Storing Your RV This Winter

Last Updated on February 18, 2021 by Palm Gardens

It often escapes people’s notice what the true benefits are, to having convenient storage options for their recreational vehicle. However, that is not to say they don’t enjoy a certain peace from knowing there is a solid security system guarding their ride.

When it comes to boats, trailers and RVs, proper storage is essential to ensure that the thing will get through bad weather safely. Winter storage can trip you up if you are not careful in all the key areas. You may have already heard this before: the plumbing is the most important concern when you are expecting freezing temperatures at a stretch. Start by draining the water from all the tanks an empty them out as much as possible.

After this, drain the heater and the close the valve, then open up the faucets and flush the toilet. Your objective is to get as much of the water out as possible. If there are icemakers and washer-dryers in the RV, check and follow the instructions on how to winterize these. After all the piping is the free of water, use air pressure to get the remaining water out of the lines. If you are using antifreeze, make sure it is RV-approved, and non-toxic.

Then come other matters like protecting the batteries through the cold weather, checking to make sure that ventilation isn’t getting blocked in any spot, checking for mice, and overall washing to prevent mildew accumulation.

Coach storage is another thing you should be paying attention to. Find a covered area to store your unit, and if that can’t be had, at least park away from a spot that has trees, or worse – grass and weeds. If you are going to cover up the RV, make sure to use breathable material. This will keep off mold. As for the front and back wheels, chock them. The parking brake needs to be left off.

There is a recommended pressure for inflating the tires to, when it is cold out. Do that, and cover them to block harmful UV rays. Place an object between the tires and the ground; this has to be larger than the actual footprint of the tire. Moreover, if you are not going to remove the tires for a long time, move the vehicle every once in a while to avoid flat spots. This is easy to overlook once you have taken care of the rest of the things, but it is not something you want to be saddled with when the weather clears enough to make you want to take a trip.