The Ultimate Guide To RV Maintenance And Storage To Prevent Costly Repairs Before Road Trips

When you plan on going on a road trip, getting your RV out of storage is often that last thing you do. If you want to spend less time dealing with costly repairs, and more time on the road enjoying your vacation, maintenance and good storage practices are essential.

Preparing Your RV Interior for Extended Stays in Covered Storage

As you get ready to park your RV in storage, start preparing it by cleaning the interior. Make sure that you remove all food and any items you do not want to get damaged. Clean the refrigerator and cabinets, and leave an open box of baking soda to absorb odors. Also, make sure that you leave the door open on appliances while the RV is parked, which will prevent mildew forming from moisture that may be present.

Protect Materials and Finishes from Potential UV Exposure

RV storage is often just covered storage, which may not completely protect your RV from sunlight exposure. Buy auto or RV sun shades and place them in the windows. Another option is to get a cover for your RV and completely cover it to block sunlight. Before your park, give any vinyl materials a final cleaning with a UV protective product. Make sure you protect any materials that are particularly vulnerable to damage from UV exposure.

Essential Engine and Mechanical Maintenance Before Parking The RV

Engine maintenance is another chore that needs to be done before you park an RV in storage. Before you start, make sure you fill the gas tank up, and then continue changing the oil and topping off the coolant in the radiator. If you are concerned about the engine sitting for too long without being start, you can also add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. If you can, it is a good idea to visit your RV occasionally while it is in storage to start the engine. If it doesn't start, talk with a mechanic that specializes in diesel repair

Protect RV Tires from Cracking Caused by Sitting Idle for Long Periods

Due to problems like weight of RV vehicles and the fact that they often sit more than they are driven, tire care is important. Get your tire pressure gauge out of the glove box and check the air in your tires. If the tires are low on pressure, add air to them. In addition, wheel covers are also a good investment to protect tires while the RV is at a storage facility.

It is also important to disconnect battery terminals and do periodical preventive maintenance while your RV is in storage. Contact a diesel repair service to get maintenance done to your engine before you park your RV in storage.