How to Store Your RV for the Winter
Written by Lisa McQuaid on December 14, 2017
The summer fun has finally ended and winter is closing in. For many RV owners, that means heading south for the colder months, but for others, it’s time to store your RV away until the spring melt. Once you’ve gone through and winterized your RV, it’s time to think about storage. Whether you’re a new RV owner or a seasoned vet, it always pays to explore your options for better long-term storage to keep your RV safe and protected.
While winterizing is one important step of preparing your RV to hibernate for the winter months, long-term storage involves quite a bit more than the water system alone. Luckily, we have a few tips and tricks to make it simple and easy to create a winter storage routine that fits your individual needs and budget.
The following three options for storing your RV this winter will help protect your investment, as neglecting to do so could lead you to paying for damages out of pocket.
1. Rent a Storage Unit
This is a highly effective storage option that works great for keeping your RV protected from cold Ontario winter weather, accumulating snow drifts and freezing winds. Additionally, a storage unit easily allows you to provide a roof for your RV that will keep it safe from harsh winter conditions. Although they are more costly up front, this is often the best option for RV owners who do not have the time or space to keep their RVs properly protected in the winter.
2. Use an RV Cover
If you do not live near an RV storage facility or you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, you can purchase a cover to protect your RV from the elements during the winter season. RV covers are ideal for preventing the snow accumulation and ice buildup on the exterior of your RV. They also help to keep meltwater from leaking into any seams between the components and panels on your RV. Once you’ve found an RV cover that is the perfect size and material, make sure you follow a few general guidelines to ensure it works properly.
- Before applying the cover, make sure your RV’s exterior and interior are both clean and dry.
- Applying the cover with an extra pair of hands is always best. So ask a friend or a family member to help out!
- Always work slowly and carefully around sharp corners that could potentially tear through the material of the cover.
- Take the time to flatten any antennas and keep your roof vents cracked open slightly to allow for proper air flow.
- Once you’re sure that you have covered all sides of the RV properly, double check that you have it secured so that it doesn’t come off.
Lastly, remember that even though your RV is covered, it's not safe from heavy snow. Keep a close eye on the amount of snow that accumulates on the RV’s roof and use a plastic shovel to keep it maintained.
3. Maintain It by Hand
If a storage unit or RV cover is not in your budget, you can still maintain your RV by hand during the winter months. While this does require a bit more work on your end, it is a perfectly reasonable option. Maintaining your RV by hand also means that you’ll need a few extra pairs of hands to help out as you keep a close eye on the snow accumulation. While your RV will still be exposed to the sun and wind, this is a better option than doing nothing at all. Just be sure to work carefully and keep warm as you work!
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