Motorhome Storage Tips.
So, good motorhome storage tips will not go a miss. Especially, if it is your first visit to the motorhome storage place. In fact, before you know it, we are close to going into that motorhome storage for the winter. Thus, it will soon be Spring and then time to get it out again. Also, at that point we hear a big “hurray”, it is time to enjoy your motorhome again. In fact, we have lived in hope that this winter might bring some days of sunshine. Alas, not to be, it has virtually lashed it down every month. Therefore, that water ingress problem will be certainly needing to be looked at.
Most motorhomes in storage live out in the elements and that is just the name of the game. In fact, many farmers set aside space for storing motorhomes. Also, many dealers have space designated to allow customers to store their motorhome, in a secure place. Motorhome storage is all about security and convenience. Security goes without saying, is important. Convenience, comes in being close to where you live and ease of access to your motorhome.
Motorhome Storage Tips.
In fact, there are always some concerns when placing your motorhome into storage. Making sure that the storage will not affect your motorhomes condition is so important. Maintaining your motorhome and keeping it in peak condition, protected it from the elements and other wear and tear issues. All will depend on how you have prepared your motorhome for those storage periods.
Here are some motorhome storage tips and suggestions to help you prepare for storage. Also, to winterise the storage of your motorhome. So, start with that insurance policy and look if there are restrictions regarding storage. Some insurance will ask when you enter the details of where the motorhome is to be kept. Many will typically have obligations, as to what you need to do when storing your motorhome. In fact, keeping your motorhome in a secure storage may lead to insurance companies offering discounts. The key here, is all about your motorhome being kept at a recognised storage site – speak to your insurer for clarification on this point is a good idea.
Mechanical Condition For Storage.
There are many take the view, that they will take their motorhome for a service when the winter is over. However, a full mechanical service may wait until nearer the time of use. However, simple things to maintain your motorhomes mechanical condition such as; changing the oil and consider adding a fuel storage stabiliser, may help maintain the motorhomes condition. Additives may well help to combat corrosion, but always check what a dealer / manufacturer recommends.
Will it Start?
Going to the storage location and starting the engine too often, may just circulate the acids and sludge things up. Also, that can lead to things like dirt accumulating in the systems. So, do not just start and switch off, make sure to run your motorhome for a while. Let it get up to temprecher and check for leaks. Also, there is a strong case for disconnecting and removing the mains battery. Especially, to maintain the leisure battery, disconnecting them may well help keep them fully charged.
Just like you, remember that your motorhome needs to “breathe” when it’s not in use! That dreaded damp patch may appear at any time. Keeping air vents open, will help keep the damp and mould at bay. However, beware of our furry friends taking up residence via an open vent!
Covering the motorhome with any type of covers could do more harm than good!
Consider having your motorhome Paintseal treated, both inside and out will really protect it. Whilst you may be very capable of cleaning your motorhome, a good wash and clean of the exterior will help. However, a professional valet may make more sense. Just setting out to lubricate mechanical parts, maybe with the best intentions, other than lubricating door hinges and locks what will you lubricate?
Inspect the Tyres.
Tyres, are the most important to be aware off becoming damaged. Being stored in one place can lead to flat spots. In fact, make sure that you check the tyre pressures and inflate them to the recommended working pressure. If possible, consider raising the motorhome on axle-stands thus taking taking the motorhomes weight off the tyres. Remember to check that spare wheel tyre pressure as well. In fact, tyres with a slow puncture may lead to a flat when in storage. So, that spare wheel or that get you home kit needs checking.
In addition, maintaining your motorhome interior in storage is an important part of the maintenance. So, start by thoroughly draining down all water systems. When empty, where possible, just blow compressed air through the pipes to ensure no water remains in the system. You may think that is a bit excessive, however, this is an essential precaution to stop any form of freezing. Frozen pipes lead to all sorts of problems and they can be avoided.
We mentioned disconnecting batteries earlier, again auxiliary batteries may well be better in a dry place where they will not freeze. Also, remember to keep them charged, old batteries do not like cold weather and this leads to effective their working life. On a safety note, make sure that you disconnect and remove any gas (butane or propane) cylinders. Again, make sure that you store them in a safe and dry place.
So, if you have a flat battery, during storage time, then charging batteries regularly, using a solar trickle-charger is a solution. Also, remember where alarms are concerned and other immobilisers, see what a dealer / manufacturer recommends. Just jump starting a battery is not a good idea! This can distort and damage the control panel / board, like any computerised systems a reboot is one thing. A high charged jump start may cause a spike in the motherboard and cause even more damage.
When you clean the interior, make sure you give particular attention to the food storage areas. Fridge freezers with food are not a good idea. Making sure that those kitchen and bathroom areas, have no chance for the growth of mould. Just make sure they are defrosted and dry. Also, while you are at it now is definitely a good time to take out all the bedding and soft furnishings. Giving them a good wash or even take them for dry cleaning. Also, then store indoors in a warm place. Also, whilst we hope no unwanted residents take your motorhome for their winter residence, keep a look out, traps may be the only answer should they be found.
Where do you keep your motorhome?
Currently, most new motorhomes come with winter packs fitted or available at an extra cost. it must make sense to winterise your motorhome. Most motorhome dealers will do this for you and it may not be as expensive as you think. Therefore, this also provides you with extended use of your motorhome and less storage costs. Those chilly Autumn days may well be a thing to enjoy from your warm motorhome! Finding good motorhome storage is all about the location. No point storing to far away from home.