While it's true that RVs are designed to help you travel the great outdoors, too much exposure can damage them. UV rays can weaken roofing materials and awnings. Moisture can be nearly as bad, leading to mildew and leaks. Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the damage. The following tips will help.
Tip #1: Choose your docking position with care
When pulling into a campsite check out the available sites carefully if you plan to stay parked for more than a few days. The ideal site will provide some shade for your RV, but any overhanging trees won't touch the RV roof. Ideally, there will also be no large branches that could pose a falling danger, either. This way, your roof will be protected from direct UV rays. Just take care to make sure any twigs or leaves are swept off the roof every few days, so they don't trap moisture on your roof.
Tip #2: Cover that roof
When parking outdoors in a single location long-term, such as when storing an RV in your driveway, you need to take steps to protect the roof from UV damage. A tarp or specially fitted RV cover is a good option. The cover should completely envelop the roof of the RV, but at the same time, the ends should be open to allow for air circulation. This is because moisture can become trapped underneath the tarp. Leaving the ends open allows for some air circulation so the moisture can escape.
Tip #3: Stow your canopy
Your canopy can also be in danger. You don't want to store your RV with the canopy open. This exposes it to sun and moisture damage, as well as the possibility of wind damage. Make sure your canopy is completely dry before rolling it up for storage, since any trapped moisture could result in mold growth. Ideally, your canopy rolls into a sealed cover that further protects against moisture exposure. If it doesn't have a cover, consider removing it and storing it in a dry place when you aren't using the RV.
Tip #4: Consider storage
If you are really serious about protecting your RV from the elements when it's not in use, consider investing in covered RV storage. The very best option is indoor storage -- this is where you rent a storage garage for your RV. The next best option is to choose a facility that has covered parking spaces available for RVs. This way you can skip the tarp and know that your RV is safe.
For more help, contact a storage facility near you.