nzmcd winter storage

Storing Your RV Over Winter

If your motorhome is unused for more than a few weeks, make sure it’s ready to go again when you are.


For some, the winter months mean a bit of time out from travelling. If you’re staying home until the weather warms up, it’s a good idea to ensure your motorhome is clean, dry and has been readied for an extended off-road period. Here are a few tips on how to store your RV for a month or more.

  • 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 it. If you remove the battery, leave it in a well-ventilated area such as your garage, but avoid putting it directly on a 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, and leave the doors slightly ajar.
  • Flush out your water tanks, including the waste tank and toilet cassette, so they’re fresh and good to go next time you’re ready. Once done, completely empty the tanks, including the boiler, and flush any water out of the taps. Water freezing in tanks can cause severe (and expensive) damage.
  • Clean the air-conditioning filter (and allow it 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 too.
  • 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.
  • Wash down the exterior and note any damage that might need addressing soon.
  • Clean and dry the awning.
  • Turn off all LPG appliances. Ensure the LPG tanks are turned off, disconnected and stored safely either outdoors, or in an area that is well ventilated and away from any heat sources.
  • Ideally, 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 to protect it against wind, rain and frost. The cover should be in a breathable, UVstabilised 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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