Managing Your RV in Self-Storage

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Kwiklock Storage
April 8th, 2024

RV, Camper
Are you a proud owner of an RV, but struggling with where to keep it when not in use? Self-storage can be an excellent solution, offering a safe and secure space for your RV. However, managing your RV while it's in self-storage requires careful attention to ensure it remains in top condition for your next journey. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate RV storage effectively:

Choose the Right Storage Facility:

  • Look for a reputable self-storage facility that specializes in RV storage.
  • Ensure the facility has secure access control, surveillance cameras, and measures in place to protect against theft and environmental elements.
  • Consider facilities with amenities like dump stations, water hookups, and RV-specific parking areas for added convenience.

Prepare Your RV for Storage:

  • Clean your RV thoroughly, inside and out, to prevent dirt buildup and potential damage.
  • Empty and clean all tanks, including freshwater, gray water, and black water tanks.
  • Turn off all appliances and electronics to conserve energy and prevent any issues during storage.
  • Consider using RV covers to protect against UV rays, dust, and debris.

Perform Maintenance Checks:

  • Inspect your RV for any signs of damage or wear, such as leaks, cracks, or tire issues.
  • Address any maintenance or repair needs before storing your RV to avoid further damage.
  • Check and inflate tires to the recommended pressure to prevent flat spots and deterioration.

Secure Valuables and Essentials:

  • Remove valuable items, electronics, and personal belongings from your RV to prevent theft or damage.
  • Store these items in a secure location at home or in a separate storage unit.
  • Consider installing security devices like alarms or locks for added protection.

Use RV-Specific Storage Accessories:

  • Invest in RV-specific storage accessories such as wheel chocks, stabilizers, and covers.
  • These accessories help protect your RV from damage and maintain its condition during storage.
  • Use leveling blocks to ensure your RV is parked on a stable and even surface.

Implement Regular Checkups:

  • Visit your storage unit regularly to inspect your RV for any signs of damage, pests, or moisture buildup.
  • Run the engine and generator occasionally to keep them in good working order.
  • Check battery levels and consider using a battery maintainer to prevent discharge.

Stay Informed About Storage Policies:

  • Familiarize yourself with the storage facility's policies and procedures, including access hours and vehicle maintenance rules.
  • Understand the terms of your storage contract, including payment schedules and any penalties for late payments or early retrieval.
  • Keep important documents related to your RV, such as registration and insurance papers, in a secure and easily accessible place.

Consider Climate Control Options:

  • If available and within your budget, opt for a climate-controlled storage unit.
  • Climate control helps protect your RV from extreme temperatures, humidity, and moisture, reducing the risk of mold, mildew, and other damage.
  • Monitor humidity levels and use dehumidifiers if necessary to maintain a dry environment inside the storage unit.

By following these detailed tips and staying proactive in managing your RV while it's in self-storage, you can ensure that it remains in excellent condition and ready for your next adventure on the road. Safe travels and happy camping!

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