What are the 10 items you can safely keep in your Camper over the winter? Well, it actually depends where you live. Is it very humid in your region, do you store your rig inside with temperature control, or is it outside somewhere on farmland?
But before you store your Camper you need to know some basic things:
- How to winterize your rig if you get freezing temperatures
- Basic maintenance you should do before you store it
- What are the items you can keep in your RV and what should you take out
If you live in freezing temperatures, you need to know how to winterize your RV. You can do it by yourself or you can have it done by an RV professional.
It is important that all the water is out of the lines, the tanks are empty, so no water can freeze and expand and crack your tanks or lines. Exchanging a tank is no fun at all.
So, here are all the tips you should do to winterize your RV:
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Basic RV maintenance before you put your Camper in storage
In order to keep your RV in good shape, you should maintain it. It makes all the difference staying in a functional camper and you keep the value of your RV if it is well maintained.
Before you put it in storage over winter, make sure it is clean inside and outside. You might want to consider adding a protection wash and wax before it goes into storage.
- Inspect the roof seals and seams of your RV. Always have Eternabond tape handy, in case you need to cover a small crack in the seals.
- Maintain the wheel bearings and make sure they are lubricated.
- Slide outs need to be cleaned on a regular basis so you don’t have dirt build up. Clean and lubricate the slider mechanisms to make sure that it runs in and out nicely.
- Keep the RV’s awning clean and maintained so you don’t get mildew and mold buildup.
What are the 10 items you can safely keep in your RV over the winter?
So now after you checked everything and cleaned your RV you are asking what should I take out of the RV and what can I keep inside the RV over the winter?
Actually, it really depends where you live. If you live in freezing and very humid climates you should clean out your RV and more or less keep nothing inside.
If you live in decent temperatures, you can actually keep the following inside:
It is recommended – if you don’t use your RV over a long period of time – to put items inside plastic totes to keep them clean.
10 items you can keep in your RV over the winter:
- Dishes, pots and pans
- Bathroom items like brushes, deodorants, razors etc.
- Bedding (keep it in totes)
- Vacuum cleaner, brooms, cleaning supplies
- Clothes (jackets, shirts, shoes)
- Spices (put in a tote)
- A couple of DampRid buckets or a dehumidifier
- Tool box
We also keep our camping chairs and table in the outside compartment.
What precautions should you take before putting your RV into storage
Do not keep any food items inside your RV.
Make sure all the trash and nothing that could attract rodents are in the drawers or cabinets.
Wipeout your refrigerator and freezer and keep the doors open. Use a pool noodle or some kind of a spacer to keep the doors open to prevent getting mold inside the fridge.
Put a couple of DampRid buckets inside your cabinets, bedroom, and bathroom.
Keep all the cabinet doors open for air circulation.
Add a spacer underneath your mattress for air circulation and prevent it from getting moldy.
Also, I hate to say it but lately, a lot of Travel Trailers got stolen out of storage places, a look is a good idea to prevent this from happening.
This is a recommended lock:
I also keep Peppermint Oil inside my RV. First of all, I love the smell, and second I have no problems with any kind of rodents. So just put it on cotton balls and spread them all over your RV.
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Summary of What are the 10 items you can safely keep in your Camper over the winter?
Depending on where you live you can keep your basic items inside your RV. But make sure all the food is gone, all the trash is out of the camper and it is nice and clean. This is a precaution if you don’t want to deal with mice building nests in your camper.
Put your belongings inside totes to be sure everything stays clean over the wintertime.
See you on the road,
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