RV Storage Solutions
Owning a recreational vehicle is a great way to have an adventure. Imagine, the freedom to travel anywhere you want, with all the comforts of home—or at least a comfy bed and a roof—waiting for you every night.
Your basecamp for adventure does have a drawback, though. Even the smallest pull-behind trailers take up lots of valuable space, and most RVs can’t be kept on the street without attracting undue attention.
What’s an explorer to do between explorations, then?
That’s where Store Space comes in. Many of our locations have storage options designed to accommodate everything from a small teardrop trailer to a 30-foot-long fifth wheel, and lots of different types of RVs in between. Plus, with affordable month-to-month leases, you’re free to rent as long as you need between adventures.
|Who Needs RV Storage?||Prep Your RV for Storage|
|What to Consider||How Much Does it Cost?|
|Types of RV Storage||Frequently Asked Questions|
|Important Amenities & Features||Rent RV Storage|
Who Needs RV Storage?
There are many different reasons people need storage options for their recreational vehicles. Store Space offers storage for your recreational vehicles, fifth wheels, motor homes, travel trailers, toy haulers, campers and pop-ups.
There are multiple advantages to storing your RV in a storage facility. First, there may be rules and regulations that prohibit you from keeping a recreational vehicle at your house. In some cases, HOAs won’t allow your RV to be parked for more than a couple of days at a time or have an additional surcharge for keeping an RV on your property. On-street parking is just not a viable option and many municipalities have other restrictions or requirements that make it impractical to keep it at home for any length of time.
Let’s explore some of the reasons why you might want to choose a Store Space storage facility so you can protect your investment for a future filled with adventures.
What to Consider
There are lots of considerations when choosing a storage facility for RV storage, including where you want to store, what type of storage is sufficient, and how long you want to store.
Where to Store
In some cases, you might want to find a storage facility near your preferred campsite so you don’t have to tow your fifth wheel or drive your RV long distances every time you want to use it. In other cases, you want a facility nearest a freeway so you can head out with ease in whatever direction strikes your fancy. Or, many customers want a facility close to home so you can have easy access to your RV so you can set out on your adventure whenever the time strikes you! Whichever option you choose, Store Space facilities are designed for easy access so getting your RV in and out is a piece of cake.
Length of Storage
With month-to-month rentals available at Store Space storage facilities, you can choose when and how long you want to store your RV. You may just want to rent storage during the offseason to ensure your camper is protected while you’re not using it. A word of warning, though: RV storage tends to fill up quickly, especially in the off-season. With our already low rates, it’s affordable to rent storage year-round.
Types of RV Storage
There are typically three different types of storage available at storage facilities, and most Store Space locations have one or more of these options.
Outdoor RV storage is the most common option available. Storage facilities often have longer parking spaces that are secure behind the main gate. These can range anywhere from 20 ft. (suitable for most pop-ups, smaller camper vans), to 30 ft. (most camper vans, the smallest fifth wheels and medium-sized RVs) to larger 35 ft. spaces (suitable for medium-sized fifth-wheels and motor homes). Outdoor RV storage is typically the most economical storage solution.
Indoor RV storage is often available at facilities offering drive-up storage. Units as small as 10’ x 15’ can be used for all but the largest pop-up trailers. Units 10’ by 20’ are most common and can hold pop-ups, smaller camper vans and similar RVs. Larger units up to 10’ x 30’ and bigger are available in some markets. Indoor storage units offer the greatest level of security but are often more costly than outdoor or covered RV parking spaces.
Covered storage is less prevalent at storage facilities and can vary between a roof with no walls (sometimes called a “ramada” in the southwest U.S.) or indoor parking spaces within a large warehouse-like facility. Facilities with covered RV parking often have assigned parking spots akin to outdoor facilities. Covered parking is typically more expensive than outdoor storage, but less than a drive-up unit that has its own locking gate.
Availability varies by location, so make sure you check our facility near you or with your local store manager to see the options available nearby.
Amenities and Features to keep your RV Safe
At Store Space, we take pride in keeping our facilities clean, modern and up to date with the latest amenities and features, like the latest in security. These will give you peace of mind that your investment will be safe when in our care, plus make your visit to the facility that much nicer.
We take security seriously so you can rest easy leaving your investment with us. Our storage facilities have state-of-the-art security to help ensure that your stored vehicles and items are protected. These features can include fenced perimeters, computer-controlled gate access, and 24/7 digital surveillance camera coverage.
Rodent and Pest Prevention
Store Space facilities have pest and rodent prevention programs in place to help keep unwanted intruders at bay.
Finally, Store Space offers extended access hours seven days a week. Customers can access the facility between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily.
How to Prepare Your RV for Storage
Before storing your RV, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:
- As with any vehicle, you need to make sure that your insurance and title/registration are up to date.
- Make sure the wheels are inflated and in good shape, so they don’t go flat while the RV is stored.
- You need to remove as much fuel from your tanks as possible.
When you’re storing your RV for any length of time, it’s a good idea to prepare it as if you were winterizing it. You don’t want to come back to your RV in the springtime only to discover an unwelcome surprise like mold, broken pipes or unwanted intruders.
One of the most important things you can do is to winterize your RV’s plumbing system. Your owner’s manual should have the steps outlined, or you can refer to a comprehensive guide such as this one.
How do you store an RV long-term?
Check your owner’s manual for winterization tips specific to your model. Then, follow these steps:
- Clean the interior
- Remove all food
- Ensure everything is dry before closing up
- Empty and defrost the fridge
- Check for open doors, windows, cracks or holes, and close/seal
- Wash the exterior – dry before covering
- Remove any propane tanks
- Add RV antifreeze
- Consider purchasing an RV cover and tire covers, especially if storing outdoors
- Disconnect the battery if you don’t have access to a trickle charger
It’s also important to remember to lock your RV. Wheel locks are also acceptable at most storage facilities. If you’re using an RV cover, it should be locked and secured as well.
How Much Does RV Storage Cost?
There are a number of factors that will determine how much it costs to store your recreational vehicle. The type of storage unit you select will have the greatest impact, while the market will dictate the average costs.
At Store Space, we always publish on our facility pages the types of storage units and vehicle parking options we offer, along with the monthly rental rates and the current move-in promotions we’re offering. If you don’t see a particular type of unit/parking listed, check with your local store manager!
A drive-up storage unit will offer the greatest security and protection from the elements but will also cost the most. To get the most out of this type of unit, consider get the next largest size and using the overflow space for home storage.
A covered parking space often costs less than a drive-up unit and will offer an added layer of protection against the sun, rain, hail, snow and so on. Using an RV cover is still recommended for these types of storage spaces.
Indoor parking is often much harder to find, usually costs less than drive-up, but more than outdoor options. These units offer added security and protection from the elements but do not have the additional storage potential of a drive-up unit.
Outdoor secure gated parking is usually the most cost-effective option. Full winterization and an RV cover are strongly recommended to keep your investment looking and driving great from season to season.
Q: Is covered RV storage worth it?
A: Any additional layer of protection you can add to your RV will pay off in the long run, either in terms of extending the operational life of the vehicle or increasing the resale value.
Q: Is it better to store a camper with the slide in or out?
A: For structural integrity and to reduce the possibility of unintentional damage, store everything “buttoned up.”
Q: Should I store my RV with the jacks down?
A: Most storage facilities should be fairly level, so storing with the jacks down is unnecessary but certainly not against the rules. However, if your RV is at home between adventures, storing it with the jacks down can help prevent theft.
Q: Is it OK to store an RV outside?
A: Yes, but it’s important to prepare your RV for outdoor storage by heeding the manufacturer’s recommended winterization tips, getting a sturdy cover, and so on.
Rent RV Storage
Now that you know more about your recreational vehicle storage options, it’s time to take action. Check out the Store Space facilities near you to see our RV storage options online, stop by a local facility or call us at 833-786-7366 to talk to one of our storage professionals. Se habla español.
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