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Top RV Accessories For 2014

As an RV owner you know how fun shopping for accessories can actually be. At times, it can even be as fun as buying the RV itself. That being said there are a few must-have accessories that you’ll want to have in your arsenal before you your beauty out on the road, during the spring. As you pull your beautiful RV out of our Woodbridge car storage facility right off of I95, you’ll want to ensure you have everything to make your trip the best ever.

In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular RV accessories, that people are buying this year. You don’t want to miss out!

1. An awning for privacy, protection and shade

If your RV doesn’t already have an awning you’ll want to ensure you have one installed. An awning is hands down, one of the best choices you can make when it comes to RV accessories. By having an awning for shade, it will greatly improve your quality of life, no matter where you’re camping at.

2. A rearview trailer level

A trailer level is a cheap accessory that will greatly improve your quality of life, and takes a lot of the guesswork and worry out of leveling your trailer. You’ll be able to discern if your fifth wheel trailer is level on every side, all without a spotter.

3. A longer extension cord

Your RV may already have a 25-foot extension cord, and you may think this is good enough. However, what if there’s a circumstance where you need to plug into your campground’s power source and your just a little too far away. A longer extension cord will greatly come in handy. A longer cord will come in handy when you need it the most. Even if you just end up using it once, you’ll be glad you took the time to pick up a longer cord.

4. Crock Pot

A crockpot can be a delicious addition to your RV trips. Most meals on the road are cooked from the grille, stove or microwave. However, if you really want to cook up some home cooked meals you may want to look into a 12-volt crock pot. That way you can cook up come amazing meals, without having to stay back at the RV all day.

5. An extra sewer hose

An extra sewer hose will definitely come in handy in a time of need. There are many ways your current sewer hose can become damaged and you’ll want to ensure you’re not out of luck when this happens. Pick one up from your local RV supply outlet.

6. Child gates

These gates are for more than keeping your children at bay. You can use them to corral any pets you may have, or even use them to block off your campground from opposing campers’ nosey pets. Among a bunch of other uses.

Most of these accessories aren’t necessarily the funnest, but they’re absolutely crucial, and will make your life much easier if you find yourself in a situation where you’ll need to use one of the above.

We believe it’s better to be prepared than have to scramble for a situation you’re not prepared for. After all this time in Woodbridge car storage you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared and can start driving your RV in style and with confidence knowing you’ll be prepared, no matter what comes up.

We cater to residents and military personnel from Woodbridge, Alexandria, Springfield and all across Northern Virginia. Let’s discuss your situation–give us a call today at (703) 339-0009!

How to Prepare Your RV for Winter Storage

Sigh…though we really don’t like this topic because it means that it’s going to start getting colder out, it is important to be prepared when Winter comes. Unless you’re headed to Orlando or Gulf Shores Alabama this Winter, you’ll need to “winterize” your RV so it’s ready when Spring comes around. Here’s a quick checklist of how to prepare your RV for Winter storage:

  1. Turn off everything – turn off the LP gas tank and the thermostat. You’ll also want to empty out your water heater, water tank, and holding tank
  2. Inspect the exterior – check the outside of your RV for any cracks, seals or seam leaks, and repair those. Close all windows and roof vents. Wash and wax your RV, then protect it from the elements with an RV cover
  3. Clean the interior – clean the carpets, counters, and surfaces. Essentially wipe down everything. You don’t want to open your RV after the Winter and find a funky sell. Close the blinds to protect the interior from sunlight
  4. Clean out the fridge – a must-do. Throw out anything perishable in the fridge and cabinets. Defrost your fridge, wipe it down, and place an open box of baking soda to absorb odors
  5. Get your RV a checkup – take your RV to get serviced and lubricated
  6. Check on your RV monthly – even after you’ve put it in storage, it’s good to go by and check on it monthly. The cover may have blown off and you want to just do a visual check for any cuts in the cover or any other damage. Better to catch any problems early!

Needing a place to store your RV for the Winter? Gateway Storage Center has your answer. We provide RV parking and storage solutions for Springfield, Alexandria, Fairfax, and the surrounding Northern Virginia area. We offer flexible terms and affordable prices at our secure facility located right off of I-95 in Lorton, VA.

Give us a call today or stop by to learn more about our RV storage services!