Self-storage for RVs is an important commodity for homeowners who own large recreational vehicles but don’t have the needed parking space. Oftentimes, homeowners’ associations have restrictions against parking RVs. Others don’t allow storage to be built that will accommodate an oversized vehicle. Florida attracts adventurers, including many who need self-storage parking for boats and motorhomes. In addition to providing RV spaces at a self-storage facility, business owners can further cater to customers by providing helpful information, such as tips for RV self-storage, which are below.

Clean and Caulk

Preserving your RV begins with washing and waxing it before placing it in storage. Give the roof careful attention, to prevent black streaks. Wax provides protection against UV rays, which is essential if your motorhome doesn’t have full-cover parking.

Once grime from the road has been removed, inspect rubber seals, caulking, and seams. If anything appears to be worn or cracked, make repairs before leaving your RV in storage. Water damage is disastrous, and it often occurs while in storage.

Ventilate

To prevent musty smells, mold growth, and moisture issues, ventilation helps. If your RV won’t be covered, rooftop vent covers are available that you can safely keep open. To help avoid odors, prop open the emptied refrigerator and freezer during storage.

Electricals

Protect your battery bank while your RV is in storage, which you can do by using the battery disconnect switch. This unnecessary if you have solar energy that prevents power drainage.

Plumbing

South Florida rarely freezes in winter, but there is typically at least one freeze per year in North Florida. What is needed for plumbing storage depends upon whether or not there is a threat of freezing. Winterize your RV, as needed, to protect the plumbing.

Security

It’s worth the effort to make your motorhome difficult to break into or- to drive off with. You can add a security hitch lock to the king pin or use a wheel lock if you have a fifth wheel. Most RVs use an identical key as other RV owners, which criminals are aware of. Changing out the lock can help keep criminals out of your RV.

RV Insurance

Although self-storage properties have insurance, RV owners should also have their own. Coverage for “storage only” will provide you with peace of mind, and it’s highly affordable. Check your RV insurance policy, which may already provide coverage while in a self-storage facility.

Tires

When leaving an RV in storage, tires are among the most important considerations. Tires are naturally weakened by being parked in the same position for long periods of time, and the result is often a disastrous blowout when back in motion. Take the pressure off the tires by unloading your motorhome, striving for minimum weight on the tires. To prevent common types of tire damage, move your RV at least once every three months.

Contact a Local Florida Self-Storage Broker

Self-storage facilities are available for sale in Florida from local brokerage firm Weaver Realty Group.  As an Argus Affiliate, Weaver offers the advantage of the strongest nationwide connection in the industry. Call Josh Koerner of Weaver Realty Group at (904) 591-0140 today to learn more.