November is time of the year to start making preparations to store your camper, trailer or recreational vehicle (RV) for the winter months. Most people will park these vehicles in their driveway or in large garages if they have the extra space to do so. If there is not enough room to store these types of vehicles at home, then parking the RV, trailer or camper at a self storage facility is a great storage solution. Most self storage facilities have space indoors and outdoors to store boats and RV’s. Magellan Storage offers boat and RV storage at all of their facilities. Magellan Storage’s Costa Mesa facility has indoor storage options for boats and RV’s. The facility had outdoor RV parking spaces which are 12 feet wide as well as 14’x30’ by 13’ high garage space. The Costa Mesa location has special amenities for RV and boat storage including a covered wash rack, trickle charge receptacles for indoor tenants, dump stations, vacuums with 40’ hoses and air compressors.
There are some steps that need to be taken for boat and RV storage to protect them during the long storage months. Consult the owner’s manual to make sure that you are following all the necessary steps to place your vehicle in storage. Doing these important storage preparation tasks will allow you to have continued use of your vehicle for many years to come.
Before you start the cleaning and preparing the vehicle for storage, you need to make sure that your registration, insurance and license plates are current and renewed. You will need to show proof of these documents when you are storing the vehicles at a storage facility.
RV Storage Tips
- Before you place the vehicle in storage, inspect the vehicle inside and out and from top to bottom. Look for problems that will need to be fixed before placing the vehicle in storage.
- Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the RV. Remove all food from the vehicle. Vacuum the interior of the RV, wipe down the counters and inside the cabinets. Defrost and clean out the refrigerator.
- Remove the battery and store in a dry, cool place. If possible, connect the battery to a maintenance charger if you are storing the RV over a longer period of time. If you are keeping the battery inside the vehicle, it is a good idea to start the engine every couple of months to prevent moisture build-up.
- Change the oil and oil filter right before storage. Fill the gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer additive to the gas tank.
- Drain and flush the water tanks and the water heater. Disconnect all air conditioning connects and clean out the air filters.
- If possible, cover the RV, camper or motor home to keep it clean and dry. If storing the vehicle outside, cover the tires to protect them from the elements. Place the vehicle on plywood off of the ground to protect the tires.
Doing these important storage preparation tasks will allow you to have continued use of your vehicle for many years to come.