Preparing Your RV for Long-Term Indoor Storage

In a perfect world, after renting or buying your storage unit, and deciding to store your RV for the off-season or an extended absence from the RV life, you would drive your RV into the unit and walk away. A few months later you walk back in and head out again. If you want to protect your investment, however, we suggest you don’t use your storage unit this way.

Storing your RV well is part of protecting your financial investment and your future use of your RV. Good storage practices will extend the life of your RV. Let’s start an introduction to storage preparation.

Ideally, you would have a climate-control unit, regardless of the location of the storage facility. At the very least, choose a unit such as those at Luxelocker, with good insulation, insulated doors, and electrical connections. At Luxelocker, units are climate-control capable, and most experts advocate for climate-controlled storage units.

  • Remove all perishables and clean surfaces of any organic debris in cupboards and cabinets.
  • Replace engine oil and fluids, clean filters. Remove all the batteries you can and use a slow charger on the others to prevent freezing. Depending on how long you will be away from the RV and what electrical outlets are in your storage area, follow factory recommendations for your unit regarding battery storage.
  • Unplug and coil all electrical cords of all appliances. Clean the refrigerator (and leave the door open) and all appliances. Shut the circuit breaker and internet connections.
  • Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior. Inspect the window and door seals, roof, metal seams, and the undercarriage for cracks or gaps. A wash and wax will protect the exterior paint and tire covers extend the life and safety of tires. Consider repairing any tears in seat fabrics or ceiling tiles to prevent access for insects or rodents. Put steel wool in any gaps around pipe or cord connections.
  • If you plan to leave bedding and towels in the RV, a vacuum seal bag will not only protect them but save space as well.
  • Check filters for the heating-cooling system for overuse and either replace or clean them. Vent covers allow for air circulation without providing the mice free access. Think about using moisture desiccants such as DampRid or a dehumidifier for wet climates. [link to mold blog]
  • Most importantly, empty and clean all tanks, freshwater, gray water, and blackwater. Pump a good disinfectant through the entire system and flush with clear water, but let it all dry out before storage. If there is a risk of freezing, antifreeze in the pipes and toilet are a must.
  • Finally, the best protection—even inside a storage unit—is a well-fitting, breathable RV cover. Yes, it’s a little like putting an envelope in an envelope, but the dust and vermin and paint protection is worth it. No, don’t use a tarp. A specifically designed cover allows air circulation and protection at the same time.

With eleven locations throughout the western U.S., Luxelocker RV and Boat Storage provides the best possible protection for your RV and boat. With well-insulated walls and doors, electrical outlets for select units, CCD cameras and secured access, your RV couldn’t ask for better protection. If it could speak, of course.

Choose the type of unit:  Standard, Luxe, or Super Luxe to get exactly the space you need. Buying your unit gives you the maximum tax benefits plus the option to rent out the space when you’re not using it.