Prevent mold and rot
in stored RVs
The most dangerous time of year for your RV may not be summer, when it’s rolling down the freeway at 60 mph. It may be right now, when it’s parked at the mercy of Mother Nature. Leaks and improper storage can lead to rot and mold in motorhomes, campers, boats, and tent trailers just a few years old. And unfortunately, because mold and rot typically are maintenance issues, they’re not covered by your PEMCO policy.
Watch for these five mold incubators and sneaky leakers:
- Failing caulk and seals. UV exposure breaks down seals over time and, ideally, you’ll be able to park in a covered storage facility. However, if that’s not possible, you’ll want to be sure that you (or your RV service technician) check caulking and seams twice a year, starting with the roof – screws, vents, TV satellite brackets, air conditioners, racks, and ladders. Move on to doors, windows, compartments, and slide-outs. Also, after windstorms, check roofs for punctures from fallen branches.
- Tarps and humidity. Moist, still air is a mold spore’s best friend. Make sure you’ve chosen a breathable cover so condensation won’t form between the cover and your boat or RV.
- Tightly closed areas. Good ventilation discourages mold. Open bathroom doors, cupboards, drawers, and ski lockers. Defrost the refrigerator, turn it off, wipe it dry, and secure the door so it stays ajar. Consider a dehumidifier made especially for RVs and boats.
- Drippy plumbing. Drain all water, including hot and cold fresh water lines and tanks.
- Muddy parking. Tires sitting in mud for even one season become susceptible to dry rot.