Preparing Your RV for Storage
It’s no question that an RV can take up substantial space in your yard or driveway when it isn’t in use. Finding the perfect place to store your RV can be difficult, and can seem impossible at times. The ideal storage situation would be indoors, but it may take up too much valuable storage space. Outdoor storage is also an option, but then you will be exposing your RV to the elements of Danbury, like snowy winters, which may cause other performance issues to your RV over time. Fortunately, Shepard’s Moving is here to help. Our secure and maintained warehouse has 350,000 square feet of storage space to house your RV, assuring it will be safe from the elements and ready for your next adventure.
Before you bring your RV to our Danbury facility, we recommend the following steps to assure your RV is ready for pick up:
Inspect and Unplug Your Electronics and Battery
Leaving appliances and other electrical features connected over a long period of time will drain your battery. To ensure the battery life and protection of your vehicle for future use, remember to turn off and disconnect all electronic elements of your RV before storage. We recommend checking alarms, shut off valves, TV antenna boosters, appliances and maybe even removing the battery entirely, to ensure your vehicle is road ready when you are.
Clean the Water Tanks
It’s important to clean out the water tanks in your RV before you decide to store it. This can include the sewage tanks, water tanks, water heater and don’t forget to empty the toilets on board. A good tip we recommend when cleaning these tanks is to fill them with water and baking soda or bleach. Then drive the RV around for a short period of time followed by emptying the tanks.
Dry Out the Pipes
Our Danbury facility is temperature controlled, but drying out the pipes of your RV is essential especially if you are storing your RV in the winter. If water freezes during the cold weather, the pipes can burst. The best way to avoid this is to use compressed air. Doing so will get rid of as much moisture as possible. If you decide to do this step on your own, it’s best to read your owner’s manual or consult with an RV mechanic first because compressed air can potentially damage the plumbing system. If you want to go another route to dry out the pipes, you can use antifreeze in the pipes as well as in all drains and the toilet. This is a precaution so that your RV is in great condition when you pick it up.
Close Off the Gas Tank
Remember to top off propane tanks and shut off gas supplies. If you can, we recommend removing any propane tanks and storing them in a cool and dry place. Also, you must also remember to turn off all appliances that use gas, such as stoves, ovens, furnaces, and water heaters.
Take Care of the Engine
Make sure to change or top off your RV’s oil, radiator, windshield wiper fluid, and brake fluid. We also recommend adding antifreeze to the radiator. In order to prevent moisture from building up in the gas tank, fill up the tank and add fuel stabilizer while your RV is in our Danbury facility. The stabilizer will make sure the fuel in the tank does not break down during storage.
Remove the Tires
Storing your RV with the tires on can lead to problems. When your RV sits in the same spot for a long period of time, flat spots can develop on the tires that can end up ruining them. If the weather is cold, it can make this issue worse. To avoid this damage, be sure to drive your RV every few weeks to avoid damaging the tires. However if you can’t take it out every few weeks, remove the tires and put your RV on blocks. If you can’t remove the tires or take it out every few weeks, put your RV on blocks while it’s in our Danbury facility.
Take Care of the Roof
To avoid any unnecessary damage to the interior, make sure to close and seal the roof vents. Also check the roof to make sure there are no problems that require maintenance. We recommend that roofs be inspected once a year. Minor cracks and exposed seams on the roof can be easily fixed with an outdoor sealer. When an RV is stored outside, squirrels, bugs, and birds can enter and cause damage. However, our Danbury facility is pest-free so you won’t have to worry about this.
Clean It Out
Now for the inside of your RV – you can start by unplugging your refrigerator, opening its door, and placing a bucket underneath for when the ice from the freezer melts. Clean the RV of all food and crumbs along with removing any perishables. Don’t forget to lubricate hinges on all doors.
Cover It Up
Once you have followed all of the previous steps for RV storage, it is a good idea to get an RV cover to prevent dust. However, the cover alone will not protect against water damage if the roof needs repair. Storing your RV at our Danbury facility is the best way to ensure your RV is best protected and give you peace of mind that it is kept safe and kept in the best condition.