What You Need to Do after Storing Your Motorhome Over the Winter

Equipped with homely facilities like a kitchen and beds, your motorhome is no ordinary vehicle. Without it, most of your holiday activities like camping would be hectic considering that some luggage (like beds) isn't particularly convenient to carry around. If you are storing the motorhome for long periods during the winter, some parts may be damaged by the biting cold. Jumping at the idea of a vacation along with your motorhome is not a very good idea if it has been lying fallow for a long winter period. Here are some of the basic things that you need to do before hitting the road:

Give the Motorhome a Thorough Clean

The build-up of grime and dirt can easily deteriorate some components of the motorhome. Some forms of dirt can break down into corrosive acids and alkalis, which can corrode metal, leather and plastic surfaces in your motorhome. Thorough cleaning using vacuum and pressure cleaners will help you get rid of the dirt that has accumulated over time, preventing damage to the motorhome's components. It will also help you to identify parts that need to be redone using paint or other protective coatings.

Inspect the Motorhome for Leaks

You should also inspect the motorhome for leaks and cracks. A leaking motorhome is the last thing you want when the rain comes, and you are out on vacation. Soak the motorhome with water and check the inside and underneath the vehicle for any holes letting water through. Besides the motorhome's floor, check the doors, windows and seals for cracks and loose fittings. Leaks affect your comfort besides interfering with the integrity of the motorhome's body as the lines of weakness encourage rusting. If any leaks are found, call in a professional to apply the right sealant.

Check the Motorhome for Dampness

The extreme winter cold can get the better of your motorhome and lead to dampening. The first sign of dampness is a musty smell that barely goes away despite opening the windows or running the air conditioning system. Physically, you should examine the vehicle (especially the interior) for mould and blackened watermarks. Mould and other microorganisms that thrive in damp places are bad for your health as they can cause throat irritation, skin irritation, coughing and overall stuffiness in your nose. You should get rid of them using chlorine bleach solution and water. Pour the mixture generously over the affected area, wait for a few minutes then scrub it off using a brush with stiff bristles.