It won’t be long before the streets in your neighbourhood are clogged with snowbanks. Where do you plan on storing your RV after the campground closes? Our RV storage tips have all the answers, and the solution might be easier than you think.
Parking the Rig on Your Property
Your yard is the most cost-effective and convenient place for winter RV storage. This is especially true if you own a pop-up or small travel trailer since they can get tucked away from the garage and your driveway. Also, if you want to do some maintenance over the winter, you can skip driving across town to get it done.
However, your RV will be left out in the elements. A good location will have these features:
- Relatively flat parking surface–gravel or paved is better
- No overhead trees
- Shrubs are chopped back
- Power for a battery trickle-charger
Remember that your roof and tires will age faster when left out in the sun and snow. A covered parking space is a worthwhile investment.
An RV cover is sized to fit your style and length of the trailer, fifth-wheel, Class-A, or C rig. It’ll help to keep water off the vinyl roof and protect the interior from leaks and wind. Some are long enough to cover the wheels, which slows UV damage to the rubber. It takes an hour or two to hang it. Some come with zippered cutouts for access to the door.
Storing Your RV at a Local Lot
If you live in the city or a crowded suburb, you may not have room or be allowed to store an RV on your property. But you can find a spot for it at a local self-storage facility. Check your local StorageMart, PODS, U-haul, or other self-storage stores. They may offer outdoor RV storage at very reasonable rates. Their lots are often fenced, have security cameras, and maintain regular hours so that you can access your RV.
Some facilities may have a dump station, water, and limited power if you need to work on your RV. Others may be strictly storage and demand all RV service be completed off-site.
Ask for a map of available spots to ensure your camper does not get parked where you can’t access it. When it’s time for a vacation, you shouldn’t have to wait for others to move their rigs first.
Indoor RV Storage: Perks and Premium Options
Indoors is always best to help your RV weather the winter. RV and boat storage facilities offer this option at a premium, but they also offer maintenance services in many cases. Indoor winter RV storage means your rig will never be buried under feet of snow, ice will not build up on the awning, and your tires stay out of the sun.
A popular indoor RV storage centre may provide winterization specials, including trickle chargers for batteries, tank clean-outs, and even some basic repairs.
Pro-tip: RV Sales Centres May Be Your Best Option
Many RV dealers have winter RV storage options. The sales season is over, and their customers are done buying for the year. Unlike a self-storage facility, your RV will blend in with the regular inventory and receive the same security as the new rigs. Storage will likely be outdoors, but your dealer will get it ready when it’s time to get ready for summer vacations. That just saved you a time-consuming chore. If something needs fixing, they can get it done while you are celebrating the winter holidays.
Updating Your RV Insurance Before Parking for the Winter
Yes, your rolling vacation home won’t be on the highways for the next few months, but that doesn’t mean something unexpected won’t happen at the storage facility. Ensure that your RV insurance policy is up-to-date and offers protection from theft, vandalism, and winter storm damage. At Wayfarer Insurance Group, we’re always happy to help you with that task.