Tips for RV Winter Storage
Now that the warm summer months have come to a close you might not be using your RV as much over the next few months. If this is the case we at Imperial Trailer Village RV Park in Los Angeles want to encourage you in making sure your RV is properly prepped and stored. Below are some steps you should take in preparing your RV for its stay in storage.
Drain the Water System
Any water left in the plumbing system can freeze and break fittings and lines — damage that may be costly to repair. You will need to make sure that you are draining the fresh water and waste tanks, draining all water out of the pipes and pumping nontoxic RV antifreeze through the entire water system. Nontoxic RV antifreeze pushes water out of your plumbing system.
Prepare the Outside of your RV
It is always a good idea to take your RV to a service center to do an inspection of the roof, sidewalls, seams, windows, exterior doors and access panels — and reseal or re-caulk any holes or cracks. This is necessary when it comes to keeping water from the exterior from getting into your RV.
Find Safe Storage
It is ideal if you are able to store you RV under a roof or in a garage. If this isn’t possible try and have it parked in your own yard or driveway. Try to find a location that’s sheltered from the wind, and park the RV out of the way of any trees that may come down in a wind or ice storm. If you have to park it on the street make sure you check with your city’s parking regulations.
Use a Cover
You will want to purchase a cover that is specifically made for an RV. The cover will protect against extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage the paint finish. It will also protect your vehicle from wind damage, tree sap and bird droppings. It will also make for easy clean up once you are ready to hit the road again.