3 Tips To Prepare Your RV For Long-Term Covered Storage

Posted on: 17 July 2019

When you don't have the space around your own property to store an RV, you have little choice but to lease a storage space for it. The best way to protect your RV is to lease a covered RV storage space. This will keep it protected from many of the damaging elements, but there's still some work that you'll need to do to prepare it for long-term covered storage. Here, you'll find a few tips to help protect the condition of your RV while it is being stored for several weeks or months.

Drain the Tanks and Lines

You don't want any clean or wastewater sitting in the tanks or lines in the RV. If you're not winterizing the RV, you don't have to add antifreeze right now, but you do want to get the old water out of the lines so it doesn't cause any leaks or become stagnant.

Empty the RV

You don't want to fill the RV with all kinds of stuff before you store it. Sure, you can keep the supplies that you'll need for preparing meals and maybe some small stuff, but you don't want to leave baskets of clothes or piles of blankets and pillows inside because they can contribute to moisture problems. If you're going to leave clothing and bedding in the RV, put it all in air-tight containers. This will keep everything safe and dry as long as you don't store the bins on top of an upholstered surface. This could cause impressions and trap moisture underneath, causing mold growth and stains.

Buy Silica Gel Buckets

Silica gel is one of the best materials to use to combat moisture. You can order it by the pouch or buy the bucket. Buckets work great for the RV because they hold so much moisture and are easy to transport.

The silica gel buckets will need to be replaced about once a month, or more often if your RV is stored in a very moist climate. The good news is that the silica gel can be reused. You'll just need to take the bucket home, pour it out onto a cookie sheet, and place the cookie sheet in a low-temperature oven for a few hours. Then, after it cools, put the gel back in the bucket, seal the lid up, and set the bucket aside until you go back to the RV in a month to swap it out.

These tips will help to protect your RV while it's in a covered storage area. Hopefully, they help.

For more information on covered RV storage, contact a storage company near you.