How to Store your RV in Hot Weather

How to Store your RV in Hot Weather

Summer is officially just around the corner. In some places, the temperatures are already heating up and you might be itching to break out the RV every weekend. But, when you’re not using it, it’s important to keep it stored properly.

Most of us focus on keeping our RVs safe from cold temps in the winter. But, it’s just as crucial to keep it protected from sun and heat.

With that in mind, let’s look at four helpful tips on where to store your RV when the weather gets hot.

1. Clean and Wax It

If your RV is left out in the sun for long periods of time, the harmful UV rays can do damage to any plastic parts. That includes bumpers, roof racks, and even mirror covers. The last thing you want is to come back to your RV to find parts of the exterior completely destroyed.

Additionally, if you have any dirt or sand built up on your RV, they can become erosive when they combine with the sun’s heat. Giving the exterior a thorough cleaning and waxing will prevent erosion and offer the surface a barrier against UV rays.

2. Use a Cover

One of the easiest ways to keep your RV protected when it’s hot is to use a waterproof cover. Nowadays, covers are quite breathable and can be easily added at any time. Be sure to look for covers that are “anti-UV” for extra protection from the sun.

3. Cover the Windows

It’s not enough just to think about the exterior of your RV. When you’re parked in direct sunlight, the interior can get damaged, too! When the heat of the sun is shining in through the window, it could cause your dash to become faded, or even cracked.

One way to prevent that is by using window coverings. Not only will it protect your RV’s interior but it will keep things cooler, so you won’t come back to a sauna when you step into your rig again.

4. Protect Your Tires

Tires can’t withstand everything, and that often includes scorching temperatures. If your RV is going to remain idle for some time and the sun is blazing, cover them. If the vehicle is left in one place, the tires can become weak and develop flat spots over time. The sun can also cause dry rot, making them even weaker. That could be dangerous when you finally drive it again.

If you don’t want to invest in covers, it’s a good idea to drive your RV around from time to time, even if you don’t plan on going on a long trip. A few spins around the block will help to keep the tires balanced and strong.

When you’re ready to get your RV up and running again, do a few simple checks before you hit the road. Look over the tires for any damage, check your battery, and do a quick sweep for any exterior damage caused by the sun.

Let these tips keep your RV or camper as safe and strong as possible this summer, and for many years to come. 

May 24th 2021 Stacey Koziel

Recent Posts