With winter fast-approaching, you won't be needing your RV for much longer. Because of this, many people are looking to store their RV safely away until next summer. However, it isn't as simple as finding a location to store your RV and letting it sit there. You want to make sure you do a little prep work beforehand to prevent dealing with any unexpected surprises later on down the road. Here are three things you want to do before you store your RV for the winter.
Do some rodent work.
Many mice, squirrels, and other rodents end up trying to make their home in your RV. They can chew through all of the plastic, wiring and various components causing an extensive amount of damage to your vessel. The best way to prevent this is to head over to where your RV is stored and start it up periodically. This will get the squirrels away from your engine. Another thing you want to do is to prevent the mice from being able to get inside of your RV in the first place. Since they don't need a large hole, it can be difficult to keep them out. Look under the RV for possible gaps. Use expanding foam to fill them up.
Prepare the interior.
Make sure the freezer is defrosted and your refrigerator is clean. Prop the doors open. Place a container of baking soda in both your fridge and the freezer to prevent odors from forming. Turn the gas supply valve off at the tank. Leave drawers and cabinets open. Close all of the shades and blinds to avoid carpet damage. Leave vents cracked for ventilation. Remove batteries from flashlights, clocks and remotes. You don't want them exploding on you over the winter.
Protect the tires.
Your tires can end up being damaged from all of the sunlight. Make sure they are inflated to the proper pressure and cover them to keep them safe from the sunlight. Try to put a piece of lumber between the tires and the ground to prevent damage from frozen asphalt. You don't want any part of the tires hanging over the wood as that will cause damage to the inside of the tire.
In taking the steps above, you can make sure your RV is protected for the winter and there isn't a bunch of damage to all of its internal and external components.