Recreational vehicles need to be stored when not in use. And you do not just put it away somewhere. You need to store it properly and perhaps you need some good tips on how to store an RV at home, so let's talk about that...
If your recreational vehicle will not fit into your own garage, or property, they need to be stored elsewhere, like a recreational vehicle storage area. This may be done with a fee.
But is your recreational vehicle is not that big, you can store it in your home. How do you do this then? You will be reading some tips on how to store your recreational vehicles in your home.
REASONS FOR STORING YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE AT HOME
Some RV owners prefer to store their recreational vehicles at home because of some reasons. You will read about these reasons below.
Storing recreational vehicles in RV storage facilities may be quite expensive. This is one of the reasons why recreational vehicle owners prefer to keep their recreational vehicles at home.
Not everybody can afford to pay for the monthly fees on recreational vehicle storage facilities. Even if it will be just outdoor storing in RV storage facilities, it may cost a lot. How much more if you have your recreational vehicle stored indoors? It may cost a fortune.
Maintenance of your recreational vehicle will be much easier if it is just within your reach. If you store your recreational vehicle in an RV storage facility, you need to travel and go to the said facility to have your recreational vehicle checked every once in a while.
It will be to your advantage if the RV storage facility is just near your area. But what if it is far from where you live? You need to take time to “visit” your recreational vehicle to have it maintained and checked. These trips to the recreational vehicle storage facility will be an addition to your expenses.
You are sure that your recreational vehicle will be secure because you can keep an eye on it most of the time. You can check on it anytime and make sure that it is secure.
STORING YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE AT HOME
When storing your recreational vehicle at home, there are several factors which you need to consider. Storing a recreational vehicle in your home is not as easy as parking your car in the driveway or keeping your car in your garage.
Will There Be Enough Room in Your Property
First question you have to answer is this: will there be enough room for your recreational vehicle in your yard or driveway?
Before you can store your recreational vehicle in your home, you have to make sure that you have enough room for it.
The Legality Of Keeping Your Recreational Vehicle At Home
Another factor you need to verify is the legality of having a recreational vehicle parked in your home. There are states where this is not allowed.
In some cases, if it is allowed by the state, the homeowner’s association where you belong might not allow it. So before you decide on storing your recreational vehicle at home, make sure it is legal.
You can ask the right people and offices about its legality. Otherwise, you will risk your recreational vehicle being towed and you issued a ticket for it.
Where In Your Property Are You Going To Keep Your Recreational Vehicle
It is also essential that you decide on where to keep your recreational vehicle. Should it be in the driveway? Or on your garage?
The driveway and the garage are the two possible spots in your property where you can keep your recreational vehicle. If nobody else is using the driveway besides you, then the driveway is it.
But it is really best to store your recreational vehicle in your garage over the winter. This will keep it protected from whatever elements winter may bring.
Will This Action Help Me Save Money
Now this is another question you have to ask yourself. And only you can answer it, too. Let us talk about a certain situation.
You want to keep your recreational vehicle in your garage. In doing so, you must do some renovations on your garage for it to be able to accommodate your recreational vehicle.
If it is just minor renovations, then probable the answer to that question will be affirmative. But what if you need to do major repairs and renovation on your garage? And you have to make adjustments on it every now and then. Do you think you will be making a lot of savings?
If this is the case, then you would probably be better off if you have your recreational vehicle in an RV storage facility for the winter.
How Will Storing A Recreational Vehicle Affect Other People
This is what we call being considerate and sensitive. Despite of the fact that you will be keeping your recreational vehicle in your property, it does not mean you should ignore the opinions and reactions of other people about it.
Other people may find it annoying having a recreational vehicle parked outside. Others may consider it an eye sore. So before you decide on storing your recreational vehicle at home, it will not hurt if you ask around for other people’s opinion. By other people we mean your neighbors and other family members.
Safety And Protection
The primary reason why you might decide to store your recreational vehicle at home is to save money. Then to make sure that it is secure.
Yes, you may be saving money because of this move. But are you sure that your recreational vehicle will be protected and secure? When parked in your driveway, how could it be?
You may be saving money, but with your recreational vehicle parked in your driveway, you expose it to different kinds of elements brought about by nature. The money you save might not be enough to have your recreational vehicle repaired. When exposed to different kinds of elements, there is a very big risk that your recreational vehicle will incur damages. And speaking of security, burglars and thieves might find it inviting, having a prospective “victim” laid out for them.
WINTERIZING YOUR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE BEFORE STORING IT
Although you will not be using your recreational vehicle for the winter, you still need to “winterize” it. Even though you will be storing it in your home, there are a lot of things which need to be done.
You need to prepare covers for your recreational vehicle, covering for its tires, insulation for the pipes to keep them from freezing, and a lot more.
Before you can cover and store your recreational vehicle, you need to clean it properly, inside and out. Remove all the dirt and grime which may damage your recreational vehicle during the time when it sits idle in your home.
Doing the necessary preparations for your recreational vehicle for winter storage is not only done if you plan to store it at home. It should also be done even when you decide to have it stored in a recreational vehicle storage facility.
Before you have your recreational vehicle stored, either at home or in a recreational vehicle storage facility, it must be clean and in good condition. Make sure all the necessary things for storage is done to it before you store your recreational vehicle.
Storing a recreational vehicle at home may be convenient for some people. But to others, it may not be so.
Recreational vehicle storage facilities may work well for other people, especially those who can afford to pay for the monthly fees which need to be paid. Remember that recreational vehicle storage facilities do not offer their services for free.
Storing your recreational vehicle may be convenient for others. To these people, whatever savings they may have because of having their recreational vehicle stored at home may mean a lot to them. No need for them to pay expensive monthly fees to recreational vehicle storage facilities during winter.
But in doing this, I mean storing your recreational vehicle at home, there are a lot of things which you need to consider:
- The space
- Opinion and reaction of other people regarding this move
- Will it really make you save money?
- The hassle of making all the preparations (like winterizing your RV, renovating the garage, doing research on the “what” and “what can’t be done”, and lot more
With all these taken into consideration, it all comes down to one single question: “Is storing your recreational vehicle at home really worth it?”
Only you can answer this question. That is if you ever opt for having your recreational vehicle stored at home for the winter.
Different people, different opinions. My advice? Do what you think is best and convenient for you. It is for you to make the final decision. You know better about what is good and what is not good for you after all.
But make sure that before making any decision, weigh everything based on the tips given to you. Be wise, objective and practical in making decisions.