RV Storage Guide

Boise - Eagle - Nampa

What are the Types of RV Storage?

Idaho Storage Connection in Boise, Eagle & Nampa

Idaho Storage Connection has many choices when it comes to how you can store your recreational vehicle. Here are the options we offer:

Outside RV Storage

Outside recreational vehicle storage is perhaps the easiest and least expensive way to store your recreational vehicle when it is not in use. This is a great option for larger recreational vehicles because there are fewer restrictions (like height) on the size of the vehicle. The only downside to this type of storage is that your recreational vehicle is exposed to the weather and elements throughout the winter. By covering your RV with a cover or tarp is a great solution to minimize exposure to weather in Idaho.

Covered RV Storage

In many ways, covered RV storage areas are similar to outside recreational vehicle storage. The only difference is that they have a roof that covers your RV, protecting it from rain, sleet, snow, hail, and other elements that could add wear to your vehicle. Covered storage adds extra protection for your vehicle with the added benefit of fitting many larger recreational vehicles. 

Covered Enclosed RV Storage

Covered enclosed RV storage units are essentially garages for recreational vehicles, offering protection from the elements on all sides, and a more secure space to park. This is a great option for anyone who wants the added protection of having four walls and a roof surrounding your recreational vehicle while it is tucked away in storage.

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What Size Storage Unit Do You Need for Your RV?

Choosing the right sized storage unit for your needs is the most essential part of storing your RV. Many Recreational vehicles come in standard sizes, which can give you a good idea of the dimensions of your vehicle. But if you have not already done so, it is important to measure the exact height, width, and length of your recreational vehicle. The smallest Recreational vehicles are Class B vehicles, which range from 18 to 24 feet long. Class C rare typically 30 to 33 feet, and Class A vehicles are the largest, at 29 to 45 feet long. While there are some exceptions to these rules, this is a good place to start when looking at storage unit sizes.

How Do You Choose the Best RV Storage Facility?

You want your recreational vehicle to be easily accessible and always available when you want it during the months it is in storage, so it is important to choose a storage facility carefully. Here are a few things you should look out for when choosing the best storage facility for your RV.

  • Make sure the storage facility's location is convenient to where you live so you have easy access to your recreational vehicle when you need it.
  • There should always be managers on-site to offer you help, answer your questions, and provide a great customer experience.
  • Look around the facility. Is it kept clean and neat? A clean facility will help your RV stay in top condition while stored away.
  • Ensure that the facility is completely fenced. Computer-controlled access gives you an added benefit.
  • Every access gate should be equipped with a security camera
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  • You should be able to access the storage facility gate at any time, 24 hours a day or at least 6 am-10 pm, 365 days a year, so you can access your RV at your convenience.
  • The facility should offer a wide variety of storage unit sizes, so you know they will have a size that fits your needs if they grow.
  • Payment for leases should be from month-to-month so you do not get trapped in a contract that may not work for you later.
  • The facility's office should be open for you seven days a week so you can always get the help you need
  • An online bill-paying option offers you convenience so you can pay whenever and wherever

Finding a storage facility that offers all these amenities may seem like a challenge, but you will get all of this and more at Idaho Storage Connection! We offer well-manicured facilities, top-notch customer service, and guaranteed security for your RV.

RV Storage Frequently Asked Questions

The facility you choose should have plenty of amenities to give you peace of mind knowing that your RV is in a well-maintained facility. Ask the managers at the facility about their policies, make sure the facility is well lit, has security cameras posted, and a computer accessed gate to allow the onsite managers to know who enters and exits the property.. It is essential to make sure that the entire facility is fenced. In addition, buying a cover for your RV can prevent it from elemental threats like snow and ice. If you take the right precautions, your RV will be safe during the winter weather.

You will need to winterize your vehicle properly to make sure that it stays in good condition in the colder months so that it is ready to go once spring arrives. First, it may be a good idea to remove and bypass in-line water filters, as the chemicals you will add to your systems to winterize it can damage water filters. This is a great reminder to change out these filters once you are ready to go next spring. Another important thing to remember is to not let any waste sit in your vehicle while it is in storage, as it can freeze and cause serious damage. This means that you should drain your gray and black water tanks, and then clean the blackwater tank with a special cleaner to discourage any bacterial growth. Next, remove the water from your water and water heater lines. Do not ever drain the water heater line when it is hot - wait until it is cool first. Before adding antifreeze, make sure to bypass the water heater, as you do not want any antifreeze to get into the water heater. From there, add in antifreeze so that your hoses and pipes do not freeze up over the winter. After a final once-over, your RV is ready for storage. If any of these steps sound too complicated, there are plenty of services available that will help you winterize your RV.

If you are ready to start another fun season with your RV, it is time to take it out of your storage facility. Before you get going on your next exciting adventure, there are a few things you should do to make sure your recreational vehicle is as ready as you are to hit the road. Taking your RV out of storage does not have to be something you dread doing if you learn how to do it efficiently. Here are some tips for preparing your RV when moving it out of your storage unit. First, visually inspect the vehicle to make sure nothing needs to be repaired or cleaned from your previous season of use. Keep an eye out for any insect nests in the intake or exhaust tubes, or any flat tires, etc. Most importantly, you want to make sure your vehicle is safe to use. Check the carbon monoxide, smoke, and propane detectors, and make sure you have a working fire extinguisher. Next, inspect all the major systems, like the propane and power. For the power system, inspect all battery connections keeping an eye out for corroded terminals. If you notice any corrosion, check that the shore power is disconnected, and wear safety goggles and latex gloves, then begin cleaning the terminals. Charge the batteries and check any fluid levels. Next, inspect your propane system. Make sure all propane appliances are off, and look at your water heater, and remove any debris that may be blocking the burner tube. Inspect all seals and hoses to make sure they are still intact, then open the valve all the way and check for any leaks. You can now test all your appliances to make sure they are working. Flush your freshwater system, and test all faucets, including your shower and toilet. Give the entire interior of your recreational vehicle a thorough cleaning, removing any built-up dust and grime, and look for any signs that pests may have been in your RV during the offseason months it was in storage. Restock your RV with any essentials that you know you will need later in the season. Finally, give the outside of your vehicle a good scrub to make it look great when you take it out of storage and on your first trip of the season. Once you have taken all these steps, you RV is ready to get going, and if make these steps part of your routine each year when you take your RV out of storage, you'll save yourself a lot of work and maintenance throughout it’s lifetime. Also, getting a move on this early in the season gives you time to schedule and complete any maintenance or repairs you may find that you need after you inspect the vehicle as well as prevents any surprise fixes you’d otherwise encounter in the middle of a RV adventure.

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How Should I Prepare my RV for Storage?

Before storing your RV, drain all the water from the pipes, tanks, and water heaters to prevent freezing and damage. Adding non-toxic antifreeze to the system will help protect the lines from freezing temperatures. Remember to turn off the water pump and manual water heater by-pass valve as well.

Inspect your RV's windows, doors, seams, and other exterior fixtures for any cracks or gaps. Properly sealing these areas using a high-quality sealant will help prevent water damage and critters from entering and maintain the overall integrity of your RV. Ensure all windows and doors are locked securely, and double-check any vents or skylights.

Invest in a good quality RV cover or tarp to protect your vehicle from dust, dirt, UV rays, rain, snow, and other elements. A breathable cover is recommended to prevent moisture from getting trapped and causing mold or mildew. Ensure the cover is properly secured and snug to avoid damage from wind or animals.

Remove the battery from your RV and store it in a cool, dry place to prevent it from draining while in storage. Ensure all lights, appliances, and other energy sources are turned off or disconnected to avoid accidental battery drainage or damage to your RV's electrical system.

Remove any food items from the RV, including in cupboards and drawers. Thoroughly clean and vacuum the floors, furniture, and other surfaces to deter rodents and insects from making your RV their home. Pay special attention to areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom where crumbs and spills are more likely to occur.

Tire damage can occur when your RV remains stationary for an extended period. To prevent this, invest in tire covers or consider jacking up your RV to take the weight off the tires. To minimize potential damage, check the tire pressure before storing and maintain the recommended PSI.

Clean out all garbage and debris from your RV before storing it to prevent mold, odors, and stains.

If possible, visit your RV every six months and run the engine for at least one hour to keep the mechanical components in good working condition. This will help ensure your RV is ready to hit the road when your next adventure calls.

Why Choose Idaho Storage Connection for your RV Storage Facility?

When it comes to storing your RV when it is not in use, Idaho Storage Connection is your premier RV storage destination. We are happy to provide premiere RV storage in the Boise, Idaho area. Our convenient locations in Boise ( Franklin, Joplin, and Joplin II), Eagle and Nampa ( Karcher and Usave), Idaho are kept spotless and are fully fenced, with cameras at every gate, and computer-controlled gate access.

With more than 25 years of experience to back us up, we are proud to offer you the best possible storage options for your RV in a wide variety of sizes. Feel free to contact us for a quote or to obtain more information about the RV storage solutions we offer. You can also come by to tour our outstanding storage facilities to learn more about the other storage solutions we offer including self-storage, and boat storage.

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