Outdoor Storage Tips

RV STORAGE TIPS
  • Review owner's manual for engine, LP gas, generator, water heater and sanitation system storage tips.
  • Remove all perishable food from cabinets.
  • Turn off refrigerator; verify all power sources are off by checking 12 volt, 110 volt and LP gas.
  • Remove all food from the refrigerator, clean the inside and leave the door open to ventilate.
  • Clean rooftop air conditioner filters and cover the outside unit.
  • Clean the interior of the RV, pull shades and close blinds.
  • Turn off the propane cylinders and cover the regulator
  • Cover or tape vents to the furnace and range hood for long-term storage.
  • Ensure all roof vents and windows are closed. Prevent condensation if necessary by using chemical-type dehumidifiers.
  • Check tire pressure and cover the tires if they will be exposed to the sun.
  • Inspect roof, body, interior, soft moulding and caulking.
  • Service locks with spray lubricant to prevent rust and freezing.
  • Remove batteries, store in an area not subject to freezing and test periodically; charge if necessary.
  • In motorhomes, check all operating fluid levels under the hood and top off the gasoline tank. Add a fuel stabilizer.
  • Empty and thoroughly rinse all holding tanks. In winter, all water tanks, lines and pumps should be drained and filled with non-toxic RV antifreeze to keep any remaining water from freezing the system. (Never use automobile antifreeze of any kind in your water system!)
  • And finally, note dates of registration, tags, certificates and insurance, etc. and plan for renewal if they expire during your storage term.
BOAT STORAGE TIPS
  • Prepare your engine in accordance with the owner's manual. In winter, this will normally include draining and flushing the cooling system; draining and refilling the crankcase; applying oil to inside of each cylinder through the spark plug holes; and other preservative actions
  • Thoroughly clean the hull, decks, cockpit, bilge, all compartments, lockers and the exterior of engine and coat with an appropriate wax or preservative.
  • Drain fuel lines, pumps, carburetor and tanks or fill completely and add fuel stabilizer.
  • Leave all floorboards up, doors ajar, ports and skylights open, hatches partly open, drawers and lockers open.
  • Carefully fit a well-made cover, provided with ventilation ports. If boat is to be stored outdoors, make sure there are no low spots in the cover that will hold rainwater.
  • Place a cover over engine. Do not leave the engine exposed to the sun or rain.
  • Don't forget the trailer; check tire pressure and cover tires if they will be exposed to the sun, check and pack wheel hubs if necessary and lubricate jack.
  • And finally, note dates of registration, tags, certificates and insurance, etc. and plan for renewal if they expire during your storage term.