While some people use their Airstream year-round, many put it in storage for the winter months. If you’re one of the many people putting your RV in storage during the “off-season,” it’s imperative that you store it properly so it will be ready to go next season. With summer coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about your plan for winterizing your Airstream. Here are SmartPlug’s tips to help you along the way:
Make every effort to prevent mice and other rodents from having access to your Airstream. Inspect the underside of your RV for any gaps or holes, if any gaps are found, fill using silicone or expanding foam. Check all corners and crevices, especially where plumbing and wiring enters the RV. Be sure to remove all food and crumbs from your Airstream. Defrost your freezer compartment and clean your refrigerator, then leave fridge doors open and place baking soda in the compartments to absorb any odors. Ensure all gas appliances have been turned off and turn off the gas supply valve as well. Finally, close all window blinds to avoid sun exposure to the carpet, drapes, and upholstery.
When your Airstream is outside for an extended period, it can begin to show signs of wear from constant exposure to the elements. Before you store your RV, make sure to give the exterior a thorough cleaning, including the roof. Waxing your exterior is a little extra work, but it protects your RV finish the same way it does for an automobile. During your thorough cleaning, inspect all roof seams, body seams, and window sealants for cracks or openings that would allow water to get in. Now would be a good time to check your electrical connector and power cord for any signs of burning or damage. If it’s time for a replacement, browse our RV product line for an easy DIY upgrade. Clean your connector, polish it, add some ELT Lube. Don’t forget to clean the awning fabric and let it dry completely before storing it. Ideally, you should try to store your Airstream under a covered area and on a solid surface, such as pavement or concrete. Lastly, treat all locks with a spray lubricant and lubricate all hinges.
Just like the rest of the exterior of your Airstream, the tires on your RV can be damaged by elements. Before storing, inflate tires to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure and put covers on them that will block out the sunlight. Place a piece of wood or something sturdy between the ground and tires. Make sure that whatever you use to block the tires is larger than the footprint of the tire. If your Airstream will be in long-term storage, remove the batteries and store them where they will not freeze.
At SmartPlug, we know how valuable your RV is to you and your family. It couldn’t be more important to take these steps to ensure your unit is protected during the winter months.