For RV owners, finding secure storage can be a challenge. Fortunately, self storage facilities are a great option. Extra Space Storage provides convenient, safe, and reasonably-priced storage solutions for large recreational vehicles. Use the information below to learn more about storage options for your RV.
Reasons for Using RV Storage
Why do people rent vehicle storage for RVs? There are a number of reasons why someone might need to store a camper or motorhome, including lack of space at home, neighborhood covenants, and more convenient traveling. Learn more about these RV storage needs below.
Get More Space at Home
In general, recreational vehicles can measure anywhere between eight and 40 feet in length, eight to 15 feet in height, and seven to ten feet in width. Unfortunately, this often means storing an RV at home is out of the question. Your RV may be too tall to keep in a garage or too wide/long to keep in your driveway. Even if your RV does fit in your garage or driveway, it can get in the way of vehicles you use more frequently. Renting self storage can help you get more space in a garage or driveway.
Avoid HOA Fees
Many residential areas have neighborhood covenants established by homeowners’ associations that determine what can and cannot be kept outside of a home for extended periods of time. A common rule among neighborhoods is that homeowners aren’t allowed to keep RVs in driveways or on the street. If you can’t store a recreational vehicle in a garage and want to avoid costly HOA fees, vehicle storage is a good alternative.
Use Storage for Easier Travel
If you only use your RV for road trips or weekend getaways, it might be worthwhile to find a convenient self storage facility near the highway, interstate, or your favorite outdoor recreation spots. That way, you can avoid hauling your camper back and forth or parking it at home.
Important RV Storage Considerations
An RV is a big investment. Knowing that it’s safe while in RV storage is very important to our customers. With security measures including electronic gate access and video surveillance, Extra Space Storage takes security seriously.
The ability to take your RV out and put it back into self storage when it’s convenient for you is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Most Extra Space Storage locations offer extended access hours from 6am to 10pm, and some even offer 24-hour access.
Knowing your local weather will guide your vehicle storage decision, especially in regard to choosing between indoor, outdoor, and covered storage options. For example, if you live in an area with harsh storms including hail storms, finding a covered or indoor option might be worth it.
Finding the most convenient location for your RV storage needs will play a big role in your overall experience. Whether that’s the closest location to your home or a location closer to where you regularly vacation, take the time to think through the location that’ll offer the most convenience.
There are three different types of RV storage at Extra Space Storage locations across the country: indoor, outdoor, and covered. All are great options with varying benefits and price points.
Indoor RV Storage
If you prefer to store an RV indoors, drive-up access storage is a good solution. These self storage units provide a garage-like, enclosed storage space, providing more protection than other vehicle storage options. 10×20 storage units can handle small trailers, while 10×40 storage units are better for large trailers.
Outdoor RV Storage
One of the most common self storage options for recreational vehicles is outdoor storage. Options for outdoor storage vary from location to location. Some facilities have designated RV parking while others have open lot parking. These storage spaces start as small as 8×20 and are available up to 40 or 50 feet in length. This solution can work for practically any motorhome, if you don’t mind exposure to the elements.
Covered RV Storage
Covered RV storage offers a bit of what RV owners love about both indoor and outdoor storage. With a protective roof, these covered parking spaces provide protection from the sun, rain, and more, but they’re also more affordable and can often accommodate larger vehicles than indoor drive-up storage units can. Covered parking spaces are available as large as 40 feet in length at certain locations.
Find the Right RV Storage Solution for You
Recreational vehicles come in a broad range of sizes, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the self storage options for a class A motorhome will be different from those for a class B or a pop-up camper. Below, we discuss the storage unit sizes and outdoor parking options for each type of RV below.
Camper Trailer Storage
With several types of RV trailers, storage options can vary drastically within this category of vehicles.
- Indoor Storage: In many cases, you’ll be able to store a small travel trailer indoors. Small trailers typically measure between 13 and 20 feet in length and less than ten feet in width, so they can be kept in 10×15 and 10×20 drive-up storage units. Pay attention to the height of your camper, though. Small trailers can be as short as seven feet tall, but many are taller than eight feet. Standard self storage units have eight-foot ceilings, which will accommodate some but not all small trailers.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: Practically any type of outdoor RV storage option will work for small trailers. Small trailers will easily fit in standard 20-foot parking spots, an open lot, or covered parking. If you don’t feel the need for indoor storage, any of these options can save you a little money.
- Indoor Storage: These trailers are typically between 18 and 25 feet in length, but typically measure above eight feet tall. Because of this, finding an Extra Space Storage facility with taller ceilings, such as ten feet or even higher, will be necessary when storing indoors. If there is a facility with tall enough ceilings near you, 10×20, 10×25, and 10×30 drive-up storage units will all be possible solutions depending on the length of your travel trailer.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: When looking to store a mid-sized trailer outdoors, you’ll have plenty of options. Uncovered spots, including parking spaces and outdoor lots, are often the most affordable solution. Covered outdoor parking is another option for this style of camper that provides more protection than uncovered outdoor and a lower price than indoor storage. With this size of travel trailer regularly exceeding 20 feet in length, look for locations that offer 30-foot parking spaces.
- Indoor Storage: With large travel trailers often exceeding 30 feet, finding indoor RV storage won’t be as simple. Trailers on the lower end of this category fall under 30 feet, so a 10×30 storage unit will work if the ceilings are tall enough. Some Extra Space Storage facilities have self storage units as large as 10×40. So indoor storage is an option, but it might not be as readily available.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: With the largest travel trailers, storing outdoors is very common and a more affordable option. Extra Space Storage locations have outdoor parking spaces as large as 40 to 50 feet in length, so accommodating these large recreational vehicles isn’t an issue.
- Indoor Storage: There are varying sizes of fifth-wheel trailers, including trailers as small as 22 feet in length, but it’s far more common for fifth wheels to exceed 30 feet. For smaller fifth-wheel trailers, a 10×25 or 10×30 drive-up storage unit will work as long as the unit’s ceilings are high enough. For more common trailers ranging from 32 to 36 feet in length, a 10×40 storage unit is what you should look for if you’ve decided on indoor storage. If you own a fifth-wheel trailer longer than 40 feet, indoor storage might be available at select locations, but outdoor storage will be the more readily available option.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: For fifth-wheel trailers, outdoor or covered vehicle storage is a common choice for RV owners. Both options are more affordable than indoor vehicle storage. Both outdoor and covered parking spaces are available as large as 40 feet at various locations.
- Indoor Storage: Traditional pop-up campers are typically between eight and 20 feet in length, around seven to eight feet wide, and roughly five feet tall when folded. This makes drive-up storage units a good option for those seeking indoor storage. Most variations of pop-up campers, such as a-frame pop-ups and flip-out campers, can also fit into 10×10, 10×15, or 10×20 drive-up storage units with ease. The two types of campers that vary will be high wall and toy hauler pop-ups. High wall pop-ups might require you to find a storage unit with higher ceilings, and toy hauler pop-ups often exceed 20 feet in length, so a large storage unit like a 10×30 might be necessary.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: Finding outdoor storage for pop-up campers at an Extra Space Storage location will be relatively simple. Most campers easily fit into a standard 8×20 parking stall designed for cars.
Toy Hauler Trailers
- Indoor Storage: Some toy hauler trailers start just over 20 feet in length while others exceed 40 feet in length. Depending on your toy hauler’s length, a 10×25, 10×30, or even a 10×40 drive-up storage unit could be an option for indoor RV storage. That said, height also factors in. If you’re looking for an indoor solution, make sure to call your nearby Extra Space Storage location to see if there are units available that can accommodate the height of your trailer.
- Outdoor Storage: With many toy hauler trailers exceeding 30 and even 40 feet in length, outdoor storage is more readily available and more affordable. Whether you go with outdoor or covered storage, parking spaces are often available as large as 40 feet, and height isn’t an issue. These outdoor spaces easily accommodate large trailers while offering a secure storage solution for your RV.
Motorhomes vary widely in size. Because of this, the recommendations for storage sizes and types of self storage also vary.
Class A Motorhomes
- Indoor Storage: Finding indoor storage for a class A or diesel pusher motorhome won’t be as easy as other RV types. In some cases, 10×40 drive-up storage units will work for shorter class A motorhomes, but height can be an issue, as most class A motorhomes are around 12 feet or higher.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: For this size of motorhome, outdoor vehicle storage will likely be far easier to find and will certainly cost less. Both outdoor and covered parking spaces are often available as large as 40 feet, making them perfect for recreational vehicles of this size.
Class B Motorhomes
- Indoor Storage: With camper vans typically measuring around 22 to 25 feet in length and roughly nine to ten feet in height, it’s possible to store them inside of a drive-up storage unit. Either a 10×25 or 10×30 storage unit can accommodate these vehicles. It’s important to check with the Extra Space Storage location regarding the height of the units at their location, though.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: For class B motorhomes, outdoor storage provides an affordable alternative to indoor storage. Many Extra Space Storage locations have 30-foot parking spaces available. Covered parking offers more protection from the elements and spots as large as 30 feet in length.
Class C Motorhomes
- Indoor Storage: With class C motorhomes ranging from roughly 24 to 32 feet in length, 10×30 or 10×40 drive-up storage units will be the best option. Class C motorhomes are typically taller than ten feet, so finding an Extra Space Storage facility with ceilings high enough to accommodate these vehicles will be necessary.
- Outdoor/Covered Storage: Like most other RVs, outdoor or covered vehicle storage is a popular option for class C motorhomes. Outdoor and covered storage will both be more cost-effective than indoor storage, and height won’t be an issue. Parking spaces for both options are as large as 30 to 40 feet in length, allowing you to comfortably park your RV in a secure storage space.
RV Storage Preparation Tips
Whether you store an RV indoors or outdoors at Extra Space Storage, properly preparing your vehicle for storage is important. Follow the basic tips below, and be sure to read your owner’s manual for specific care instructions.
- Thoroughly wash your RV.
- Remove the battery and keep it on a charger at home.
- Top off your fluids with fresh oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, radiator fluid, and windshield wiper fluid.
- Disconnect propane tanks.
- Clear out the pipes, especially if you live in cold-weather areas.
- Clean the interior of your RV, including removing perishables.
- Block the exhaust and other entrances to protect against rodents and pests.
- Make sure to close and seal any roof vents, especially if storing uncovered outdoors.
- Protect your RV with a quality, breathable cover.
FAQs About RV Storage
Where can I store an RV long term?
Self storage is the perfect option! Whether you’re leaving an RV in storage long term or simply need a place to park an RV between uses, self storage offers a flexible option with month-to-month leases so you can store for as long as you need.
Can I store an RV in a storage unit?
RVs can be stored in storage units if they’ll fit. Some small RVs fit nicely into standard storage units. Some storage facilities offer units with taller ceilings to accommodate indoor storage needs for larger RVs.
Should I store my RV indoors?
It’s personal preference. There’s no question that indoor storage provides the most protection, but with proper storage preparation, RVs will remain in great condition in outdoor or covered storage as well.
Should I store my camper with the jacks down?
This is also personal preference. It isn’t necessary to have them down, and some RV owners argue it’s not best when storing long term. Nevertheless, having the jacks down can help stabilize the RV and take pressure off the wheels and suspension.
Should I store my RV with the slide out in or out?
Always keep slide outs when storing your RV.
Rent Secure RV Storage Near You!
Rent your RV storage space today online or by phone today! When you choose Extra Space Storage for your vehicle storage needs, you can rest assured your RV, trailer, camper, or motorhome will be safe. We utilize advanced security features like electronic gate access, perimeter fencing, video surveillance, and even resident managers at specific locations.
Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 1,600 self-storage properties in 35 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company's properties comprise approximately 750,000 units and over 80 million square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 1,600 properties across the country.