Winter RV Storage: Five Places to Check For Leaks

Winter came rolled into Colorado with a vengeance in November, and we’ll certainly reach the single digits many more times this summer. Perhaps you have done your yearly winterization of the fresh water system, but have you inspected your RV for spots where water and ice can drip and accumulate?

Save yourself future repairs, and inspect your RV for any cracks in these common areas to prevent freeze and water damage when storing your RV in the off season.


1. Depressions in roof that cause water to pool
-Rubber Roof Top Coat
-Park on chalks for storage that allow a slight angle for water to drip away, make sure roof seams are well sealed, so water doesn’t drip through into the RV

2. Seals around roof vents, antennas, air conditioning or satellite units

3. Roof seams

4. Trimming around windows and doors

5. Gaskets around running lights and attachments on the exterior sides to prevent leaks into the walls

5 thoughts on “Winter RV Storage: Five Places to Check For Leaks”

  1. Good afternnon,

    we have a 37 feet RV and towing a jeep-liberty and want to storage the vehicles from mid-aug 2015 to end-april 2016.

    Is there a lot available? Indoor, outdoor or covered? And what are the prices?

    Thank you.

  2. Storing our RV for winter is going to be very important to us, since this is the first winter that we have had our vehicle. We will be sure to follow this small list of ways to take care of things. Trimming around windows and doors is a great idea, and we will certainly do that.

  3. My parents bought there RV at the start of the summer and have already used it a bunch. Now that its winter, they are going to put it into storage and not touch it until the spring. They are trying to find the best ways to store it correctly, but aren’t sure what to do. This article has some good points that can help them out with that.

  4. I really appreciated the first tip. I never realized that such a slight depression in the roof could cause such significant water damage. I don’t have an RV, but I’m sure that tip applies to winter storage of many types of vehicles. What would be the best way to fix a depression in the roof?

  5. I can see how leaks can be an issue when storing my RV, so it’s good to know what I should check for in case there’s a leak. Inspecting the seals around my roof vents, antennas, air conditioning or satellite units seem like areas I should check more often. I also didn’t know to check the trimming around my windows and doors for any leaks, so it’s a good thing that I came across this post to know how to inspect my RV before putting it in storage. Thanks for the tips!


Leave a Comment