The Best Indoor and Outdoor Storage Solutions For Your Recreational Vehicle
An RV is an investment that offers the promise of freedom, excitement, family time, and adventure without having to board a plane to travel. However, RVs also require strict attention and care to keep them functioning at their best. This level of care also extends to RV storage for when it’s not in use. There are many things to consider when choosing the best place to store your RV, and this article will go over the pros and cons associated with that process, whether you choose an RV storage facility, parking storage, covered storage, or choose to store your RV at your home.
Storing Your RV at Home
If you have space available, there are a few at-home RV storage options. If you plan to park your RV on your own property, you may need to check with any local, municipal, or homeowners’ associations to ensure that it’s legal.
Unless you live in a community where you have ample space, street parking is typically only an option during the day, or for a few short nights. It is important to check your local regulations, and it can be helpful to discuss this option with your neighbors beforehand to ensure you don’t get a ticket or offend anyone.
- Street parking can be a good option if you are preparing for a long trip with your pre-travel checklist and loading your belongings into the RV.
- Parking your RV in the street near your home provides easy access to your RV for doing some spring cleaning, or making any small upgrades or repairs.
- Street parking is free.
- Parking your RV on the street in front of or beside your home does not offer any protection from the elements, passing vehicles, or burglars.
- Street parking may be illegal in your area.
- Parking your RV on the street may annoy some of your neighbors or cause legal and financial issues with your homeowner’s association.
Driveway or Widened Driveway
The average driveway is typically large enough for one car, but some may be large enough to park your RV. Some people may also choose to widen their driveway specifically to accommodate parking their RV at home.
- Parking Your RV in your driveway offers the convenience of constant access, or the ability to hit the road at a moment's notice.
- You don’t have to pay fees to park your RV in your own driveway.
- There may be homeowners’ associations that do not allow parking an RV on your property or in your driveway.
- Parking your RV in your driveway does not protect it from wear and tear, damage from the elements, or temperature fluctuations. Choosing to add a carport or structure to protect your RV from the elements will require additional costs and may need to be approved by your homeowner’s association.
- Your RV is more susceptible to pests, theft, vandalism, or being stolen off your property.
- Paying to widen your driveway to accommodate your RV may come at a high cost.
Garage or RV Garage
Some homes may come equipped with a garage. If you have a small RV that fits in your garage, you may choose to store it there. Some may also choose to construct a garage specifically for their RV, or may have a workshop onsite at their home that accommodates the special needs of their RV.
- Storing your RV in your own garage comes at no extra expense in monthly fees or rent.
- Garages offer security from pests, the elements, and potential thieves.
- Access to your RV is convenient and easy.
- Storing your RV in your garage or in a home workshop takes up valuable space and you may have to park other vehicles outside or find storage solutions for other home items and tools.
- Constructing an RV garage or making size modifications to your existing garage may be expensive.
Backyard or Side Lot
Some homes may have a backyard or side lot that is large enough to accommodate storing an RV.
- Parking your RV in a side lot or in your backyard is free.
- Keeping your RV on your property offers easy access and convenience for cleaning, repair, upgrades, or taking your RV on an unplanned or off the cuff weekend trip.
- Storing your RV on your property with the proper hookups allows you to use your RV as extra space or a private guest house.
- Storing your RV in your backyard or on a side lot may require additional expenses and construction such as constructing a parking pad, adding a carport for shelter, or grading an area of your lawn for parking purposes.
- Some homeowners associations may have RV restrictions that do not allow you to park your RV on your property.
- Storing an RV on your property without a carport or structure exposes your RV to the elements.
- Choosing to store your RV outdoors on your property does not protect it from pests, theft, or vandalism.
RV Storage Facilities
If you cannot store your RV at home or are not willing to live with the inconvenience it may require, you may choose to find a storage option near you that will meet your needs of safety, security, affordability, and convenience.
Outdoor RV Storage and Storage Lots
Using outdoor RV storage and storage parking lots is a common method of RV storage.
- Outdoor storage and parking lots can generally accommodate RVs of any size.
- Outdoor storage is typically the lowest-cost option for a storage facility.
- Outdoor storage can offer security features that protect your RV from vandalism or theft. These features may include entry gates with access codes, video surveillance, high fences, or security guards or employees.
- Outdoor storage at a facility does not protect your RV from elemental or pest damages.
- Though outdoor storage is typically the lowest cost associated with a facility, you will still need to pay rent or monthly fees.
Covered RV Storage
Covered outdoor storage is typically offered through the use of a carport or structure over outdoor parking lots or spaces. Covered storage may come at a similar or at a slightly higher cost than parking in an uncovered storage lot.
- Many covered outdoor storage lots can accommodate RVs of any size.
- Covered outdoor storage offers some elemental protection for your RV.
- Many covered storage lot facilities offer security measures such as fences, gates with keypad access, or security guards or employees that protect your RV from vandalism and theft.
- Covered storage does offer some elemental protection, but does not protect against temperature or humidity variations or pests.
- The costs of covered outdoor storage may be higher than the costs of a storage parking lot.
Indoor RV Storage
Storing your RV in an indoor storage facility is arguably the safest option for your RV. While you may not enjoy the convenience of storing your RV at home or in a garage, your RV has the greatest measure of protection, though it may come at the highest cost.
- Indoor RV storage options often offer unit features such as climate control that protect your RV from the elements, temperature fluctuations, humidity, and pests.
- Not only will your RV benefit from typical security measures such as gated entry and access codes, tall fences around the facility, and security or employee surveillance, but your unit may also have a personal lock that only grants you access to your unit.
- Using an indoor option at a storage facility usually comes at the highest cost.
- Not all indoor storage facilities can accommodate all sizes of RVs.
Renting Out Your RV
You may choose to not store your RV at all! If you don’t have space on your personal property or don’t want to pay to store your RV, you may choose to rent your RV to snowbirds driving south for the winter.
- Renting your RV can provide you with additional income during the times you are not using your RV.
- Not having to store your RV saves you the cost or hassle of storage options.
- The general wear and tear of your RV will increase if you choose to offer it for rent.
- You will need to keep your RV in excellent running condition at all times which can come at a high cost.
- If you choose to use a rental service to help you rent out your RV, you will have to pay fees to the rental service company.
- If you choose to rent your RV without a rental service, you will need to deal with the hassle of renting your RV and personally ensuring that all legal areas of renting your RV are covered.