Counting Down to 2020 Camping Season
What an exciting time of year, the holiday season! However here in the Northeast, this time of year also means that the camping season is coming to a close… and that’s just plain sad. Just because we are putting the campers away for the winter does not mean the maintenance of them goes out the window! Although most of you reading this are experienced with camping utility vehicles, you may find 1 or 2 helpful hints on how to keep your camper safe throughout the winter ensuring it is as ready to go as you are when the 2019 camping season begins (which for us is in 91 days!).
A few of the most commons issues campers run into with their units over the winter are:
MICE OR OTHER RODENTS
Imagine opening up your camper in the spring and finding some furry little visitors who have built a new home for themselves… yikes! Sure they’re harmless, but I doubt you want to bring them on the road with you. There are a handful of ways and suggestions to keep them away from your unit.
1. Peppermint oil & cotton balls
I have actually tried this one before in my home, and it works, however can be a bit time consuming. Apparently mice are extremely sensitive to the scent of peppermint oil. By simply pouring the oil extract on the cotton balls and placing those inside your camper along the exterior walls will assist in keeping the mice from entering your unit. You do however have to do this once a week or every other week as the scent can diminish quickly.
2. Electronic Mouse Repellers
If your unit will be plugged into an electrical outlet while in storage, this option is a great one time, no worry solution to repelling mice. The device can be plugged right into any electrical outlet and it will send sound waves throughout the electrical current within your camper. The high pitch sound will ward off mice, but is high enough that human, and other pet ears cannot hear it. A simple Amazon search will show you many options or brands and types!
3. Unplugging unnecessary cables
The most common place for mice to access your unit is through your auxiliary power cable where the wire goes into the wall. If you will not be using any electricity in the unit, it’s extremely helpful to unplug the cable and ensure the hatch is closed tightly. Fun fact: mice can get through any opening as long as it is larger than their skull!
Melting snow and cracks or openings in your camper’s liners is a recipe for disaster. Luckily, being proactive about the condition of the exterior of your camper will lower your risk of water damage.
1. Inspect your unit before covering it up for the winter. You should be conducting a thorough inspection of the exterior, top and even the under carriage of your unit for any holes or cracks. Any RV dealership offers this service, for a fee. They are able to inspect the under carriage of the unit much more thoroughly than we ourselves would be able to. If you find openings make sure to close them tightly with a caulking gun.
2. Invest in a cover for your unit. Prices for RV covers vary based on height, length and material but are a very smart investment to protect from water, and even UV Rays. Tire covers are not a bad idea either, especially if your unit will be parked in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
3. Dehumidifiers will save your unit! While you need electricity to run an actual dehumidifier, products like Damp Rid or Dri-Z-Air do not require electricity but work wonders.
IT GETS LONELY!
If you’re storing your camper on your own property, or even near-by, make sure to check on it frequently for all possible issues above. The earlier you catch onto a possible problem, the easier, and hopefully less costly the solution will be.
Well that’s it for now, I hope you all have a dry and rodent free storage season! We will see you in the spring 😊
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