3 Types Of Long-Term RV Storage

An RV is a seasonal vehicle for most people. Travel trailers, motorhomes, and fifth wheel trailers can make camping or summer road trips more comfortable, but they can become a source of stress when it comes to off-season storage.

The right storage location can have an impact on how well your RV weathers the winter season. Most professional storage facilities will offer a few different types of storage. Consider your needs carefully before selecting an off-season home for your RV.

1. Uncovered Storage 

The most affordable option for long-term RV storage is an uncovered parking space. Many storage facilities have dedicated parking areas designed to accommodate larger vehicles. You will want to check with your storage facility to ensure that they have a space big enough to accommodate the length of your trailer or motorhome.

Although an uncovered parking spot will not provide much protection for your RV against the elements, you can purchase a canvas cover that goes over the top of the unit to ensure that no moisture will be able to infiltrate your RV while it is in storage.

2. Covered Storage

The second type of storage that may be available for your RV is a covered parking spot. These spots are equipped with overhead coverage that resembles a carport. Your RV will not be totally protected from the elements, as sunlight and moisture can still affect the sides of the unit while it is parked under a covered spot.

The primary benefit these spots offer is protection for the roof of your RV. If you have a small leak or other types of roof damage, then a covered spot will help to prevent major water damage from forming inside the unit until you can invest in repairs the following spring.

3. Enclosed Storage

The most expensive type of storage that you can choose for your RV is an enclosed storage space. Many storage facilities have large garages that are designed to accommodate an RV.

Enclosed storage spaces offer total protection from the elements. Many of these spaces are also climate-controlled, which can maintain a constant temperature and humidity in the area around your RV. Enclosed storage can extend the life of your vehicle and protect the fiberglass exterior and decals against sun damage.

You will pay a bit more for an enclosed storage space, but the years of life this type of long-term storage can add to your RV makes the added expense worthwhile.