An RV makes traveling fun and convenient during warm months, but many motorhome owners elect to store their RV during the cold winter months when it is not being used. Taking the time and making the effort to get your RV ready to be stored for the winter will help ensure that it stays in good condition and it ready to use when warm spring weather arrives. Use the following tips to winterize your RV:

Keep Rodents Out

When the weather is freezing cold, rodents look for any place out of the elements to live and make a home. If your RV becomes infested with rodents while being stored for the winter, they can cause a lot of damage by chewing through wires, furnishings, and leaving disgusting droppings. Your best bet is to make sure, before storing your RV, that rodents can't get into it. First examine the undercarriage of your RV for any gaps or openings that lead to the interior; if you find any gaps or openings, fill them in with silicone or expanding foam. It is also important to thoroughly clean the interior of your RV to remove any crumbs or other food sources, and take all food out of the cabinets (even non-perishables) and refrigerator.

Protect the Exterior

Before storing your RV for the winter, it is a good idea to wash the exterior and then apply a high quality wax to help protect the exterior from fading, cracking, or sustaining other damage during the harsh winter weather. It is also worth your time to examine the roof and exterior seams for any openings that could let in rain or snow; seal these cracks if they are present. If possible, try to park your RV under a covered area for more protection.

Remove the Battery

If you are storing your RV for the whole winter and you do not plan to start it up at all while it is stored, it is a good idea to remove the battery so it does not freeze. RV batteries can be expensive, so if you want to use your current battery next season, be sure you keep it charged. You can easily charge the battery on a regular basis at home using a plug-in auto battery charger to ensure that the battery keeps a charge. 

For more tips, contact an RV storage facility. They may have additional guidelines and recommendations, such as keeping the RV covered with a tarp.

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