Tips on Preparing Your Cars and RVs for Self-Storage
Having made a big investment in your car or recreational vehicle, it is just as important for you to take a few extra steps to make sure that they are clean and in great shape before you move them into a self-storage facility. Doing so avoids having to do repairs in the future, and ensures that they are able to perform as soon as you take them out of storage. Here are a variety of self-storage suggestions that will be helpful.
Preparing Your Car for Self-Storage:
- Contact your car insurance carrier and find out if your auto insurance policy provides coverage for circumstances when your car is inside a self-storage unit.
- Clean your car thoroughly inside and out. Ideally, you should have a professional clean your car to effectively protect it from corrosion. Make sure to remove all items from the trunk and vacuum your car’s interior to remove any debris, dust, pet hairs, and food crumbs.
- Change the oil one or two days before moving your car into storage. It is best to change the filter as well to protect your engine from corrosion. Drive the care for a few miles after the oil change, so the new oil circulates the entire engine block.
- Protect the engine from moisture and corrosion by sealing off engine openings with an absorbent cotton cloth. You can also use the absorbent cotton cloth to fill in the exhaust pipes and other openings. Don’t forget to note the placed pieces of cloth in the car’s openings and remove them before driving your vehicle again.
- Fill the gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer to prevent moisture and air from getting in the gas tank. After filling the tank, add fuel stabilizer to prevent the gas from breaking down.
- Check the color of the brake fluid. If it’s brown or looks dirty, replace it to avoid rust in the brake system. Brake fluid tends to absorb water quickly, so it is best to bleed it out of the system.
- Make sure that your tires are properly inflated to the right pressure levels and that they can protect your car against flat spots.
Storing Recreational Vehicles (RVs) for Self-Storage:
- A thorough cleaning of the RV’s exterior and interior is highly recommended. This guarantees that your paint job remains in great condition.
- When cleaning your vehicle for RV storage, start from the top and work your way downward. Pay extra attention to grease, oil, and stains.
- For maximum protection, apply wax on your vehicle. This will ensure that the appearance and value of your vehicle is maintained. It is also recommended to use an RV cover made of breathable material to protect it from the elements.
- To keep your vehicle smelling fresh for months inside the storage unit, open all closets, cabinets, and doors to allow air to circulate freely throughout the vehicle. Also keep the refrigerator door open and leave an open box of baking soda inside to absorb odors.
By following these simple tips, you are guaranteed to be getting the same level of performance from your vehicle even after a long period inside a storage unit. If you have any questions regarding our services, call us at (330) 488-0129 or (330) 488-1866, or send us a message.