PALM CITY, Fla. — Shurhold Industries now offers a step-by-step guide for RV owners preparing an RV for long-term storage. The company says the guide covers all the bases, so a rig remains in top shape and is ready to go for the next season.
According to the release, all things that mold or mildew should be discarded to prevent foul smells. Owners should also get rid of all food and liquids, emptying the refrigerator. For better airflow, cushions can be removed or propped up and storage hatches can be left open. The release continues to say that once the above is accomplished, the entire RV should be cleaned and vacuumed with dehumidifier bags placed throughout the cabins.
Shurhold says cleaning the drains and the sump prior to storage is absolutely crucial to keep odors and bacteria from becoming a problem. The RV can absorb the odors and mildew that grow in moist, dark environments and they will spread throughout. Shurhold mentions several of its products for use in these procedures, including its’ Serious Multi-Purpose Cleaner (SMC) and Moldaway.
Shurhold says its’ Moldaway can be used to clean the drains in sinks and showers with one scoop into each with a cup of water. After letting it work for a few minutes, owners can rinse it out.
According to the release, Moldaway cleans and deodorizes drains without harming the piping and also helps clean the sump container by oxygenating the sump water, killing mold/mildew spores and other bacteria, safely and without bleach. Depending on where an RV is stored, the yard may suggest flushing antifreeze through the system.
The cleaner carpets and canvas surfaces are, the better they will look when taken out of storage. Before sealing up the RV, owners should vacuum and shampoo the carpet with SMC, and let it dry. This will reduce the likelihood of any bacteria growing there. If possible, cockpit carpet should be cleared out or at least rolled up and stored in a cabin. It is best to remove canvas and store it in a dry environment. Then, owners can clean it in the spring with Moldaway or Brite Wash.
The undercarriage should be washed with a pressure washer and/or plain water with a soft-to-medium brush. Soaps and detergents are generally not used. Wax is also a good idea.
Lastly, all mechanical, electronic and other systems should be readied for a long storage nap. Owner’s manuals must be consulted on these crucial tasks because it can affect the warranty.
Shurhold’s SMC and Brite Wash cost $11.98 each, while Moldaway is $12.98.
For more information, visit www.shurhold.com/rv.
SOURCE: Shurhold Industries press release