TIPS & BENEFITS
Recreational vehicles truly are homes away from home. They provide a way to explore the great outdoors without sacrificing the comfort and security of a house. As an RV owner, you probably spend your summers on cross-country journeys soaking in all the beauty that nature has to offer. You also likely have countless memories with friends and family spent under bright stars – all made possible by your RV. Fulfilling that sense of adventure comes with a cost. Purchasing an RV, along with foreseen and unforeseen repairs, isn’t cheap. There is also the matter of having a place to put the RV when it’s not being used. We hope to be of assistance by providing a safe and secure area to store your RV, along with some tips to help keep your vehicle road-ready for your next adventure.
REASONS FOR STORING YOUR RV
Not every RV owner has a place to park it during the off-season. Even if you do have the space, you could still run into issues due to certain restrictions or regulations in your neighborhood. Here are a few reasons you might need to store your RV away from home.
HOAS & NEIGHBORHOOD REGULATIONS
Certain homeowners associations and neighborhoods have rules about RVs being parked at a residence. Sometimes this means RVs can only be parked for 24 hours before the homeowner is given a citation. If you’re in an area with rules like this, it might be best to keep the peace and find a place to store your RV. Wouldn’t want to ruffle the feathers of those you live around.
NOT ENOUGH SPACE
If you recently purchased an RV and brought it home, you might be noticing that you have a lot less room in the driveway. With limited space, it may not be feasible to park a house on wheels in front of your home. One solution is to store it away from home to avoid constantly maneuvering around such a big object. Storing your RV with us gives you the added benefit of knowing it’s protected by our 24-hour surveillance system.
PROTECT IT FROM THE ELEMENTS
Even if you have plenty of space and there are no rules hindering you from parking it at your home, you just might prefer that your RV stay protected from the elements when it’s not being used. We all know the damage that sun, wind, rain, snow, and hail can inflict on a vehicle. Keeping your RV in one of our oversized storage units will protect it from storms and direct sunlight.
RV STORAGE TIPS
Once you’ve decided on a safe place to keep your RV, there are preventative maintenance measures you can take to keep you RV running strong and looking great. If you know that you won’t be using it again for a while, you’ll want to make sure you’ve done these things to your RV before leaving it somewhere for a prolonged period.
WASH BEFORE YOU STORE
Before putting away the RV for the season, make sure you give the interior and exterior a thorough cleaning. On long journeys vehicles pick up a lot of dirt, bugs, salt, and other harmful chemicals. Dirt and bugs will get harder to remove the longer they sit which is why it’s best to wash the RV before it sits for a couple of months. Salt and other chemicals on the road that can corrode, rust, and eat away at the framework and other parts under your RV. Rinsing and removing these materials can save you from expensive repairs in the future and add years to the life of your RV. Be sure to wipe down all surfaces on the interior, remove all food from the cabinets, and vacuum the seats and floors to get any crumbs that might be scattered about. Leaving food in the RV is a surefire way to get rodents and other pests that can ruin your seats and anything else they manage to chew or gnaw on. This goes without saying, but food left on the RV will go bad and likely cause some horrendous odors. Defrost the refrigerator and freezer and wipe them clean. Just like at home, you can use an open box of baking soda to remove odors. One clean, leave the refrigerator and freezer doors open a little to air out while in storage. Lastly, make sure the interior and exterior of the RV are completely dry to avoid mold build-up in fabrics.
Have you ever left a bottle of water in the freezer and, when you pull it out, the bottle was distorted and awkwardly shaped? You sure don’t want that happening with your RV’s water system when storing it for the winter. We recommend consulting the owner’s manual for the winterizing process, that way you know exactly what components need to be done. Typically, this process includes adding a few gallons of non-toxic RV antifreeze and draining all water holding tanks, water heaters, water pumps, faucets, and toilets. They will then need to be filled with non-toxic antifreeze to keep them from being damaged in the cold temperatures.
CLOSE WINDOWS, VENTS & FILL HOLES
Since your RV will be sitting still for the next few months, it is best to close all windows and vents, and seal any other holes you may have discovered during your storage preparations. You can use spray insulation or expanding foam to fill these holes and cracks. Doing this will help keep dust and animals from getting in your freshly cleaned vehicle. If you happen to be storing your RV outdoors, closing the blinds and blocking windows will also help save the interior from direct sunlight that can potentially damage seats and other surfaces. You can also purchase a cover for the RV that will help prevent damage while stored outdoors.
DISCONNECT THE BATTERY & PROPANE TANKS
Appliances and other features on your RV can drain your battery, even if they aren’t being used. Once in storage, we recommend disconnecting the battery so it does not slowly drain while in storage. Disconnecting propane tanks is also highly recommended as they are potentially harmful if they begin to leak. Disconnecting both of these while storing your RV is the best way to make sure you don’t waste energy and that you RV is ready to start when you return to pick it up.
CHANGE OIL & CHECK TIRES
Finally, check your engine oil, tire pressure, and other fluids in the RV. Checking your tires before storage will help ensure that they don’t go flat in storage. RVs weigh a lot and can damage the rims if tires are not properly inflated. Keeping air in the tires protects the rims from being flattened or damaged while sitting. Your engine will be much easier to turn over after sitting when the oil is clean and able to lubricate the engine. You can also purchase a fuel stabilizer to add to your gas tank to keep fuel fresh as old or expired gasoline can go bad and damage your engine.
STORING YOUR RV WITH KEY STORAGE
We know an RV is a big investment and we want to help you keep it safe and running strong. If you’re looking for a place to store your RV, please contact the location nearest you and ask about our oversized storage units. With over 20 locations in the San Antonio area and others located in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, you can count on us to have a storage solution that fits your individual needs.