Finding an affordable and convenient way to store large recreational vehicles such as RVs and boats can take some of the fun out of having them. Limited space in your driveway or yard, or restrictions from homeowner associations, apartment leases or municipal parking laws, can make storing your big toys a big hassle.
The convenience, affordability and security of public self storage can be a great solution. Here are some reasons to consider leasing storage space for your boat or RV:
Security – Most higher-end mini self storage facilities provide a combination of keypad entry systems, perimeter fencing, security cameras and on-duty management personnel to provide peace of mind.
Convenient access – Renting a self storage space close to a major thoroughfare or favorite waterway means spending less time, fuel and tricky driving going to and from the fun.
Extra space – An enclosed self storage space gives you extra square footage to store not just your RV or boat, but the supplies and equipment that go with it.
Protection from the elements – Open air spaces, drive-up garages with high ceilings and covered outdoor spaces are commonly used to store large vehicles (depending on what the facility has available). Options that provide more shielding from the weather have higher costs.
Tips for Storing Boats and RVs
o Carefully check the dimensions of any storage unit you’re considering. Most RVs require at least 30-40 feet. Boat trailers and other large equipment may be too wide for the door of an enclosed unit, so covered parking would be recommended.
o When deciding how much space you need, calculate enough square footage to store not just your large vehicle, but any equipment, supplies and tools you wish to store with it.
o When selecting a self storage unit’s location within a facility, consider whether you will have enough room for a large turning radius.
o Sanitary stations and electrical plug-ins are available in outdoor units at some storage facilities.
o Before storing long term, check gaskets and fuel lines and lay down cardboard on the floor of indoor units to prevent damage.
o Self storage facilities usually require that repairs and extensive maintenance of RVs and boats be done elsewhere.
o Make sure the license tags on your large vehicle do not expire while they are in storage – the facility may contact you to renew them.
o Proof of insurance and vehicle registration are required by storage facilities. Low cost insurance is usually available to supply or supplement coverage.
o Most facilities require that tires on vehicles and trailers always be properly inflated.
If you have any questions or concerns about using a self storage unit for your RV or boat, ask the storage facility manager.