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RV 101: Where to Store Your RV


Unless you’re RVing full-time, there will be days, weeks or even seasons you’ll need to store your rig. Storing your RV when you are not using it requires a few considerations. Not everyone has the land or the facility to store their home on wheels at their residence. Budget and amenities are additional important factors to consider when looking for options for RV storage.

Today we dive into the pros of cons of multiple storage options and breakdown what should you consider when choosing a storage option. Ready to learn more? Read on!

Guest Post by Laura Georgieff

Options for storing your RV

Storing Your RV At Home

The easiest way to go about storing your RV, is to have some land and the ability to story your RV on your own property. This may secretly be every camper’s dream! If you have the land, I recommend building a carport with easy access, to keep your rig away from the elements. Additionally, if you can bring some power to the RV, you may want to consider keeping your vehicle plugged, especially if you live in cold or hot and humid climates.


• Free
• Easy access
• Easy to pack and unpack before and after trip and deeply clean after trips


• Check with HOA if you live in a community
• Takes up space on your land
• Consider power costs if you run a residential fridge inside the RV and plug while parked
• Make sure your lot is safe from flooding and soft land where you could get stuck during a storm

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Storing Your RV On A Friend’s Lot

Asking a friend to store your rig at their house can be a cheap option but has some downfalls. Is your friend ok with having your rig there or are they just too nice to say no? Is the storage location safe? Is the property well maintained so that tree branches won’t fall on your RV? How about extensive rain? Will it flood the land and make it difficult to get out?  

Also, what would happen if your rig sustains damage and vandalizing? Who is responsible? Do you really want to come after your friend for damages if they allowed you to store it there?


• Easy access
• Cheap
• Can be uncomplicated if you have a good relationship with your friend


• Not as well maintained as a professional facility
• Security can be an issue depending on location
• Open questions regarding responsibilities and when there are damages

storing RV, mixed storage facility

Storing Your RV At A Mixed-Storage Facility

Many storage facilities have a mixture of storage units including spots for RV storage. From our experience, the RV storage of a mixed-storage facility is often an afterthought of how to bring in additional income, rather than a well-designed RV storage place.  

Spots can be tight, the access to your storage space can be challenging and the management may not consider RV needs when creating rules and making design decisions. This doesn’t mean that every mixed-storage facility is a bad option, it is just important to take a look in person at the facility before committing to storing your RV there.  

Take your car the exact same way the RV would need to go to get to the storage space and ask yourself, whether there is sufficient space to turn your rig around safely on a frequent basis? How easy is it to get in and out and is there a lot of traffic for the other type of storage that may make it difficult to get in and out easily?  

We personally store our RV in a mixed-storage facility.  Our facility has a separate entrance for trucks and RVs and it is great to know that your rig is in a safe and professional storage facility.


• Safe
• Well maintained
• Contract makes it clear what the rules are and what happens if the rig is damaged


• Access can be limited to certain times depending on the rules
• More expensive than parking it at your friend’s house (some areas might be as high as $450 /month non-shaded, and more expensive for a roof)
• Many facilities don’t have a lot of space to easily get in and out with your rig

storing RV, option for RV storage facility

Storing Your RV At An RV Storage Facility

Storage facilities that specialize in RV storage will obviously be a great choice for storing your rig. These type of storage facilities often have generous spacing and are designed to allow moving large size vehicles. Many RV storage facilities even offer covered parking and full hook ups to make sure your battery is charged.  

In some mountainous areas, you may even find indoor RV storage facilities that are either underground or fully indoor! Usually, RV storage facilities are the most expensive option when it comes to storing your RV.


• Safe
• Well maintained
• Contract makes it clear what the rules are and what happens if the rig is damaged
• Spaces and roads designed for RVs
• Many facilities offer covered storage spaces
• Hook-ups are often available


• Expensive
• Not as common as regular storage facilities
• Can be difficult to find a spot, waiting list can be month- or year-long

RV 101 – Best Options To Store Your RV

Overall, when looking for the best option to store your RV, you need to think about what is most important to you. We like to go on many weekend trips, so having a storage facility nearby, and with easy in-and-out access is very important to us.  

Additionally, we needed a facility that can accommodate a 42ft rig and allows early and late access. Lastly, we want the facility to be safe so that we don’t have to worry about damages and theft.

You will likely find that your budget plays a big part in your decision, but things like access, safety, weather, and amenities will surely play a role in your decision making!