Since RV’s perks are utilized during the summer, it makes sense to be on the lookout for a reliable place to properly store your vessel after your adventure has come to an end. Similarly, boats need thorough care when preparing to be stowed away, and we have come up with a few ways you can feel better prepared and confident when storing your precious investment, along with a few different storage options to fit the exact needs you require.
Just like normal self-storage unit sizing options, there are a few different ways you can store your vehicle depending on your wants or needs. There are benefits to each option – read on to find out which benefits best meet your needs:
• Uncovered Outdoor Parking – The main benefit to these uncovered spots is the fact that you never have to worry about the overhead clearance. This is a sensible option for those 14ft RV’s and taller marine vessels like sailboats.
• Covered Outdoor Parking – This is the most common option for owners looking to store their boats, RV’s and various other vehicles, and these units usually offer a standard of 14 ft of clearance, all the way up to 25 ft in some cases. In addition, this is a better option than uncovered parking for owners who want to maintain the quality of the paint, body, and interior of their vehicles.
• Enclosed Indoor Parking – As you can imagine, this is the most secure storage option for your vehicle. At most facilities, these units look very similar to normal storage units with a tall roll-up door, but on a much bigger scale. Like covered outdoor parking, these units typically have an overhead clearance from around 14 ft to 25 ft.
To make the most of your vehicle storage experience, we encourage you to take extra steps to ensure it is safe, clean, and secure. Here are a few helpful tips:
• Clean Your Vehicle – Elements like rain, dirt, sun exposure, and other natural conditions will dirty up your vehicle in outdoor storage, so make sure to give it a good wash and waxing before you store it.
• Add a Lock – Although your vehicle will be secure in our gated, lighted and monitored facilities, adding a lock will not only help your peace of mind, but will further prevent the possibility of theft to occur.
• Ward Off Pests and Mold – Depending on the amenities of your vehicle, you’ll want to leave fridges, freezers, vents, and doors to smaller compartments open; this will prevent mold from occurring. Additionally, placing a thin screen over these openings will ward off pests and prevent any critters from crawling inside.
• Protect Your Vehicle – For an additional layer of vehicle protection, securing a tarp over your vehicle will also help prevent sun damage from occurring.
• Perform Routine Tire Maintenance – In order to preserve the quality of your vehicle’s tires while in storage, we recommend inflating them to maximum cold settings and/or moving your vehicle every 2 to 3 months.
• Prevent Fluid Freezing – In order to avoid fluid freezing that can damage boat components, remove all fluids and replace them with an antifreeze product.
We hope you have found value within this article and that you feel more at ease about storing your vessel at a self-storage facility. Considering the hefty investment you probably made in your RV, boat or vehicle, it’s only fitting to offer your vessel a clean, secure place to call home when it’s not in use. Most of our SpareBox Storage facilities have the perfect storage space to accommodate any vehicle size, and we encourage you to check our locations to see availability near you.