Should You Store Your RV?


Owning a travel trailer is a great way to see the world while keeping a little slice of home with you at all times, but it comes with its own share of challenges as well. In addition to regular upkeep and maintenance costs, your trailer must also be stored when not in use. While many people simply choose to store their recreational vehicles in their driveways, having a dedicated, covered location to store your RV comes with a large number of benefits. It may even help you to reduce your long-term costs and keep your RV adventure-ready for years to come.

Leaks Happen

No matter how new or well-maintained your RV happens to be, leaks are an inevitability. Unlike a stationary home, your RV is traveling along roads that are often rough and poorly maintained. This can wear out even the best seals and cause damage that is rarely apparent until water starts to make its way inside. While leaks are bad on their own, leaks that go unnoticed can cause serious damage as water makes its way into the interior and onto mechanical or electrical equipment.

By covering your RV when it's not in use, you can avoid water damage from unnoticed leaks. Once you're ready to use your RV again, you can perform a proper inspection so that any leaks can be found and repaired before the vehicle is exposed to the elements again.

Sunlight Is Damaging

Although your RV will spend most of its useful life in the sun, it is still important to protect it from the sun's damaging ultraviolet radiation. Not only can this cause faded paint and cosmetic damage, but it can also dry out rubber seals and cause plastic to crack. Since most RVs have more windows than the average vehicle, the interior of your travel trailer is at risk as well. As counterintuitive as it may seem, overexposure to sunlight can actually lead to water leaks as the sun's rays cause seals on your RV to dry and begin to rot.

Security Is Important

Your RV is a large and obvious target for thieves. Storing your RV at a dedicated facility means that it is protected year-round, even when you might not be home. This is a good way to prevent break-ins from human thieves, but it can also help to protect your vehicle against break-ins of the furry kind. Since dedicated facilities are usually monitored 24/7 and fenced off, you are much less likely to find that some new animal friends have decided to crash on your couch over the winter.

While dedicated storage costs more than simply leaving your RV in your driveway for weeks or months at a time, you can save money in the long run by protecting it from a variety of potential threats.

For more information, contact a covered RV storage facility.


17 July 2019

Choosing the Right Storage Unit Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

While I lived in a small town my entire life, in my early 20s I decided to move to a big bustling city. Since the cost of living was so low in my hometown, I was able to afford a rental home. However, with my income, I realized I could only afford a studio apartment in my new city. I did not want to get rid of all of my furniture and belongings that would not fit into my new small apartment, especially my prized collection of antique dolls! I was worried my dolls would not fare well in storage, but I learned that any collectible can be kept in great condition when prepared properly for storage and kept in the right unit. I decided to share what I have learned about choosing storage units and keeping collectibles in great condition while in storage on my new blog!