Important Factors To Consider When Storing Your RV

There is no doubt that the option of storing your recreational vehicle when it is not needed is an important decision. Whether you take your RV to the warmer climates found throughout much of the United States or you just like to take it on occasional vacation throughout Canada, your RV was an important purchase. Therefore, protecting your investment is equally important.

Should You Choose Indoor or Outdoor Storage?

It is a good idea to remember that both indoor and outdoor storage have benefits that you should consider. For instance, indoor storage is often climate controlled, which can help to protect the paint job and upholstery of the unit. 

Conversely, an outdoor unit is often easier to park your vehicle in and to find, while also being less expensive. In addition, you will note that the extra space you now have at home is much appreciated. You can  compromise between indoor and outdoor storage by choosing an outdoor storage unit that still provides some protection from the elements during the brutally cold winters.

For extra security, many storage facilities have chosen to make recordings of the premises available to their customers. By doing so, you can check on how safe your RV is, regardless of the time of day and even throughout a weather crisis that might inflict damage. 

Is Your RV Properly Prepared for Being Unused for a Period of Time?

Once you have decided where and how your RV will be stored, it may seem as if you are ready to drive it over to its new, temporary home. However, you still need to protect the RV.

Specifically, you should plan to:

  • Dump the black water, then the grey
  • Empty the water storage unit, allowing it to flush the plumbing 
  • After it seems empty, verify that the last few drops are gone
  • Empty the hot water tanks and heaters               

If you choose to leave any water in the pipes or receptacles of your RV, you can use appropriate antifreeze to protect them. It is helpful to note that recreational vehicles usually have antifreeze that is rated for their use, so never use the bottle you have left over from winterizing your vehicles unless advised to do so by the manufacturer or a recreational vehicle expert. A layer of external wax on the RV is also helpful.

Finally, verifying the extent of the insurance you have on the RV and what type of coverage is provided from the storage facility will be helpful. The cost of storing a recreational vehicle is minimal when compared to the security of knowing that it will be safe from the weather and the difficulties that not using it for a long period of time can cause. Fortunately, there are many safe, secure and affordable places that can provide storage in their facilities for recreational vehicles, such as County Stor-All.

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