When it comes to investing in something like an RV, the only thing you want to do more than enjoy it is to protect it. Full-timers will tell you the best part of being on the road constantly is that they don’t have to worry about storing their RV. However, not all RVers are full-timers and for the rest of us who are weekend warriors, storing our RV is the best way to protect our investment.
So, what do we need to do that? Well, park right here and read on, because we’ve compiled our favorite must-have products for storing your RV.
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The first thing you should do when preparing to store your RV is clean it. Simply put, if you store a dirty RV then what you’ll find when you bring it out of storage it will be the stuff of nightmares. Trust me.
Start with all your main living spaces including the kitchen and bedrooms, then tackle the bathrooms. Use a product like Mean Green Mildew Destroyer which cleans and disinfects dark, damp areas prone to mold and mildew.
As for your awnings, fully extend them and allow them time to dry out completely before storing your RV for long periods of time. Then with the Premium RV Awning Cleaner, quickly and safely remove any tough stains and allow the awning to dry again. The cleaner will provide a UV blocker, and protect against bird droppings in the future. Plus, it’s non-toxic and nonflammable and it won’t discolor or stain your awning.
For some, storing their RV in an enclosed building like a garage is the perfect solution. However, for most RV enthusiasts, storing their RV outdoors is the only option available. As a result, RV covers quickly become an RVers best friend. Even for those fortunate enough to store their RV in an enclosed space, a cover may still be beneficial.
If you’re storing your precious RV in a place where it is exposed to the elements, then selecting an RV cover is wise to prolong the life of your investment and any future adventures you plan to take with it. Specific covers are made for all types of RVs:
- Fifth Wheel covers
- Travel Trailer covers
- Camper covers
- Toyhauler covers
- Class A covers
- Class B covers
- Class C covers
There is definitely one out there for your particular RV.
The dangers of leaving an RV uncovered include damage from rain, wind, snow, and punctures from fallen limbs. Why buy an RV cover designed for your RV? Well, the benefits of selecting a cover specifically designed with your RV in mind are endless and can go a long way in protecting the outside of your RV.
If you’re storing your RV inside, you may not need RV tire covers. If you’re storing your RV outside, then tire covers should be high on the list of items to have. Since UV light can slowly deteriorate tires if they’re left exposed, it’s smart to cover all of them to prevent premature aging.
Since we’re talking about tires, another item that will help keep your tires in tip-top shape for the next RV season is a leveling system. Tires can develop flat spots from the weight of your RV if it’s stationary for extended periods of time.
If you’re able to move your camper every so often, great! If not, try using the Andersen Camper Leveler to keep your tires from resting on the ground. This leveler levels your RV on the first try with dead-on leveling at any increment from ½” to 4”. In other words, it’s precise – everyone can appreciate that.
Another leveling option to consider are RV Leveling Blocks. Available in packs of ten, these blocks stack to the exact height necessary to level your RV. Made of heavy-duty polypropylene, they’re lightweight yet durable so they won’t rot or absorb water. They also come in yellow for high visibility to make it easier for positioning, especially in the dark.
Propane Tank and Generator Covers
Back to covers, because we’ve got a lot to… cover. See what I did there? We’ve mentioned RV covers and tire covers. Let’s talk about propane tank covers.
It’s easy to forget about the propane tank needing coverage because it’s virtually exposed while in use anyway. However, Mother Nature can lose her temper every now and then. Leaving a propane tank unprotected could be catastrophic. Protect your tank from dirt and debris with the Double RV Tank Cover; it’s constructed with a board insert across the top for additional stiffness. It is water-repellent and water-resistant and has an easy-open front for quick access to valves – because if you’re anything like me, you like to check several times just to make sure the tank is turned off.
While you’re at it, grab a generator cover. One like the Cummins Onan P4500i Inverter Portable Generator Cover, for example, provides waterproof protection while in storage. It’s made of durable nylon polyester fabric with a drawstring hem for a secure fit. Not only will you have protection, but you’ll have peace of mind.
Perfect for year-round use, but especially when storing your RV is a window cover. Even if you’re storing your camper in an enclosed building, it’s worth it to grab one of these covers to protect your windows while your RV isn’t in use. The interior will keep cool and protected and remain private for anyone that happens to be around your RV while you’re storing it. Something like the Overdrive RV Windshield Cover features cutouts for your mirrors and offers a fast, easy fit. It comes with security straps that lock inside your doors, plus it’s UV and mildew resistant.
If you’re storing your RV for the winter, don’t forget to winterize it beforehand by stocking up on the essentials to do so. Our RV Winterization Bundle includes a premium gel-gloss wash and wax, blow-out hose, Dri-Z-Air dehumidifier, plastic winterizing hand pump kit, Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer, and Freeze Ban RV antifreeze all of which make the process easier.
What must-have products do you reach for when storing your RV? Tell us below.