How to Store Your RV for the Winter

by RainF 22. December 2014 06:56

After a long season of RV adventures, its time to protect your investment. Properly storing your home away from home takes a little bit of work, but is essential to maintain your RV’s condition for years to come. For most of us, RV storage prep occurs just prior to its winter slumber. The first step is to winterize. If you have not already, take a minute to read our post all about winterizing. Once this is complete, it’s time to prepare for storage.

Our convenient checklist breaks down the steps to make the storage process simple and pain-free. As always, consult your RV user manual for additional storage tips specific to your vehicle.

RV Storage Checklist

Interior

  • Remove perishable food items
  • Defrost fridge and freezer
  • Clean fridge and add a deodorizer
  • Remove dirty linens or blankets
  • Clean or replace cabin air filters
  • Clean the interior cabin
  • Open all cabinets, drawers, interior doors and fridge
  • Close all blinds
  • Close or cover outside exhaust ports (stove hood, A/C and furnance)
  • Place moisture absorbers
  • Turn off and unplug all electrical and propane items
  • Disconnect the battery and propane tanks and store safely
  • Set pest traps
Clean RV Interior

Exterior

  • Place wheel blocks to lock the RV in place
  • Check doors and windows for damage
  • Lubricate or replace weather stripping, if needed
  • Install RV tire covers
  • Add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank
  • Fill gas tank to max level
  • Check and top off engine fluid levels
  • Wash, wax and dry the exterior
  • Cover with a RV carport or breathable tarp
RV under steel cover

Regular preventative measures are always superior to enormous maintenance costs. Take the time to care for and store your RV correctly to ensure it will be around for many years to come.

For your convenience, we’ve created a downloadable PDF version of our checklist that you can access from your mobile device or print. Feel free to share if you found it helpful!

RV Storage Steps PDF

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