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RV Storage Guide: Safeguarding Your Investment




Storing an RV requires careful consideration to maintain its condition and extend its lifespan. This guide will cover all aspects of choosing the right storage solution for your recreational vehicle, from selecting the appropriate type of storage facility to preparing your RV for storage and maintaining it while it's parked.

Chapter 1: Types of RV Storage

  • Outdoor Storage: The most affordable option, ideal for areas with mild weather. It involves parking your RV in a designated outdoor lot.
  • Covered Storage: Offers some protection from the elements with a roof over the RV. Suitable for areas with moderate weather conditions.
  • Indoor Storage: The most expensive but also the most protective option, providing complete shelter from all weather conditions in a garage or large building.

Chapter 2: Choosing the Right Storage Facility

  • Location: Proximity to your home or travel corridors can influence your choice.
  • Security: Look for facilities with good security measures like gated access, surveillance cameras, and on-site personnel.
  • Access: Consider how often and easily you want to access your RV. Some facilities offer 24/7 access, while others have restricted hours.
  • Amenities: Some storage facilities provide additional amenities such as electrical hookups, dump stations, and even wash stations.

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Chapter 3: Preparing Your RV for Storage

  • Cleaning: Thoroughly clean both the interior and exterior of the RV to prevent mold, mildew, and pest infestation.
  • Maintenance: Perform routine maintenance checks, including fluid levels, tire pressure, and sealing any leaks.
  • Winterizing: If storing during freezing temperatures, properly winterize your RV to prevent damage from frozen pipes and systems.

Chapter 4: RV Storage Best Practices

  • Ventilation: Keep air vents open slightly to allow for airflow and prevent moisture buildup inside the RV.
  • Covering: Use a breathable RV cover to protect against dust, dirt, and sunlight if storing outdoors or under a covered option.
  • Pest Control: Place pest repellents or traps inside to avoid infestations of rodents or insects.
  • Regular Checks: Regularly inspect your RV for any issues such as tire flat spots, battery life, or roof leaks.

Chapter 5: Legal and Insurance Considerations

  • Storage Contracts: Understand the terms and conditions of your storage rental agreement.
  • Insurance: Ensure your RV is adequately insured while in storage. Some policies might have specific requirements or exclusions for storage.

Chapter 6: Retrieving Your RV from Storage

  • Inspection and Maintenance: Before taking your RV out of storage, conduct a thorough inspection and perform any necessary maintenance.
  • Reactivation: Steps to reactivate systems like plumbing, electrical, and appliances that were shut down during storage.
  • Safety Checks: Verify all safety devices such as smoke detectors, brakes, and lights are operational.


Properly storing your RV can save you costly repairs and extend the vehicle’s life, making your travels more enjoyable and worry-free. Whether you choose outdoor, covered, or indoor storage, following these guidelines will help protect your RV while it's stored.

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Assess your storage needs based on how you use your RV and the climate in your area. Visit a storage facility near you to find the best fit for your RV and budget, and prepare your vehicle following the steps outlined in this guide.

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