the overhead vents that prevent rain from getting inside, leave them cracked open to allow for some ventilation.
- Remove any dry cell batteries from devices like smoke alarms, clocks, etc.
Prepare the Exterior
If you are storing your RV outside, you will need to be sure it is clean and covered. Thoroughly clean the exterior, including the roof and the awning fabric. Let everything dry completely before covering. You should park your RV on a solid surface like concrete, and not in grass or under trees. You may want to invest in an RV cover to protect if from the elements through the winter. Service all locks with a spray lubricant, and lubricate all hinges. Insects are attracted to the odorant added to LP gas, so you may want to cover LP gas appliance vents to prevent insects from making their winter home inside these vents. If you do cover the vents, remember to remove the cover next spring.
Prepare the Chassis
The tires on your RV can be damaged by the harmful UV rays from the sun. Inflate the tires to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, and cover the tires with covers that will block out the sunlight. Place an object, such as a piece of wood, between the ground and the tires. Frozen ground and petroleum-based surfaces like asphalt, can damage tires over time. Make sure that whatever you use to block the tires is larger than the footprint of the tire. No portion of the tire should hang over the edge of the tire block; this can cause internal damage to the tire. For trailers, chock the wheels front and rear. If you are storing a pop-up outdoors, angle the tongue downward to assist in snow and water run-off.
This extensive list might seem overwhelming so if you have any questions or need more direction, contact your friends at Greenwood RV Rentals and Sales at (317) 413-0817. We are located in Greenwood, IN with convenient access to Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.