Four Customer Stories for RV Storage
As every summer comes to a close people start thinking about putting their RVs away for the winter. RV storage becomes a norm for many RVs in the winter. Each RV owner uses storage differently. These are some of the more common or interesting ways we’ve helped customers make their storage stress free.
Outside RV Storage
Outside RV Storage is common for many RV owners. If you’ve bought a class A motorhome using outside storage might be the only way to store your RV as finding a storage unit with a 14’ tall door can be a challenge. Many owners of the Class A motorhomes elect to store in an outside space. Fortunately our outside storage area, on the paved blacktop with striped parking spaces is a low-density lot designed for drive aisles to make parking your big rig easy. Our 13 x 40 sized parking spaces are angled so you can drive around the back and pull directly into your assigned space.
For our Class C RV customers, our 12×30 units with 11×12 doors and wide blacktop aisles out front are ideal. Many of our RV folks use their unit as their recreational toy box, keeping all their sporting items in the unit. With interior ceiling heights of 12,’ many install shelves alongside the back wall of the unit storing totes and other supplies, keeping a small step ladder inside.
This toy box concept holds their bikes, chairs, grilling supplies, water toys, anything related to taking that vacation road trip. Those that have a canoe or Kayaks stand them up alongside the corner of the unit. This concept also frees up their garage space at home too.
We find our RV folks end up designing a customized setup inside the unit that works best for them. Some trips you might want to take your motorcycle or kayaks with you and others your car or bicycles. You might want to keep the gear you are leaving behind in your storage unit.
Remember that if you are planning on storing extra gear in your storage unit you need to account for the extra space behind or alongside your RV. Planning and testing what works best for you is crucial to getting the most out of your storage unit.
Need additional reasons to store your RV inside check out our page on RV campers and boats.
Plan for RV Storage with Purchasing
When people make a large purchase like an RV they get excited about the purchase but often overlook where they will store their RV. They learn quickly that they can’t store it in front of their house or in the driveway due to neighborhood restrictions. It is important to look into a place for storage and how much it will cost.
When contemplating the purchase of an RV, learn about different door size options available in your area. Something to remember when buying an RV is where to store it when you aren’t using it. If it’s just a couple of days between trips storing it in your driveway might work.
If it will be in storage longer you may want to consider a storage facility. Reach out to the storage facility you want to store with. They will help you with getting the proper dimensions to make sure your RV will fit. Some storage facilities have taller and wider doors making it much easier to store large RVs. Lastly, you should talk with your RV dealer about if you need to winterize or may want to store in a climate control unit instead.
HOW TO MEASURE:
Measure the widest front part of your RV all the way to the back on to the end of the trailer hitch if you have it. For width, you will need to measure from mirror to mirror. If you can collapse them in that gives you more room to fit your RV. The difficult measurement is from the ground to the top of your RV. Do you have an air conditioning unit on top? If you have anything on the roof of your RV, you need to measure that item and add it to the total height of your RV. Also, remember to consider the bump out or awning brackets running along the top side of your RV as well. Here is a full step by step guide on how to measure your RV.
Early April, we were contacted by a woman from Montana who had just purchased a Class C RV from a seller in South Florida. She needed to take possession of the RV in just a few days. Due to the COVID-19 conditions, she could not fly to Florida to acquire the RV.
She has a friend in Madison who was returning from Florida. They had been on a year-long family sailing excursion throughout the Caribbean and needed to cut short their trip short because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, our customer coordinated with her friend to drive her new RV to Madison to store with us. She then planned to rent a car and drive to Madison to pick up their RV later that month.
In addition to the travel challenges from Montana, to Madison, to Florida. The RV was not winterized since it was from Florida. The weather forecast here in Madison during her planned storage stay indicated below-freezing temperatures for a range of days. So, Bobbie needed to have her new RV in a climate-controlled unit. With the RV being taller than a normal vehicle she also needed a door of at least 11’ tall. It was also important to have plenty of blacktop aisle space out front to safely back in the RV.