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The ABCs of RV Storage: How to Select the Right Covered Storage

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RV sales have been on the rise for years. But if you recently purchased a boat or RV, or you are planning to soon, you need to know how you are going to store it. Unfortunately, most people aren’t going to be using their boats and RVs every single day.

Some people use them a few times per month. Others use them for an entire season at a time. Either way, when not in use, they need to be stored in a safe, convenient, and affordable location.

Covered storage options can protect your investments from unnecessary wear due to weather and moisture. It can also get them out of the sun to prevent and deterioration due to UV rays. 

If you spend all that money acquiring a boat or an RV, it makes sense to protect it, them, right? Keep reading to discover why recreational vehicle storage is so important and how to choose the perfect storage option.

The Importance of Storing Your Boat or RV

Let’s face it; no matter how much you love using your RV or boat, it sits dormant most of the time. And most people don’t have space at home to adequately store their recreational vehicles.

They often try, taking up valuable space in the driveway, or leaving it out on the curb, bothering the neighbors. But the problem with home storage is that it attracts attention.

It’s not uncommon for thieves to target RVs or boats left outside, since they are easily accessible. They might even bypass the RV and target the home, assuming that if you have an RV, you have plenty of valuables in your home as well.

Plus, storing it at your home doesn’t protect your RV from the elements, unless you were to construct an awning or storage shed, which is cost-prohibitive to most. 

If you truly value your RV, you’ll invest in dedicated storage. Storage options include outdoor storage, outdoor covered storage, and indoor storage. 

While indoor, weather-proof storage is the most protective, it also costs the most and becomes a hassle to pick up your RV and drop it off on a whim. And uncovered outdoor storage is the cheapest but offers no protection from the elements.

Covered storage hits the sweet spot, balancing affordability with protection from harsh elements and theft.

Investing In Covered Storage

Recreational vehicles are meant to be outside. They are meant to withstand the elements, keeping you safe and comfortable inside.

However, just like with a home, constant exposure to the elements can wear down your RV faster. The roof, siding, windows, seals, and more will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. But you can extend the life of your RV, without breaking the bank, by keeping it under covered storage.

While an outdoor roof won’t protect your RV from high heat or frigid temperatures, it will protect it from the most harmful elements; heavy rain, hail storms, snow, ice, and the sun.

What to Consider When Choosing a Covered Storage Facility

Storage facilities are a dime a dozen these days. But not all are created equal. Here are the top considerations when choosing the place to store your precious cargo. 

Easy Reservations

Sure, some people are crazy planners. They know exactly what dates they’ll be using their RV for the next five years. But most of us are a little more spontaneous. You want a facility that offers an easy way to make reservations, whenever you need them. 

At Ideal Storage, we offer same-day reservations for those that need to store their RVs and boats in a hurry. Sometimes trips get cut short and you need a place to park your RV right away.

But whether you are booking a same-day unit, or booking in advance, you can select a storage unit online and lock in your reservation in a flash. You can even view a virtual tour so you know exactly what type of RV or boat storage unit you are getting.

Accommodate Any Size Vehicle

RVs come in a plethora of sizes. They can range anywhere from seven feet to 40 feet long and between 10 and 14 feet tall.

That’s a lot of variation. You’ll want to find a covered storage unit that can comfortably fit your RV and provide adequate coverage. 

At Ideal Storage, we have units for all sizes, making it possible for RVs of any size to find a safe spot to park. And for those with smaller vehicles, you can choose a smaller storage space and only pay for what you need.

Flexible Monthly Plans

Typically, when using winter storage, you aren’t going to touch your RV for a few months at a time. But still, you may decide you want to take a last-minute trip down south to soak up the sun.

You want to choose a storage facility that is as flexible as you. You don’t want to be penalized for taking your RV out of storage early. 

At Ideal Storage, you can set up automatic monthly payments for easy management of your storage unit. But you can also cancel at any time. There are no commitments or obligations.

And since our facilities are staffed around the clock, you can pick up your RV at midnight if you need to. Our facilities offer drive-up service so it’s easy to get your belongings in and out in a heartbeat. 

Secure Facility

Our facility is managed 24/7, meaning that someone is always watching over your precious vehicle. The facility is also fully enclosed and closely monitored.

On top of that, every one of our storage units is completely insured. So you can rest assured knowing that in the rare event something did happen, you would be taken care of. 


The best part about covered storage options is how affordable it is. It’s far cheaper than indoor storage but offers much more protection than exposed outdoor storage. 

Covered storage here at Ideal Storage starts at just $179 per month to keep your RV or boat safe and secure until the moment you are ready to use them again. 

Keep Your RV Safe and Secure at Ideal Storage

When choosing a covered storage facility, you’ll want one with flexible monthly plans, affordable pricing, easy accessibility, and a wide range of unit sizes. You also want to ensure your assets are safe and secure.

At Ideal Storage in Kingston, Washington, we provide all of that and more. We make it as easy and affordable as possible to store your RVs and boats, protecting them from the elements, so they are ready to make you many more memories in the future.

Check out our RV storage options and lock in your reservation today.