In this article, we take a look at the various things to consider when looking for RV storage.
Many of our customers ask us about the going rate and different types of RV storage facilities available to them. Below, we’re going to delve into some other important factors to consider when choosing an RV storage facility that’s right for your mobile home.
Let’s get started.
- RV Storage Type
Believe it or not, there are a range of RV storage types that suit different RV owners’ needs.
- Backyard Storage: If your garage is too small but you’ve got excess space on your property, why not make use of your driveway or backyard? This RV storage type is most convenient for RV owners with large vacant spaces around their homes, who need regular and impromptu access to their vehicles. The main positive of storing your RV on your property is clearly cost. Since it’s free storage, you don’t have to pay a facility to store your RV for you. But check your neighborhood’s residential rules first, to make sure you’re not violating any property codes.
- Indoor RV Storage Facility: RV storage facilities are purpose-built to keep your RV safe and intact. With most having 24 hour security and access, indoor RV storage premises are designed for people with premium or large RV vehicles that want to know they can keep their RV in a secure space. Additional features, furthermore, can include water for tank refills, washing and vacuuming points, and dumping points for dirty water. The main drawback with RV storage facilities is their long-term cost and are considered to be a more premium option.
- Outdoor RV Storage Facility: As the name suggests, outdoor RV storage facilities offer a storage service tailored to RVs that doesn’t give your motor vehicle a physical shelter to keep it covered. The fact that these storage lots are uncovered could mean that your RV is damaged by the elements, particularly if it’s in an area that suffers heavy rain, snow or thunder. On the other hand, if you live in an area where the weather is fairly neutral, outdoor RV storage is arguably your best option as it’s usually cheaper than its indoor counterpart. If you are worried about any damage to your RV while it’s in storage, some facilities offer storage security insurance for you to consider.
- Vehicle Storage Lot: In a nutshell, a vehicle storage lot is a storage space for a range of different vehicles. This means that your RV would be sat next to bikes, cars and even vans. Since a vehicle storage lot is not built with your RV specifically in mind, it’s a more cost-effective solution for storing your RV. With both covered and uncovered lots, it’s always sensible to double check if the owner has regular pest controls conducted. Rodent infestation can damage vehicles upholstery and tires, so it’s good to know your RV won’t suffer any unexpected damage while in storage.
- RV Storage Size
When it comes to RV storage, size really does matter.
Depending on the size of your RV, you want to know that your mobile home will have a sufficient amount of space to avoid any scrapes and bumps with other vehicles being stored.
Some of the lower-end vehicle storage lots for example are more preoccupied with squeezing as many vehicles into a space as possible, rather than for the safety and condition of your RV. With this in mind, it’s always important to do some due diligence on the amount of vehicles that are currently being stored in a particular facility or lot, and the dimensions of your own RV.
Ultimately, the selection of RV storage unit sizes you’ll be selecting from has a lot to do with the kind of rates you’ll be paying to stow your RV.
RV Storage Rates
The importance of cost when looking for RV storage is no secret.
You’ve likely already made a significant financial outlay on your motorhome, so adding significant costs on top of this is not exactly desirable.
For outdoor RV storage rates, the price generally ranges from $50 to $125 or more per month.
Indoor RV storage rates, conversely, start from the $100 a month mark and can rise up to $450 each month, depending on facility amenities and the size of your RV.
Being at the more affordable end of the RV storage choices, vehicle storage lots prices start from as low as $30 a month, rising to $60.
It’s always wise to thoroughly check reviews online and to go see the lot before deciding to rent out a space for your motorhome, as lots with poor amenities and a lack of security can result in you incurring unforeseen costs to storing your RV.
Here at Stache, we pair homeowners and land owners with space, with RV owners looking for storage, to provide a cheaper alternative than conventional RV storage facilities. Get a quote here.
- RV Storage Security & Access
Your RV’s security should be of utmost concern to the lot or facility you leave it in.
To ensure you know that your RV will be taken care of properly, find out whether the storage unit you’re considering has 24 hour security.
It’s not uncommon to take a comprehensive tour of a storage facility before making a decision, so don’t be shy in asking to be shown the ins and outs of a unit. Be observant of where the cameras are placed, how the alarms are triggered, and if there’s sufficient protection against criminals climbing over walls and getting into your RV.