Tips on how to store your RV
An RV is a significant investment and one that you should keep protected. There are several steps that you can take to keep your recreational vehicle safe and secure for the weeks or months when it's not on the road.
Commonly, RV owners use self-storage facilities with RV parking to free up space on their property or to comply with neighborhood ordinances that do not allow RVs to be parked at home.
Find RV Self-Storage
The first step to storing your RV is finding the right location. No matter where you store your RV, you want to make sure that the location is going to be safe and secure from weather, thieves or anything else that may damage your vehicle.
U-Haul offers covered, uncovered, and enclosed parking for your RV at a self-storage facility that will meet your security needs.
- Uncovered parking: These spaces are located outdoors in a secure parking lot at the facility.
- Covered parking: An outdoor parking space that is covered to help protect your RV from the sun, rain, and other adverse weather conditions
- Enclosed parking: These indoor spaces provide maximum protection against the elements, allow you to lock your unit, and may provide climate control depending on the storage facility.
Before you rent a space for your RV, make sure the space you want will fit your RV. Dimensions of RVs may vary from 10 ft. to more than 45 ft. long. Therefore, it's very important to make sure your storage space will be able to fit your specific RV comfortably.
U-Haul offers several levels of security to protect your RV while it is being stored. Security features range from electronic gates to individually alarmed rooms. Ask the representative at your self-storage facility for security details for that location.
How to Prepare Your RV for Storage
To prevent mold, pests, and other damage to your RV there are several steps that you should take before storing.
- Change the oil - Water and acids in the oil may cause damage to the engine if it is left in storage for a long period of time.
- Clean your RV inside and out - Empty your refrigerator and leave it open to prevent mold and mildew. Adding a layer of wax to the outside of your RV can also help protect against ruse and corrosion.
- Add gas - Topping off your gas tank will prevent condensation in your fuel lines. If you're planning on keeping your RV in storage for a long time, add stabilizer as well to prevent the fuel from breaking down chemically.
- Disconnect the batteries - Batteries can be costly to replace every year. By removing the batteries and charging them periodically, you will prevent them from going bad or dying and you will not need to buy a replacement.
- Chock blocks - Chock blocks are made of rubber, plastic, or wood and are specifically made to be placed behind and around tires to prevent a vehicle from moving while it is parked. Using a parking brake while storing can cause damage to the break pads over time.
- Cover open holes on your RV - Small animals may take up residence in your RV and create expensive problems for you when you want to take it out for a drive. Covering small holes around the vehicle (ie, exhaust pipe) is an easy preventative measure.
There are many RV types and brands so make sure to check the manufacturer's manual for your model's specific storage recommendations.
Finding a storage unit for your RV is easy. Start by deciding what type of space works best for your vehicle, then perform a search and reserve a unit. Once you've done that you're ready to prepare your vehicle for storage. Start your RV storage search today.