It’s a common question that a lot of new RV owners don’t consider until they drive off the lot.

Where am I going to keep my RV in between uses? Here are some options:

Your Own Property

It’s the obvious choice for many. Maybe you’ve got some room in the driveway or a bit of land.

In slightly more rural areas, this is the most common place for RV storage. However, as you move urban areas, or even some suburbs, many neighborhoods have regulations that prohibit RV storage on-site.

RV-Specific Storage

There are outdoor storage facilities specifically for RVs nationwide—some with overhead coverage, some without. The majority of these are outdoor, but you will find the occasional indoor storage warehouse—more common as you head north.

Some of these providers can provide periodic maintenance, winterize/de-winterize your RV, or detail your RV before you take it on the road.

General Self-Storage

Just about every self-storage facility has some outdoor fenced area that they dedicate to long-term storage of RVs, boats, and other vehicles.

This is usually the cheapest option, but they won’t provide any RV-specific services.

One thing to keep in mind is access to your RV. You want to be sure you’re not waiting for a self-storage office to open when you’re ready to hit the road for a long weekend.

Renting Out Your RV

Don’t want your RV to spend too much time sitting around? What if you could make some money while you’re not using it?

Like AirBnB, there are services that will offer your RV for rent while it’s not in use. It’s not the most conventional “storage” option (not really storage at all), but you’ll get some benefits besides the additional income.

It’s a good idea to “exercise” your slides and run some critical systems from time to time while your RV is in storage. This helps ensure nothing dries out in your unit. If your RV is on the road for even a weekend each month, all your systems will get enough usage to stay in great shape!