Need To Store Your RV? 3 Things To Do First

Posted on: 5 May 2018

Before you put your RV into covered storage, there are a few things that you are going to want to do first to prepare your RV for being in storage for an extended period of time.

1. Protect Against Bugs & Rodents

When you put your RV into storage, there is always the potential for bugs and rodents to get into your RV. If you don't want bugs and rodents getting into your RV, you are going to have to take some specific precautions.

To start with, you are going to want to cover up all external openings into your RV. You can cover them put with screens, or you can put a plastic bag over the opening and a rubber band around it. Make sure to cover up the rooftop plumbing vents, exterior fridge vent, furnace exhaust, and air intake pipes. There are generally flying insect screens that you put over these outlets. Just make sure that you remove these covers when you pull your RV out of storage.

To stop rodents from getting into your RV, you are going to want to remove all food sources from your RV. Don't leave any food in your RV. You also shouldn't leave things like soap, paper towels, or even toothpaste inside of your RV. For some reason, rodents like these items as well.

2. Turn off the Power

Next, you need to make sure that you turn off all of the electrical items that are using power inside of your RV. The easiest way to do that is by turning off the battery disconnect switch that is located next to your batteries. Turning off the battery and disconnecting all items that use electricity from the battery will help ensure that the next time you pull your RV out of storage, you do not have to worry about a dead battery.  

3. Keep Roof Vents Open

When you close up your RV, it can get really stinky inside of your RV if you stop all flow of air inside of your RV. That is why you should keep the rooftop vents open when you put your RV in storage. However, you want to keep your rooftop vents covered as well so that way bugs and rodents can't get into your RV via the vents.

Invest in some vent covers that you can put over the rooftop vents while also keeping the vents open. This will allow air to flow inside of your RV while it is in storage without allowing pests or moisture into your RV. Airflow is crucial if you don't want your RV to smell all stuffy when you open it up.

Before putting your RV into storage, block off all entrances to your RV. Turn off the power so that your battery doesn't get drained. Invest in some rooftop vents so that you can keep the air circulating in your RV and prevent the air from getting stagnant. For more information, contact a company like Blanco Self Storage.