RV Storage

RV storage is important for the overall maintenance of your RV, especially if you live in a cold winter climate and put your RV in storage over the winter. There are a number of steps you should take whenever you store your RV for any length of time.

  • Fill the gas tank full so there is no condensation inside the tank.
  • Empty and flush all other water and storage tanks and empty all water lines.
  • Disconnect all power and remove batteries if there is a danger of freezing.
  • Remove all the food from the interior and clean and defrost the refrigerator. Leave a box of baking soda inside the fridge with the door ajar.
  • Cover all exterior outlets, and close all windows and vents.
  • Cover tires and wheels.
This is a short checklist for storing your RV. If you live in a cold climate, you should fully winterize your RV; your local RV dealer can help you with all the steps necessary for winterizing.
RV Fan Cleaning

Cleaning the fans in your RV isn't one of the most pleasant jobs you can take on before you head out for a season of camping, but it is one of those jobs that just has to be done. To make it a little easier, head to the hardware store and get a couple of small brushes you can use to get up into the fan blades to remove dust and dirt. One brush should be a small paint brush, while the other should be a small sponge brush.

Remove the RV fan cover and spray the sponge brush with a cleaner and/or degreaser. Then reach up and run the brush along the edges of the fan blade and over the surface to remove and dust or grease. You may have to do this a couple of times, but if you use a stiff brush and a good cleaner, you should be able to completely clean the fan blades. Don't forget the back of the blades! RV fan blades need to be cleaned at least once a season and more if you camp in dusty areas. The fan over your stove may need to be cleaned often too. While you're cleaning the fans, soak the fan covers in hot, soapy water, and then rinse and dry. And just like that you're done with RV fan cleaning for the year!

RV Battery Maintenance

When you think of RV battery maintenance, don't forget there are at least two batteries you'll have to maintain in your RV. One is the "chassis" battery that starts the engine and helps power the engine accessories, and the other is the "coach" battery that powers the interior appliances and accessories in your RV's living quarters. Some RVs have a bank of batteries that power the coach, and whatever your coach has, the batteries all need maintenance at one time or another.

To maintain your batteries for the longest life possible, make sure you clean the cables and terminals on each battery at least once each season. Remove the cables from the battery and scrub with a wire brush and a mild solution of baking soda and water. Scrub the terminals as well. Then, double check the cables and make sure they are not bent, cut, or corroded, and that they are firmly attached to the cable ends. Reattach the cables to the terminals, making sure you connect positive to positive and negative to negative. Your batteries will last longer and perform better if you perform this simple RV battery maintenance at least once a season.

Maintenance on Your RV Air Conditioner

Before you head out for a season of camping, you should perform some routine maintenance on your RV air conditioner, just to make sure it'll keep you cool all summer long. First, if your air conditioner has a foam filter, you should remove it and wash it, and if it has a non-reusable filter, you should replace it.

Next, you should inspect the air conditioner and its housing. If the housing is loose or cracked, the seal that prevents water and moisture to enter the RV could be damaged. You should also look at the condenser fins and make sure none of them are bent or damaged. Air conditioner fins aren't typically replaceable, and many times they cost as much as a new air conditioner. You should also wash the exterior of the air conditioner and remove any bugs, road tar, or other debris on the exterior of the unit.

Remember to turn the air conditioner on and test it before you leave on your first trip. If all this seems like a lot of work, consider taking your coach to a local Camping World service center. They'll conveniently perform this service for you every year—which will get you out on the road a lot quicker!

Cleaning RV Tires

Cleaning RV tires is also a yearly necessity. Dirt, road tar, and debris can all build up on your RV tires and lead to deterioration of the rubber. Use a soft brush and cleaner formulated for your RV tires to clean the road grime from your tires and wheels. If you drive in dusty or rocky conditions, you should check your RV tires for wear more frequently and clean them more frequently as well.

Beware of many "dressing" products designed to "spiff up" your RV tires. Many of these products contain petroleum or petroleum derivatives, and they can actually speed up the deterioration of your tires or cause them to crack too soon. Remember, RV tires last much longer than passenger car tires. It's more likely you'll have to replace them due to age and cracking rather than because you put too many miles on them. Proper cleaning and inspection of the tires, valves, and caps can help your RV tires last longer, and keeping them properly inflated will add time to their life too!

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