Storing Your RV For An Extended Time? Tips To Keep It Safe And Protected

The home away from home — formally known as a recreational vehicle — is a cherished vehicle for many families. In addition to allowing more freedom to vacation in areas much more remote than most tourist locations, an RV can also allow families to enjoy more time together without the impersonal surroundings of the average hotel. Instead, families and vacationing groups can spend time traveling together and enjoying the trip, as well as the final destination. 

But owning a recreational vehicle does require taking precautions to protect it from the elements and vandalism during times when it must sit idle for an extended time. If you have recently become an RV owner and you are wondering about the best practices for storing it, here are some helpful tips.

Store it clean, including the appliances

The first tips for properly storing an RV is to make sure that it is cleaned thoroughly, including the exterior surface, interior living and storage spaces, and the appliances. 

Removing road grime and dirt from the exterior will help prevent minor scratches and marring from developing over the time it must be stored. Inside the RV, taking the time to organize, vacuum, and thoroughly clean all the surfaces will help to prevent the development of odors and help to lessen the risk of infestation by pests like roaches or mice. 

Cleaning the interior of refrigerators, freezers, ovens, and microwaves will also help with preventing stale odors and make it much easier and faster for you to get back on the road for the next trip.

Keep it covered and secure

In addition to cleaning and organizing your recreational vehicle prior to storing it, you will also want to find a storage option that will include good protection from the elements and a secure enclosure to deter possible vandalism. RV owners can accomplish this by having a covered storage shed constructed on their property that can be securely locked.

Those who cannot build a secure storage building for their RV because of property restrictions or financial restraints can choose to rent a secure, covered space, instead. When selecting this type of storage, look for a facility that offers 24-hour access for owners, excellent security options and lighting, as well as a location near your home. 

Safe, protected storage for your recreational vehicle should never be an afterthought or left to chance. When looking for the best solutions for your situation and climate, contact a storage company in your area who can help you by providing the safe, covered RV storage options you need.