How to Properly Store Your RV When It's Not in Use

How to properly store your RV when it's not in use.

Keeping your RV in good condition is an important part of owning one. Over time, you can forget what you need to do when storing your vehicle and end up doing things wrong. This article will show you how to prepare your RV for storage so it's ready for use again in no time.

Clean your RV

Before you store your RV, you will want to clean it out. This means removing any bugs that might be on the RV and cleaning everything else inside. You should use a pressure washer to wash away dirt, grime, debris and bugs that may have accumulated during regular use of your RV. You can also use this time to clean windows and mirrors as well as tires, wheels and the undercarriage. When you are cleaning these areas, remember to avoid using harsh chemicals on these surfaces since they may damage them over time if not properly protected when washing them down with cleaning agents.

Take out the batteries

It's important to remove the batteries from your RV when you are not using it. Store them in a cool, dry place that is free of humidity and dust. The best way to do this is by storing them separately in their own boxes. Batteries must also be upright at all times while they are being stored; this will prevent acid buildup and damage to the terminals within the battery itself.

Remove the propane tanks

  • Make sure the tanks are completely empty.
  • Close the valve on each tank, and then make sure it's not leaking.
  • Securely store the propane tanks in a ventilated area that's away from your RV, such as in an open garage or shed with plenty of air flow (but not outside).

Winterize the water system

  • Check that the water system is empty.
  • Use a hose to drain the water from the tanks and rinse out all the pipes and fittings.
  • You can also use a hose to wash out your toilet, if you have one.
  • Finally, spray down all walls, floors and other surfaces with fresh water.

Cover Your RV

It's important that you cover your RV when it's not in use. If you don't do this, the elements will damage it, and it can be easily stolen by someone looking for a new home or vehicle. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they need to buy a tent big enough to cover everything, but this isn't necessary—just find a heavy-duty tarp that's large enough to cover both your RV and all its accessories (i.e., bikes, kayaks). Make sure the material is breathable so moisture doesn't build up inside (which would cause mold growth), and make sure there is an opening for doors or windows so air circulates throughout.

You should be able to enjoy your RV for years to come, which is why proper storage is so important.. We hope this guide has helped you learn more about storing your RV. If you have any other questions or would like to speak with someone who can help you get started, please give us a call! At StorAll’s, we consider ourselves the storage experts. Visit to learn more about your options for storage.

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