When you are not using your recreational vehicle (RV) for an extended period of time, the vehicle will need to be properly stored to protect it from damage. Your RV is an expensive asset, and several specific steps should be performed to ensure it is not going to lose value just from sitting idle. Below are some important items you should address when storing your RV for a lengthy period of time.
Prepare the Generator
Internal combustion engines need to be run on a regular basis to keep them in prime condition; allowing them to sit idle for a lengthy period of time can be an invitation to future trouble. However, if your RV's generator is going to be stored for an extended period, then you may not have an opportunity to start and run the motor. That's why you will need to make other arrangements to protect it.
One such alternative is to add a fuel stabilizer to the tank and run the engine for a few minutes to permit the stabilizer to circulate. The stabilizer will prevent moisture from accumulating inside the tank and from causing downstream problems inside the engine components. Once you are ready to take the RV out of storage, simply crank the generator and run it to exhaust the additive from the tank and motor.
Prevent Pest Intrusion
Pests, such as mice and rats, would love nothing more than to find their way into your RV and settle down for a long time. Rodents in particular can do tremendous damage by chewing up both functional and decorative components, and they are able to devalue your RV by thousands of dollars within a short period of time.
That is why making pest control a top priority is important when you are storing your RV. The use of conventional mouse traps and poisons can be helpful, but keep in mind that any dead rodent carcasses will begin to decay and create a terrible stench.
Therefore, it is better to prevent a pest invasion in the first place if at all possible. Rodents can enter your RV through openings as small as one-quarter of an inch around doors, windows, and vents. Seal these spaces with weather-stripping, silicone, and expanding foam.
In addition, you will need to remove any possible food items from inside the RV. Never store food inside an RV for a lengthy period of time, with the possible exception of food stored inside sealed metal containers. Any other items will prove tempting to rodents or other unwelcome guests, such as ants or moths.
Protect the Exterior of the RV
Your RV's exterior should also be protected from the elements. Ultraviolet sunlight as well as wind-borne particles, such as sand, can cause paint fading and pitting. In addition, ice and snow can create serious problems for an RV left exposed in the winter. For example, an accumulation of heavy snow on the roof of the vehicle could possibly create a depression in the roof.
Protecting your RV from the exterior elements can best be done by storing the vehicle in a covered location. A shed can keep snow and ice away and also provide protection against the sun's destructive rays. If you don't have the ability to keep your RV covered, then at least apply a heavy coat of wax to the RV's exterior. This will provide some level of protection against the elements.
Keep the Battery Maintained
Batteries inside an RV will lose their charge and ability to retain a charge in the future if they are not utilized on a regular basis. One way to prevent an expensive loss of your batteries is to keep them charged.
A device known as a float charger can be attached to the batteries and plugged into a convenient outlet. A low current will continuously flow into the battery and keep it at a peak level without any other intervention by you.
To learn more about RV storage or to reserve a covered storage location, contact Blanco Self Storage.