Prepare your Motorhome or Travel Trailer for Winter Storage
The main camping season is nearly over in the Midwest. If you use a camper, travel trailer or campervan, you’ll want to take all necessary steps to ensure it will be ready for next season.
Most motorhome insurance policies will not cover damage caused by freezing, so it’s important to protect your RV from the winter elements. The best way to do that is to find a location for indoor storage. There may be area farmers that would offer a barn, or maybe your local fairgrounds has large buildings available. There are other options out there, just search online for motorhome storage.
If you cannot store your camper inside, there are motorhome covers on the market. Do your research and be sure to get a breathable cover made to fit the make and model of your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to keep your motorhome battery at your home if you do choose to store it.
Remove all perishable foods and drinks, linens, and clothing. This could also include mattresses and seat cushions. Take out any valuables like electronics, speakers, battery operated lights…etc. Paper products like paper plates, paper towels, or books can collect moisture, so it’s a good idea to remove those too. Leave cupboards, fridge/freezer, and closet doors ajar to avoid moisture build up.
If you use a generator, be sure it’s drained if you plan to leave it in the camper.
Check your fluid levels. Put antifreeze in the engine. And top off motor oil and fuel.
Empty all freshwater, wastewater, water heater tank, and toilet water over an appropriate drainage point. Open all internal taps (while over the drainage point) and leave them open for the winter. Remove the showerhead and drain water from the hose. If you can, go for a quick drive to bump things around and clear out as much water as possible.
Check on your motorhome monthly. Look for signs of mold or damp areas and take care of potential problems. Start the engine and let it run for 20 minutes or so. If you’re able to drive it, that is even better. This will eliminate stress on your tires sitting in one spot all winter.
Lastly, be sure to let us know when you have parked your camper for the winter. We can discuss coverage options to be sure you have the coverage you need.
As always – call us anytime for a free review of your motorhome or travel trailer insurance!