If you're like most RVers, you can't wait to hit the open road as soon as the weather starts to warm up. But before you head out on your next adventure, properly preparing your RV for storage is essential. With some planning, you can help ensure that your RV is in top condition when you're ready to hit the road again.
South Rock Storage offers the following tips for preparing your RV for storage. Please note that these are our recommendations. Do your research, and consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.
Clean your RV
One of the most important things to do before storing your RV is to give it a thorough cleaning. This will help remove any dirt, dust, or debris that could cause problems while your RV is in storage.
Start by cleaning the exterior of your RV using a mild soap and a soft brush. We also recommend washing (and waxing) the exterior to protect the paint job. Then move on to the interior, paying particular attention to any areas where food is prepared or stored.
Be sure to empty all cabinets and closets so that any food or other perishables don't go wrong. Once everything is cleaned out, give your RV a good wash and wax to help protect the exterior from the elements.
Once you're finished, open all the cabinets and doors to help air circulate throughout the RV.
Check your tires
Check your RV's tires before storing them for an extended time. If possible, keep your RV on level ground to help prevent flat spots from developing on the tires. Also, if you'll be storing your RV for more than a few months, consider removing the tires and keeping them indoors. This will help protect them from weather damage and extend their life.
Check your fluids
All the fluids in your RV, including the engine oil, antifreeze, and propane, should be at proper levels one or two days before storing your RV. This will help keep the engine in good condition while it's not in use. Be sure to consult your owner's manual for specific instructions on how to check the fluids in your RV.
Additionally, it's a good idea to fill up the gas tank (using a gas stabilizer) to prevent any moisture or breakdown of the gasoline while the RV is in storage.
Then, we recommend driving the RV for a bit after changing the oil to give the new oil a chance to circulate correctly. You should also run the engine for a few minutes every few weeks while your RV is in storage to help keep the engine in good working condition.
Cover your RV
If you'll be storing your RV outdoors, investing in a quality cover is a good idea. Be sure to choose a cover specifically designed for RVs and large enough to cover your entire rig. This will help protect your RV from the elements and keep it clean while it is being stored.
Disconnect the batteries
If you'll be storing your RV for more than a few weeks, it's a good idea to disconnect the batteries. This will help prevent them from losing their charge while your RV is in storage. If possible, store the batteries in a cool, dry place.
Repair damages before storage
Ensure all necessary repairs are taken care of before storing your RV. For example, if you know your RV's tires are worn, go ahead and get new ones to put on before you store them for the winter. This will help avoid long wait times in spring and ensure that you can get back on track as soon as possible.
The same goes for any other maintenance items such as oil changes or filter replacements. This will give you peace of mind during the off-season and help ensure your RV is in top condition when you're ready to hit the road again.
Double check your owner's manual
Be sure to consult your RV's owner's manual for specific instructions on preparing your rig for storage. Each type of RV has unique needs, so it's essential to follow the manufacturer's recommendations to help avoid any problems down the road.
Choose the best storage facility
When storing an RV, choosing the best storage facility is essential. RVs are a valuable investment, and you want to ensure that your investment is well protected.
The best storage facilities for RVs offer several features that help to keep your RV in top condition. These features include security cameras and gated access. Security cameras help to deter criminals, while gated access helps to keep out trespassers. By choosing a storage facility that offers these features, you can help to ensure that your RV is well protected.
South Rock Storage is a storage facility in Wichita that offers all of the abovementioned features. We have been in the business since 2006 and offer various storage options for your consideration. In addition, South Rock Storage is conveniently located at 8282 E Oak Knoll St, Wichita, KS. This makes it easy for you to get to your RV when needed.
Note that the above tips on preparing your RV storage are only recommendations. Check your owner's instruction manual for specific instructions on how to prepare your RV for storage.
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