Owning an RV is a luxury, and you want to keep your expensive rig safe. When winter hits, you don't want your RV left exposed to moisture and wind. Here are options for RV storage at your home and what you need to do to winterize your RV before the weather turns, so you have your favorite traveling vehicle ready when the weather turns nice again.
A canopy is a great, easy method of storage for your RV. A car canopy is a structure made of durable canvas and other materials that you set up next to your home or in your driveway. The canopy protects your RV against rain and snowfall. You can purchase a canopy with enclosed side walls or a style that only has a roof to protect your RV from the elements. Either option can be set up on your own and can be moved anywhere on your property you need it. You can buy a car canopy online or at your local equipment supply store.
If you don't have room on your property to keep your RV at your home or you want added protection with enclosed doors and on-site surveillance, you may want to consider a self-storage facility. Many storage facilities have units designed to house RVs, ATVs, and other motorized vehicles. These spaces are designed to where you can pull right up into them and have concrete flooring so any oil spills or other leakage can be cleaned up easily. Self-storage rates vary depending upon how large of a unit you want, and can be paid on a month-by-month basis.
Winterizing your RV
If you have a toilet or shower services installed in your RV, you want to make sure you drain all water from the vehicle's hot and cold water tanks before the freezing temperatures cause your water to freeze in your pipes. You should pour a winterizing agent, such as antifreeze, in your toilet bowl and down your sink(s) to help protect your RV's plumbing. You can also hire someone to blow out your RV's pipes with an air compressor.
To keep rodents at bay during the winter, you will want to place steel wool in all potential entry areas, including cracks under your door. Placing rodent traps in your RV can capture and kill any mice or rats that get loose in your RV during winter. Try to avoid using any kinds poisons to kill existing rodents since mice and rats will find a place to hide in your RV to die, making finding their decaying bodies later more difficult.
You want to enjoy your RV for many years. The best way to do this is to store it properly during winter, either by using a canopy or self-storage. In winterizing your RV and then storing it safely for winter, you can have your vehicle be ready to roll as soon as the warmer weather hits again.