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Wash down your RV and make a note of any damage that might need addressing soon

Right now, many motorhomes and caravans across the country are sitting idle as we all wait out the lockdown. The day will come when we can once again hit the road, explore, and meet up with our motorhoming friends in campsites and picnic stops. Until then, here are a few tips on how you can prepare your RV for an extended period of being off the road.

Give filters and vents a good clean
  • If you know you’re not going to be using your vehicle for a wee while, consider connecting the battery to an intelligent multi-stage charger. This will ensure the health of your battery over winter by running various cycles of charging and discharging, without overcharging the battery. If you remove the battery, be sure to leave it in a well-ventilated area such as your garage and avoid putting in directly on the concrete floor, as this will reduce its temperature.
  • If you have a fridge/freezer, defrost the freezer and clean out the fridge. To absorb any odours, place a small container of baking soda in the compartment areas. It’s also a good idea to leave the doors slightly ajar.
  • Give your water tanks a good flush through, including the waste tank and toilet cassette, so they’re fresh and good to go next time you’re ready. Once done, ensure the tanks are completely empty, including the boiler, and flush any water TIPS ON RV STORAGE If you’re planning to leave your motorhome unused for more than a few weeks, there are a few steps to take to keep potential damage at bay and ensure it’s ready to go again when you are. Wash down your RV and make a note of any damage that might need addressing soon Give filters and vents a good clean out of the taps. Water freezing in tanks can cause severe (and expensive) damage.
  • Give the air conditioning filters a clean (and allow to dry fully before replacing).
  • Clean out the cupboards and remove food and crumbs that may attract insects and rodents.
  • If moisture is likely to be a problem, remove any bedding that may be prone to mould and consider using a dehumidifier on occasion. This could be a good time to strip back and wash the bedding and cushions covers.
  • You may also like to leave a couple of moisture absorbers such as Damp Rid throughout the RV. Remove any valuables such as TVs and appliances.
  • Give the exterior a good wash down and make a note of any damage that might need addressing soon. 
  • Clean and dry the awning.
  • Turn off all LPG appliances, ensure the LPG tanks are turn off, disconnected and stored safely either outdoors, or in an area that is well ventilated and away from any heat sources. 
  • If possible, leave vents uncovered so that air can circulate.
  • If possible, park your RV off the road and away from trees that may drop branches or debris.
  • If your motorhome is stored outside, you may want to invest in a good-quality cover that will protect it against wind, rain, and frost. The cover should have a breathable, UV-stabilised fabric with built-in vents and a heavy-duty fastening system.
  • Consider using a towball lock or similar security device for caravans.  

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