There may be times of the year when you are far less likely to want to use your RV. Often, this will be during the winter months when it will be more difficult to drive these large vehicles on icy roads. During this time, you will want to take great care in preparing the RV for an extended storage period. Otherwise, you will find that your RV may need substantial work before it will be in drivable condition when you remove it from storage.
Avoid Underestimating The Need To Thoroughly Clean The RV's Interior
One of the first and most important things that you should do when preparing the RV for storage is to ensure that the interior of the vehicle is thoroughly cleaned. Leaving crumbs, bags or containers that could have food or organic materials in them can attract a variety of pests to the vehicle. This can include ants, spiders, rodents, and a host of other creatures. Unfortunately, it can be easy to accidentally leave crumbs on the upholstery or carpeting. To ensure that these pieces of debris are removed, you should have the interior steam cleaned and sanitized.
Treat The Interior And Exterior For Pests
Another step that you will want to take to prevent pests from targeting the RV will be to have it treated with pesticides or repellents. When treating the RV with these substances, many people will only place them on the interior of the unit. However, it is also beneficial to treat the exterior of the RV and the grounds surrounding it. If you will be storing the RV for multiple months, you may need to have these treatments reapplied as they can degrade due to the passage of time and being exposed to the elements.
Use A Vehicle Cover If The RV Will Be Stored Outside
An RV is a very large vehicle, and this will give a large surface area that will be exposed to the elements. Over the course of weeks or months, it can be possible for your RV to suffer serious damages. In particular, molds, mosses, and algae may grow on the exterior of the vehicle, which can cause the paint to peel and the metal to corrode. You will find that investing in a protective tarp or vehicle covering can be the most effective way of preventing this type of exposure from causing serious damages to the vehicle's exterior. When choosing a cover for the vehicle, you should be sure to opt for one that will allow moisture to evaporate to prevent rainwater or condensation from getting trapped under this cover.
Contact a company like Mars Mega Storage for more information and assistance.