A Can’t-Miss Guide to RV Storage Prep

RV ownership isn’t something that should be taken lightly. By purchasing a house on wheels, owners also buy into quite a bit of responsibility for taking care of that kind of investment. Decisions will need to be made, beyond adventure routes and campground reservations, that speak to storage and ongoing maintenance needs. 


Since many neighborhoods in the Phoenix area are regulated by HOAs, it stands to reason that a large number of RV owners aren’t able to park their vehicles at their homes and instead search for an appropriate storage facility.


As the newest RV storage facility in the Southeast Valley, I-10 RV Storage offers owners a full-service experience, making storage prep that much easier. In Arizona, we typically have to worry less about what freezing temperatures will do to our vehicles than what the heat will do. 


And heat can climb fast in enclosed vehicles. So, here are a few tips to get your RV ready for storage, wherever you plan to store it.


Empty it out.

You never know what will happen while you’re away from your RV, so make sure it’s empty of anything that might melt or freeze in extreme temperatures. No one wants to begin their next adventure by cleaning up a sticky, melty, stinky, or frozen mess. In Arizona, cans of soda have been known to explode in vehicles on an average summer day, crayons can melt and fruit snacks become a gooey disaster. So, it pays to empty your RV before putting it into storage.


Clean out the fridge.

This should be fairly self-explanatory, but it could be one of those tasks that may get overlooked while unpacking from an excursion or preparing for storage. Make sure the fridge is empty of everything and give it a good wipe down. Some experts have suggested cleaning it until it resembles its factory appearance. It also makes sense to dry the inside of the fridge completely, to avoid any chance of mold forming in your absence. 


Pop your shades into place.

The sun is Arizona’s most familiar frenemy, in any season, which is why it makes sense for RV owners to close their curtains and pop their windshield shades in place to keep out the heat and protect interior surfaces from sun exposure. Even short errands into a store are long enough to heat up a car’s steering wheel, so magnify that by the time you plan to store your RV and you’ll understand why the shades are important. Of course, if you store your RV at I-10 RV Storage, shades may not be necessary since every space is covered in a way that offers maximum shade. 


Don’t forget to vacuum.

Experts recommend that RV owners vacuum the interior of their vehicles to ensure that no food is left behind for an extended period of time — which could attract unwelcome critters or pests. As an added bonus, it’s just nice to walk back into a squeaky clean RV for your next excursion, too. 


RV storage, though, begins with finding the right facility. To learn more about I-10 RV Storage, our amenities and concierge services, contact our team. We’d be happy to answer your questions!


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