If you are like many RV owners, you are probably forced to put your adventures on hold during the winter months. Before putting your RV into storage during this off-season, it is important to ensure you have taken steps to prevent common issues such as freezing pipes and pest infestations. Completing each of the three steps below can help to ensure your RV comes out of storage ready to hit the road.

Step #1: Be Sure All Traces Of Food Have Been Removed

Emptying the cabinets and fridge of food before placing your RV into storage probably seems like a very obvious task. The problem is that many people overlook the less obvious food sources that can attract pests. For instance, even small food crumbs left on the floor on in the cushions of your seats can be enough to attract some pests and keep them fed for the entire time your RV is in storage. That is why it is so important to carefully vacuum all of the surfaces in your RV to ensure all traces of food have been removed. 

Step #2: Drain The Plumbing System And Winterize It

Freezing pipes can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your RV. If you wish to avoid these expensive repairs, you will need to ensure that your RV's plumbing system has been prepped for the winter months. In order to do this, you will need to start by draining as much water as possible from all of your water tanks. Unfortunately, it is often impossible to get every drop of water out of the system. That is why you should also add a small amount of antifreeze to the tank in order to prevent any water that was left behind from freezing. 

Step #3: Open Your Air Vents To Allow Air To Circulate

Proper air circulation is a very important part of protecting your RV from the growth of mold and mildew while it is in storage. Thankfully, most RVs come equipped with air vents that can be opened to allow fresh air to flow in without compromising the security of the vehicle or allowing rain or snow to get inside. Before placing your RV into storage, you will want to ensure that these air vents are open. If you plan to use a vehicle cover to protect the outside of your RV, be sure that this cover does not block your air vents.  

For more information, contact a local company like United Moving and Storage.