Prepping Your RV or Boat for Long-Term Storage

Preparing your boat or RV for long-term storage may seem like daunting tasks, but it is a necessary precaution needed to maintain your vehicle’s longevity. Buying an RV is quite an investment, which is why you need to protect it by cleaning, dehumidifying, and inspecting your family’s recreational vehicle to protect the interior and exterior from potentially damaging elements. Proper preparation helps prevent mold and mildew growth that can cause costly damage to the interior and exterior of your recreational vehicle or water craft before it heads to a storage facility.

Steps to Prep Your RV for Storage

  1. Clean Interior & Exterior
  2. Dehumidify
  3. Inspect
  4. Protect & Cover

Prepping Your RV

To properly prepare your RV, begin by vacuuming the interior to remove all dirt and debris. If necessary, consider using a steam cleaner to thoroughly clean any fabric and carpets. You should also use a mild dish soap and water to clean the interior walls, counters, and other surfaces. For the exterior, use a mild detergent and water to remove any dirt or grime.

Next, dehumidify your RV to prevent moisture accumulation. This is especially important if you plan to store your boat and RV in a humid environment. Be sure to clean the filter regularly and replace it when necessary. If possible, add a moisture absorber to help prevent moisture buildup.

Once the interior and exterior of your RV have been thoroughly cleaned and dehumidified, you should inspect the area for any signs of damage or wear. Inspect both the exterior and interior for any signs of cracks, leaks, rodent or insect infestations, or other damage. If you find any issues, be sure to address them before continuing with the storage process.

Finally, protect your RV from the elements by covering the exterior and interior with a tarp or other protective cover. This will help keep out rain, dirt, and other harmful elements while in storage. Be sure to secure the cover tightly and check it regularly to ensure it remains in place. Additionally, you may want to also use a weather-proofing spray to protect the exterior from the sun’s UV rays.

Tips to Prep Your Boat for Storage

The process to prepare your boat for storage during the off-season is similar to that of the recreational vehicle process. However, there are notable differences.

First, make sure the exterior and interior of your boat are clean and dry. Wash the interior and exterior with a mild soap and hot water, carefully scrubbing off any debris with an non-abrasive scrubber.

Once the boat is clean, inspect the rigging, cleat, hooks, and fiberglass for any signs of wear and tear or corrosion. They should be repaired before getting put into storage for the next boating season or else the elements could cause them to progress aggressively.

The next step is to remove the boat’s battery and clean the electrical terminals,  inspecting them for signs of corrosion. If you notice any corrosion it is important to replace them. Check behind the bulk heads for any signs of moisture and completely dry any areas you find moisture accumulation.

Now you are ready to install a heavy-duty vinyl boat cover and tie-downs to keep the cover in place. Ensure the boat is completely covered to protect it from outdoor elements.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your RV or boat is adequately prepared and protected for long-term storage. You have now completed the steps necessary to prevent damage, maintain value, and ensure that it remains in optimal condition. When you need secure storage, Sunterra Storage has various long and short-term spaces available including climate controlled units, an open storage lot with parking spaces, RV, and boat storage.


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