Although storing things for another person is a practice that has existed for centuries, storage as we know it today is a relatively new phenomenon. As the economy and the middle class grew, people began being able to purchase more things than they had room for. This means that self storage facilities have sprung up all over the country. Many people store items that they simply don’t have room for in their homes, such as couches and extra beds. Still, others simply store items that they only use for a portion of the year, seasonal items such as snowboards, jet skis, and winter coats. Under this last category you would probably find RVs. There are many people who have purchased RVs that decide to live out of them, and there are still others who use them to take trips all year, but most people who buy RVs do so with the intention of using them during the warmer months of the year. For the rest of the year, these people store theirs RVs at different storage facilities. Many self storage facilities offer RV storage, but the number of spaces that they have available are usually limited. There are some important things that ever RV owner must understand if they plan on storing their RV for months at a time. Here is a list of five essential things to know about RV storage.
1. Covered over uncovered. Covered units are always going to superior to uncovered units. They cost more money each month to store, but the amount of money they will save you in terms of the damage they will prevent to your RV is much more. Covered units not only protect your RV from harmful storms with hail and lighting, but they also help to keep extreme heat, cold, and humidity away from your RV. All of these things can damage your RV over time, so it is best if it is never exposed to it in the first place.
2. Clean all fluids out prior to storage. It is critical to clean out all of the fluids in your RV before storing it. These fluids can freeze while the RV is being stored, and can thus burst pipes and hurt other aspects of the engine. The fluids can also leave a terrible smell in the RV.
3. Use sun protectors over all windows. Even if you are storing it in a covered unit, but especially if it is outside, it is a great idea to use sun protectors on all of the windows. This will help to regulate the temperature in the RV and will also help to keep intruders out.
4. Pricing. There is no need to pay more than you have to, so compare prices before renting a particular unit.
5. Security. Make sure that the facility you are choosing is dedicated to security, with gated entrances and 24-hour video surveillance.
Many places that offer RV storage also offer boat storage. These tips are great tips for boat storage as well, although it is absolutely crucial that you get indoor storage for your boat.