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7 Common RV Storage Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Did you know that more than 11 million households own an RV? That means that a lot of people are trying to store their RVs during the winter or whenever they are not in use!

But not all of these households know how to properly go about preparing RVs for storage. And if they are not stored right, they may not be in their best shape when spring rolls around.

So what are the common RV storage mistakes you want to avoid? Keep reading to learn more about how to store your RV so you don’t make these mistakes!

1. Not Emptying Everything

When it is time to store your RV, you need to make sure that you empty everything. And that means everything.

There are plenty of places in your RV where things can get easily lost and hidden that you may forget to empty. That’s why it is always a best practice to make a list of all of the places you will need to empty when it comes time for winter RV storage.

Here are a few things that you definitely do not want to forget when you empty your RV:

  • All of the food from the fridge and the cabinets—don’t forget the freezer
  • Medicine cabinets and bathroom cabinets to remove medications, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
  • Empty all pipes that may have water in them
  • Empty the tanks

Once you empty the fridge and the freezer, it is best practice to leave the door open so mold doesn’t grow either. This will ensure it dries properly.

2. Forgetting to Cover Your Tires

This one may not be something that you think of off the top of your head. However, covering your tires while your RV is in storage for the winter can help extend the life of the tires!

The UV rays can easily damage the tires by making some of the compounds in the tires break down. They’ll dry out and rot.

And that is the last thing you want to come back to in the spring!

In addition to covering the tires, you may want to lift the tires off the ground with a piece of wood or a small piece of plastic. This can help protect them from the elements as well.

3. Choosing the First RV Storage Place You Find

It can be tempting to do some quick research and settle on the first RV place you find to store your RV for the winter. However, this could be a huge mistake.

What you should do, is take the time to research diligently with your budget and location in mind to come up with a few different options. Once you have these options picked out, you can start calling and asking any questions you may have.

This will ensure you choose the one that is right for you. You also may want to spend time actually visiting them to make sure they are clean and secure as well. Think about it: this is where one of your most prized possessions may be spending a few months—you want it to be safe!

Asking around and seeing a few options is always better than just going with the first you find.

4. Forgetting to Remove the Batteries

Before you put your RV into storage for the winter, you have to remove the batteries from the RV. You should take these and store them properly so that they do not freeze. By doing this, you will save the life of the battery to last a lot longer (which will also save you so much money!).

If you forget to do this and leave it in the RV, you run the chance of the battery freezing and cracking, which means you will have to replace it with a new one when spring rolls around.

5. Using a Poor Quality Cover for Your RV

Whether you find a covered RV storage or not (although it is recommended to have a covered one), you want to make sure you are using a high-quality cover for your RV.

This quality cover can protect your RV, especially if it is made with a well-fitted, breathable and durable fabric. The key to covers is making sure they fit well and are breathable to let moisture out.

These covers will do the following:

  • Reflect UV rays to prevent them from doing damage
  • Will keep the indoor temperature lower
  • Protect against leaks from the elements like rain or snow
  • Prevents fading of the exterior
  • Prevents debris build-up on the roof
  • Preserves the RV’s value by doing all of these other things

Investing in a high-quality cover will save you a lot of money and keep your RV looking prime.

Avoid These Common RV Storage Mistakes This Winter

It’s pretty easy to make these common RV storage mistakes. That’s why they are so common! They can be forgotten, or perhaps, you just don’t know how to properly store your RV.

However, with this guide, you now know what to do before you put your rig away for the winter months. And when you come back in the spring, it will be in the same shape it was before!

Are you ready to find an RV storage unit for this winter? At Ideal Storage, we have a site tour online that you can check out! Our facility is brand new (and secure!) so that you know your RV is safe and sound this winter.