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How to Keep Your Camping Gear in Good Condition During the Off-Season

Posted on November 14 2018

How to Keep Your Camping Gear in Good Condition During the Off-Season

Camping is an ideal way to get in touch with Mother Nature and explore all of the beauty of the outdoors. Every camper is familiar with the work that goes into the preparation for the trip. There’s also some important work to do once you get back home. The proper cleaning and storage of your camping equipment are essential for keeping your gear in good shape and ready to use again. Here are few tips to help ensure that your camping gear will remain in good condition during the off-season.

Sleeping Bags

Although it can be tempting to roll up your bag and shove it away in your storage space, doing so can cause the insulation to become bunched up. The best way to store a sleeping bag is to air it out after use and then either hang it up vertically in a closet or lay it flat under a bed or other wide furniture. Once it’s fully aired out you should loosely store it in a large cotton bag or other similar bag. Rolling it up too tight, or crushing it into a compact form can cause the sleeping bag to become lumpy and uneven.

Recreational Vehicles

Figuring out what to do with your RV during the camping off-season is a challenge for many avid outdoor enthusiasts. How to store your RV when it's not in use is a problem for anybody who struggles with not having enough property space to store it at home. After winterizing your RV, removing everything from it, and taking the proper steps to protect against rodent damage, you will need to find a storage spot where you can park it. Options for storing your RV include keeping it in your driveway or somewhere else on your property, putting it in an outdoor storage lot, or putting it in an indoor facility. To protect the tires and guard against deterioration, be sure to park the wheels on plywood and not directly on the soil. If you opt for outdoor, it’d be a good idea to invest in a tarp or RV cover to protect it from the elements. Also be cautious when parking it above gravel since gravel can attract extra moisture, which could cause premature rusting underneath and inside your RV.

Tents

Immediately after returning from a camping trip, it is recommended to put the tent up in your backyard to make sure it’s totally dried and aired out. A tent that is not properly aired out can grow mold or mildew. Some even recommend setting your tent up in a way that it’s hanging vertically, so that it can properly air out for the season. Once the tent’s material is completely dry, it is ready to be packed away for the season. There are several different options for storing tents. You could place the tent and its components in a large tote or box, not cramming it in too tight so it can breathe. You could also put it back in its original bag. Unfortunately the bags that come with the tent might not be large enough to let the tent breathe, and as such finding a larger bag might be a good option. If you know it’s going to be a while and you’re worried about humidity, you could even throw a couple silica gel packets inside the tent or tent bag to absorb humidity, decreasing the chance of mildew or mold.

Electronics

Any electronic equipment that uses batteries should be appropriately stored without the batteries inside. This includes camping equipment like flashlights, radios, and GPS systems. Batteries can leak or cause corrosion to the devices when they’re not in use for prolonged periods, so it is essential that the batteries don’t remain in the electronics for the long term. If you decide to keep the batteries in your flashlights for emergencies or other uses, then you should keep in mind to replace the batteries every few months or at least at the beginning of the new season.


With a little preparation and some work on the front end, you can ensure that your camping gear will be ready to go for your first trip of the new season.


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