Winterizing Your RV's Interior - Tips You Can't Miss!

Winterizing Your RV's Interior - Tips You Can't Miss!

Now that December is here, winter weather is just around the corner. If you’re an avid RV er and you don’t keep traveling during the colder months, you know what that means; winterizing your rig.

While most seasoned RVers know the importance of exterior maintenance and protecting the water system, not as many think about winterizing the interior of the vehicle.

If you’re planning on storing your RV away for the winter, don’t just assume the interior will be “fine” the way it is. Let’s go over a few different tips you can use to keep your RV in top condition, all season long.

Protecting Your Space from Rodents

While you might not mind extra passengers when you’re on a trip, we’re pretty sure that doesn’t include mice and squirrels. But, they’re looking for warmth when the temperatures drop. If you have a “cozy” RV for them to hide away in for a while, they’re going to take advantage of it. They can chew through wires, plastic, and so much more, causing a big mess by the time spring rolls around.

You can prevent rodents from sneaking into your rig simply by filling in any areas around the exterior of your RV where they can get in. Mice, especially, can sneak in through very tiny holes and cracks, so do a thorough inspection of your rig to make sure there are no gaps. If there are, you can easily fill them in with silicone.

It’s also important to get rid of any food that you have in your RV and clean it well so no crumbs or smells will attract rodents to the vehicle.

Keeping the Air Clean

Once you’ve gotten rid of all of your food, clean out the refrigerator and freezer units within the RV. You can leave an opened box of baking soda inside, and keep the doors propped open to get rid of any lingering smells.

Ventilation is important, even in the winter. It’s a good time to clean out the filters from your air conditioner to make sure you’ll be breathing in clean air next spring. You should also leave any vent covers that prevent rain from getting in cracked open, so air can continue to circulate throughout the rig.

Turn Off Your Gas Supply

One last tip - don’t forget to turn off your gas supply tank! While it’s unlikely anything dangerous would happen when your RV is stored away, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Winterizing your RV doesn’t have to be overly complicated. It’s mostly a matter of inspecting it closely, and not ignoring the interior. Once you’ve inspected it once, check it again (just like Santa Claus would!). Keep these simple tips in mind as you close up your rig for the season, so it will be ready to go when the weather warms up again. It only takes a little bit of extra time and can make a world of difference when it comes to keeping your RV in top shape.

Dec 6th 2019 Stacey Koziel

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