Storing your camper for winter is rarely a simple task as simply putting it away. There’s a good amount of things you should do in order to keep it safe, protected, and clean. Always plan ahead of time, because you don’t want to find your camper in a poor situation once you take it out in spring.
If you see any mildew forming on the camper don’t hesitate to give it a thorough wash. Even the mildest ones can spread rapidly during winter, and you’ll be stuck with a camper that’ll need a very extensive wash afterwards. Make sure to wash everything, from awnings, tires, wheel wells, and give every seal an extra thorough wash.
Tires and moving parts
Jacking the camper’s weight a bit can be a lifesaver when it comes to tires. If they’re on the ground all the time then they can form flat spots. Every camper has a lot of moving parts so it’s necessary to check every single one of them and see if it needs lubricating, otherwise you risk having a much bigger problem come spring. If your camper is not inside for winter, then consider covering your tires. If you want to keep the tires cooler and for them to last longer, lighter covers is the way to go. Don’t neglect to check any flaw that could potentially worsen during winter.
Using tarps and covers
One of the basic things to consider when storing campers for the winter is using caravan covers to protect it from the elements. However, your cover should be breathable so as to not let moisture condense inside the camper. Moisture itself can damage the camper, and mold can grow because of it. There are some molds that are deadly, like black mold, otherwise it can really ruin the camper. Consider using dehumidifier products.
Critters and insects
If there’s a hole somewhere on your camper then it’s certain that an insect or critter will find its way inside. Thoroughly check for any holes. If you can fit your finger inside then a mouse definitely can its body. Plug the holes with brass or aluminum wool, because it doesn’t rust away like steel wool. Also leave traps for both critters and insects just in case, and vent off any propane lines, because wasps and spiders seem to be attracted to propane.
While some items can last indefinitely, it’s definitely smart to take out any food or perishables the moment you intend to store the camper for winter. Make sure to clean it extra thorough, because just a few crumbs can feel inviting to a whole host of undesirables. Even paper towels and rags can be potential nests, so clean those out too. Use bleach where it’s safe to use, as it kills viruses and bacteria too.
Storing the camper for winter can be a long task but it’s absolutely worth it. When you take it out in spring, and it feels as fresh as day you got it, you’ll be very glad you’d put in the effort.