Preparing Your RV For Long Term Storage

Exploring the American countryside has long been a tradition that embraces the best aspects of freedom and allows people to embrace the diversity that defines this country. An RV can be an excellent way to conduct that exploration, as traveling with all of the comforts of home will go a long way toward guaranteeing you get the most out of your trip.

However, when your trip is done, it's important that your vehicle remains protected. Below, you'll find a guide to some steps you should take before placing your RV in long term storage, guaranteeing that it will be ready to go when the next season of adventure and travel rolls around.

Clean the Storage Space

While most people are aware of the necessity of cleaning their RV before putting it in storage, they may not consider the environmental conditions they're subjecting their vehicle to. Commercial storage units, like Advanced Realty, are built to be weather tight and secure, but that also means that they can hold in some dust and dirt which may adversely affect your vehicle.

Be sure to thoroughly sweep and clean your storage space before leaving your vehicle there. You may also want to consider leaving a dehumidifier in the unit, as the stagnant air which can build up may do some damage to your RV's paint job or even the surface of your tires.

Conduct All Minor Repairs

It can be extremely tempting to leave repairs for next season if you're anticipating not using your RV for an extended period of time. However, you should do all you can to avoid this temptation, as finding your RV in a state that's not ready for use can be extremely frustrating. Small problems can compound if left they are to sit.

Minor cracks in the body, damage to the interior, and small mechanical fixes should all be completed before the vehicle goes into storage. Storing your RV in its best shape will help to combat the natural effects that a lack of use may have on the vehicle.

Open Interior Doors

One thing that many people may not consider is how shutting cabinets in closing drawers for months can trap musty and unpleasant smelling air. While it's important to secure your vehicle, it's also important to make sure you don't come back to unpleasant odors that may linger for a full travel season. Be sure to remove all of the interior drawers and open all of the cabinets to guarantee that air circulation keeps things as fresh as possible.