4 Tips For Taking Your RV Out Of Storage
For those who are fortunate enough to own recreational vehicles like ATVs, boats, and campers, you also know that being the owner of such vehicles requires upkeep, maintenance and special care considerations that many people who don’t own recreational vehicles might not be aware of. One of the most obvious times when these considerations come to bear is right after you have taken the vehicle out of storage. Below are some tips for taking your RV out of storage to help make the process easier.
Always look at the owner’s manual
This is the first place you should always look when taking any vehicle out of storage, but especially a recreational vehicle. It will typically contain detailed instructions on what to do with your RV once you have removed it from winter storage so that it is safe to use, and working properly.
Remove whatever cover you had on the vehicle and inspect its condition
You should always check your recreational vehicle for fluid leaks, and carefully look at all the wires and hoses to ensure that there are no cracks, or that rodents and other pests haven't been feasting on them all winter long. Clamps should be tight, tires should be inflated (if the RV has tires) and any necessary repairs should be addressed immediately.
Give it a thorough cleaning
Sitting in storage all winter (especially if the vehicle was not cleaned prior to being placed into storage) means that when you take it out, your RV will likely have some dirt and grime build-up you will want to take care of. You want your recreational vehicle to function well, but you also want it to look great. Cleaning the windshield, windows and other hard surfaces will help protect them, protect you and keep the RV looking brand new. You should also spot clean and thoroughly vacuum any upholstery as well. This is particularly important for boats.
Replace or connect the battery
You should have removed the battery before putting the vehicle away into storage for the winter, but before you put the battery back in you want to make sure that it is fully charged. The cables and terminals should also be inspected for any sign of corrosion and cracking and if caked with dirt, spiderwebs, etc., thoroughly cleaned.
Getting your recreational vehicle out of storage as quickly as possible and onto the open road, trails or water is the name of the game, but doing so in a way that ensures the vehicle is safe to operate, and not going to end up causing you money or pain is key. Keep the above RV storage removal tips in mind and your RV will last you, your family and your friends well into the future.