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9 Tips to Prepare Your RV for Winter Storage

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October 31, 2013

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The leaves are falling off the trees, the weather is starting to cool down and the official travel season is over for the eastern part of the country. It is now the time to make preparations to store your camper or RV. We had shared tips on how to prepare your boat for the off-season in an earlier blog post.

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During the off-season, many people opt to store their RV's at a storage facility. This not only helps to free up space in the garage, driveway or yard, it also helps to comply with standards set by homeowners associations. Find a storage facility near you and store today!

The most important thing to do when putting your vehicle into storage is to make sure that your registration, insurance and license plates are current and renewed. Some storage facilities will require proof of insurance when you are storing a RV for the winter.  When you are putting your RV into storage for the winter, there are certain preparations that need to be made to keep the vehicle in good working order and ready for the next travel season.

  1. Take the RV out for one last drive to listen for any engine problems, knocks or pings. Walk around the vehicle as well as climb on the roof to inspect all parts for broken antennae, awnings, seals, etc.
  2. Thoroughly clean the RV inside and out. If you have the time, wax the vehicle starting from the top down. Remove all food from the vehicle. Vacuum the interior, wipe down counters and cabinets.
  3. Remove the battery from the vehicle if you are storing for an extended period of time (more than a few months). Keep the battery on a maintenance charger and store in a dry, cool and ventilated space such as your garage. Also, check and fill the water level in the battery.
  4. Disconnect all air conditioning connects and clean out the air filters.
  5. Defrost and clean out the refrigerator. Add baking soda to absorb any odors. Leave the refrigerator door open during storage to allow for air circulation.
  6. Prior to storage, change the oil and oil filter prior to storage. Fill the fuel tank and add a fuel stabilizer, based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. If you battery is staying in the vehicle in storage, start the engine every couple of months to help prevent moisture build-up.
  7. Close the windows and blinds in the vehicle to prevent intense sun exposure that can damage the fabrics and fade the carpet.
  8. 8Remove dry cell batteries from flashlights, clocks and other devices and replace them when you are ready to travel again.
  9. If possible, cover the tires with protective tarps and if possible, cover the entire RV with a breathable tarp that is specially made for the vehicle. The coverings will help protect the RV from the elements during the winter months.

Similar to boat storage, some people opt to store their trailers, campers or RVs in their driveways. If there is not enough room to do that, consider parking your RV at a self storage facility near you. ezStorage has 9 facilities in Maryland that offer RV parking spaces: Arbutus/Maiden Choice, Bel Air, Owings Mills/Reistertown, Pasadena/Glen Burnie, Randallstown, and South Bowie/Upper Marlboro.

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How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

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5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

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Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

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10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

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10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

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Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

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  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!