What are the 10 items you can safely keep in your Camper over the winter? Well, it actually depends on where you live. Is it very humid in your region, do you store your rig inside with temperature control, or is it parked outside somewhere on the farmland?
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)
- Towels (keep in totes)
- Vacuum cleaner, brooms
- Clothes (jackets, shirts, shoes, store in totes)
- Spices (put in a tote)
What can you keep in your RV safely:
- Propane – If your RV has a propane tank, you can leave it filled up during the winter in case you need to work any appliances. Of course, keep the tank closed and safely secured.
- Kitchen utensils – Pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery is absolutely no problem to leave in the RV over winter.
- Blankets, Pillows – Nothing can happen to your textiles. Just remember if you live in high humidity to keep DampRid or a dehumidifier running inside your RV. Otherwise, you will need to wash it before use as it will smell musty.
- Clothes – the same with blankets, I would store it in a tote to prevent it to smell musty.
- TV – you can keep your TV without a problem. Only if it gets below -20 degrees electrical devices can get harmed.
- Furniture – no need to take any furniture out.
- Towels – I store them in a tote as well to keep them clean and smell good.
- Spices – Store them in a sealed container to be able to use them the next season.
- Toolbox – clean the tools and keep them in your storage department.
- Bathroom Items – like brushes, deodorants, and razors, can stay in the RV.
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 should remove over winter.
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 depending how difficult and complex your water system is.
Completely drain all water lines and tanks
It is important that all the water is out of the lines, and 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.
- Slideouts 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 winter?
Actually, it really depends on 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.
In low-humidity regions 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.
We also keep our camping chairs and table in the outside compartment.
What precautions should you take before putting your RV into storage, and what to remove:
- Do not keep any food items inside your RV.
- Remove cleaning detergent as the container could crack over winter.
- Make sure all the trash and nothing that could attract rodents are in the drawers or cabinets.
- Batteries can be damaged by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Remove the batteries of your RV and store them in your garage or basement. Make sure you place the batterie on top of a wooden board and not directly on concrete.
- Wipe out your refrigerator and freezer and keep the doors open. Use a pool noodle or some kind of 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.
- Add a couple of drained cotton balls with peppermint oil for a fresh smell and mice prevention.
Also, I hate to say it but lately, a lot of Travel Trailers got stolen out of storage places, a lock 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 (low humidity) you can keep your basic items inside your RV. But make sure all the food is removed, 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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