Storing a Boat or RV

By Patrick Galvan,

Boats and RVs are great for recreation, but what if you can’t find a place to park them between trips? Most neighborhood covenants don’t allow RVs and boats to be parked outdoors, meaning you either have to store them in your garage or find somewhere else where you can legally store them. Even if you have access to a garage, boat and RV storage will leave little room for vehicles, bikes, tools, and other items. This is where self storage can help.

What type of self storage is available for boats and RVs?

What makes self storage such a viable alternative when storing boats, RVs, and other large vehicles is that there are several options for how you can store them, specifically outdoor storage, covered storage, and indoor storage.

The most common type of storage for boats and RVs is outdoor storage—meaning boats and RVs are kept in a gated area outside at the facility. Outdoor storage is often the most affordable option for self storage consumers, but it’s also the least secure in terms of weather-related damage and potential for vandalism or theft. Covered parking is fairly middle of the road with affordability and security, which makes it a worthwhile option. But for boat and RV owners who want strong security, climate-controlled storage, and don’t mind paying a little more, finding a facility that has indoor storage is the best.

Be sure to ask the storage facility operator what they offer or recommend for your particular vehicle.

What storage features are best for boat and RV storage?

Since you’re storing your boat or RV away from home at a storage facility, you’ll want storage amenities that make it easier to access your vehicle. Here’s what we suggest:

  • 24-Hour Access: With road trips, lake days, or fishing trips, you need to pick up your boat or RV early in the morning and drop it off late in the evening, which means having a storage facility that’s only open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. is going to be a hassle. Find a facility that offers round-the-clock accessibility.
  • Climate-Controlled Storage: Climate control is only available in indoor storage units, but if you’re storing your boat inside, it might be a feature you’ll want. Not only will it protect the fabrics inside your boat from developing mold or mildew, but it will also keep parts of your boat from rusting.
  • Advanced Security: What good is convenient access if your RV or boat is an easy target for theft and vandalism? This is especially true if you’re storing your vehicle outdoors. Look for a facility with one of these features: video surveillance, gated access, on-site management.

Boats and RVs aren’t cheap. Neither are the fines from your neighborhood if you choose to store your boat or RV in your driveway. Fortunately, with self storage, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your items or neighborhood covenants.