If you are in a position where you can leave your RV outside, be sure to use a high-quality cover. Without a good cover, environmental damage caused by the sun, rain, and snow is inevitable.
Building a garage that is specifically designed for your RV can be a good choice if you’re constructing a custom home. However, it can affect the resale value if and when you try to sell your home. Building codes and HOA restrictions could make it impractical or even impossible to add to an existing garage or build a separate RV-sized structure.
If you want to avoid the hassle that comes with storing your RV at home, your best option is to find a self-storage facility. Many storage facilities provide indoor storage and some even boast climate-controlled storage for your home away from home. If you decide that this is the way to go, read below to understand how to find the right facility and then get your vehicle prepared for storage.
Check the Self-Storage Facility
Be sure to pick a reputable facility for your recreational vehicle. StoreEase has secure locations that will be safe for your RV storage and convenient for you. The following guidelines will help you find a facility that is the perfect fit for your needs, and be sure to read our recent blog, Find the Right Storage Facility for Your Needs.
- Visit several facilities before making a commitment.
- Verify the reputation of the facility by checking reviews. Ask about break-ins and vandalism.
- The facility should be clean, well-lit, and well maintained.
- Check that there is 24-hour recorded surveillance with motion sensors.
- Verify that electronic gates are accessible only by security code.
- Look for sturdy perimeter fencing.
- The facility should have regular, posted hours during which time you can enter the premises.
- There should be an on-site manager, and staff should perform regular walk-throughs.
- Typically there are three types of RV storage: outdoor, covered, and indoor. Consider your needs and availability before making your final decision.
Outdoor, Uncovered Storage
This is the most affordable option, and it offers the widest range of sizes. Your vehicle will be exposed to the elements; but If the weather isn’t a concern and cost is, this could be your best option. These spaces can hold everything from Class A motorhomes to small pop-up campers and tow trailers. If you’re using this type of storage, you should consider a high-quality cover.
Covered storage offers shade and provides some protection from the elements. This storage is also less expensive than indoor and close to that of outdoor, uncovered. Almost all RV and trailer sizes can fit in these spaces. A good cover helps to shield your vehicle from the weather. Both uncovered and covered storage are the best options for short-term storage.
This is the best solution, especially for long-term storage. Indoor units are more costly, but they provide ultimate protection. Not only will your RV be protected from the weather, but you may find that some facilities offer a climate-controlled option. Security won’t be as much of a concern because along with the conventional storage features available, you’ll have a space with a unit lock.
Prepare Your RV for Storage
- Drain All Tanks
Drain the fresh water holding tanks as well as the black and grey holding tanks.
- Drain the Water Heater
Remove the drain plug and open the pressure relief valve. Caution: Do not drain when the water is hot!
- Remove Food and Supplies
This seems obvious, but even that forgotten bag of unopened chips can attract bugs. In any case, food left for long periods of time will become moldy and/or inedible.
- Disconnect the Refrigerator and Leave the Door Open
Leaving the refrigerator door open prevents stale air and condensation that can ultimately cause mold.
- Use RV-Approved Non-Toxic Antifreeze
To keep your pipes from freezing during frigid weather use RV-approved, non-toxic antifreeze so that you don’t poison your water.
- Pressurize Your System
Start with the faucet closest to the water pump and slowly open the hot and then the cold valves until the antifreeze appears.
- Cover External Vents to Prevent Pests
Don’t let your RV become a home for pests during an extended storage time.
- Check Roof Condition
Repair any holes or damage to your roof.
- Coat Your RV With Wax
If you give your RV a coat of wax prior to storage, it will not only look brighter the next time you’re ready to use it, but you’ll give it an added layer of protection from the weather.
Your RV is a big investment, so you want to care for it in the best way possible. Be sure to follow the storage guidelines, and find a safe, secure place to keep your home away from home. With proper care and the right self storage facility, you’ll enjoy your “home away from home” for many years to come.