3380 Rustin Street, Sioux City, IA 51105
November 15, 2018

Preparing Your RV for Storage

Here at Elite Self Storage, we don’t just help you store common household items, furniture, and valuable artwork. Our incredible facility can even help with your vehicle storage needs! These days we’re seeing more and more RVs, as more drivers find that they’re a great way to hit the road and see more of this beautiful country. Once the summer driving season is done and the temperatures begin to drop, many people end up looking for a good place to store their RV. That’s where we come in. We can help you find the RV parking that you need, but we can’t do everything. If you’re an RV owner and you want to store your RV, there are some steps that you’ll need to take first.


If you’re storing your RV for the winter, you’ll want to winterize it. This ensures that your RV is in working order come springtime, when you may be ready to hit the road again. There are many steps to winterizing an RV, including closing the faucets, capping drains, and draining the water heater. Guides to winterizing your RV can be found online, and you won’t regret taking the extra time to take care of your vehicle before storing it.

Get Rid of Food

It’s not a road trip without snacks. You’ve probably brought along some food on previous trips in your RV, but it all needs to go before you put it into vehicle storage. This prevents the food from going bad and going to waste while in storage, but there’s another reason to make sure that your RV isn’t full of food. Snacks can attract pests. We bet that you won’t want to come back to an RV full of rodents and insects.

Clean Out Your Vehicle

It’s also a good idea to clean your RV as well as you can before it goes into storage. This might seem unnecessary, since it’s just going to be sitting in place for a while, but you don’t want to leave it for later. A mess could just get harder to clean up if you leave it for too long. So before you take advantage of our RV parking, just take a little bit of time to clean up.

Turn off the Electricity

We also suggest that you use a battery connect switch to turn off the electrical parts of your RV before you store it. This ensures that the battery won’t drain when your RV is in storage, so you won’t have to worry about coming back to a dead vehicle.

Prepare the Plumbing

If you think that temperatures are going to drop below freezing, it’s a good idea to take all of the water out of the plumbing system. This can help you avoid some costly damage. Adding antifreeze to the piping, valves, and other fixtures can also ensure that your plumbing stays in top shape while in vehicle storage.

Avoid Tire Damage

It’s wise to prepare your tires if you plan to store your RV. Unloading it can put less pressure on your tires. Moving your vehicle once in a while can also help you avoid cracks and flat spots. Just remember these tips, and you’ll come back to a fully functional, well-maintained RV just in time for your next road trip.