Vehicle Storage Tips

Need advice on putting your RV or boat into storage? Check here for some helpful tips we’ve assembled for Vulcan RV Storage customers!

How To Winterize Your Vehicle?

As the leaves start falling and temperatures drop, it's time to think about winterizing your beloved RV. ❄ Here are some essential tips to protect your investment and ensure your RV is road-ready when spring arrives, based on expert advice from Art Dack at RV Care:

  1. Drain the Water System: Prevent costly damage by draining your plumbing system and pumping nontoxic RV antifreeze through the pipes. Consult your owner's manual or a professional for guidance.
  2. Prep the Exterior: Inspect and reseal roof, sidewalls, seams, windows, doors, and access panels. Choose the right sealant for your RV and climate to avoid water damage.
  3. Choose a Safe Location: Ideally, store your RV in a professional facility. If not, find a sheltered spot away from trees prone to falling in winter storms.
  4. Cover Up Your RV: Invest in a specially designed RV cover to shield against UV rays, wind, tree sap, and bird droppings. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for a secure fit.
  5. Protect the Tires: Use tire covers to shield against UV damage. Inflate tires to the recommended pressure before storage and check them periodically.
  6. Save Your Batteries: Disconnect and store batteries in a cool, dry place. Monitor the charge every few weeks and recharge as needed to prevent freezing and damage.
  7. Add Fuel Stabilizer: Prevent fuel oxidation and engine damage by using a stabilizer. Follow the instructions and change the oil and oil filter before storage.
  8. Make it Critter-Resistant: Remove all food, clean your RV thoroughly, and place traps to discourage rodents. Seal any holes or cracks where they could enter.
  9. Check Up on Your Stored RV: If possible, inspect your RV every few weeks for damage, water penetration, or odors. Address any issues promptly.

Follow these steps to ensure your RV hibernates safely and is ready for your next adventure when spring arrives. Happy winterizing! 


Check the pressure of all tires and check for dry rot. Cover any tires that will be exposed to the elements.


Remove any batteries. Store the batteries in an area that is not subjected to the elements. Periodically test and charge the batteries if needed.

Perishable Items

Make sure to remove all perishable items from any cabinets, refrigerators, or other parts of the vehicle.


Turn off refrigerators. Verify that all power sources are off.


Turn off supply valves and appliances. Keep any vents open. If stored for an extended period, make sure to inspect your propane system before use!

RV Vents

Open rooftop vents to circulate air. This helps prevent mold and mildew.


Place covers over your vehicle—especially over furniture—for an added layer of protection against dust and grime.

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