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How do I wake up my RV after a winter snooze?

Waking Up Your RV After Winter Storage

If you are a warm-weather camper, there are a few things to remember when starting the season after a snooze. Whether your RV storage is indoor or out, here's what you need to remember to get going again:

  • Fill your holding tank with a 50/50 percent bleach/water solution to kill any mold or fungus that may have grown over the winter and flush with fresh water. Hook up a pressurized fresh water line and turn on all sinks, including outdoor shower, to flush out all traces of antifreeze.
  • Treat your black and grey tanks with RV tank treatment solution from your RV store.
  • Inspect your appliances. Gas appliances need to be inspected for cracked or worn hoses.
  • Inspect electrical system for corrosion and/or malfunctions. Turn on all lights, radios, and operate any electrical equipment to be sure it works.
  • Test for carbon monoxide leaks.
  • Check tire pressure and condition of tires. Be sure pressure is at the recommended level for your RV.
  • Open all doors, drawers and cabinets and check for critters who may have camped out over the winter. They probably don't want to live with you either!
  • Clean your RV inside and out with recommended cleaner from your RV store to get a good start on the season.
Remember that none of these tips can replace the need for regular maintenance during indoor or outdoor RV storage.

Is there a way to store my RV in a garage without going over-budget?

Portable RV Garages for Protection at Home

Have you decided to invest in proper motorhome storage this year? If you like the idea of having your own RV storage garage, there are several options on the market. Choose from peak roof style, rounded, square and double-wide. A portable RV garage offers a temporary shelter in several sizes to fit your RV storage needs. They are made with polyethylene fabric, heavy-duty metal frames, and tubes and a slip-fit system that connect for easy construction. Water-proof with UV protective covering, portable covered RV storage units offer accessibility, protection and they are movable!

Be sure to check city ordinances and neighborhood covenants for rules related to residential RV storage on your lot.

Do I winterize during indoor storage?

Don't Let Your RV Get a Chill! Check Temperatures and Winterize!

Is your indoor or portable RV storage temperature controlled? If you are fortunate enough to have a temperature controlled RV garage, you may not need to winterize your RV. Monitor your RV temperature frequently. If the internal temperature falls below freezing, you will need to winterize your RV.

  • To winterize, empty and flush out your holding tanks. This will keep the water lines from freezing and bursting. Drain the fresh water tank and water heater (leave the drain plug out - do not open the safety valve - it may not seal properly).
  • Pour two to three gallons of non-toxic RV antifreeze through the plumbing. Put antifreeze in each sink, shower/bath, and stool.
  • Use a manual hand pump to push the anitfreeze through the system.
  • It is recommended to purchase a hot water heater bypass kit. This will allow you to empty your hot water heater to avoid freezing damage without using an excessive amount of antifreeze.
  • Remove the battery for winter storage. Store the battery in a warm spot but not in your living area.
Don't forget to de-winterize and do a safety check after storing your RV for long periods!

What can I do to protect my RV besides purchasing an RV cover?

RV Cover Accessories

If covered RV storage is the best fit for you, consider the following accessories to compliment your classic RV cover:

  • Tire guards - Tire guards keep the rain out and protect against damaging light, heat and tire wall cracking. Cracks can cause a tire blowout - a chance you don't want to take on the highway! Tire guards come with bungee attachments to keep them from blowing away in high winds.
  • Spare tire covers - Protect your spare from damage using a tire cover while parked and on the road.
  • RV mask - A front-end mask for Class A motorhomes protects the nose guard from nicks, stones, scratches, and bugs while allowing for battery-tray slide out. A mask can be used with or without an RV cover. Masks should fit tight and be removed to dry if the felt backing becomes wet.
  • Windshield cover - For your pickup truck, SUV, or Class C motorhome, use a windshield cover for privacy when parked. Covers also protect your windshield from the elements during storage.
  • Wiper blade and mirror covers - To protect Class A wiper blades and mirrors from UV damage and aging, use wiper blade and/or mirror covers. They can be used with or without an RV cover to protect against the elements.
  • Air conditioner cover - Protect your air conditioner from the weather while your RV is parked. Air conditioner covers come in a variety of sizes. Be sure to get the right fit!
  • Rooftop vent covers - Vent covers insulate and block light and heat from the interior of your RV.
  • RV cover patch kit - Keep a patch kit available in case of rips and tears. Your RV cover should come with a warranty, but even temporary holes or tears in the cover may cause damage to your RV in bad weather.
Note: When purchasing an RV cover and accessories, be sure to get the right size to ensure full protection from the elements!

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