Tips for year round RV storage

Tips for year round RV storage

31. March, 2016|Blog, RV Storage, Surrey RV Storage, Winterizing|No comments

There are many things to remember when storing your RV regardless of whether you are storing indoor or outdoor, during winter or summer. The ultimate goal is to protect your RV from damage and repair, ensure it remains safe for you and your family, and to get as many enjoyable years out of it as you can.


Things to keep an eye on: inspecting of the roof membrane, topping off your battery levels, checking seals on sidewalls and around windows, checking the operation of seasonal components (furnace, etc.) during the off-season to insure they will operate as they should when you do take your RV out, etc. are just a few items that need to be done to insure your investment is protected for the long-haul. As a minimum, semi-annual check-ups of your RV are strongly encouraged. This is even more important as your RV ages and for re-sale


RV Winter Storage Tips

When RVs are stored for the winter, it’s not uncommon for mice and squirrels to make their winter home in the RV. This can be difficult to prevent because they can enter the RV through some very small openings. Start by inspecting the underside of your RV for any gaps or holes. Fill these gaps using silicone or expanding foam. Next, open drawers and cabinet doors inside your RV. Look in all of the corners and crevices, especially where plumbing and wiring enter the RV. If you can see any daylight, mice can get in. Remove all food from the RV, and clean the RV to remove any remnants of food that might attract mice and other rodents.


You will also want to make sure you complete these following steps:

  • Defrost the freezer compartment and clean the refrigerator. Leave the doors open and place baking soda in the compartments to absorb any odors.
  • If the RV is in long-term storage and won’t be plugged in to electricity, turn off the main breaker in the power distribution panel.
  • Turn all LP gas appliances off and turn the LP gas supply valve off.
  • Close the window blinds to avoid sun exposure to the carpet, drapes and upholstery.
  • Leave doors drawers and cabinets open.
  • Clean the A/C filter(s).
  • If you have vent covers installed on the overhead vents, that prevent rain from getting inside, leave them cracked open to allow for some ventilation.
  • Remove any dry cell batteries from devices like smoke alarms, clocks etc.
  • Battery maintenance is an important part of winter storage preparation. If you plan to start the unit while in storage and periodically plug into shore power, leave the batteries in the unit. Plugging it into shore power once a month for about eight hours will help keep the coach batteries topped off.  At a minimum, you should check and adjust the water levels in all batteries and make sure the batteries are fully-charged. A discharged battery will freeze much quicker than a fully-charged battery. If the RV is in long-term storage, it’s better to remove the batteries and store them where they will not freeze. In either case, keep the batteries fully-charged when they are in storage.
  • If it’s a motorized RV, you should fill the fuel tank prior to storage and add a fuel stabilizer. Run the engine and the generator long enough for the stabilizer to get through the entire fuel system. Change the oil and oil filter on the engine and the generator prior to storage. Acids accumulate in used engine oil and can corrode engine bearings, especially while sitting for long periods of time. If possible, exercise the generator for at least two hours every month with a minimum of a ½ rated load on it. Consult your generator owner’s manual for load ratings.


RV Exterior Storage

When you store your Recreational Vehicle outside for extended periods, the exterior begins to show signs of wear from constant exposure to the elements. Ozone in the air and ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun start to take their toll. Ozone causes the paint to fade and makes products like rubber and vinyl dry out, crack and deteriorate. The UV rays from the sun make this aging process happen quicker.


Before you store your RV, you need to give the exterior a thorough cleaning.

  • It’s a good idea to clean the RV roof before putting the RV in storage too. The type of roof your RV has will determine the cleaner you will need to use.
  • Wash the exterior, and if you’re really motivated, wax the exterior using a quality wax formulated for the type of exterior surface your RV has. A good coat of wax protects your RV finish the same as it does an automobile. When you are cleaning the RV exterior, inspect all roof seams, body seams and window sealants for any cracks and openings that would allow water to get in.
  • Don’t forget to clean the awning fabric, and let it dry completely before storing it. If you have a pop-up or hybrid trailer, make sure all of the tenting material is clean and dry before storage.
  • Ideally, you should try to store your RV under a covered area, and on a solid surface like pavement or concrete. If this isn’t possible, avoid parking under trees and in tall grass, fields or wooded areas. If the RV won’t be parked under some type of covered shelter, you may want to invest in a cover. Covering your RV can be a logical and cost effective way to help protect your investment.  If you decide to use a cover, make sure it is made of a breathable material.
  • Service all locks with a spray lubricant and lubricate all hinges.
  • Chassis/Tires -Just like the exterior of the RV, the tires on your RV can be damaged by the harmful UV rays from the sun. Inflate the tires to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure, and cover the tires with covers that will block out the sunlight. Place something like a piece of wood between the ground and the tires. Frozen ground and petroleum based surfaces, like asphalt, can damage tires over time. Make sure that whatever you use to block the tires is larger than the footprint of the tire. No portion of the tire should hang over the edge of the tire block; this can cause internal damage to the tire. For trailers, chock the wheels front and rear. If you are storing a pop-up outdoors, angle the tongue downward to assist in snow and water run-off.

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How To Winterize Your Boat Before You Store It

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21. May, 2014|Blog, Boats, Slider, Winterizing|No comments

10 Easy Steps To Winterizing Your Boat Before You Store It With Surrey Storage


Having a boat in the summer months can be exciting and adventurous, but storing your boat in the winter months can sometimes be a struggle. Surrey Storage has been helping local boatmen safely store their boats for many years. You’ll also need to make sure your investment is in good running order when you take it to the lake in June. We can help you with that as well.

Here are 10 winterizing steps to perform before storing your boat with Surrey Storage.

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