Motorhomes are serious investments that require adequate attention and protection. Owners of recreational vehicles in San Diego have an advantage in terms of not having to worry about deep winterizing. However, there are other factors to consider when getting ready to store your motorhome. Here are four recommendations to keep in mind when storing your RV, brought to you by the Vista motorhome insurance experts at American Tri-Star.
1. Purchase Adequate Insurance
If you are not planning on going on a trip for a few weeks or a couple of months, your first consideration should be the insurance policy that covers your RV. Similar to the policies that protect your home and cars, you do not want them to lapse. In case you foresee your motorhome staying in storage for several months, you should ask your insurance agent about reducing coverage, but you should keep a valid policy in effect.
2. Protect the Exterior
The ideal storage location for a motorhome is a covered garage. If this is not possible, think about minimizing exposure to the elements. The least ideal location would be on top of a grassy surface and under trees. You may think the shade provided by natural canopies will block ultraviolet rays, but there is a greater chance of damage being caused by organic matter. If a roof of some sort is simply not an option, invest in a durable Camco or ADCO cover that can be tied down in place. All the vents should be closed to prevent small creatures and insects from making your RV their habitats, but you should also remove the cover and check for intruders once or twice a month.
3. Prevent the Tires from Rolling
Since the tires and exterior will protect the chassis and interior, you should spend some time preparing both. Consult your RV owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure and get pieces of plywood to place under each tire. You will need tire blocks if the parking surface has any degree of inclination. Vehicles are known to shift and roll during strong earthquakes.
4. Maintain the Engine and Battery
Always store your RV batteries when they are fully charged. Check their fluid levels and leave them installed if you plan to start the engine a couple of times a month. For long-term and unattended storage, remove at least the negative battery cable. Whenever possible, give proper maintenance to the engine prior to storage. This should include an oil change, a radiator flush, and topping off the antifreeze. The reservoirs of all hydraulics, including brakes and steering, should be topped off. Adding fuel stabilizer is a must even if you plan to run the engine a few hours per month.
For additional tips on storing and caring for a motorhome, reach out to American Tri-Star Insurance. In addition to RV insurance, we also offer affordable and reliable auto, motorcycle, health, and property insurance in Vista. Call one of our friendly agents today at 760-758-1600 to receive a free quote.