Lack of room or strict home owner's association rules may leave you with no space on your property for your RV. Fortunately, many self-storage facilities offer RV parking. Choosing the right facility and preparing your RV properly for storage ensures it remains safe and secure. The following guide can help you with this process.
Covered or Open?
Some facilities offer covered RV storage. This usually comes with a small extra fee, but the cover will protect your RV from sun and weather damage. This is especially important for RV roofs, which can require more frequent sealing if left exposed during storage. If you decide to skip the covered space, at the very least make sure you cover your RV with a tarp.
If you have a small trailer RV, such as a pop-up tent or a teardrop model, you may be able to park it inside a larger standard storage unit. This will offer the best weather protection and security.
Speaking of security, make sure you choose a facility with up-to-date security protocols. This should include controlled access to the facility at all hours, and either onsite or offsite but monitored 24-hour security. You may also want to consider a facility that separates access to the RV and car storage lots from the regular storage unit area of the grounds.
Shut Off the Power
You don't want to retrieve your RV just to find the battery is dead. Make sure everything is switched off prior to storage. If you will be storing for more than a few weeks at a time, you may also want to set the battery on a trickle charger so it doesn't go dead.
Avoid Water Woes
Don't skip the water tank flush after a trip, no matter how tired you are when vacation is over. Empty both waste and fresh water at a dump station, then rinse the tanks with a bleach or bicarbonate of soda water tank wash, Dump it out after rinsing, and then store your RV.
Manage Your Fuel
Although you likely want to store the RV with full propane tanks, you don't want an explosion. Propane tanks can also be a target for theft in a storage lot. After topping off your tanks, remove them from the RV and store them at home in a cool, dry place. If you must leave them with the RV, make sure all gas lines are shut inside the RV, and that the tanks are firmly turned off, so there is no gas leak.
For further assistance, contact a local storage outlet, such as Arctic Self Storage.Share
14 July 2015
So many people make the mistake of thinking that storage facilities are only useful when the amount of belongings in the home becomes too much to handle. The truth is, storage units can be used as an extension of your home. Do you enjoy crafting but don't have the space to store all of your supplies? Do you enjoy brewing your own beer but lack the space to store all of the bottled drinks? These are just two of the many examples of ways you can use a storage unit to make living your life a little easier with a hobby.