Preparing an RV to be stored for a prolonged period of time can be simple, if the proper steps are followed.
Follow these tips to make to ensure your RV is in great shape during and after long-term storage.
It is important to banish “stink fuel” before closing the RV for winter. This will help keep the RV from smelling foul when it’s opened back up in the spring.
Owners should get rid of all things that mold, mildew, and other smelly organisms need to flourish, according to a Shurhold Industries news release.
Start with the obvious, such as the refrigerator. The fridge should be emptied and cleaned.
Cushions should be removed or propped up to encourage airflow, and all cupboard and closet doors should be open for air to circulate.
Clean, vacuum, and place dehumidifiers around the cabin, two to three bags or more for a large rig.
Clean the drains and the sump prior to storage. This task is crucial to keep odors and bacteria from becoming a problem. The RV can absorb the odors and mildew that grow in moist, dark environments and they will spread throughout the RV.
Owners can first clean with Shurhold’s SMC. It can be sprayed on and wiped away with paper towels or rags. The areas should be rinsed and dried.
RV owners can use Shurhold’s Moldaway to clean the drains in sinks and showers. Place a scoop into each drain with a cup of water and let it work for a few minutes, then rinse.
Moldaway will clean and deodorize drains without harming the pipes. It will also help clean the sump container by oxygenating the sump water, killing mold/mildew spores, and other bacteria, safely and without the use of bleach.
Depending on where an RV is stored, the yard may suggest flushing antifreeze through the system.
Thoroughly clean all soft surfaces including carpets and canvas.
Owners can vacuum and shampoo carpet with SMC, and let it dry before closing the RV for winter storage. This will reduce the likelihood of any bacteria growth.
Remove cockpit carpet if possible. Roll it up and store it in the cabin after a thorough cleaning. It is best to remove canvas and store it in a dry environment.
These tips take care of only some of the important steps needed for successful long-term storage of your RV.
Consult your owner’s manuals regarding mechanical, electronic, and electric systems.
Shurhold began as a small, one-man operation based out a garage in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
It was started on July 1, 1973 by William E. Peach, who self-admittedly had no knowledge about the design or manufacturing of Boat Detailing Products.
Since its beginning in the garage plant, Shurhold Industries has designed and manufactured the most innovative specialty care and accessory products available for the marine, RV, and auto industries.
Shurhold is dedicated to educating owners on RV value preservation.
As the original creator of the “One Handle Does It All” design, Shurhold continues to maintain the highest standard of quality and service. Innovative designs, combined with top quality materials, and meticulous workmanship make each and every Shurhold product a premium item.
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