How to prepare my RV for its winter break?

How to prepare my RV for its winter break?

The effort you put in with your RV when it goes into storage mode will have a direct benefit in terms of workload when you bring her out of hibernation.  Heard the term stitch in time?

Clean clean clean.  Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior to remove dirt, debris, and moisture. Clean and sanitize all surfaces, including countertops, appliances, and upholstery. 

Remove all that extra very important stuff you have accumulated over the past adventure.  Smelly shoes, extra cricket bat, anything broken.  Don’t fall into using your RV as a storage place.  Let it take a rest.

Drain all water tanks, including the fresh water, gray water, and black water tanks. Use the RV's onboard systems to empty the tanks completely. Flush and clean the tanks thoroughly to remove any residue or contaminants.  This helps prevent odours and bacterial growth during storage.

Inspect the seals around windows, doors, vents, and roof seams for any signs of damage or wear. Repair or replace any damaged seals to prevent water leaks during storage.

Empty and clean your fridge and freezer.  Then check you have done it.  Then check again.

Don’t invite friends to stay while you are away.  Seal any openings or gaps where rodents and pests could enter, such as around pipes, vents, and access panels.  Trap and/ or place bait.

Mice vs condensation.  It’s a tough one, but you do need to get proper ventilation inside to prevent moisture buildup and mould growth. Crack open a vent or window slightly to allow air circulation while still maintaining security.

To cover or to not cover?  Sun and damp shorten the life span of all.  Minimise the time your RV experiences both of these weather conditions will benefit its health.  Accessibility and budget will come into play.  Some highly rate covers and others talk about their lack of air flow and scratching on the RV.  Ultimately, a purpose-built darkened warehouse with a butler on hand is best.

Don’t leave all the jobs until next time.  Write a list and build a plan.   Fix those that will continue to degrade during inactivity (like leaks) and get assessments (and services) done on appliances you have experienced issues with.  Two reasons on tackling those appliance jobs now: 1. You might well find a simple service is all you need and can stop stressing about replacement costs.  2.  If replacement is needed, you can find out model availability, costs, and timeframes.  You are then in control of your future spend.  

Check out the due dates on your EWOF, SC, Gas and WOF.  Book in the date for the visit and the job list.  Take the stress out and be ready for your next adventure.  

Plan in regular visits to your RV while it is out of action.  You can ensure everything remains in good condition.  It lets you any leaves, inspect for leaks or damage, and keep on top of any issues.   Going adventuring after your RV has been on a break can take a bit of effort.  If you have left her in a good space, then keep on giving her a bit of care, she will be better ready to jump into action.

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