You’ve invested in a recreational vehicle to enjoy years of fun and adventure on the open road, but storing an RV properly can be challenging for new RV owners. Improper storage can cause preventable damage, so help protect your RV by following these simple tips.
Clean it before storing
Before storing your RV, give it a thorough wash and wax. Use RV wax to protect the material and color from UV damage. During cleaning, get rid of all food and paper materials to avoid attracting pests and prevent mold.
After washing and waxing, check the body for cracking or peeling. Inspect the seams, rubber seals, and caulking. Repair any cracks and openings that insects and rodents could use to get inside your RV.
Condition parts and materials that are prone to drying, fading, and cracking, such as leather seats, wood finishes, the dashboard and flooring.
Store it properly
As much as possible, keep your RV in a secure indoor storage facility and get the appropriate RV insurance coverage as an additional layer of protection. If you end up keeping it in an outdoor RV storage lot, protect it from sun damage by keeping it under a breathable anti-UV light cover. Be sure to securely lock all doors and windows before storing.
Protect it from moisture or dry heat
Depending on your storage location, you may need to protect your RV from moist or dry conditions.
In humid storage areas, you can put several charcoal or silica gel packets inside the RV. These can absorb excess moisture from the air to help prevent mold and mildew.
To prevent leather and wood parts from drying and cracking in dry, warm storage environments, fill a 5-gallon bucket with water and put it in the middle of the RV. Open cabinet and closet doors to keep the moisture content even across the RV.
Follow these simple tips to help protect your RV so you can enjoy it for years to come. Get in touch with us today to review your RV insurance coverage. We can help you find the best coverage for your specific needs.