RV Storage: Parking Your RV for the Long Haul

Oct 22 2015

You’re about to blow a considerable chunk of change on what could be one of the biggest investments in your life.  And, just like all investments, you know you need to protect it. But, with this big purchase, things could get a little tricky.  After all, you’re about to sign the papers on a brand new RV that is a little over 40 feet long!  So, where in the world are you going to keep this beast?

It’s a question that RV owners both new and old wrestle with all the time.  Where is my RV going to live when I’m not living in it?  Your decision will likely come down to two choices – both with their own pros and cons.

HOME

The biggest advantage to keeping your RV at home is the efficiency of loading and unloading your cargo.  Think of the convenience when you only have to walk a few feet to grab the week’s worth of clothes you left behind on the bed. When you keep your RV at home, you’ll also have some super convenient guest lodging.  Though most neighborhood ordinances frown upon it (you’ll have to do your own research there,) a rear living bunk house equipped with the latest electronics and conveniences can be a lot more comfortable for household guests than your guest room or a hotel stay.

The big problem here is the huge size of your rig.  Most driveways are not long enough to house an RV in it’s entirety. And, your garage?  That’s probably out of the question.  Your two cars and all of the things you’ve ‘collected’ over the years already live there.  So, unless you’re out in the country or have a super spacious lot, storing your fifth wheel on your driveway is probably out of the question unless your neighborhood is ordinance free.  In which case, you might want to install a level concrete slab somewhere on your property that is located near electricity and running water.

RV LOT

If you’re unable to store your RV at your home, you can choose to park your vehicle at a storage lot.  When you do this, you’re making the decision to trade convenience for security and space. Most storage lots feature well-lit parking lots and an abundance of security cameras.  Depending on the type of lot you choose, your vehicle can also be protected from any severe weather that may come your way.  Some lots offer covered spaces (like a permanent awning over your ride.) Others tout indoor parking.  Regardless of what your choice is, you’ll be protecting your investment from the harshness of winter or the severe weather that spring brings.

You’ll want to make sure you explore all of the other options that are available in storage lots, too.  Find out whether you can pick up your vehicle at any time.  Some lots don’t allow 24/7 access.  Other conveniences include RV washing and tank dumping stations.

Regardless of your decision, be sure to check into your RV insurance storage coverage before hand.  Some policies don’t cover vehicles when they are stored away from your residence, so look into all those details.

And, if you’re getting ready to store that brand new investment away for the winter, make certain that you prepare your vehicle accordingly.