How to Choose the Right RV Storage Site

Many RV owners require offsite storage for their motorhomes, fifth wheels or travel trailers. City zoning laws or neighborhood covenants may restrict whether or not you’re allowed to store your recreational vehicle on your own property. It may also be easier to rent a storage space than to build a canopy or garage and to implement appropriate security. Whether for the winter, for whenever you aren’t camping or for more extended periods, choosing a safe, affordable place to house an RV doesn’t have to be difficult.  

RV Storage Class C RV

RV Storage Class C RV

What should you look for when choosing an RV storage site? It’s a fact that not all storage facilities are the same. There are several important criteria to consider. The following is a checklist you can use when deciding where your RV will be stored.

  1.      Is covered or indoor RV storage available?

You may prefer to keep your recreational vehicle under-cover and out of the weather. Is the storage area an open lot? Does it have some covered spaces?  Is there some type of indoor storage available? Some storage facilities have a variety of options based on your rental needs.

RV Storage Tip: No matter what type of site you choose, you should prep your RV for storage. That includes draining or winterizing waste and water systems, taking precautions against rodent and insect infestation, shutting off breakers and LP valves and removing any food from the camper.

  1.      What security is in place to protect stored RVs?

How will the facility owner protect your investment? Do they offer video surveillance, security lighting, gated code-specific access, on-site management or extended-height fencing? They may not, but make sure you know how motorhomes and trailers are protected against theft and vandalism. RV owners should also check their RV insurance policy to understand what’s covered while the unit is in storage.

  1.      How much storage space is allowed per RV?

Will your RV fit in the storage space allowed? Know the exact length and width of your trailer or motorhome before you look. Depending on whether the facility is a fenced, paved parking lot or simply a land lot, offers some covered spaces or even indoor storage, you’ll discover there’s a range of storage space sizes. They could be between 20 and 50 feet long and fifteen to twenty feet wide.  Ask to see where RVs are stored. Will moving your unit out for service or a camping trip be a simple task or a Jenga match? Will you be moving your own RV in and out, or do they offer valet parking?

  1.      When can you access your stored RV?

Some RV storage facilities offer 24-hour access to rental customers, while others have specific hours you can get to your motorhome. “When are RVs available to owner access?” is a good question to ask before you sign a storage agreement.

  1.      Does the storage location offer mechanical services such as interior repairs, engine inspection or appliance checks?

Some RV owners like to have an RV technician check their unit over while it’s in storage, so it will be ready for camping. If that’s an important feature to you, add that to your list of criteria as you begin your search.

  1.      What other RV amenities are offered on-site?

Does the storage facility offer such amenities as RV parts, water, air or a dump station? Are interior or exterior cleaning services available? Not all RV storage locations offer these services, but if they’re important to you, be sure to ask.

  1.      What surface will your RV be parked on—concrete, gravel, asphalt, dirt or grass?

Especially if you’re looking for long-term storage, pay attention to the parking surface. Concrete and asphalt won’t get tracked into your motorhome, but experienced RVers still use some sort of raised mat under their tires to prevent water pooling against the tires and causing damage.

  1.      Do you prefer to store your RV close to your favorite lake or recreation area?

It’s typical to find RV storage near state parks, lakes and other locations that attract large numbers of campers. If you like the idea of keeping your motorhome or trailer near the action, start your search for storage there.

  1.      What storage rate best fits your budget?

Rental rates vary, even within the same city. How much can you afford to spend on monthly, quarterly or annual RV storage rates? (And don’t forget to ask if you’ll be required to pay a security deposit.)

Finding the right storage for your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel doesn’t have to be difficult. Use these questions to filter your choices until you’ve found the facility that best meets your needs.

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3 Responses to How to Choose the Right RV Storage Site

  1. I like that you talked about how you must consider the storage facility’s security measures such as video surveillance and security lighting in protecting your RV against theft and vandalism. My husband is looking for a storage unit that where he can keep the RV that his father will give to him as a birthday gift. Since this is a precious gift for him, it’s important for him to make sure that it’ll be stored in a protected place. It’s also essential for him that hos RV will maintain a good condition while on the storage facility, so it will make sense to choose a storage facility that prioritizes the security of my husband’s RV. I will make sure to share your blog with him so he can get some tips for choosing the right RV storage unit.

  2. Monty says:

    Thank you so much, Sharon!

  3. I totally agree that it is important to consider the accessibility of the RV storage that you’re interested in before signing a storage agreement. My husband and I are moving to a smaller apartment, and it’s important for us to find a storage unit where we can store our RV. Since there are times that we use it to do different activities, it is crucial for us to only deal with an RV facility that can allow us to access our RV anytime. It will make sense for us to make sure that the RV storage operates 24/7. I will make sure to consider all your tips for choosing the best RV storage unit.

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