Storing Your RV


Storing a Recreational Vehicle whether it is a motor home, fifth wheel, travel trailer, pop up or truck camper takes a significant amount of space and preparation. Unless you are one of the fortunate people that live in a climate that is Camping friendly all year, you will need to prepare your RV for winter storage. It is suggested that unless you you have knowledge and experience at winterizing an RV, that you take it to a reputable dealer and pay them to make sure it is safe for winter. If a pipe or water heater freezes and busts, the cost of repair can be expensive which is why it may cost less in the long run to pay a knowledgeable person to do it.

If you own an RV you already know that both storing and parking it can be a major hassle. An RV is very large and obviously needs its own dedicated space to park and store when you are not using it for an extended period of time. Most of the time RV's are only used for a weekend here or a week there, so the question of where to keep it safely when you are not using it comes up frequently.

Some RV owners are fortunate enough to have a large backyard or driveway, but others are limited to storing it on their lawn or in front of their home - choices that few neighbors appreciate! One option for these people is to store their RV at a recreational vehicle park. Many of the parks available for camping and traveling while on vacation also have storage for unused RV's that simply take up a lot of space at your home. Bear in mind that you are basically paying the same price as if you were using your RV at the time, so you need to have a very large budget to keep up with the price of storing it at the park.

For a more inexpensive option, you may want to look into storing it at a self storage area made specifically for recreational vehicles. You can rent these self storage units for your RV by the month. Not only is this relatively inexpensive, but it keeps it safe from theft, vandalism, and weather elements. Doing so allows you the freedom to retrieve the RV any time you wish with minimal effort. Keeping it in a self storage area is one of the best choices for extended periods of non-use.

Finally you do have the option of storing the RV on your own property. Again, though most people do not prefer this unless they have a lot of excess room, it can be done if you run out of other viable options. You might even consider building a garage specifically for it to keep it safe from the weather and out of harms way, or instead you could simply park it in your yard if your neighborhood has no covenants or other restrictions forbidding it. (Even without covenant restrictions, you should consider housing value in your neighborhood and neighbor impressions before using your property as an RV storage site.)

An RV can seldom be parked on the street for longer than 72 hours on average, but your city may have different policies. Either way, you should check with your town ordinance to see where and how close to the street it can be parked and if there are any set rules limiting storage.

The best storage for your RV is the storage that keeps it safe and away from any dangers such as theft, weather, and vandalism.