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You must be thinking, do I really needs tips on how to store a vehicle? This has got to be one job I can't goof up! But there are some precautions you should take before putting your RV in a storage building or under a canopy or cover at home. Specifically, you must make sure that your RV is not exposed to freezing weather. An RV that has not been prepared for freezing could be damaged by ice expansion. This means both mechanically inside the engine of the vehicle; as well as water lines and tanks, heaters, pumps and faucets in the trailer. Consider five tips to check off before you put it in an indoor boat and RV storage building for the winter or for long term storage.

Indoor boat and RV storage buildings abound in many cities in California including, Orange County, Riverside, Beaumont, Corona.

1. Charge the batteries.

Be sure and charge wet cell batteries to full charge. A fully charged battery can survive a freeze; a discharged or weak battery can freeze and be made useless.  Indoor boat storage places will usually offer to charge your battery as a value added service. 

2. Drain all the water.

All the water tanks, lines and pumps should drained to prevent any damage to the plumbing system. You may need to use compressed air to completely clean out hoses or pipes. Any remaining water should be mixed with anti-freeze, specially made for RV and boat storage. Leaving any excess water in the pipes can cause the system to crack, ruining your kitchen and bathroom useless.

3. Tend to the vents.

Vents for the furnace and range hood should be taped shut. Rooftop air conditioning filters should be cleaned and the unit covered.

4. Cover the loose ends.

Cover the regulator on the propane cylinder(s) and also cover and winterize your generator.

5. Finally, start and run your vehicle.

Yes, motor home owners should start their vehicle by running the motor at least a half hour every month, with no exceptions. (Unless you lose your motor home, then you have little choice.) The vehicle should also be driven at highway speed about once a month for 10 miles or so to keep it running smoothly. Not running your vehicle for extended periods of time, meaning safely kept in storage, can actually cause excessive engine wear and tire damage. Your vacation home on wheels was made to drive - not wait in storage for months on end.

Yes, Indoor Boat and RV Storage is an easy job. But that doesn't mean you can ignore the more important storage precautions. If you love your motor home, boat, RV, travel trailer or camper then protect it from freezing!