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Congratulations, you are a new RV owner! With a season full of excitement and travel plans, you may simply be storing your RV in your driveway between camping trips. It’s possible you haven’t give much thought to what you’ll do with your RV when the camping season is over and the snow starts to fly. However, RV storage is a big part of RV ownership, so it’s important to know some of the ins and outs of RV storage so you can make your post camping season plans.

Congratulations, you are a new RV owner! With a season full of excitement and travel plans, you may simply be storing your RV in your driveway between camping trips. It’s possible you haven’t give much thought to what you’ll do with your RV when the camping season is over and the snow starts to fly. However, RV storage is a big part of RV ownership, so it’s important to know some of the ins and outs of RV storage so you can make your post camping season plans.

Why You Should Care About RV Storage

Your RV is a big investment. Storing it properly will keep it protected from the elements as well as theft and damage. Properly stored RVs maintain their value much better than those left out to face Mother Nature unprotected.

Proper off-season RV storage can also reduce maintenance needs. For example, when tires are protected from UV damage while they are being stored, they will last longer and require less frequent repair or replacement.

During the colder months, RV storage helps prevent issues that may arise from improper or non-existent winterization. When the camping season kicks up again, the RVs that have benefitted from proper RV storage will be ready to hit the road.

Common RV Storage Locations

On Your Property

The most logical place for RV storage is on your own property. The question boils down to whether you have enough room or not. An ideal RV storage would be in a large barn, garage, or outbuilding if you have one. If not, RVs can be stored outside. When storing outdoors, it is a good idea to invest in an RV cover as well as wheel covers. If it is feasible, store along the east side your home or garage to protect it from the wind and weather as much as possible.

Rented Storage Unit

When you don’t have room on your own property, you can look into rental space for your RV storage. It is common for self-storage companies to offer storage for large RVs. There may be indoor, outdoor or even carport-type covered outdoor RV storage options depending on the company. You can choose the type of storage depending on what is available in your area and what fits your budget. No matter which kind of storage you decide upon, it can be a good way to protect your investment.

Should I Store My RV Inside or Outside?

Unless you already have a large enough facility on your own property to store your RV inside, cost is generally the determining factor. When it comes to RV storage, the biggest reason RV owners choose to store outdoors is to save on storage costs. While indoor RV storage offers more protection from the elements, it is still possible to protect your RV by parking it away from direct sunlight, using RV covers, and protecting the tires. Tires should be protected from direct contact with the ground as well as using covers to block sunlight. RV skirting is another layer of protection that can be utilized when it comes to outdoor RV storage.

Before You Put Your RV into Storage

There are several things you need to do prior to storing your RV for the winter. Just like pipes in your home can freeze and burst causing all kinds of trouble, water left in the plumbing lines in your RV can freeze when temperatures drop and cause them to burst, too. Your water tanks are also vulnerable, as well as the fittings. So you can see why one of the most important steps in winterizing for RV storage is bleeding the water lines and know how to winterize your RV before storing for the winter.

There are other important steps when winterizing your RV. You’ll want to clean out your RV before storage – especially any food items that may be left in cupboards! If you haven’t taken all food out of your RV and cleaned it well, any crumb you may leave behind is an invitation to uninvited guests! There are plenty of pests who would be more than willing to take up residence in your RV for the winter, so don’t leave any traces of food.

It’s also a good idea to follow safety precautions regarding batteries and propane when preparing for RV storage. These items are flammable and must be handled appropriately in order to avoid damages.

When warmer weather arrives, make sure you follow the steps to de-winterize after all those months of RV storage. Then you’ll be ready to head out for another season of fun, travel, and camping adventures. 

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RVs are just like homes. And like homes, that means you may find the perfect one and keep it forever, or you may look to make a switch sometime after your initial purchase. For the latter crowd, that means you’ll be going through the process of selling an RV – something that may make you a bit anxious. After all, your RV was a major investment and you want to get the most out of your sale!

Read on to learn some of the our best tips for selling an RV so you can feel confident when it’s time to upsize to a new model, downsize for easier travel, or anything else that might make you want to switch things up as an RV owner.

Timing is Everything

Unsurprisingly, the time you choose to sell makes a huge difference in RVs. This isn’t too dissimilar to how selling a home is easier between school years, since people are ready and want to get moved and settled before next session starts.

When it comes to RVs, the best time to sell your RV is the early spring, such as late March, April or May. As the days grow warmer and the outside looks more appealing, RV lovers and campers looking to get their first RVs will start to feel the pull towards adventure.

If you capitalize on this moment, you may be able to stretch the value of your RV a bit more. Even if you don’t, you’re more likely to turn your “for sale RV” into a “sold RV” in the least amount of time. After all, most people don’t enjoy the process of listing their goods and negotiating with dozens of potential buyers. If you’re selling, you want to get your RV on the market and off your property as soon as possible.

A Special Tip on Timing

If you’re on the fence about selling your RV, right now (at the time of this article’s publishing) is a great time to consider it! RVs are harder to come by right now, which means the new and used markets are limited. Your RV is likely to have some purchase interest right away as RV enthusiasts are looking at every available model within their shopping range.

A Clean RV is an Easier Sell

Before you even consider selling your RV you’ll need to do some prep work. Hopefully you’ve kept your RV fairly clean, but either way, it’s time to thoroughly clean it so it looks like it’s never been used. This won’t be like any cleaning you’ve done before – you need to attend to every surface inside and outside the RV.

You never know how closely a potential buyer will inspect your RV. While your RV may have dents or dings that you can’t quite fix on your own, what they’ll really be looking for is signs that you may not have taken great care of your RV. The better it looks, the more likely they’ll trust that you’ve been kind to your vehicle.

As an added bonus, a deep clean can often find things you may have otherwise left behind. We’ve even heard of people finding things like credit cards, keys or other small items they thought were gone forever!

Stage It!

If you’ve ever walked through a fully furnished home, you know that no two people think of their living spaces in the same way. While you may have decorations in one location, another person may be put off with the same finished look.

When selling your RV, you should consider staging it to make it more universally appealing. In most cases, this means removing unnecessary clutter as much as possible. But it also means giving it a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Think about how the bed looks, how to set the blinds, and even which position the RV is in to capture the best sun based on when you’ll be showing it.

The possibilities are endless for how you can stage your RV to make a potential buyer “see” themselves living in your old RV. The faster they reach that point, the more likely you are to close the sale.

Staged Locations

Staging your RV doesn’t just mean assembling the interior. Where you end up taking your pictures can make all the difference in the world! Setting up your RV in a beautiful location at a nearby campground can show it off in action and immediately spark the desire to purchase your RV in a potential buyer.

Price Accordingly

Like timing, pricing is a core component of selling an RV (or anything for that matter.) The reality is that you have a lot of options when it comes to pricing. But the main things to look at are:

Current Market – How are other similar RVs selling? Don’t just look at the same make and model, look at RVs with similar floorplans, sizes and features. The best comparison model is one that offers the same benefits as your RV and is in similar condition. This means sometimes a similar make and model that’s been poorly cared for might trick you into pricing your RV incorrectly

Your Needs – Do you want to sell this RV now or are you okay with keeping it in storage for a few weeks or months? Sometimes pricing comes down to your timeline. If you’re ready to ditch your RV and invest that money in a new one or into something else, then you may be wise to knock the price down just a little bit to make it more appealing. If not, use your market research to price it appropriately and hold out until you find the buyer you want.

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If living green is important to you, you may be wondering about the carbon footprint of owning an RV. The concept of an eco-friendly RV isn’t something that’s too hard to accomplish – despite how many might think there’s no way a large vehicle like that could be “green.”

Read on to learn about eco-friendly RV life and making your RV travels greener!

How Is an RV Eco-Friendly?

Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean being completely green. It means reducing usage of appliances and other devices that produce carbon. As an RVer, you’ll be able to do this easily! Why? Because even the biggest RV is smaller than a typical home – which means your base level of usage for everything from electricity to water and more will be a fraction of what they’d be at home.

It’s definitely true that you’ll be using gas or electricity to improve your comfort during your stay. But how much energy does it take to keep your RV properly heated or cooled versus your home? And your water supply isn’t infinite when you’re on the road – so you’re naturally more likely to conserve what you have with proper rationing and smart usage.

Even if being eco-friendly isn’t a major concern of yours, these facts can make you a bit greener in the wallet too. Especially if you consider the difference from vacationing in an RV versus a hotel!

Of course, for those of you who do want to take steps to make your RV a bit greener, here are some of the best tips we have:

Making an RV Even More Eco-Friendly

Solar Panels

When it comes to an eco-friendly RV, few upgrades are as helpful as solar panels. These are a great addition because not only do they make green RVing easier, they’re incredibly useful too! Renewable energy like solar panels makes use of existing energy sources, like the sun, to produce a surprising amount of electricity for your vehicle. This can be enough to keep your phones charged, power some light appliances and keep you comfortable when you’re too far from a hookup station or would prefer not to use it.

Solar technology has been quickly adopted into the RVing world, with many RVs coming off the lot ready to benefit from solar charging. But even your older RV can probably be upgraded to add solar panels and reap the benefits of this eco-friendly RV strategy.

Aftermarket Upgrades for Insulation & Lighting

Solar panels aren’t the only way to make your RV greener. Aftermarket upgrades are a popular way to get the most out of any RV, including eco-friendliness. The two easiest upgrades to make in this regard would be improving insulation and replacing lighting in older models.

Insulation

By taking the insulation of your vehicle to the next level, you can drastically reduce the energy needed to keep it at a comfortable and livable temperature. For eco-friendliness, this means reducing byproducts of using your heater or air conditioner. For you, it also means extending the potential range of electricity or gas your vehicle can store. That’s a win-win!

Replacing Lighting

Similarly, older RVs that still use incandescent or fluorescent bulbs can use an upgrade to LED lighting that has the same benefits of convenience for you and the environment. LEDs consume less power and produce the same or better-quality lighting. Lower emissions, longer battery life, and it’s one of the easiest upgrades you can make to your RV!

Plan Close Trips

One of the best ways to practice eco-friendly RVing is not to look at what your RV can do, but how you use it. Like any vehicle, burning fuel to travel great distances whether you drive a motorhome or use a tow vehicle is going to be seen as “not eco-friendly.” If you’re worried about how much gas you’re using, one of the best ways to avoid it is to take advantage of camping opportunities close to home!

Depending on where you live, this may or may not be a viable option. But a quick search for campgrounds near you might surprise you with how many results there are to be found. There are plenty of websites, from official government ones to private ones, that can provide a lot of information for planning your next trip. By sticking to a local site, you can reduce fuel emissions, fuel costs, and spend money on local businesses around your community!

Use Energy-Free Solutions

Lastly, it’s a good idea to remember that there are ways to stay comfortable and safe in or around your RV without running a generator or your battery:

RV Positioning

If you’re trying to stay cool, keep your RV oriented to reduce sunlight that can come through the windows. The less sun that comes through, the lower the general temperature will stay. On the flip side, if things are a bit chilly, you can do the opposite! Let the sun shine straight into your RV as much as possible and enjoy a few extra degrees of warmth during the day.

RV Skirting

Adding a skirt to your RV can help trap in lost heat to keep your RV warmer during cold days. While you may think this is a fall camping tip, it can make a big difference in early spring when the weather hasn’t decided if it’s ready to stop dropping to near-freezing temperatures occasionally.

Use a Cooler

If your camping trip is just going to be a weekend, you may be able to simply pour some ice in a large cooler to keep your perishables ready for the trip. Most well-made coolers can keep food and beverages chilly for up to two days with the appropriate amount of ice. This can let you keep your fridge off, which tends to be one of the larger single-appliance drains on electricity.

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore 

The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871 

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