Do you own an RV and are wondering what to do with it now the season for traveling around is over? There are plenty of RV storage facilities in Canton, Ohio, that will cater for your vehicle. However, just driving it into an RV storage space, whether it is inside or outside and leaving it there is not necessarily the best thing to do. There are several steps you should take to ensure that the condition it is in when you left it will be the same as when you drive it off again next spring. The major concern throughout cold weather is the potentially expensive damage to the RV’s water system if it is not prepared in advance. This includes holding tanks, hot water heaters and their supply lines.
As a precaution against possible damage from freezing conditions, all systems that hold water should be drained. This prevents expansion when freezing conditions arrive. The expansion caused in a water tank by ice could cause several hundred dollars worth of damage.
Look After Those Batteries
RV batteries are often overlooked even by the most caring RV owner. Surprisingly, they are quite a costly item, as most RVs are fitted with deep cycle batteries that last longer than a conventional car battery. They cost more too and need to be kept charged if they are to live out their normal natural life, which could be up to six years. Unless the RV is going out on winter jaunts regularly, the batteries should be removed, charged up and stored where they cannot freeze. Regularly checking their state of charge and giving them a boost every now and again will lengthen their lifespan. It doesn’t matter whether your RV is stored in an indoor or outdoor RV storage facility, the batteries will need the same type of care.
Polish and Cover that RV
If your RV is to be left in an outdoor RV storage facility then the exterior is extremely important because the vehicle, unless it has an overhead roof, will be out in the cold and the wet. It is very important to ensure the exterior of the RV is left in good condition. All cracks such as those around power and water pipe inlets should be sealed with waterproof sealant available at any hardware store. The exterior should be washed down with soap and water, dried and a good quality exterior wax based polish should be applied. If you are really serious about maintaining the health and well-being of your RV you will buy a protective RV cover that will really help to ensure the integrity of your holiday home is kept at its best while it is at rest in its RV winter storage retreat.
It is much more satisfying to be able to drive your RV away from the storage facility in spring with it still in great condition. You can concentrate on your new year’s vacation without having to spend valuable time and money getting your vehicle back into acceptable condition again.