A Recreational Vehicle (RV) is a major investment, but it can also be the ideal way to affordably travel across the country. Perfect for everyone from families with young kids to retirees, RV’s allow you to see the country without the high cost of mounting hotel bills.
However, you’re not going to be on the road all the time and when it’s time to go home, what can you do with your camper or motorhome? You can’t really park it on the street. It’s probably too big for your garage. With the popularity of recreational vehicles on the rise, however, many self storage facilities are now providing parking spaces for storing your RV or camper.
The most obvious advantage of storing your RV is convenience; you’ll have a place to park your camper or motorhome that isn’t your driveway, but is close enough to home that going to get it before a weekend getaway or vacation doesn’t become unnecessarily tedious.
If you’re planning on storing your RV for an extended time, it would be wise to prepare it accordingly. There are several things you can do with your RV when parking it to help maintain its condition and ensure longer longevity. These include:
- Washing and waxing your RV before parking it at the self storage facility can prevent dirt and dust from building up.
- Disconnect your battery. If you live in area that gets really cold during the winter, you should remove the battery entirely and store it in a more climate controlled area.
- Turn off the pilot light to the stove and disconnect the propane at the source.
- Turn off the refrigerator. Allow it to defrost, clean it out and dry it thoroughly. Keep the door slightly ajar to allow air to circulate inside of it.
- Drain all the water from the tanks.
- Make sure all windows and doors and completely closed. This will prevent bugs, birds and animals from getting into your RV.
- Park your RV on pads to prevent your tires from forming soft spots.
Following these storage tips will further maximize the advantages of using RV storage, and help ensure your home away from home is ready when you’re itching to get on the road again.