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RV storage facilities are growing in popularity as more and more people are buying RV’s. Don’t have the space to store an RV at home? Do not let that stop you from buying the RV of your dreams!

If you are not actively using your RV or getting work done to it, maybe it is time to find a storage facility for it. Make room, get it out of your yard, and into a safe and secure outdoor RV storage facility. Or, choose one that has coverage, and even indoor options! 

Outdoor RV Storage

Did you know that outdoor RV storage is the most affordable way to store your RV, the next most affordable option is covered RV storage, followed by indoor storage?

Unless you are familiar with a particular storage facility, you may not be familiar with the set-up. What better way to get a feel for a place than taking a virtual tour of the storage facility!

The best self-storage facilities are clean, spacious, and secure. Having a locked gate and security cameras around the facility can help you feel like your rig is in good hands.  

New RV Owners

If you are still in the market for an RV or have recently bought one you could be wondering where and how you are going to store it once you drive it off of the lot. The majority of RV owners only use their rig seasonally and have to figure out a place to store it during the off-season.

Depending on personal preference, and the weather—most RV’s are in storage about six months out of the year.

Going on Vacation 

If you own an RV, chances are you take it with you when you go on vacation. But, not always. For times when you are flying out of town or will be away for any length of time, you might worry about leaving such an expensive (and prized) possession in your driveway while you are gone.

When your RV is at a storage facility, you no longer have to worry about that, you can just focus on enjoying your trip. 

RV Storage 101

There is more to storing an RV than just finding a facility that you like. To store an RV properly, a thorough run-through of this checklist should be conducted.

  • RV cover
  • Tire covers 
  • Check tire pressure
  • Vent covers
  • Close windows
  • Drain water from pipes and lines
  • Winterize the pipes, etc.
  • Turn off appliances
  • Pest control (insect & rodent traps)
  • Remove all food
  • Battery maintenance

If you live in an area that experiences extreme winters, you will need to take the extra steps to winterize your RV. When temperatures drop below freezing (32 degrees F) for more than 24 hours pipes can freeze and crack, just like in your home.

Make Room at Home

An RV is not a small item that you can stash away without giving it a second thought. No, this will take up a large amount of space either parked in your driveway, in your yard, or wherever it can fit. 

And, even if it fits comfortably in your driveway, wouldn’t you like to use all of that driveway space for something else?

Some neighborhoods actually have rules and regulations against having an RV at your house. Which, may sound ridiculous. But, HOA rules are rules. 

You could build a giant storage shed just for your rig if you wanted to, but it may be easier to find an RV storage facility.

Storing Other Large Items

Once you finally have your RV safely stored you will notice how great it feels to have that extra space at home. Is there anything else that you would like to find storage to free up even more of your yard? 

Do you have your boat at home? How about some of that extra stuff in the basement or garage? Finding a great storage facility might inspire you to clear out other areas in your home that have been ignored for a while. 

Drive-up Storage

While some storage facilities are all encompassed within a building type of structure, drive-up storage gives you easier access to your storage unit, as well as the option to pull right up to your unit and unload items from your vehicle. How convenient is that?

Checking In

Are you worried about letting your rig out of your sight till next season? Fear not. With a storage facility, you can have access to your rig to give it a check-up once a month or at least halfway through the off-season.

Few storage facilities offer 24-hour access (for everyone’s safety and security) yet most days of the week are open from at least dawn till dusk so that you can stop in and check things like water systems, electrical, RV covers, and make sure there are no pests hiding in there. 

Checking in is also a great way to get to know the employees at your storage facility, and become familiar with the staff. This is not a requirement, just a bonus.

Paying Rent

When it comes to paying bills, we are all guilty of forgetting due dates and suffering hefty late fees. Thankfully we have automatic bill pay, now.

Set it, and forget it. Automatic monthly payments that are deducted from your account are the easiest way for bill pay to always be on time, avoiding late fees, and avoiding the stress of remembering to send out checks every month! Those days are long behind us.

Whether you are just renting the spot for your RV, or you’ve decided to utilize the facility for more than that 

Doing What’s Right for Your Rig 

Whether it be for the duration of the entire off-season, or just in between camping trips and road trips, outdoor RV storage is a great solution to having affordable and secure storage for your rig.

In or around Kingston, Washington, there is no better place than Kingston Ideal Storage. You and your RV will love it here! Contact for all of your storage needs.

When you’ve got a small garage or no garage at all, you’ve got to get a bit crafty with your possessions.

Garages are important storage areas in our households. They get filled up quickly, either by parking our vehicles or storing all of our extra stuff that doesn’t quite fit inside the house. If yours is too small, it can fail to accomplish either goal.

Today, we’re going to try and give you a hand with this problem. Small garages can create big issues and you might end up having to find vehicle storage if you’ve got multiple vehicles. When looking for vehicle storage, you need to know the right questions to ask.

There are loads of storage facilities all over the place, but when you’re talking about a car, RV, boat, or motorcycle, it’s got to be properly equipped. If you don’t ask, you won’t know, so ask these questions and find a storage facility that works for your needs.

Is There Proper Security?

When you’re talking about putting your vehicle or some other expensive item into storage, the first thing you’re going to want to know is if there’s proper security at the facility. You can’t trust the place if they don’t have all of the things that are required to keep intruders from stealing or damaging your car, not to mention all of the pesky pests and rodents out there.

We’re talking about cameras, sturdy gates, and secure units. Fortunately, at Ideal Storage, we take our security measures very seriously. Our entire facility is guarded with a state of the art security system with keyless entry. Only paying tenants or those accompanied by paying tenants are allowed on the premises, unless admitted by our management.

Not all facilities go far enough to secure your belongings, but why pay for car storage if you can’t be sure that it’s safe?

Is My Property Going to Be Covered?

The next thing you’ll be thinking about is how your RV, boat, or car will be protected from the weather. The reason people keep their car in the garage is to minimize the wear and tear from rain, sleet, and snow throughout the year and it’s no different at a storage facility. This is especially true with things like classic cars, and high-end boats or RVs.

You need to be sure that your property is going to be in a covered facility, if you require it. Many storage facilities have both covered and open-air units, so don’t be afraid to make sure you’re getting what you need. Our facility does have both types of units, so you’ll have the option to choose whichever is best for your property.

Typically, you’d want to have covered storage for cars, but you may want uncovered storage for your boat, which we can happily offer as well.

How Much Space Will There Be?

Space is everything when you’re bringing in a large boat or recreational vehicle. Likewise, you should have the option of choosing something smaller, if you’re bringing in a motorcycle or small sports car. The storage facility that you end up choosing should have a wide range of storage units in all different sizes.

We offer storage, both covered and uncovered, in whatever size suits your needs. As specialists in RV and boat storage, we’ve got units as large as 12X70, meaning you can store a huge RV or fishing boat with ease. Our uncovered lots range from 10X20 to 10X45, so take your pick.

How Much Does It Cost Per Month?

Of course, you can’t put a price on keeping your prized possessions safe and sound in storage, but you also want to avoid spending too much per month. One of the most important questions to ask about vehicle storage, RV storage, or boat storage is “how much does it cost per month?”.

You can find a detailed breakdown of the different storage units we offer and the monthly rental price on our website. It really depends on what you need, so a smaller storage unit or uncovered lots with fewer frills is going to be a lot cheaper than our largest covered units. It’s also important to know what you’re paying for, which is state of the art facilities and the best security possible when you choose Ideal Storage.

What Are Your Policies?

A good storage facility will have a detailed list of policies that put their tenants’ minds at ease. If you’re talking to a storage facility manager and they can’t tell you what their policies are, then they aren’t worth your time and money. Our storage facility adheres to state and local laws, so whenever we get a new tenant, they have to sign an agreement to follow these policies.

Some of our site policies include:

  • No smoking at the facility.
  • Close and lock doors when leaving the facility.
  • No vehicles left overnight without permission.
  • Living things, explosives, flammable, and drugs are prohibited at the facility.
  • No toxic waste or items that produce odors.
  • No playing of musical instruments to be played at any time.
  • No working in the unit, as they are for storage only.

You can find a more detailed list of our policies on our website. They’re in place to ensure that everyone feels safe and secure both being in the facility and leaving their possessions in the facility. We take pride in offering brand new, state of the art facilities for our tenants and we always aim to live up to our name as the Ideal Storage facility.

Make Sure Your Vehicle Storage Is Up to Task

If you’re trying to find the best vehicle storage for your car, boat, RV, or motorcycle, you need to ask these questions to make sure they’re up to the task. At Ideal Storage, we’ll have you covered with our state of the art facilities and caring management, so you won’t need to worry about your vehicle at all. Contact us today to discuss how we can help with all of your vehicle storage needs.

As people look for outdoor activities, recreational vehicles (RV) and boat sales have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. But finding a safe and suitable storage space for these items can be a headache.

You may be considering paying for RV and boat storage off your property, but are wondering if it is worth the money. There are many advantages to private storage, including saving money down the road. Here are several to consider.

Common Issues With Home RV and Boat Storage

When assessing the many plusses of storing your RV or boat with a private company, it can be helpful to think about the problems it avoids. Home storage may offer some conveniences, but these often are offset by other challenges.


If you do not have an enclosed storage area for your boat or RV, that means it is probably sitting in your driveway exposed to weather and the outdoors. This is fine for shorter periods, but over time the elements can take their toll.

If you have ever had a vehicle that was left out to the elements for an extended period of time, you know what it does to the paint job. But, unlike cars that you replace at least every 10 or so years, most people plan to have their RVs and boats for decades. They are big investments, and you want them to last.

Belongings left outdoors are susceptible to falling branches or other objects. Wind, rain, and snow can wreak havoc on the exterior, but the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is a more significant threat.

This is an issue often overlooked during winter months, when you are least likely to be using your boat or RV. But UV rays are no less dangerous during this time of year.

Sure, using protective covers or waxing your RVcan help protect it. But these measures are subpar compared to secured, indoor storage.

Damage Beyond the Surface

Weather could threaten the structural integrity of your RV or boat as well. Units stored outdoors are susceptible to mold and mildew, both inside and out. Also, animals like birds and squirrels can cause serious damage, like destroying wiring or other components.

Left outdoors, your boat or RV could be susceptible to insects that are seeking out small crevices to make their home. Common problematic pests include ants, flies, roaches, and termites.

RVs or boats left sitting for long periods of time, during the off-season or because you have not had time to use them, get overlooked. Unlike your home that you set foot in every day, infestations can go undetected and cause a lot of damage right under your nose. Climate-controlled storage facilities can help mitigate these risks.


You might assume that storing your RV or boat at your home is safer than a storage unit. But this is not the case. The number-one priority of storage companies is to keep your belongings safe.

In addition to having security systems, companies maintain personnel to watch who is coming and going at the facility. Besides theft, you do not have to worry about threats of vandalism or other criminal activities to your boat or RV.

Advantages of RV and Boat Storage

The main advantage gained by avoiding the threats described above is lengthening the life and retaining the quality of your RV or boat. Having invested tens of thousands of dollars, or more, you will want to make sure they stay in the best shape possible for the duration of its existence. But there are other advantages to RV or boat storage as well.

Freeing Up Space

Simply increasing the capacity of your driveway, carport, or shed is another huge advantage of using off-site storage. And some homeowner associations do not allow you to have an RV or boat visibly parked at all.

Even if you do have a shed or other covered enclosure for your RV or boat, you can use this space for alternative equipment or storage needs. You could replace them with bikes, lawnmowers, or even cars that would otherwise be crammed into another space or left out in the weather.

Saving Your Cement and Your Brakes

Also, you may not have a flat area on your property on which to store RVs or boats. Parking them on steep slopes can be unstable and even dangerous to buildings and people alike.

And ensuring their stability on such surfaces can put continued, unnecessary strain on their brake systems. You do not want your 30,000 pound RV resting on a steep incline for months on end. Similarly, you can save wear and tear on your driveway or carport, which are not designed to sustain such weight.

Range of Options

If you are like a lot of frugal people who understand the advantages of cutting corners, you may still be wondering if the cost-savings described above offset the cost of storage. The good news is that there are often a range of price points for RV and boat storage to choose from. And you may be surprised at how affordable it is in general.

Many companies that have enclosed storage also offer outdoor lots as a more economic alternative. If you are not as concerned with your RV or boat being outdoors, you can still have the convenience of not having them sitting in your driveway, or worrying about something happening to them when you are not home.

And many storage facilities offer different plans, since the duration of storage varies from person to person. Many companies will even prorate months where you will only be using a portion of it. So, do not let the idea of an “all-or-nothing” annual or even monthly commitment stop you from a pricing standpoint.

Get a Storage Quote Today

Now that you have an idea of some of the advantages of RV and boat storage, and some of the home-storage pitfalls you can avoid, you can begin to consider if it is right for you.

At Ideal Storage, we provide state-of-the-art indoor storage for your RV, boat, or other personal items. We offer covered and uncovered options, with a guarantee of security for any storage unit or lot you rent.

You can view our pricing and availability online, but feel free to contact us for a free quote and consultation. Our team will listen to your needs and present storage solutions that will fit your budget.

Purchasing a boat is a big milestone and a big investment. You’ve been dreaming about this for a long time, and now it has finally happened. Now begins the process of finding a place to store it.

You have to weigh several factors when searching for a boat storage facility. You have to consider the location, type of storage, and cost.

Below, we’re going to assist you in that process by comparing the pros and cons of indoor and outdoor boat storage.

Outdoor Boat Storage

Storing your boat outside is the most cost-effective option, and probably your first consideration. Some people might consider this kind of storage just that, cheaper. But others see the value in outdoor boat storage.


For the frequent boater, this is perhaps the best option. With outdoor storage, your boat is more accessible whenever you want to take it out. It’s easier to simply hook up the trailer and go.

You also get more room to store your accessories with outdoor storage. If you have an oversized boat or a sailboat, this might be a better option because you don’t have to worry about height. If you opt for indoor storage, you might have to maneuver the awkwardly long mast every time you wished to take out your boat.

With outdoor storage, you can keep everything how it’s most convenient for you.

Ultimately, outdoor storage is the best option for boaters who want to take their boat out regularly and don’t want to deal with a lot of fuss every time they go.


For people who do not take their boat out every weekend and who don’t have time for regular maintenance, outdoor storage might be more trouble than it’s worth.

Outside storage exposes your boat to the elements. This means that it is more prone to sun exposure and the risk of harm from storms or other weather disasters.

Sun exposure causes faded paint jobs and erode at sealants on the boat. This can cause cracking in the deck area. When sealants erode, there is more risk of water getting into the boat and causing damage.

Along with sun exposure, outdoor storage doesn’t protect your boat from storms. If something isn’t secured perfectly, it could blow away. Or, rain could get into the boat and cause mildew or mold.

To counteract some of these cons, you may have to spend a little more time on maintenance and invest in a good quality boat cover.

However, if you’re planning on taking your boat out regularly, and don’t mind the extra maintenance involved, this option is for you.

Indoor Boat Storage

There are two types of indoor boat storage to discuss: covered storage and indoor building storage. Covered storage is a cross between outdoor and indoor storage. With covered storage, you still get easy access to your boat, but you also get more protection from the sun and rain.

Indoor building storage is the most expensive option. But this kind of storage is good for people with expensive equipment on board. This is also a good option for people who do not take their boats out on a very regular basis.


Storing your boat indoors protects it from outside elements. Inside, there’s no chance of your boat getting water, wind, or sun damage. If you’ve spent a lot of money on a paint job, that’s ideal.

Also, indoor storage protects your valuables from theft. While storage facilities are already gated and locked, some people prefer to be extra cautious. This could be the case if you have expensive fishing equipment or stereo equipment on board.

Along with extra equipment, an indoor storage facility allows you extra indoor space to store things like life jackets, coolers, fishing rods, or any other accessories that you only use with your boat.

That way, you don’t have to carry those things with you to and from where you keep your boat.


Getting in and out of indoor storage units is more of a challenge than outdoor storage. This can be a challenge even for people experienced with trailers. You will most likely always need assistance to get back into the storage unit.

If you plan on taking your boat out regularly or by yourself, an indoor storage unit could prove extra tricky.

Also, indoor storage units are typically much more costly than outdoor storage. Depending on your budget, this could cut into the money you plan to spend on marine fuel or boat accessories.

Ultimately, indoor storage is the best option for people who want extra room to store their boating toys and don’t want to spend more time and money on maintenance.

Getting Out On the Water

The best boat storage option for you is the one that protects your boat while still allowing you to get out on the water whenever you want. Because of that, there is no one-size-fits-all for which option is best for you.

To sum it all up, outdoor boat storage is better for the frequent boater who doesn’t mind giving their boat a little extra TLC. It is also an easier option for people with larger boats and sailboats because you don’t have to worry about height concerns.

Indoor storage is the best option for holiday boaters who don’t plan on taking their boat out every weekend and want extra room to store their boating accessories. Indoor storage is also best for people more concerned with security and protecting expensive equipment.

If you consider these factors when you pick between indoor and outdoor boat storage, you’re sure to find the perfect solution.

Visit our blog for more tips on choosing a boating facility, or contact us to learn more about our outdoor and indoor boat storage options!

Are you helping your boat find its own home? It’s a big decision to make, but your ship can’t live with you forever, and it isn’t always safe out on the marina. It needs its own space.

Fortunately, boat storage facilities exist to protect your vessel while you’re not out sailing the seas. It will give it the home that it needs and ensure it’s always safe and secure. You’ll even be able to visit.

But how do you know what storage unit is right for you? While you might get a good feeling while taking a look inside, there are some extra questions that you should ask. If you want to be sure your boat is happy in its new home, then keep your eyes open for these features before you sign the agreement.

1. What Is the Boat Storage Facility’s Security?

If you’re going to get any sleep at night, you want to ensure that the facility where you’re storing your boat has the best security. One look at the company should tell you all you need. You want to look out for:

  • A surrounding neighborhood
  • Good lighting
  • A locked gate that requires a code
  • Secure locks on each of the units that can’t be cut
  • The construction quality of the units
  • The type of fencing used around the facility
  • The number of security cameras

You should also ask the owner about their security measures. If they have alarms or base monitoring, then you’re in safe hands.

2. How Clean Is the Facility?

While it’s likely you’re most interested in where your boat is going to get stored, you should also take a tour of the other units and around the whole facility. You want to be sure that the place is clean and orderly. 

You don’t want to visit your boat and find it covered in dirt, grease, and other elements that can affect your vessel’s components. Ideally, there shouldn’t be any sign of rodents either, so keep an eye out for traps or other pest deterrents.

3. How Do You Access Your Boat After Hours?

You don’t want to have schedule dates to visit your boat. It’s better to have 24-hour access to it without having to wake up a security guard to let you into the facility.

While you want your storage unit secure from the general public, you still want it to be simple to access when you need to. Ask about the after-hours process in case you ever get a craving for some late night fishing.

4. What Insurance Does the Facility Have?

If you need extra comfort knowing that your boat is protected, then ask your facility about their insurance plan. Some will provide Self Storage Insurance to protect against fires, theft, and other accidents. You should only consider this if you’re not feeling comfortable with the setup of the storage units.

5. Is the Facility Climate Controlled?

While it costs a bit extra, it’s worth considering a climate-controlled storage unit. If any of the materials inside your vessel are particularly sensitive to the heat or the cold, then instead of wrapping everything in plastic, you can have a unit that stores everything at the correct temperature.

Different types of boats are fitted with various materials that can get damaged if it’s too hot or cold. Some of the items you’ll need to consider are:

  • Electronic items used for navigation
  • Your boat engine
  • The furniture inside the boat
  • The materials for seating
  • Any linen or fabrics beneath the deck
  • The tools you store on your boat
  • All of the fishing equipment on your boat
  • Freezers and other cooling compartments
  • Canvas or sails that may get damp

Make sure that your boat is spotless before you store it for a long period of time. When you return to it, you don’t want to find any nasty infestations.

6. Do They Offer Different Unit Sizes?

Boats come in all sizes and shapes, so boat storage facilities should also cater to this. While you’re comparing storage fees, you should calculate that to a per yard cost.

The more space your boat has, the better. Most of the dents and dings that a vessel catches come when it’s out of the water. You don’t want to have a unit that’s too tight that you’ll damage your prized possession.

7. Does the Facility Have Good References and Reviews?

The owner showing you around the facility might say all of the right things and give you complete confidence that this is the storage unit of your dreams, it’s also worth seeing what their customers are saying. A quick social media scan or search engine review should give you everything you need to know about how customers and clients feel about the company. 

Some owners will even supply this information to you to save you the trouble. However, you should still your own search to remove any doubts that the owners aren’t hiding anything from you.

When Can Your Boat Move In?

If your vessel is going to live a long and healthy life, then you need the assurance that you’re keeping it in one of the best boat storage facilities you can find. If it has these features, then you can rest assured you’re not sinking your money into a dud.

Our state of the art facilities is perfect for boats. It doesn’t matter if it’s for the short term or your dropping anchor for a lengthy stay, we provide the care that you expect. Contact us today to find out why you should dock your boat with us.

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