If you've decided to join the ranks of the many snowbirds who use an RV for their winter residence, you're probably also going to be leaving it in storage each summer. If you are, you'll need to take some special precautions to prevent damage during those warm months in storage. Now that winter is just about over, it's time to get your RV ready for storage. If this will be your first time closing your RV for the summer, here are four suggestions for avoiding problems.
Protect the Interior
If you're not going to be using your RV until next winter, you'll need to give the interior a thorough cleaning. A thorough cleaning will help protect the interior from damage this summer. The first thing you'll need to do is clean out all the cupboards. Remove all the food and then use a vacuum to get rid of the all the crumbs that might be left behind. Next, empty the refrigerator and allow it to defrost.
Once it's defrosted, clean it with a mild detergent and allow it to air dry before closing the doors. To prevent a musty odor when you open it up next winter, place an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Finally, place protective coverings over all the windows. The protective window coverings will protect your interior against sun rot.
Protect Against Pests
Pests can destroy your RV while it's in storage – especially rats and mice. Before you close your motorhome for the summer, make sure you protect it against pest invasions. First, sprinkle borax along the edges of your RV. The borax will keep ants and roaches out of your RV. Second, seal up any cracks or holes in your RV. Place steel wool in the exhaust fans and seal them off. This will keep mice and rats out of your RV.
Protect the Exterior
After you've cleaned and pest-proofed the inside of your RV, it will be time to tackle the exterior. The first thing you should do is wash and wax your RV. Next, apply a tire sealant to your tires and cover them with protective covers. Tires can rot in the sun if not protected properly.
Choose a Storage Facility
If you're not going to be using your RV at all during the spring or summer, the safest place to store it is at a storage facility. Not only will an RV storage facility protect your RV with a covered storage port, it will also provide 24-hour security.