Tips for Florida RV Summer Storage
How to Keep Your RV Pest-Free
We plan to leave our 5th wheel in Florida (outside)for six months this summer. We have electricity available at the storage site. Does anyone have any hints or tips for keeping our RV free of mold and insects while it is in storage?Shop Camping World Products on Sale Now!
ANSWER First, let's address the issue of preventing mold. We have a very good article in our RV Lifestyle Articles section of our website called RV Tips for Keeping Your RV Mold and Mildew Free. I believe this should give you the proper steps you need to take to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Now let's address the insects. Here are some simple tips for preventing an invasion of insects into an RV when in storage. Some of them are common sense and some of them are unique solutions that RVers have come up with and say that they work
Just a heads up for you, I do not guarantee that all these tips work, but give it a shot. Let's start with the simplest steps first.
* Make sure you have removed all fruits
and vegetables from the RV before storage. Rotting fruits and vegetables attract and produce all kinds of creepy crawlies.
This is especially important if you have kids or grandkids
that have traveled with you. They may have stuck a Banana, apple or orange in a drawer or cabinet, so they can eat it later, but they forget to eat it later. I know this one from experience.
* Remove all other foodstuffs from the RV unless they are sealed in a can or bottle.
* Get rid of all standing water. If you have an Ice Maker
in your 5th wheel's fridge, make sure you empty the water out of it.
Put plugs in all the sink drains; make sure the toilet seats are down. Cover the shower or bathtub drain (yes, some RVs do have bathtubs).
* Turn off the propane at the tank, not only is this a safety tip, but it also stops little insects who love the smell of propane odorizer from congregating in the stove and fridge area. Believe it or not there does not have to be any leak of propane, these little critters somehow can detect it and are drawn to it like a moth is drawn to a light.
* Make sure all windows, exterior doors, and slideouts are tightly closed.
* If you are storing the RV in an area where pets etc. cannot get to it, spread Roach and ant powder around the tires, leveler jacks, etc. Remember if it rains the powder will have to be re-applied.
* Since your RV is going to be plugged into electric, make sure
that the Trailer's power cord is not touching the ground.
* Check for any areas under your Fiver that may allow insects to crawl in. Do the same for the interior, in particular around slideouts, cabinets, etc. If you find some gaps, go to the hardware store and get a can of expanding foam sealer and seal them.
* Make sure the inside of the RV is clean, I mean really clean, even one little crumb is like a buffet to certain insects.
* Since you will have electricity you might want to go to the hardware store and see if they sell insect and rodent ultrasonic devices
. These devices plug into a normal electrical outlet. They supposedly produce a high frequency sound that only rodents and certain insects can hear. This sound is supposed to drive them away.
Be forewarned, if you have a pet Gerbil or pet rat, this sound will also drive them insane.
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* For preventing a Roach or ant infestation sprinkle diatomaceous earth and/or 20 Mule Team Borax around and between cabinets, on floors, and into any crevices. Do this with caution, as you are going to be the one that has to clean this up when you are ready to use the RV again.
* Now we enter into suggestions, that I cannot vouch for personally, but in research to answer your question these are tricks that other RVers swear by. The following items should be put in bowls and liberally spread around the RV, they are not in any particular order.
2. Pieces of Irish Spring Soap
3. Fabric Softener Sheets
4. Peppermint Altoids.
5. Cotton balls soaked with Tea Tree Oil, Cedar Oil, Lavender Oil, heck, why not try used motor oil (just in case, the used motor oil was just a joke).
6. Some RVers suggest using rags soaked in Coyote or Fox urine
. Supposedly this repels some rodents and insects (it's repelling me just writing about it). This great product is supposedly sold in sporting good stores. If you are brave enough to go to your local sporting goods store and ask the salesperson which aisle the Coyote Urine is on, then go for it. This is one that I am not personally going to try.
I would not recommend using all of the substances above at the same time. I don't even want to guess what the trailer will smell like when you first open it up after being stored for six months.
OK, hopefully, some of these suggestions will help you.
If any of you out there have other suggestions, please click on the post a comment link below this article.
Good Luck and Happy RVing.