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Old 10-10-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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mattress and cushion storage

It's sad but true, the camping season is coming to a close. Last year we stored the mattress and cushions in the house, while the camper was in (non heated) storage. What do you do with these items, leave in stored camper or not?
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:52 PM   #2
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Here in Texas we don't actually have a "down time" for camping since we can camp pretty much all year but unless you are afraid of animals getting into your camper and eating through your fabric I would leave the cushions inside the camper. They are out of the weather and dry.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:58 PM   #3
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I am with mlsa3, camping season is just getting underway. How difficult is it to get the mattress out of the camper?
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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We just leave them in the camper but we often stop in at the RV storage lot during the winter to check-up on it..air it out, check the lines, ensure no critters are making a happy home, and my wife likes to keep it all dusted and clean. (And we count the days until Spring!)
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:25 AM   #5
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Good idea, but our storage is in a building, not accessible during the winter. I just don't want to open up the camper in the spring to a smelly/moldy mattress!

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We just leave them in the camper but we often stop in at the RV storage lot during the winter to check-up on it..air it out, check the lines, ensure no critters are making a happy home, and my wife likes to keep it all dusted and clean. (And we count the days until Spring!)
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:32 AM   #6
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if you are concerned about mold/mildew - a bucket or two of DampRid crystals work well to keep the air inside the camper dry through the winter season and you can just throw out the buckets and their accumulated water in the spring time.

we bring in the linens but leave the bed mattress and cushions in place. we place a few absorbent pads soaked with peppermint oil to keep things fresh, we put these mostly in the cabinets and under sink... they may have deterrent effect for rodents top, I can't comment in their effectiveness for that, we prefer to just seal up all possible rodent entry points and have never ever had a problem. of course, we don't store any foods in the camper overwinter either.




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Old 10-11-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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We live in NY and over the winter we installed vent covers on all the vents and leave them open all winter for air circulation and we do not cover the trailer either. Never had a problem. Now we just go to Florida for the winter.
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In 30 years of camping I have never had a problem with mice and cushions, they by far prefer the insulation, wiring and toilet paper to destroy.
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I'm with misa3, we also reside in Texas about 300 miles to the north of misa3 in Cleburne. We use the camper year round for the most part so all that is removed are foods that are not sealed including pet foods and fridg items. We stay allot in Kemah, about 20 miles to the S.E of Pasadena, my sis lives in Pasadena.
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:45 PM   #10
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Hi everyone have had a rockwood 128s for 3years the camping season doesn't stop in Canada for us so storing mattress and stuff is not to much of a problemClick image for larger version

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