Tips on storing RVs
RV storage is sort of like RV travel: there are a lot of places you can go. You may opt for a top-of-the-line RV storage facility, heated in cold weather, with a fire sprinkler system and 24-hour security. Or you may take the minimum level of recreational vehicle storage and simply park on open lands that are made available, such as county fairgrounds.
RV Storage Buildings
RV storage buildings have a wide array of origins. Some entrepreneurs build new facilities that look like open bus garages, while others convert abandoned bus garages or other sorts of warehouse buildings.
The most sophisticated RV storage facilities offer all of the options – indoor heated storage, outdoor covered storage, or open storage. With a drive-through storage spot, you can ensure that your recreational vehicle is not blocked by another RV.
Some locations offer both RV and boat storage. Surprisingly, boat storage can be more of a challenge than RV storage if your boat is one of those "tall ships" that does not fit easily under a covered surface.
RV Storage Sheds
If you have room on your property for recreational vehicle storage without irritating the neighbors, a good option is an RV storage shed. A barebones version of an RV storage shed is similar to a carport, with prices starting in the range of $1,500. Some companies offer portable RV storage sheds, so you can park your RV anywhere you like.
Winter RV Storage Advice
Preparation for winter recreational vehicle storage should begin with emptying all of the holding tanks and the water heater tank. Then use compressed air to help clear the water lines. RV-rated antifreeze will help prevent any remaining water from freezing.
The battery should be charged, and the RV should be restarted once per month with a full battery re-charge in conclusion.
Removing tires during cold-weather storage can extend their use. Tires should be wrapped in polyethylene covers in a dry area that is not subjected to direct sunlight, on pallets or tire racks that prevent contact with the ground surface.
Finally, what about those critters that will get into anything but a totally enclosed RV storage building? The answer is the same as for preserving your stored clothing: mothballs. A recommended method is to buy some low-cost disposable bowls, pour in the mothballs, snap on the covers and then poke some small holes for ventilation. Also, fabric softener dryer sheets in drawers and cabinets can help to keep the mice away.
Written by Michael Thompson