Self storage is a great option for recreational vehicle (RV) storage because of the different size units available and indoor/outdoor options. Self storage units are a popular choice among Americans, whether it is for car storage, boats, or household items. In 2013, 10.85 million of the 113.3 million households in the United States rented a self storage unit. Every year, about 9.5% of all American households rent a self storage unit. In addition, even if you have a garage, a self storage unit may be helpful. About 65% of all self storage renters have a garage, 47% have an attic, and 33% have a basement. Once you decide on RV storage, there are a few things to keep in mind to properly store your vehicle.
Security at a motorhome storage facility should be a top priority when thinking about RV storage. Check if the storage facility has a security system, such as a closed circuit camera or a gate operated with a security code. After you have checked over the security features, take all of the valuables out of the motorhome before you leave it parked for the duration of its storage. This includes electronics such as televisions and stereos. The best place for RV storage is in a locked, enclosed united within the self storage facility. If that is not possible, it can be parked outdoors as long as it is covered to keep it protected from the weather.
The RV needs to be properly prepared for storage from the inside to the outside. The first thing you should do is drain all the water from the water lines and storage tanks. Nontoxic antifreeze is available for kitchen and bathroom plumbing if you are worried about your lines freezing over the winter. The gas tank should be filled up before storage so as to prevent condensation. A fuel stabilizer, such as Sta-bil, will help to prevent ethanol buildup along with preventing rust, varnish, and gum. In addition, the fuel stabilizer will prevent gas from deteriorating for up to 12 months.
While preparing to store your motorhome at the vehicle storage facility, remember to put plastic beneath the tires to prevent the rubbing and aging while it is not being used. Another common thing people forget when preparing their RV for storage is to prop open the refrigerator doors. Propping the doors open helps prevent mold from growing, so this is a very important thing to do.
Properly preparing and storing your RV can have it lasting longer while keeping it safe from the elements. Remember to drain the water and keep the refrigerator doors propped open throughout the time the vehicle is in storage. A self storage unit can give you peace of mind and provide you everything for your vehicle storage needs.