Tips for Prepping Your RV for Storage
YOGI BEAR™ and his friends aren't the only creatures that need to prepare for hibernation. Your RV needs some care before putting it into long-term storage to ensure it will be in great shape for next year's camping season. Storing your Louisiana RV can be as easy as pulling it onto a site like the ones we offer at YOGI BEAR'S JELLYSTONE PARK™, but it will take a bit of planning.
Here are a few things you'll want to do to get your RV ready for long-term storage:
Before you put your RV into storage, you'll want to give it a good deep clean. This includes scrubbing down all countertops and vacuuming floors, paying extra attention to places like inside cabinets, spaces in between upholstery, and under furniture. Dust in various areas, concentrating on places where food crumbs may linger. This will help keep pests from getting a snack while you're away.
Cover, Close, Seal, and Toss
This essentially means to give your RV the "close up shop" treatment. Double-check that all vents and windows are closed and locked so that water can't get in. You'll also want to close the blinds—sun exposure can wreak havoc on an RV's interior fabrics. Inspect your RV to make sure everything is sealed up and fill up any holes or cracks with the proper sealant. Concentrate on areas such as window frames, doorways, and pipe connections—especially exterior to interior connections. This will prevent water, cold air, and pests from getting inside. Speaking of pests, deter them from making your RV their winter vacation home by tossing all perishable food items and defrosting the fridge and freezer. Lastly, consider wrapping your entire RV with a cover, as this will help protect the exterior from the elements like water, leaves, pollen, wildlife, and extreme temperatures. If an entire cover isn't feasible, place individual covers over the tires so sun exposure is limited.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Preparing your RV for long-term storage is a great time to generally spruce it up. Give it a good wash and wax, change the oil, and replace AC filters. Make sure tires are properly inflated to avoid flat spots from the tires being stationary for a long period of time. Also, consider adding a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank to avoid varnish build up.
Prepare for Winter Weather
We don't have to worry too much about deep freezes here in southern Louisiana, but it's good to keep in mind when preparing your RV for storage in case there's an extreme cold snap. Make sure you drain all tanks, including the hot water heater, to prevent water from freezing inside the pipes. Then, run antifreeze through them for added protection. If you decide to keep the battery inside the engine, make sure it's fully charged before placing the RV in storage. Partially charged batteries freeze more quickly.
Store your RV at Jellystone Park
Our campground in Robert, Louisiana offers several options for storing your RV on site. Seasonal sites allow you to stay on property for the entire season for a low flat rate. Space is limited for these types of sites, and payment must be received before March 1st. You also can reserve a spot to store your trailer, camper, or fifth-wheel. Pay one rate for the entire year or a standard fee on a month-to-month basis. On-site storage is available during non-peak seasons (January through Memorial Day and August through December). You'll pay separate fees depending on whether you want to hook up your RV. Reservations can be made the Sunday prior to when the storage session will start, and you must plan to stay on the same site for the upcoming weekend. Get details and learn more about our rates for seasonal storage options here. You can also call us at 985-542-1507 to reserve your spot today!