Wash the outside of your RV after you're done each trip
Sponge wash with mild soap and water. Avoid spraying water into appliance vents.
Wax or apply a protectant to the exterior or your RV
Protect your RV from rust and weather damage. Start with a dry exterior, and spot-test on a small area of graphics before you do the full application. Be sure to use the correct wax for your type of exterior.
Clean your awning and keep it dry for storage
Clean well with water & a mild soap and lubricate moving parts with silicon spray before rolling up your awning for storage.
Inspect any sealed areas to prevent damage
Ensure that your roof, sides, edges, windows, doors, vents, end caps, moldings, compartments, and underside are sealed off to protect your interior from water and pests. Re-caulk aged sealant as necessary.
Lubricate hinges, locks, and moving parts
Lubricate with a graphite spray lubricant to keep things from squeaking. It only takes a couple of minutes!
Cover outside vents to keep pests and condensation away
Install plastic bags or covers on outside vents for long-term storage to prevent nesting and keep insects out.
Store indoors, if possible
Periodically check for snow accumulation during winter months. Remove ice and snow from the exterior regularly.
Winterize your fresh water system using the Antifreeze Method or the Blow-Out Method
The Antifreeze Method: add enough antifreeze to the water in the system to prevent freezing.
The Blow-Out Method: remove all water from the system using compressed air.
Deep clean your RV before storing for winter
Wax the exterior with a quality wax to protect your RV from dirt, grime, and road chemicals. Scrub off any scuffs or streaks as soon as you find them to prevent them becoming permanent.
Protect your RV from the elements over winter
Keep your RV covered or in indoor storage over the harsh winter months. Don’t use a tarp or non-breathable fabric, to prevent moisture & condensation that can cause damage.
Cool it down
Ensure the temperature doesn’t exceed 25°C when storing your tires. Sunlight, heat, and dampness can shorten the life of tires.
Upright is Best
Store tires upright on a rack, or on a clean flat surface. Don’t stack them any higher than 4 per pile if you have to stack them.
The right repairs
Take the guesswork out of repairs. Visit a professional in your area and get the job done right the first time.
Tips obtained from Go RVing Canada and CAA Saskatchewan