Sunday, December 4, 2022


Some pointers for choosing an RV storage facility


By Jim Twamley

I know my neighbors weren’t happy when I stored my RV next to my stick house. I tried to keep my RV looking good so it wouldn’t stand out in the neighborhood. The unfortunate reality is that stick-house neighborhoods and RVs just don’t mix — the houses really make the RVs look bad! For this reason, many RVers prefer RV storage at commercial storage facilities.

Vandalism and pilfering are common problems when you leave your RV on the street unattended. Unfortunately, it can also occur in commercial storage facilities. Anyone with a code can get into the place and that leaves your RV vulnerable.

To help you select the safest storage unit I have a six-point list:

1. The facility should be manned daily by bonded employees and have a security patrol that checks on the facility after hours.

2. The facility should have regular hours when you can enter and exit and is security-armed with motion sensors or trained guard dogs after-hours.

3. It must have surveillance cameras that cover all the storage spaces and the video footage recorded 24 hours a day.

4. The gate code only works during regular hours and is changed on a regular basis.

5. They must have satisfactory fencing and gates (will they keep out your typical vandals?).

6. They must have a good track record with no reported break-ins or vandalism. On point six you can check with the Better Business Bureau or ask for the contact information of two clients that have stored their RVs there for at least one year.

The best possible storage is a completely enclosed unit that is lockable from the outside. Unfortunately, this type of unit is very expensive compared to open storage. Many RV storage facilities have covered storage which keeps weather and ultraviolet rays from damaging your rig. Good RV storage facilities will also have a dump station and a wash rack.

Whether you elect to store your RV in open storage or covered storage, make sure you have a good dead-bolt lock in addition to your regular locks on your entrance doors. Be sure all your windows are locked and in the case of a 5th wheel or travel trailer, your kingpin or tongue lever should have a high-quality lock, as well.

Finally, make unexpected visits to your storage facility during the day and drive around the outside at night just to see how things look.


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Levi Armstrong
2 years ago

I like that you said I should choose an RV storage facility that has 24/7 security and has satisfactory fencing surrounding it. My husband bought a discounted RV, but we have no space for it at home. I’ll share this with him since he’s currently looking for an outdoor storage facility for it. Thank you!

John M
2 years ago

I store my RV at home in the driveway looks as good as a big 5th wheel or crudy old vehicles that don’t run

2 years ago

I think the rv’s make the houses look bad.

2 years ago

I bought a unit in a storage condominium that is fully enclosed with a 14’ high roll up door. The Initial cost is high but after that just maintenance and taxes. When the time comes to move on, either rent or sell to recoup the cost. Storage condominiums are rare and I am surprised they are not more common. There are 100 units in my condominium and there has been no reported thefts in the 8 years that I have been there.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

Good ideas, but where I store mine, lot’s of us work on our RV’s at night after sundown. If we cannot go anywhere, we can go tinker with our RV.

2 years ago

If you happen to find yourself in the greater Kansas City area, there are millions, yes, millions of square feet of underground storage space available, including dedicated space for RVs. Since many of these spaces are also used for dry storage and freezer space, access is very tightly controlled, usually by a guard house, manned 24/7.

The spaces, former limestone mines, are temperature stable, clean and storm-proof. A little pricier than an open lot, but well worth the price for the security and peace of mind.

2 years ago

Around here, the ONLY criteria is do you have an open spot! You’ll be luck to find one within 10 miles. (That was before the recent spike in sales.)

2 years ago
Reply to  Irv

My larger rig used to be stored 60 miles away!! Land too valuable for storage space !! 🙁

2 years ago

We decided on a fully enclosed, lockable “garage” with 30amp service because we spent a ton of money for our class A coach and this comes with the territory IMO.

STEPHEN P Malochleb
2 years ago

Thieves will be thieves. During the first year of owning my class C I chose an indoor storage facility with locks on the doors and 8 foot high fence. It had been there only 1 week when I went to check on it , to start it and run the genny. What a surprise. Someone had broken into it through the roof vent and cleaned it out. I mean everything. From electronics to silverware to pots and pans. Being cold weather the PD couldn’t get any good prints so no one was ever caught. After that, Stored in my yard. And now with a class A, A shelter logic along side the garage, Really don’t care that the portable is larger than the garage. My rig is safe and close. I know the break in was an inside job. They hit every RV and boat in that place, so they were not worried about time. Never again out of my sight.

Roger V
2 years ago

For active and retired military, check your local military base for RV storage options. The best secure storage facility is actually one where the entire area for miles around is guarded 24/7 by Military Police! They are usually reasonably priced for the local area. Expect to have to get on a long waiting list as these spots are in high demand.

Roger V
2 years ago
Reply to  Roger V

Usually outdoor storage in fenced lots. Mine has 24/7 access via an individually assigned key code.

David Holmack
2 years ago
Reply to  Roger V

We store ours on a military base. We live in a condo, so we must store it somewhere else. Base access is controlled and storage area is fenced in and patrolled. Have not had any issues for the 3 years we’ve been using that storage. Cost is very affordable, especially compared to other commercial options.

2 years ago

These are all good points, but RARELY is there any places that meet this criteria! Thanks for the tips.

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