This post was originally published on November 4, 2013.
As the seasons shift from cool to cold, you may find yourself looking for a place to store your recreational vehicle. You will want to preserve, and not risk damage as snow, ice and slush make their way to city roadways.
In assessing your options, your first choice may be to store the extra vehicle in your garage. However, this could become cumbersome with the other items that will also need stored away or kept on hand for the winter months. An alternate long-term storage solution may be needed.
A dedicated space can keep your ride safe without the added stress of it taking up valuable real estate in your garage. Whether it’s an RV, sports car or historic model, keep the following considerations in mind to store properly, and rest easy knowing all will be running smooth come spring.
1. Conduct a Full inspection
Start with a complete assessment of your vehicle. Note the current conditions, and ensure all is in working order before you store. For example, fully charge your battery. This also includes lifting the lid and taking a look at internal components. While you won’t be using the car, you don’t want to discover that a hidden problem left alone has gotten worse over time.
2. Check Fluid Levels
Keep all parts of your vehicle properly lubricated and your engine in good health. Make sure all fluid levels are filled to full (i.e. oil and gas). You’ll want to swap old with new in time to store—to avoid damage that can occur when old chemicals break down.
3. Clean the Interior and Exterior
Clean the exterior of any dust, dirt or debris. Also, take the time to clean the interior. Get rid of, or put in their proper place, any items that have accumulated in your vehicle over time.
4. Read Through Paperwork
Take a look at your auto insurance and registration policies. Note any renewal requirements, as well as any mention of off-site storage. Your insurance requirements may have a special policy specific to vehicles stored in off-site storage. Investigate, and be sure you’ll still be covered.
5. Consider Climate-Controlled
With many options available, take some time to look into climate-controlled storage options for your recreational vehicle. These rooms will allow you to control the temperature and humidity levels, freeing you of any worry that doors, locks or liquids will freeze during their time in storage.
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