How to Prep Your RV for Storage in the Off Season

Posted August 28, 2020

It’s been the perfect summer to take a road trip or two. You’ve racked up another season of great RV adventures, but it’s time to slow down. Your mobile home away from home deserves a rest. Treat it right this year by prepping your RV for storage during the off season. Whether you’re storing your RV with us at Inner Loop Self Storage in Georgetown, TX, or one of our other facilities across five states, prepping your motor home or camper for the winter can be done in seven easy steps.

Prepping Your RV for Storage: 7 Essential Steps

1. Inspect the Exterior

As you wash and wax the RV, inspect the roof, windows, and exterior doors for cracks. Look for gaps around seams and access panels. A little caulk goes a long way to keeping out wet weather and invasive pests.

2. Clean Up Inside

When you’re prepping your RV for storage, always assume somebody left something in the refrigerator. Clean it out, and leave the door propped open. Vacuum inside cabinets and closets, behind cushions, and under beds. Last-minute cleanup keeps RV interiors fresh during winter storage.

3. Drain Water Systems

Drain the RV’s water tank and waste tank. Flush the plumbing system with nontoxic RV antifreeze. This important step reduces the chance of frozen lines and broken fittings during extended cold spells.

4. Winterize the Tank and Engine

Before parking your RV in storage, fill up the tank, and add fuel stabilizer. Change engine oil, and add antifreeze to the cooling system. Run the engine for a few minutes to circulate additives and fluids.

5. Disconnect the Battery

Disconnect the RV battery, and move it to a warm, dry place for storage. If you don’t already have a climate controlled unit, now is a good time to expand winter storage options. A storage unit at the same facility as your parking storage keeps RV prep easy and convenient.

6. Take Care of Tires

Take the pressure off RV tires by making sure they’re properly inflated and elevated off the ground. Heavy-duty trailer stands are ideal for cradling axles and preventing tires from flat-spotting. Finish up tire care with waterproof covers that block out damaging UV rays.

7. Use the Right RV Cover

The best storage facilities provide covered parking for cars, RVs, and boats. It’s still a good idea to wrap your RV in a tarp designed especially for motor homes. Avoid plastic covers that trap moisture and cause mold and mildew growth. Protect your RV with a breathable cover that keeps out the elements.

Reserve Your RV Storage Space Today

With a little RV prep and the right storage, you’ll be ready to hit the road next season. We’re always happy to help with affordable self storage located across five states. Reserve your RV storage space at your nearest storage facility today.