Checking Your Stored RV
Its time to be checking your stored RV. It’s that time of year again; the weather is consistently more frigid, many areas are regularly experiencing snowfall, and most RV parks are looking fairly barren. Unless you’re one of the rare RVers who braves the elements or drives down South to wait out the winter, you’ve probably winterized your rig and put it away in storage for the season.
Preserving your RV’s health relies heavily on storing it properly when it won’t be used for an extended period, but once it’s safely tucked away, it’s important to check on it from time to time instead of forgetting about it until the temperatures warm up again. The sooner you catch any potential damage, the lesser the chance will be that your RV will experience any real issues.
To help you out, here are a few things to check for when peeking in on your RV:
Are There Any Signs of Rodents?
Hopefully you took the time to inspect for any holes or openings before storing your RV, as insects and rodents will make use of any entrance they can find, no matter how small of a crack or gap it is.
During colder months, rodents often seek safe harbor from the cold, and while you can’t blame them for wanting relief from the chilly, windy air, rodents can damage the interior of your rig, and even worse, they can chew through your RV’s electrical wires, resulting in the need for costly repairs.
The main things to look out for are droppings and chew markings, which you’ll often see through any boxed, dry, or canned foods you have stored in your RV.
Is Any Mold or Mildew Starting to Form?
Moisture can easily enter an RV, especially if your RV isn’t stored in a dry, heated compartment. Mold and mildew can damage your RV, but it can also damage your health when inside of your RV, as you won’t be breathing clean air. Because your stored RV will most likely be closed off and not aired out, it’s much easier for mold and mildew to form.
The signs of mold and mildew are mainly visible, but if you enter your RV and notice an unpleasant musty aroma, you should further inspect for any signs.
Here is where mold and mildew will most likely be found:
• RV Awning–This one might not seem obvious, but if you cleaned your RV awning (as you really should) before storing it and rolled it up before it was thoroughly dry, you’ll want to make sure no spores are growing.
• On, around, and underneath all sinks
• Ventilation ducts
• Around doors and windows
• Water and sewage areas
• Around pipes
The earlier you catch any mold or mildew forming, the better off you and your rig will be. Some cases can be managed with mild spray, but others may require more rigorous methods.
Are All of the Contents Intact?
When you won’t be adventuring in your home-on-wheels for a long period of time, it’s always a good idea to check on it to make sure it hasn’t been broken into.
Are the locks intact? Does everything seem to be in place? If something does seem to be missing, you probably won’t have much luck in reporting theft if the break in happened months earlier, which is another reason why regular check ups can be so beneficial.
How’s the Tire Pressure?
Cold air causes your tire pressure to deflate, and when stored for long periods of time, vehicles run the risk of developing flat spots on their tires. You can prevent this from happening by regularly making sure your tire pressure is set to the manufacturer’s recommendation. If it dips below, you probably want to fill them up with some air. Some RVers prop up their rigs on blocks so that the entire vehicle’s weight isn’t weighing down on the tires for the whole cold season.
Did You Get All of The Trash and Food?
When checking in on your home-on-wheels, you’ll want to do a thorough once-over before leaving it again. Hopefully you got all of the trash and perishables out when you first put the RV into storage, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to leave something behind. The last thing that you want is to enter your rig once the weather starts to warm up and smell something foul simply because you left a Tupperware container full of last season’s chili.
Coming to a Close
Hopefully this advice gives you an idea of why you should check in on your RV when it’s put away into storage, as well as what you should look for when you do pop in. When travel season is back in full swing, you don’t want to miss out on the first big road trip because your tires are flat or you have a bad case of mildew spreading around. That being said, here’s to a quick winter and a safe and adventurous return of prime RV season!
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This blog post was authored by Darla Preston. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org