RV Storage Solutions: Size Guide and Tips

Posted on 28 February 2024 | 6 minute read


An RV or camper is an investment that significantly expands on your holiday options, so it makes sense that you will want to enjoy it for years to come. If you’re like most people, your RV will spend time off the road during the off seasons. So, how do you ensure your recreational vehicle remains in tip-top condition until you need it again? 

Many holiday makers turn to RV storage solutions to protect their vehicle while it’s not in use. In this article, we explore your RV storage options, from choosing the right sized storage, to preparing the vehicle for off-season storage. 

RV Storage Options and Sizes

It takes just a few steps to ensure your motorhome fits comfortably inside a storage unit and remains protected. Here’s a guide that will help you find the perfect storage solution:

Measure Your RV: Obtain accurate measurements of your RV’s length, width, height, and any additional features like slide-outs, awnings, or protruding accessories. Measure at the longest and widest points to ensure adequate space.

Consider Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage: Determine if you prefer indoor or outdoor storage. Indoor spaces protect RVs from the often-harsh Melbourne weather conditions and potential damage from hail, but they can be more expensive. Outdoor storage is generally more affordable but exposes your RV to the weather. 1800 We Store It shipping containers could be the perfect compromise as their solid steel construction shrugs off whatever the elements throw at them. 

Choose the Right Size: Based on your RV’s measurements and any additional equipment or accessories, select a storage space or container that accommodates your vehicle comfortably. 

Evaluate Security Measures: Opt for a storage facility that offers adequate security measures such as gated access, surveillance cameras, on-site staff, and proper lighting to ensure the safety of your RV. We take security seriously at 1800 We Store It. Your vehicle is protected around-the-clock with advanced CCTV security and sophisticated alarm systems. 

Review Contracts and Terms: Carefully read and understand the storage facility’s contracts, terms, and conditions. Pay attention to any clauses regarding insurance, liability, payment schedules, and cancellation policies. We do not offer in-house insurance but can recommend a trusted provider we know will look after our customers. 

Visit the Facility: Before making a final decision, visit the storage facility in person. Inspect the available spaces, ask any additional questions you may have, and ensure the environment is suitable.

Reserve the Storage Space: Once you’ve made your decision, reserve the appropriate storage space for your RV. Ensure you have all necessary paperwork completed, including insurance documents, and make any required payments or deposits. 1800 We Store It does not lock you into lengthy contracts, so you can store your RV for as long or as short as you need. 

Prepare Your RV for Storage: Before storing your RV, conduct proper maintenance, clean the interior and exterior, remove perishables, and take any necessary precautions to protect against pests, moisture, and other potential issues during storage.

Preparing an RV for Storage

How you store your RV during your off-season will go a long way to ensuring it remains in pristine condition. Use these steps to get your RV ready for long-term or short-term storage. 

Clean Thoroughly

  • Wash the exterior of the RV to remove dirt, grime, and bugs. Dry it completely to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Clean the interior thoroughly, including cabinets, appliances, floors, and upholstery. Remove any food items to prevent attracting pests.

Inspect for Damage

  • Check for any leaks, cracks, or damage on the roof, windows, seals, and vents. Repair any issues to prevent water infiltration during storage.

Empty Water Tanks and Plumbing

  • Drain all water tanks, including freshwater, gray water, and black water tanks. Flush and clean the holding tanks thoroughly.
  • Use RV antifreeze in the plumbing system to prevent freezing damage during colder months.

Empty and Defrost Appliances

  • Clean and empty the refrigerator, freezer, and any other appliances. Leave the doors open slightly to prevent mildew and odours.
  • Defrost and clean the refrigerator to avoid mould growth.

Protect Against Pests

  • Seal any openings where pests could enter, such as vents, pipes, and gaps. Use pest repellents or traps to prevent infestations.
  • Place mothballs or other pest deterrents in strategic locations within the RV

Service the Engine and Fuel System

  • Change the oil and filter to prevent contaminants from sitting in the engine.
  • Add a fuel stabiliser to the gas tank to prevent fuel degradation during storage.

Protect the Battery

  • Disconnect the battery or use a battery tender to maintain its charge. Clean the terminals and store the battery in a cool, dry place.

Check and Inflate Tires

  • Inflate the tires to the recommended pressure and consider using tire covers to protect them from the elements.
  • If possible, place the RV on blocks to relieve pressure from the tires.

Cover the RV:

  • Use a breathable, waterproof cover to protect the RV from dust, UV rays, and other environmental factors. Ensure the cover fits properly.

Secure Ventilation

  • Ensure adequate ventilation by leaving vents slightly open or using vent covers. This prevents moisture buildup and mildew.

Perform Security Checks

  • If storing outside or on your property make sure to secure all windows, doors, and compartments properly to prevent unauthorised access.
  • Consider installing additional security measures such as locks or an alarm system.

Document and Store Important Documents

  • Keep all important documents, including registration, insurance, and manuals, in a safe and easily accessible place.

RV Storage the 1800 We Store It Way

When you’re searching for a place to store your home away from home, check out 1800 We Store Its premier storage service that’s perfect for travellers who need to stay put until the next holiday season.  

At 1800 We Store It, our commitment to providing top-tier service begins with our state-of-the-art security measures. We keep your RV secure with round-the-clock surveillance, secure gated access, and dedicated staff on the lookout, giving you that all-important peace of mind that your vehicle is well-protected. 

Reach out for a quick quote and discover the exceptional service we’re known for when it comes to protecting your valuable RV. Your vehicle deserves the best, and at 1800 We Store It, we guarantee to deliver just that. 


Terry Davison