It is common practice for most owners of RVs – whether that is a small caravan or a big motorhome – to have them stationed at special storage sites for the off-season (or for when they just do not use them). And even if you do not specifically rely on a storage site to look after your RV when you are not using it, the thing is that you still should do a number of things to ensure that the next time you open up the caravan, it won’t be a smelly and humid mess. What exactly are these things you should be doing? Well, for starters, you could probably sum them up as follows:
- Start by taking out everything – if you have just come home from a camping trip in your caravan, there is a good chance that the insides of the vehicle are a mess. And the thing you absolutely want to avoid in these circumstances is parking your RV at a caravan storage site Melbourne without doing anything about it – because you will probably have to deal with just more than a few smells (think pest infestations!). Your first task, as such, should be to unload everything you loaded in at the beginning (and during your trip), whether that is clothing, food or anything else. It is a good idea to stop by your home before you go to the site to do all of this, or you will have to carry the baggage back home.
- Move on to the cleaning process – once you are done with the unloading process, your next step is to clean up your RV so as to prevent attracting any bugs or leave any permanent stains anywhere. Make sure to do a thorough job with your cleaning – especially if you are looking for a more permanent storage option, such as for the winter season.
- Do the maintenance and repairs – once you have fully cleaned your RV, you need to obviously take a look at the maintenance, as this will ensure that your vehicle will likely be ready to depart as soon as you pick your next destination. The usual maintenance and good caravan repairs do not only include changing the fluids, taking a look at the frame, etc. but also assessing heat damage and taking precautions against mould and mildew.
- Do a final check-up – and finally, before you get the RV stationed at the storage site, it would be a good idea to take just one more final look at all the closets, cabinets and other storage options in your RV. As you would guess, there often is always something that you end up forgetting about (and which ends up being a headache later on!).