Easy RV Storage Ideas & Hacks for Winter
Mini Mall Storage Properties
October 18th, 2021
The fall season generally marks the end of outdoor camping activities across Canada. The below-zero temperatures at night are enough for people to pack it in and prepare for a few cozy months indoors. We know you’d RV all year long if you could, but unfortunately our climate doesn’t make this an easy endeavour.With chilly winter days ahead, it’s time to winterize your RV so you’re not greeted by any nasty surprises come springtime. Here are four ways you can prepare your RV for the winter season before the snow falls.
4 Steps to Winterizing Your Camper
Step 1: Unload the RV
An entire season of cruising around the country means that you were slowly adding more and more items to your camper throughout the summer—now it’s time to unpack them. Not sure which ones? Ask yourself these questions:
Will it freeze or spoil?
You may think this just applies to food and drinks, but there are a lot of liquids in your RV to consider. Start with the kitchen cabinets and remove any pop, beer, sauces, and liquids. Even if it won’t freeze, check packaging for expiration dates so you can eat foods before they go bad. Next, move to your bathroom and gather your toiletries, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. Finally, go through your cleaning supplies and remove anything that risks freezing and bursting over the winter. Put everything you won’t use at home in a large labelled tub so it’s easy to spot next spring.
Will it attract pests?
Those furry little critters sure are determined, so it’s best to make your RV less enticing for them to enter. The obvious tips are to remove any food or products with a scent that may attract them in the first place. However, you should also consider removing anything that would make good nest material. Things like newspaper, toilet paper, and soft fabrics like rags, towels, or clothes, are easy for mice to move and rip up, so we recommend removing these items completely or making them inaccessible (but remember, mice can chew through just about anything!). It doesn’t hurt to have a few mousetraps set up around your RV so you’ll know how well your precautions are working.
Will I want it over the winter?
Go through what’s left in your RV and think about what you’ll want to use before next spring. You don’t want to come back searching for items like board games, kitchen tools and warm clothing during the December holidays. So do a thorough search before you lock the door for good.
Step 2: Prep the Interior
Give Everything a Good Scrub
After just one weekend spent camping, let alone a whole season, your RV is generally pretty dirty. That’s why it’s important to wipe down absolutely everything at the end of the season so that it’s in tip-top shape for spring. Here’s our must-clean interior list:
- Wipe exterior surfaces, like cabinet doors, walls, stove top, fridge door, countertops, sinks, etc.
- Clean interior surfaces, like drawers, shelves, cupboards, closets, microwave, oven, etc.
- Clean the windows and pull the shades to avoid prolonged exposure and sun damage.
- Do a final load of laundry and consider keeping all linens indoors away from critters.
- Sweep, vacuum and mop your floors, depending what kind of flooring you have.
- Empty rooftop vents, kitchen vents and window screens if they’ve collected dust or debris.
Once you feel like you’ve completed a thorough interior cleaning, leave your cupboards, drawers and fridge open to avoid musty smells over winter.
Step 3: Prep the Exterior
Now that you’ve emptied the inside and cleaned well, it’s time to prep the outside of your RV for the cold months to come. This step will prevent pests from entering, materials from cracking and liquids from leaking. Here’s what we recommend doing:
- Cover all openings. This includes fixing cracks or tears, screening or covering vents, and sealing openings. This prevents moisture from soaking in, mildew from building up, and the fluctuating temperatures from worsening the damage already done. This is also another barrier to keep those pesky little critters out of your RV, whether that be mice, spiders, or bugs.
- Use a winter cover. Whether your RV is protected by an overhang or out in the open air, it’s a good idea to use a cover. This provides an extra layer of protection from the elements and keeps it clean.
- Prepare the electronics. First things first, remove the battery to protect it from the cold. This needs to be stored somewhere safe, dry and at room temperature. Next, turn off your appliances and shut off your gas valve. Fuses are often the main reason for battery drain, so by turning everything off and removing your fuses, you can save yourself a headache in the spring.
- Add the Antifreeze. If your RV will be stored without heat this winter, drain the water and run antifreeze through your pipes. This helps ensure that when temperatures dip below zero your pipes don’t freeze and burst, leaving you with a hefty repair bill.
Step 4: Choose a Safe Location
Your RV is prepped for cold weather and you’re ready to tuck it away for the season. Choosing where to store it is a big decision, as you want it to be safe and protected from the elements. You’ll also want to check on your RV throughout the winter to ensure all your precautions are protecting it for next season, so having it nearby is a definite bonus.
All Mini Mall Storage Properties locations are fully fenced with gated access and state-of-the-art security systems so you can ensure your belongings are safe with us. We also offer extended hours at all our locations across Canada, so you can access your unit whenever you need to.
Your possessions are important to you, which is why we offer a variety of storage units to match your needs while offering unshakable security. Whether you’re looking for a larger commercial self-storage unit or need to store your family’s belongings, the sign-up process is easy and utterly painless.