If you are primarily a summer RVer, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your motorhome or travel trailer and getting it ready for winter storage. Taking precautions to protect your RV from damaging ultraviolet light and harsh winter weather can protect your rig’s value and extend its life.

When it comes to storing your rig for the winter, you have several options. Remember to always clean out, winterize and wash your RV before storage.

Option 1: A Storage Facility

While monthly fees can be pricy, indoor storage facilities provide excellent weather protection; although they can still leave your RV susceptible to damage by dust, trapped birds and mice. Covering your RV can eliminate dust and bird problems but may create a moisture issue (see the next item).

Option 2: DIY

Many RV owners prefer to store their RVs under open-sided tent-like shelters. Affordably priced, open-sided shelters allow plenty of air flow to combat moisture development while protecting the roof of your RV from sunlight, leaves, snow and rain.

Simply covering your RV is another affordable option, but you can’t just toss a tarp over your motorhome. Purchase an RV cover made with a breathable fabric to enhance air circulation and prevent moisture condensation which can lead to mold growth, rust and corrosion. It is also worth the money to invest in an RV cover designed to fit your particular RV model to prevent against scratching and chaffing damage from ill-fitting wind-whipped tarps.

Note: Unchecked Moisture is B-A-D

Depending on the size of your RV, leaving a couple of containers of moisture control compound such as Damp Rid, Dri-Z-Air or silica gel inside over the winter can help keep moisture levels under control. Leaving a dehumidifier or heater plugged in and unattended inside your motor home is a potential fire hazard and is not recommended.

Other Resources:

Winterizing Your RV – A Gone Camping Article by Cliff Maurand

Should You Cover Your RV? – A past RVT Blog Article

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