How to Prepare Your RV for Hot Weather

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Summer is in full swing and that means one thing for RV owners – it’s time to head out on the open road! But before you do, make sure you take some time to prepare your RV for hot weather. If you live in a climate where summer temperatures can get quite high, it’s important to take steps to keep your RV cool and comfortable while in summer RV storage.

In this blog post, we will go over the best ways to prepare and store your RV for hot weather. We’ll discuss everything from cleaning and waxing the exterior to climate control. So if you’re planning on hitting the road this summer, or storing your RV for a few weeks, make sure you read this article first!

Clean and Wax the Exterior

One of the best ways to protect your RV from the summer heat is to clean and wax the exterior. This will create a barrier against the sun’s UV rays and help keep your RV cool. If you can, try to do this in the shade so that the wax doesn’t melt. You can get the proper wax at any vehicle supply store.

Use an RV Cover

Another great way to protect your RV from the summer heat is to use an RV cover. These covers are designed to reflect sunlight and keep your RV cool. They’re also great for protecting your RV from rain, dust, and other debris.

Clean and Condition the Interior

Just like the exterior, it’s important to clean and condition the interior of your RV. This will help keep the interior cool and prevent damage from the sun. If your seats are leather, they’ll need special protection. Look for leather-specific products to make sure your RV is adequately protected in summer RV storage.

Climate Control

One of the most important aspects of preparing your RV for hot weather is climate control. If you’re going to be storing your RV in a hot climate, it’s important to decrease the humidity inside. You can do this by opening windows and using fans. It’s also important to increase ventilation by opening vents and doors.

Another way to keep your RV cool is to use an air conditioner. If you have an AC unit, make sure it’s working properly and that the filters are clean.

A neat trick you can do to help prevent the inside wood paneling from drying or cracking is place a 5-gallon bucket of water in the center of the RV. This might seem like a simple thing, but it actually helps release moisture into the air and keep the humidity even throughout the RV.

Drain All Holding Tanks and Eliminate Standing Water

If you’re going to be storing your RV in a hot climate, it’s important to drain all holding tanks. This includes the fresh water tank, gray water tank, and black water tank. By draining these tanks, you’ll prevent bacteria from growing and keep your RV smelling fresh.

Another way to prevent bacteria from growing in your RV is to eliminate standing water. This means emptying out any buckets, cans, or containers that might have water in them. You should also empty out the drip pan under the sink and cover any drains. 

Place Screens on Exterior Vents

Another way to keep your RV cool is to place screens over exterior vents. This will help keep out bugs and other pests that might be looking for a way into your RV.

Use Insect and Rodent Prevention

If you’re going to be storing your RV in a hot climate, it’s important to use insect and rodent prevention methods. This includes using mothballs, traps, and poison baits. You should also seal any cracks or holes that might be inviting these pests into your RV.

Check the Tires and Batteries Often

If you’re going to be storing your RV for a long period of time, it’s important to check the tires and batteries every few weeks. This will help prevent flat spots on the tires and keep the batteries from going bad while in summer RV storage.

How Good Shepherd RV Park Can Help

At Good Shepherd RV Park, we offer summer storage for RVs. We have covered storage options available, as well as a variety of amenities to make your stay more comfortable. Whether you are looking to store your RV or your boat, Good Shepherd will be the right place for you! Contact us today to learn more about our summer storage options!