RVs are our homes on wheels whether we stay local, or go across the country. But, having a place to store an RV can make or break a decision to purchase one. Don’t know where to store your RV? Get all of your questions answered including, How much does it cost to store an RV?”
How Much Does It Cost To Store an RV?
When you look up “RV storage near me” you won’t just pick the first place that pops up. You want to shop around for a good price and make sure that you are choosing the right storage facility as they are not all created equal.
How storage facilities work is depending on the size of your rig and whether you want it stored in a covered or uncovered area, the price will fluctuate.
Starting at around $75 you can store your RV in the Kingston area of Washington state in an uncovered lot. For a covered space that holds a rig up to 30 ft long, the starting price is $275.
The great thing about Kingston Ideal Storage is that you get the security of RV storage, but without being locked into a binding contract. You can cancel your storage space at any time, though you most likely will not.
Other Storage Facility Perks
When you find a storage facility that you like you have the option to rent other space from them if you have a boat, vehicle, or stack of boxes and belongings that don’t fit in your garage anymore.
Clear out some extra space at your house by renting self-storage, or make room in your yard by storing your boat at Kingston Ideal Storage, as well.
At Home Storage
The most ideal place to store your recreational vehicle would be at your own home. However, this is not always feasible for RV owners.
RVs are large vehicles that take up too much space in most driveways, and garages are rarely big (tall or deep)enough. If you have an oversized garage or driveway then you lucked out and can store your RV there.
Another home option is to use your yard whether it be your side yard, backyard, or away from your house if you have a large property.
If you have the yard space but want to give your rig some extra protection in the off-season you can invest in a portable garage or portable shelter tent. These structures provide a make-shift shelter from sun, wind, rain, and snow.
Rent It Out
Are you looking for an out-of-the-box way of storing your RV? Though it is not quite a storage facility, renting out your RV instead of storing it can be a great alternative to storing it for the off-season.
While most people spend money to have their RV stored for the off-season, you can do the opposite and make money for each of those months.
Do you have friends that are jealous of your RV and the lifestyle that it provides for you when you travel, but perhaps they can not afford to purchase their RV? Or, maybe they are undecided on whether they want to own one at present?
Pitch this idea to them that they could rent your RV and travel the country while you are not using it, and see what they think. It might just be the perfect situation for both of you as you don’t have to store your RV, you get some unexpected cash in the off-season, and they get the chance to rent an RV and travel around in a home on wheels.
If you do not personally know someone that would be interested in this setup, but still want to try and rent out your RV you can check out one of the many apps that allow you to post pictures and details of your rig and the asking rental price to the public.
How To Store an RV
Could you just drop off your RV at the storage yard as is? Sure you could, but if you are storing it for any length of time it is best to prep it first- especially if you are at the peak of a hot or cold season.
First of all, you want to remove any perishable food from the rig. You want to empty your fridge unless you want to come back to a refrigerator full of funky food.
Another reason for removing food from your rig is to prevent attracting pests like insects and rodents. Though the storage facility probably has a pest control service you want to double down and protect your area just in case.
Flush the toilet, make sure no faucets are dripping, and turn off your light switches and electricity so that you don’t drain your batteries.
Although you can feel confident that the storage facility is secure enough that your rig will be safe, you should remove any valuables such as jewelry, electronics, and other items.
Conduct a once-over walk around to make sure that everything looks good before locking your door and walking away.
How To Store an RV For Winter
Storing your RV in between uses is a different story from storing your rig for the entire winter. The winter months present specific issues and should not be ignored or treated like the warmer months.
The easiest thing to do is to take your RV to your service center and have them winterize your rig. It can be a DIY project if you have the time and energy to do it.
Winterizing an RV is easier on more modern models as they are almost self winterizing at the touch of a button. Older rigs take a bit more effort as you have to do everything manually.
Winterising your RV means getting all of your water lines, electrical system, HVAC system, and under the hood ready for the freezing temperatures and also to sit for the winter months.
Long-term RV storage is similar to winterizing wherein you are preparing all of your rig’s systems to go without being used for a while. You can always pop into the storage yard and check on your RV to make sure that everything is ok.
Protect Your Investment
Now that you know, next time someone asks “how much does it cost to store an RV” you will be able to give them an educated answer, and you can start to make plants for storing your own rig in between uses, or for the offseason. Kingston Ideal Storage is happy to answer all of your questions on our secure storage facility spaces.