After an exciting summer of travel, the time has come to store your RV for the winter. Aside from winterizing your RV, selecting the right storage location can mean the difference between returning to travel with ease the following spring or spending time and money repairing winter weather damage.
Indoor storage is one of the best options for your RV. It saves you maintenance costs in the long run by offering maximum security and protection from the elements. The main downside is the cost, which ranges between $100 to upwards of $400 a month. This can be expensive for average RV owners. Here are a few cost-friendly alternatives for storing your RV during winter.
1. Outdoor facility storage
If renting an indoor storage unit is too expensive or inconvenient, another option is to go with an outdoor storage facility, which typically accommodates a wide range of budgets. The facilities can provide enhanced security features and the option of periodic inspections and maintenance.
Outdoor facilities are less expensive than indoor storage, with prices ranging from $30 to upwards of $100 per month depending on the size of your RV and whether the space is covered or uncovered, as outlined by Family Handyman. Uncovered storage is less expensive, but covered storage protects your RV against weather and collision damage.
Mice, flies, and other vermin may also threaten outdoor RV storage. Bird droppings or tree sap could harm the RV’s exterior if parked close to trees. Moreover, leaving items outside makes them more vulnerable to theft or vandalism.
Fortunately, many places that offer outdoor RV storage are aware of these dangers and take precautions to protect the vehicles. By taking a few precautions, storage facilities can provide a more affordable way to store your RV outside safely.
2. Storing your RV at home
Storing your RV at home is the most basic, convenient, and cost-effective option. First, check with your city and county zoning offices and your Homeowners Association (HOA) to see if they have any restrictions on storing an RV at home. It may be illegal in some areas to keep an RV on your property.
You can keep your RV in the driveway or backyard, depending on local regulations, your RV size, and the available space. The drawback is typically limited parking space, which may make parking your primary vehicle difficult. According to RV Lift, a camper cover is a good idea to protect the RV from the elements and other hazards.
3. Garage storage
You could have room to store your RV if you have a two-car garage. Most class B and C motorhomes are the ideal fit for this option. It’s important to remember that not all garages can accommodate an RV, especially if it is a taller RV.
You don’t have to pay for RV storage if your house has a big enough garage. Keeping your RV in your garage also reduces the possibility of theft, vandalism, or environmental deterioration, according to Camper Report.
However, if you have multiple vehicles and a small garage, one of them will need to be parked outside. You may also have limited storage space left for your belongings.
Constructing a garage specifically for your RV is a fantastic option, especially if you’re building a custom home. Existing properties, on the other hand, may find this difficult.
If your current garage is too small, you can design your RV garage to accommodate any size motorhome. When buying a house with an attached RV garage, the cost of the garage is already included in the purchase price.
The downside of wanting to add an RV garage is that you must either expand an existing garage or build a new one. Adding onto an existing garage can take up valuable space around your home, which may deter potential buyers.