You’ve made a sizable investment in your recreational vehicle. The last thing you want to do is put it in harm’s way. With lengths spanning up to 40 feet or more, it’s not going fit in a standard garage. The optimal storage solution is one of our metal and steel RV building kits.
This preferable way to keep your RV safe when not in use may not be something you can swing at the moment. Go for the next best thing. Many national franchise chains offer options ranging from covered to completely enclosed mini-garages. Follow these tips to help you keep your RV safe when it’s not in your possession.
Read The Fine Print
The rental contract should include specific language about recreational vehicles. This is for your protection. Most will prohibit the storage of hazardous fluids. Fear not. It doesn’t mean you’ll have to drain your LP tanks before you can park. You just won’t be able to store extra ones.
You also won’t be able to store things outside of the RV, unless you’ve rented an enclosed space.
Those big diesel engines can be a bit messy. Many storage facilities will hold you responsible for the cost of removing oil stains. Play it safe and put down a protective mat.
Keep Your Papers In Order
Be prepared to provide copies of your insurance and vehicle registration. Some storage companies may refuse to rent to you if the registration lists a company name.
You’ve got nothing to worry about if you own your RV free and clear. If it’s financed, the storage company may ask you to provide copies of bank information. This is to follow state lien laws. They want a way to dispose of your RV if you stop paying the rent.
Look For RV-Friendly Amenities
You already know to give yourself extra space to maneuver your house-on-wheels. Check to make sure the storage facility has sensors that will keep the gate open for longer periods as you enter and exit. Check for crash posts to keep you away from expensive damage you can inflict on building corners.
Space is a premium. Many storage companies keep public travel areas as small as possible. Be sure you can get in and out of your designated space with ease.
Not all public storage facilities offer motorhome, RV, travel trailer dump stations and cleaning areas. This is a necessary amenity if you’ve got no place else for necessary maintenance.
It’s supposed to be a safe and secure place to store your property. Play it even safer and confirm that the facility has video surveillance. This can come in handy if you need evidence to file a damage claim.
Until You’ve Got Something Better
RV-owners have used public storage facilities for years. They’re happy with the setup. Most will admit, though, that they’d rather store their RV on their own property.
If you’ve got the space, building on-site storage is less expensive than you might think. We offer steel hybrid building kit solutions that are the perfect for the DIY and are sized to fit your RV and everything that goes along with owning one. The Miracle Truss® system for your RV garage offers an open truss design and clear span construction that creates amazing amounts of usable space.
Let’s talk about how we can convert the rental fees you pay into permanent RV storage that you own.