How to Store an RV

Everything you need to know about storing an RV

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Storing an RV is an important part of protecting the investment of you made in a recreational vehicle, no matter the type. When you first buy an RV or trailer, you’re investing a significant amount of money into being able to use it. This starts from the moment you drive or tow it off the lot and well in the future. Why not protect it when not in use the best way you can?

Storing an RV at Home

When you store an RV, you can do it in a variety of ways.

Some RV owners choose to store rigs at home, although laws across the nation are changing to make this more difficult. Before you store an RV at home, make sure your city allows it and be sure to follow all ordinances related to RV parking. Also, ensure you're being a good RV neighbor, too.

If you’re opting to store an RV at home, make sure to invest in tire covers, a vehicle cover and take the time to maintain your RV, especially off-season. During winter, you go through a process to winterize your RV where you clean out, flush your lines and prepare the RV or trailer for surviving winter.

If you are storing an RV long-term during a season, you still want to winterize it. Whenever you store an RV at home or in a storage center, you go through a similar process. This helps preserve and keep your RV or trailer in the best possible condition so when you’re done storing it, you can start using it with minimal issues from sitting for so long.

Investing in RV Storage

RV storage is one of the fastest growing storage markets and building markets in the country. As more Americans turn to RVing, they’re looking for ways to store and keep their RVs in tip top shape.

RV storage facilities are like storage centers, where you rent a unit and store boxes, furniture and other belongings for short or long-term.

RV storage facilities are large, offer security, air conditioning and other factors that help preserve an RV or trailer when not in use. These facilities are often found in warmer climates which are why you'll find many RVers traveling south in the fall before winter strikes and heading back down at the beginning of spring to pick up their RVs for use over the warmer months.

RV storage buildings are typically steel buildings designed to be built at an RV owner’s home or property for use to store an RV or trailer. When built, they often contain a variety of function, allowing owners to have storage space for more than just the RV but anything they’d need for maintenance or when they take a trip. RV storage buildings serve a dual purpose for owners, allowing them to store and protect their RV along with everything they need for their next trip.

Pro Tip: RV storage doesn't necessarily need to be at an "RV storage place." Look for storage facilities in your area that offer RV storage but don't promote their location as such. You might be surprised by the deals you get going this route than at a dedicated RV storage facility.

Do You Need RV Storage?

RV storage is gaining popularity among RVers, but not all RVers invest in it.

Depending on where you live in the country, how often you travel and the type of weather you encounter, RV storage may or may not be right for you. After spending the money you have on an RV, why wouldn’t you want to ensure it’s protected from the elements, seasons and theft? RV storage allows you to do all that and more when you're not away on an adventure.