Putting your motor home in an RV storage unit over the winter is a great way to protect it from the elements and vermin looking to escape the cold. However, while a storage facility can shield it from the elements, there are a few other risks and threats you should take care of before you put it away for the winter.
4 Steps to Getting Your RV Ready for Storage
1. Clean It Thoroughly
Give both the exterior and interior a thorough cleaning, including the cabinets and carpets. This will prevent some musty odors that can taint your first trip in the spring. When you’re finished, leave all doors, drawers, and cabinets open to promote air circulation.
2. Turn Off the Gas
Turn any gas appliances off, including the water heater and stove. If you’re using an outdoor storage facility, cover the vents to the refrigerator, furnace, and water heater to keep wasps and other insects from building nests inside.
3. Take Out the Batteries
Over time, batteries will lose their charge, so remove them and consider taking them with you, especially if your RV storage isn’t in a climate-controlled environment. At home, you can check them every month or so, keep them from freezing, and recharge as needed throughout the winter.
4. Top Off the Fluids
Fill up the fuel tank before storing, add a fuel stabilizer, and then run the RV for about a half-hour, which is usually long enough for the additive to work its way through the system. Because used oil can corrode engine components, it’s also a good idea to change the oil before putting the RV in storage.
With over 700 storage units of almost every size, Windmill Storage and Business Park is the premier storage facility in Montana’s Flathead Valley. Their Columbia Falls facility boasts state-of-the-art security, advanced fire detection systems, and keypad-protected entrances and exists. Visit their website to learn more about their RV storage services, call (406) 892-8900 for a quote, and follow them on Facebook for more advice.