Tips for Keeping Your RV or Motorhome In a Green Storage Parking Lot
When you’re not on the road traveling, it’s important to find a place to store your RV when it’s not in use. If you can't park it at your home, you'll want to find a place that's safe and secure, easy to access, and won’t end up costing you a fortune. Well, there's one place perfect for your needs and that's a storage parking lot.
Storage parking lots provide plenty of space for all types of RVs, trailers, and campers. This is the most common self-storage option for RVs, as it’s widely available and affordable. An RV's size often ends up being the biggest hassle to deal with. It's hard to find a parking place or make room for it at home. The parking lot is a great solution as it accommodates all sizes of vehicles and comes with security features to ensure your property is protected and not misused. These features include high fences, keypad entry gates, video surveillance, and security guards.
Storage facilities also provide a covered RV storage option. Covered parking spaces protect from the elements and do not cost much more than the uncovered options. With a covered structure, your RV is better protected from the elements, provides shade, and a barrier against wind and rain. It should be mentioned that not all elements can be stopped by a roof. Strong winds, extreme heat, humidity, and extreme cold can all still be issues for your vehicle.
While a parking lot can guarantee the safety of your vehicle, its condition and upkeep are on you. It is vital to check and secure your RV before storing it. Here are some tips on how to prevent any damage when storing your RV for a long period of time.
- Clean and check everything
Before placing the rig in storage give it a good wash and wax. The wax will help protect the RV from sun damage and keep dirt build-up down. A good coat of wax also makes cleanup after storage much easier. Clean the rubber seals, roof, and mechanical parts beneath the RV and retract your slides. This way the mechanical parts, roof, slide toppers, and rubber seals are not exposed to the elements and there is less chance for leaks.
- Take precautions to prevent mold
If any moisture develops it can lead to mold growth and musty smells when you retrieve your RV from storage so keeping moisture out of the RV is a major concern. Another way to combat mold growth is by not using the full nighttime shades. Store the RV with the translucent daytime shades drawn which still allows daylight to penetrate.
- Bugs and Rodents
Pest control is extremely important. The first thing to do is make sure all external openings are blocked off or screened. Popular spots for bugs include the rooftop plumbing vents, the furnace exhaust, and air intake piping. The best way to limit them is to make sure to remove all possible food sources and nesting materials including items such as soap, toothpaste, and paper towels.
- Check your batteries
When leaving the RV in storage, make sure to turn off all electrical using the battery disconnect switch located right next to the batteries. This ensures there will be no drain on the battery bank and you won't have to ever deal with a dead battery.
- Check-ups are important
Make sure to check up on your RV every once in a while. A lot of problems can be dealt with when they are minor problems before they become larger, more expensive issues to deal with.