Best Ways to Prepare Cars and RVs for Self-Storage
We know how valuable your vehicles are to you, so we prepared these tips to help you properly prepare them for self-storage.
Self-Storage For Cars
- Ensure your insurance, title, and license are updated. Inform your insurance company of the storage location, and check whether they cover damage that may occur during storage.
- Thoroughly clean your car’s exterior, giving it a good wash and wax down to the tires and undercarriage. Waxing your car will prevent corrosion while it sits in your storage unit.
- Next, move to the car’s interior. Remove all garbage and vacuum every inch and crevice, and clear all belongings from the trunk. If you have leather seats, condition them before moving the car in storage to keep them in top condition.
- Change the oil and filter the week you plan on storing your car.
- Fill the gas tank all the way to keep out unwanted air or moisture. Add a fuel stabilizer to keep the gas in the tank from breaking down while it sits in storage.
- Prevent flat spots from developing in your tires by over-inflating them. You may remove the tires and store them along with the car.
- Avoid moisture problems by parking your car on a plastic tarp. The tarp provides an additional layer of protection between your vehicle and the concrete, which easily attracts moisture. This also keeps the unit clean.
- Cover your car with a cotton flannel cover. Cotton is a gentle, breathable fabric that won’t damage your car.
Self-Storage for RVs
- Review your owner’s manual for engine, water heater, generator, LP gas, and sanitation system storage tips.
- Remove all perishable food from the cabinets.
- Turn off all power sources by checking 12 volt, 110 volt, and LP gas.
- Remove all the food from the refrigerator and turn it off. Thoroughly clean the inside then leave the door open to ventilate.
- Clean the rooftop and air conditioner filters, then cover the outside unit.
- Clean the interior of the RV.
- Pull down the shades and close the blinds.
- Switch off the propane cylinders and cover the regulator.
- Cover or tape the vents to the furnace and range hood.
- Make sure that all roof vents and windows are closed.
- Coat service locks with spray lubricant to prevent rust and freezing.
- Remove batteries and store them in an area that is not subject to freezing. Test them periodically and charge if necessary.
- Empty all holding tanks and thoroughly rinse them. During the winter, all water tanks, lines, and pumps must be drained and filled up with non-toxic RV antifreeze to prevent any remaining water from freezing the system.
Following all of these steps and paying extra attention to detail will ensure that your vehicle stays in great condition. When you return to your car or RV to take it out of storage, it will be ready for you to get rolling again. If you have any questions, let us know. You may call us at (330) 484-1370 or send us a message.
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