My husband and I are complete opposites. While I’m extremely organized, my spouse isn’t. He regularly scatters important documents such as credit card statements, car insurance bills, and pay stubs around our home. Because I worry about losing important papers, I’m constantly developing smart storage solutions for our documents. I keep some of our papers in a safe. I keep other items in a handy storage folder complete with tabs. I’ve labeled some of the tabs with the types of mail my husband and I receive regularly such as bills, retirement information, healthcare documentation, and sales papers. Another great option for storing mountains of paperwork is a rented storage unit. By housing important documentation in this type of storage facility, you can keep it out of your home. On this blog, I hope you will discover some ingenious ways to store your pertinent documents.
Moisture, and the mildew and mold that come with it, is often one of the greatest concerns when you are preparing your RV for longterm storage. There are many places in an RV where moisture can accumulate or make its way in. Fortunately, there are also steps you can take to prevent these issues. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Inspect the roof
The roof inspection is a must before any storage period, and it should be performed again when you take the RV out of storage. Look for any damaged or missing caulking around roof vents and other structures. Make sure the roof itself looks like it is in good condition, as well, with no cracking or peeling. If you can see fasteners working themselves up, or if they are already missing, then you may end up with a leak if the roof isn't repaired.
Tip #2: Check the vents
Vents are the next common place for moisture to make its way into the RV. Each vent should have a seal or weatherstripping that seals it when the vent is fully closed. If it is damaged, you will need to replace this weatherstripping. Also, make sure that roof vents are closed completely. You may want to leave a side vent on the side with the least wind exposure open to allow the evaporation of any humidity in the RV.
Tip #3: Drain the tanks
Water tanks and water lines also need drained and winterized prior to storage. This means draining all plumbing lines, the holding tanks, the refrigerator, and the hot water heater. Then, you can either fill the lines with a winterizing solution, which won't freeze, or blow all moisture out of the lines so that nothing remains to freeze or develop mold.
Tip #4: Open the cabinets
It's also a good idea to open up cabinets and drawers slightly. Moisture can settle into these spots and lead to damp and mildew. Keeping them open allows air circulation. If there are items that you leave in the RV cabinets, such as clothing or linens, consider sealing the items in plastic bags to protect from pests. You can toss a desiccate pack in each bag to absorb any excess moisture, or you can use vacuum bags that allow you to remove all air and moisture from the bags.
Tip #5: Stay under cover
Finally, consider storing your RV in a storage facility that provides a covered parking area for RVs, which will help keep snow and rain off the roof. If this isn't possible, at the very least use a breathable cover for your RV.
Talk to an RV storage facility for more help.