October 26, 2022
Determine Which Type of RV Storage Is Right for You
If you’re not a full-time RV-er whose permanent home is a recreational vehicle, you’ll need a safe place to store your rig in the off-season. Unless you have a space on your property such as a shed, garage, barn, or driveway that’s ideal for storing travel trailers or smaller RVs, you’ll have to consider other viable options whether an indoor or outdoor storage facility.
What You Need to Know About Indoor and Outdoor RV Storage Facilities
Deciding where to store your motorhome is just as important as deciding where you’re going to take it for your next road trip. The best way to make an informed decision is to determine the type of RV storage that’s more appropriate for you and your rig. To help you out, Veteran Car Donations is here to tell you the pros and cons of both indoor and outdoor storage facilities.
Indoor RV Storage: Advantages
- Protection from the elements
Keeping your travel trailer or motorhome at an indoor RV storage facility protects it from fluctuating temperatures, weather, and UV radiation. Besides providing added protection from vandalism and theft, indoor storage also prevents dirt, pests, and other contaminants from wreaking havoc or causing damage to your coach. Moreover, if your indoor storage is climate-controlled, you won’t have to take out items that won’t fare well without climate control conditions such as electronics and other gear.
Indoor storage facilities offer the best security system to protect your vehicle and reduce the chances of damage and theft. On top of these top-notch security features, your vehicle will also have an enclosed space with a unit lock that adds an extra layer of protection.
- Additional services
Furthermore, high-level locations offer other excellent services such as an external RV wash before they park your rig, valet service, engine start-up once or twice a month, tire monitoring, and holding tank dumping. While some offer to turn on your RV refrigerator and fill up your freshwater tank one day before you’re ready to go, other facilities can park your coach in a spot that’s easy for you to maneuver out of when you’re ready to leave.
Indoor RV Storage: Disadvantages
On average, indoor RV storage is more expensive than an outdoor storage facility. For this reason, you’d want to consider the cost of storing it inside and weigh your options carefully. If you’re looking to have your million-dollar Class A motorhome around and running smoothly for many years to come, it might be worth it to store it indoors when it’s not in use.
The location of an indoor RV storage facility is another factor to consider. Since there are more outdoor facilities than indoors, finding an indoor storage facility may require you to travel a long distance from where you live.
If you’re a big fan of impromptu RV road trips, you wouldn’t want to store your rig in an indoor facility. These facilities usually have established procedures and restrictions that won’t allow you to pick up your RV without calling them days in advance.
Outdoor RV Storage: Advantages
Since outdoor RV storage facilities are considerably cheaper than indoor ones, they’re usually the perfect go-to option for most RV-ers.
Outdoor storage facilities feature spaces that can hold everything from small pop-up campers and tow trailers to Class A motorhomes. Due to their large storage capacity, they can also accommodate other pieces of large equipment such as boats.
Most of these facilities have security features, including lighting at night, proper fencing, a single security code entrance, security cameras, third-party security companies, and an on-site manager who resides on the property.
Outdoor RV Storage: Disadvantages
- Limited protection from the elements
Storing your RV outdoors exposes it to humid and wet weather that promotes mold and mildew buildup. Likewise, hot and dry weather causes sun damage that can wreak havoc on your family motor coach. Long-term outdoor exposure also increases the risk of pest infestations as insects and rodents find their way in through your rig’s underbelly.
- Requires occasional washing and waxing
Outdoor storage will require you to give your RV a good washing and waxing every now and then to ensure its protection. Unfortunately, this maintenance task takes time and money.
- Covers possibly damaging your RV’s finish
Although covers for your motorhome or trailer offer a degree of protection against the elements, they can be a pain to put on. You’ll have to strap or tape them down because they can potentially cause damage to your rig’s paint or finish if the covers flap around.
Looking to Dispose of an Unwanted RV?
Whether you’ve lost your interest in RVing or you’re looking to replace your old rig with a new one, consider donating that vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations. When you do that, you’ll be helping improve the living conditions of the struggling veterans in your community. At the same time, you’ll allow yourself to enjoy a satisfying and rewarding donating experience.
Our team will have your vehicle auctioned off with the proceeds handed over to our veteran-focused charity partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cater to homeless and jobless veterans and those who are suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental health conditions.
They use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, scholarships, and other services meant to uplift their lives.
Donating to us is extremely rewarding. Your charitable gift will entitle you to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax season. We’ll also haul your vehicle away for free at a date, time, and place of your preference anywhere in the United States.
Moreover, nothing will beat the uplifting sense of fulfillment you’ll experience, knowing that your donation will be used to help transform the lives of the suffering veterans and their families in your area.
You can donate not just your unwanted RV but all other vehicles you have that you no longer need and want to get rid of. Head over to this page to learn the many types of vehicles we accept as donations.
If you have any questions for us, feel free to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or message us here. Visit our FAQs page to learn more about our car donation program, including our quick and easy donation process.
Give Back to Our Hurting Heroes Today!
If you’re looking to support a noble cause while getting rid of an unwanted vehicle, donate it to Veteran Car Donations for the benefit of the hurting heroes in your community. Call us at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!