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Tips For Storing An RV During The Winter

While you might get a lot of use from your RV throughout the summer, winter time is usually when an RV goes into storage until the weather gets warm again. You may need to rent space in a storage facility, or have a carport in your backyard to keep the RV away from the outside elements. No matter where you store the RV, here are some tips for making sure it survives the cold winter.

Storing the Battery

You will want to avoid creating a situation where you need to replace the battery next spring, which can easily happen if you do not properly store the battery. Damage can happen to the battery due to the lead sulfate inside it hardening and crystallizing, which will make the battery unable to hold a charge. This can be prevented by limiting how much the battery will discharge during the winter.

Start by disconnecting the RVs battery,, then clean it so that all of the corrosion on the terminals is gone. You can remove corrosion using a simple cleaning solution of water and baking soda that forms a paste.

Charge the RV battery before putting it into storage so that it has a full charge, and top the battery fluid off if the battery has a removal vent cap. This should be enough to maintain a good charge on the battery so that it does not fail when you are ready to use it again. If you do not plan on reconnecting the battery to use the RV in the spring, you should charge the battery when the winter is over to top it off again.

As for the temperature of the battery, it should not be in an environment that is so cold that it will freeze. If your storage unit or carport is not heated, take the battery home to store it in a warm place.

Preventing a Pest Infestation

Storing an RV indoors is a great first step to keeping the pests out of the vehicle, but it is not guaranteed to be completely free of pests. It is a good idea to check the RV for holes that will allow pests to get inside of the vehicle. A mouse can squeeze through a space as tiny as a diameter of a pencil, so you'll want to plug these holes up in anticipation of a worst case scenario.

Any gaps can be filled with a silicone foam that expands. It comes in a spray can, and can easily be applied to a hole in seconds to close the gap.

With these tips in mind, your RV will be safely stored in a storage facility or a large carport.