Nearly 10% of Americans will rent self storage units for their belongings at least one time in their lives. Many people have RVs and other recreational vehicles. They may want to free up lawn space or driveway by putting them in storage. Finding the right car and RV storage can be a little more complicated than renting storage for other personal items such as furniture and clothes.
1. Call your car or RV insurance carrier.andnbsp;Before you take your vehicle to the car or RV storage facility, you need to find out what is and is not covered by your insurance policy. The RV storage site cannot be counted on to take care of any losses. You can buy a policy to cover your vehicle while it is in storage. These are not usually very expensive but will buy you a lot of peace of mind.
2. Take some time to inspect the RV or car storage units.andnbsp;Make sure they are clean and dry. There are both indoor and outdoor facilities for you to store your RV or car. It is worth your time to tour the facilities that are in your area. Take a look at the security options and the cleanliness of the facility. Talk to the staff at the RV storage facility and pay attention to your gut. If you get a bad or strange feeling when you view a facility or when you talk to the staff, you may have that feeling for a reason. Listen to that.
3. Clean your vehicle thoroughly before placing it in storage.andnbsp;Before you place your car, truck or RV in a long term car storage facility, you should give it a thorough cleaning and waxing. This can protect it from any damage from the sun and will keep dirt and dust off your vehicle. When you take your vehicle out of the RV storage facility, you will find it a lot easier to clean if you properly cleaned and waxed your vehicle before you placed it in storage. When you clean your vehicle, make sure you care for the roof of the car. This is often the source of black streaks on RVs and other vehicles. You should also take care with the seams. Repair or replace any problematic seals you find. When it comes to car, truck and RV storage, an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure.
4. Keep your vehicle dry.andnbsp;When your RV or car is in storage, you will want to keep everything as dry as possible. Mold is everywhere and it loves moisture. Any water, even in the smallest amounts can be breeding grounds for dangerous mold. For RVs, one great way to keep the inside of the vehicle dry is to keep the roof vents open. If you think you are going to keep your vehicle in RV storage for a long time, you may want to consider putting vent covers over them so that they can stay open.
5. Keep your shades open. When you keep the night time shades open you can prevent the growth of mold and mildew. This is because if there is any amount of moisture in the vehicle, the shades will keep it in. That can make your RV the perfect place for mold to grow.
6. Check on your vehicle.andnbsp;Just like it is worth your time to check out the car and RV storage facilities before you place your RV there, you should take some time to swing by and check on your vehicle. When you stop by, look for any evidence of rodents or other pests. If you find small problems, you can deal with them before they become large and harder to deal with. It should not take much time.
7. Disconnect your electrical systems. Before you put your vehicle in storage, you need to disconnect any electrical systems from the battery. That will prevent any drain on your battery.
Most people who own RVs love them. Some people use them as their primary home. In a perfect world, no one would need RV storage but these tips will help if you do.