Protecting Your RV While Stored In Hot Climates

Posted on: 8 July 2016

Many RV owners don't get to travel as much as they would probably like and find themselves storing the RV for months between each trip. If you are storing your RV in a hot climate, it is important that you take the proper preventative measures to ensure that the heat and humidity don't damage the RV while it is parked. Here, you will learn a few important steps to take to be sure that when you return to the RV, it is in the same great condition in which you left it.


One of the most important things for you to do is to make sure that the interior of the RV is ventilated while it is being stored. Open the ceiling vents a little so that the hot, moist air can rise out of the cabin and escape. Only open the vents enough to allow for air to circulate without letting any rain come in.

Sun Protection

You don't want direct sunlight to enter your RV while it is parked. Close all of the blinds and use a sun shield across the windshield. This will protect the interior from fading, the wood from cracking and the dashboard from becoming discolored and brittle.


Moisture is probably the most threatening element of parking the RV in a hot humid climate. As nice as it would be to run a dehumidifier in the RV while it is parked, that is not exactly a viable option in most cases. Instead, get a few small buckets, fill them with silica gel or charcoal and place them around the interior of the RV. The charcoal or silica gel will absorb the excess moisture in the air and trap it. You will have to return to the RV every few weeks to replace the charcoal or silica gel as it will become ineffective after it absorbs a certain amount of moisture.

Tip: Instead of purchasing new charcoal or silica gel every few weeks, take it home with you, spread it out on a cookie sheet and bake it at 200 degrees for about an hour. This will dry the moisture out of it and make it usable again.

These steps are easy enough to complete and will have a big impact on protecting your RV from damage while being stored in hot, humid climates. Take a few moments and complete them and your RV will be in great shape when you finally get the time to travel in it. 

Contact a local storage outlet, such as Security Self Storage, for further assistance.