While some folks use their RV year-round, others put their rigs up for the winter season. If you’re in the latter group, it’s important that you store your RV properly so it’ll be ready to hit the road again next spring. Here’s a short guide on what you need to do before you leave your RV with us at Bay Street Storage.
Winterize Water Lines
The top priority when it comes to RV storage is to protect the RV water systems from freezing. Any water left in the system can freeze, expand, and split pipes and valves which can end up being a costly repair.
To start, you’ll want to drain the fresh water from the tank until there’s only a few gallons left. Add enough non-toxic RV antifreeze to make a moderately strong solution (about 50% antifreeze minimum, more is best in colder climates like Post Falls). You’ll know you got the right stuff because it’ll be pink in color and not green like its toxic counterparts.
Using the RV water pump, pressurize the water lines and open each water tap one at a time to let them run. Once you see (or smell) the antifreeze solution, you know the antifreeze is in the waterline and it’s good to go. Don’t forget to clear your black and gray water tanks as well. Drain those completely, close the drain valve and pour a quart of the RV antifreeze into the tanks, as well as a pint through all the sink, shower drains, and toilet bowls so it protects the valves and seals.
Prep the Exterior
Since your RV will be sitting exposed to the elements for a while, you want to make sure there are no problems to the exterior. Even a small crack could let in some water, which would mean repairs in the spring.
You (or a service center) should inspect the roof, undercarriage, sidewalls, windows, exterior doors, access panels, and seams for splits, holes, or cracks. If you find one, reseal or re-caulk the problem area to prevent water from getting in where it shouldn’t.
Make it Pest Resistant
Mice, squirrels, and other critters will be looking for a safe spot for winter, and RVs are a good place for them to set up camp while you’re away. Make sure you don’t skip this step when it comes to RV storage.
To discourage pests, remove all food from the RV and then thoroughly clean the fridge, freezer, floor, cupboards, and countertops. Rodents will find any way to get inside, including the auxiliary electrical power cable. Make sure you unplug cords and close the cable hatch nice and tight.
Protect the Tires
Cold and UV damage can wreak havoc on your tires, so tire care is another top consideration for RV storage.
You may lose pressure in your tires while they sit, so pumping them up to the sidewall maximum can help them last during storage so you won’t have a flat tire when you come back. To protect them from UV damage, you can get tire covers.
Save Your Batteries
Batteries will lose charge and potentially freeze if it discharges too much while in storage. To avoid this, it’s best to disconnect your batteries and store them in a cool, dry place. Preventing your battery from discharging is also good for its long-term health.
RV Storage at Bay Street Storage
While the cold weather is settling in in Post Falls, it’s not too late to winterize your RV and store it at Bay Street Storage. We have covered and uncovered parking options, as well as 24/7 surveillance cameras, and gated entry. Your RV will be safe with us, so when you pick it up, you’ll be ready to get right back to having good times with your RV.