Indoor Vs. Outdoor RV Storage: What's Right For You?

October 1, 2015


Winter will be here before you know it, and that means deciding where and how to store your RV during the cold months. Specifically, that entails choosing whether to store your vehicle inside or outside. That said, here are some things to consider when making that decision.

Outdoor Storage

Pros

Storing your RV at an outdoor facility will cost less than storing it indoors. Because of the lower cost, it's one of the most popular options for storing RVs, and many companies provide open parking and covered parking.

Open Parking - With this option, your vehicle will be stored in an assigned space in an uncovered parking lot.
Covered Parking - With this option, your vehicle will be stored in a covered parking lot that's very similar to a large carport. This is better for long-term storage than the open parking option.

Cons

Storing your RV for an extended period of time in an open parking lot will expose it to the elements. While the covered parking option provides more protection, there aren't walls and your vehicle will still be exposed to some elements.

Things To Consider

Be sure to find out everything you can about the facility before deciding to store your RV there. What kind of security measures do they have? What sort of fencing is around the facility?

Also, it's a good idea to check on and monitor your vehicle throughout the winter months. You'll probably want to invest in a durable cover to help protect it from the elements.

Indoor Storage

Pros

If you choose indoor storage, your vehicle will be parked in a fully-enclosed storage area. This provides the best protection out of all the vehicle storage options. Your vehicle will be protected from the elements, and you'll be able to worry less about security. Moreover, the temperature is controlled to further protect your RV’s sensitive components.

Cons

While indoor storage provides the best protection for your RV, it's also the more expensive option.

Things To Consider

No matter where you store your vehicle, make sure the water and wastewater tanks are empty. For vehicles that are going to be stored for an extended period, make sure that it has a full tank of gas and an appropriate fuel stabilizer added. Tires should be inflated to the manufacturer's recommendations to avoid flat spots. Also, make sure you know the height of your vehicle and whether it will fit into the indoor or covered storage area.

If you have any questions in regards to storing your vehicle over the winter, don't hesitate to contact one of the many Move It Self Storage facilities.

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