RV storage Melbourne
Author: RV Sales Centre
Before you invest in a new or refurbished RV, it’s important to consider how and where you will store the vehicle when it’s not in use. Many standard residential garages and carports will not be high enough to store a large RV, so it’s worth keeping this in mind when you’re looking at RV options.
“I can just park it in my driveway,” you might think. However, it’s worth considering that weather can wreak havoc on RVs stored out in the elements - not just the rain, hail or storms but sun and wind as well. Your RV’s tyres are particularly susceptible to UV damage from the sun, which can damage the rubber and age them prematurely. The sun can also accelerate the deterioration of silicon and seals, leaving the RV vulnerable to leaks when it rains. And gas hoses don’t like being left out in the sun, either!
Deciding where to store your RV is an important decision in the pre-purchasing process so we’ve outlined the four best options for you to consider...
IN YOUR GARAGE OR CARPORT
If you’re very lucky (or you planned ahead), you’ll be able to store your RV on your own property in a secure and weatherproof garage or shed. The cheapest and most convenient storage option, this means you can keep a close eye on the RV and check it routinely during the storage period. It also means you’ve got in close at hand in case you decide to take a last-minute trip!
IN YOUR DRIVEWAY OR YARD
If you don’t have room for your RV in your garage (or you don’t have a garage), the next cheapest option is to keep it under your carport (if you have one and it’s big enough) or in the front or back yard of your property (if you have room, and rules such as strata/council laws allow it). This way, you don’t have to pay storage costs and the RV is easily accessible, should you decide to take a last-minute trip! However, the RV is more vulnerable to the weather in this scenario, so you’ll need to invest in a good quality RV cover. These are not a guarantee against damage, but they will do a lot to help.
If you do decide to store your RV in your carport, you’ll need to ensure it fits under the carport roof! If you’re still in the research phase of your buying journey, measure the height of your garage and size up the RVs to see whether they’ll fit.
IN AN OUTDOOR STORAGE YARD
There are, however, many reasons you may not be able to store your RV at home - whether just for space reasons or even restrictions imposed by a strata company or similar. In this case, you’ll need to look further afield for professional RV storage options. The cheaper of these options would be a secure external storage yard. Your RV will likely be kept among many others, but will be out in the elements so the aforementioned cover is essential here, too.
When considering a storage provider, find out who has access to the yard, how it is secured, what it costs, how and when you can access your van, and whether your insurance company will cover it, etc.
IN AN UNDERCOVER STORAGE FACILITY
If you have the option, and you can afford it, a professional, secure indoors storage facility is a great option for your RV. Once protected from the elements, you’ll be able to rest easier knowing your pride and joy is unlikely to be damaged by the weather. As above, consider how secure the facility is before committing.
6 TOP TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR RV FOR STORAGE
- Empty out the fridge, clean it well, and leave the door ajar
- Use a purpose-made cover if your RV is going to be out in the weather
- Turn off the gas and burn any residue in the lines. Do not disconnect the lines and leave them outside, though, as bugs love living in them!
- Connect a multi-stage battery charger to look after your battery when it’s not being used.
- Check your insurance to ensure your van is covered for damage while in storage.
- Ensure every inch of the van is clean and dry before shutting it up for a long period of time.