Types of RV Storage
Simply Self Storage offers a number of units that are large enough to fit a camper or RV. Storing your RV at a self storage facility offers many benefits that storing in your personal yard doesn't. The added security of a fenced in, well-lit facility that is monitored around the clock with video cameras will give you piece of mind that your investment is safe.
Your RV is also protected from the elements inside one of our storage units, shielded from the wind, sun and rain. This will not only prolong its life but save you money on repairs, cleaning and maintenance.
Picking the correct type of RV storage is important to ensure your vehicle is protected. There are four common types of RV storage: fully indoor RV, trailer and camper storage, covered open-air RV storage, uncovered RV parking spaces, and RV land lots.
Parking spaces and land lots are the most common (and the most affordable), but they also offer fewer perks. Indoor and covered storage, while slightly less affordable, offer far more perks.
You will need to weigh the pro's and con's of each type of RV storage, weighing size, price, availability and other factors to determine the best choice for your unique situation.
Outdoor RV Storage:
Outdoor storage includes parking lot storage and RV storage on open lots. This is the most common type of storage, and the most affordable. Essentially, these facilities will be made of open, sometimes unpaved land. There are is no cover or protection from the elements, but your vehicle will be fenced in, often monitored by security cameras and safe from intruders.
This is a perfect option for those who don't mind their RV being exposed to the wind, rain and sun, but want it in a safe, affordable location. If you'd prefer your RV be on a paved surface, check with the storage facility to ensure they have lot parking available.
Covered RV Storage:
Instead of having your RV exposed to the elements, you can choose to have it in a covered parking space that provides more protection. Usually this will be in the form of a canopy or walled, open air structure.
This option provides plenty of protection from the sun, but less so from the wind and rain. While the walled canopies are the best option for covered RV storage, they can sometimes be harder to find, and will cost you more.
Covered RV storage is good middle ground between outdoor RV storage and indoor RV storage, and can provide protection from the elements without the hefty price tag of indoor storage.
Indoor RV Storage:
Storing your RV inside can be an option at some facilities, depending on the make and model of your RV. Indoor RV storage essentially acts as a large garage for your RV. It's closed to the elements and provides the ultimate protection to your vehicle.
Size is something you will want to think about when looking for an indoor RV storage facility, as units usually range from 10x25 to 10x30 feet. While indoor RV storage is the most costly option, benefits include complete protection from the wind, sun and rain, and the piece of mind that you will find your RV in the exact condition you left it.
RV Manufacturers and Unit Sizes
It's helpful to know what size of storage unit you will need to store your personal RV. We've done the guesswork for you in the chart below. Simply find the manufacturer and model of your RV and check the corresponding unit size to the right!
25 Foot RV Storage
25 foot RV storage spaces are the smallest option available and work best for smaller RVs like Class Band C campers, smaller travel trailers, small toy haulers and pop-up campers. While these might fit in a regular 10'x25' storage unit, special RV units will ensure the height and width of the unit can accommodate your RV.
This size of unit is great for:
|2009 Safari Damara Sport||21'11|
|2010 Great West Titan Wide Body||21'6|
|2011 Great West Classic||22'2|
|2011 Leisure Travel Free Flight||20'4|
|2011 Pleasure-Way Excel TS||20'4|
|2011 Pleasure-Way Lexor TS||20'5|
|2011 Roadtrek 190 Popular||20'5|
|2011 Golf Stream Eduramax Sport||23'|
|2011 Jayco Octane ZX Super Lite||20'7|
|2012 Forest River Stealth||21'5|
|2012 Forest River Work and Play||20'9|
|2012 Lance Camper Lance 1050S Truck Camper||18'10|
|2013 Lance Camper 855S||17'8|
|2011 Gulf Stream Amerilite||17'2|
|2011 Holiday Rambler Campmaster||23'|
|2011 Jayco Skylark||22'1|
|2012 Forest River Grey Wolf||22'2|
30 Foot RV Storage
The next size up when it comes to RV storage is a 30 foot unit. This unit will handle small to mid-size Class B campers and RVs, some Class C campers, large pop-up campers and fifth-wheel trailers. As with the 25' unit, you will need to ensure it's designed especially for RVs to meet the necessary height requirements.
This size of storage unit would work well with:
|2014 Keystone Cougar High-Country||28'7|
|Keystone Hornet 245RLS||27'10|
|2011 Fleetwood Jamboree Sport||26'2|
|2011 Winnebago Aspect||29'7|
|2012 Coachmen Freedom Express||27'9|
|2012 CrossRoads Zinger||27'11|
|2011 Gulf Stream B Touring Cruiser||27'5|
|2012 CrossRoads Zinger||27'11|
|2013 Thor Motor Coach Siesta||29'9|
|2011 Keystone Energy||29'1|
|2012 Forest River Shockwave||29'1|
|2012 Keystone Outback Kargoroo||27'|
|2011 Gulf Stream Gulf Breeze XLT||26'10|
|2011 Jayco Jay Feather Select||26'11|
|2012 Forest River Salem Hemisphere||25'10|
35 Foot RV Storage
A 35 storage space is generally large enough to fit Class B and Class C campers, and most mid-to-large sized travel trailers. It can also fit mid-sized fifth wheel campers, large toy haulers, or some small Class A Campers. These units also come with the width and height that are standard with RV storage.
A 35 foot storage space is perfect for:
|2009 Safari Passage||31'|
|2010 Gulf Stream Independence||31'5|
|2010 Holiday Rambler Admiral||31'|
|2011 Fleetwood Bounder Classic||30'7|
|2011 Fleetwood Terra||31'2|
|2011 Itasca Suncruiser||32'10|
|2011 Holiday Rambler Vacationer||30'11|
|2011 Monaco Coach Monarch||31'|
|2011 Newmar Canyon Star||34'11|
|2011 Winnebago Sightseer||32'7|
|2012 Gulf Stream Yellowstone||31'5|
|2012 Winnebago Adventurer||32'11|
|2013 Fleetwood Bounder||34'3|
|2008 Conquest SuperNova||34'1|
|2011 Fleetwood Jamboree||30'10|
|2011 Fleetwood Tioga||30'10|
|2012 Coachmen Concord||30'10|
|2012 Coachmen Leprechaun||32'3|
|2011 Holiday Rambler Ion||31'8|
|2012 Coachmen Chaparral Lite||31'8|
|2012 Forest River Flagstaff||32'|
|2011 Holiday Rambler Savoy LX||33'|
|2012 Airstream Classic Limited||31'|
|2012 CrossRoads Cruiser||32'10|
|2012 Forest River Cherokee||30'3|
40 Foot RV Storage
Most RVs will fit into a 40 foot storage space. This includes most Class A vehicles, large travel trailers and toy haulers, and fifth-wheel trailers. The width and height of these units will also increase to accommodate for large RVs.
These vehicles will fit nicely in a 40 foot storage unit:
|2009 Safari Compression Gas||38'1|
|2014 Thor Motor Coach Challenger||37'10|
|2011 Coachmen Brookstone||35'6|
|2011 Holiday Rambler Ambassador||37'4|
|2011 Holiday Rambler Neptune||37'4|
|2011 Monaco Coach Cayman||37'4|
|2011 Thor Motor Coach Tuscany||37'2|
|2012 CrossRoads Rushmore||35'11|
|2008 Conquest Endura||35'1|
|2011 Forest River Ridgeview||36'7|
|2011 Jayco Eagle||35'6|
|2009 Safari Cascade||35'10|
|2009 Safari Compression FD||39'3|
|2010 Gulf Stream Caribbean||38'|
|2011 Coachmen Cross Country||39'9|
|2011 Fleetwood Discovery||37'8|
|2011 Fleetwood Expedition||36'8|
|2011 Newmar Dutch Star||37'11|
|2011 Thor Motor Coach Astoria||37'4|
50 Foot RV Storage
A 50 foot storage space is the largest you can get, and it can handle even the largest RVs. You can fit pretty much any RV in these spaces including all Class A campers, trailers and toy haulers.
Some examples of vehicles that will require 50 foot storage are:
|2014 Heartland Fairﬁeld||42'11|
|2014 Keystone Residence||40'11|
|2014 Keystone Retreat||40'11|
|2011 Jayco Jay Flight Bungalow||40'11|
|2010 Gulf Stream Constellation||45'|
|2013 Newmar King Aire||44'11|
|2013 Newmar Essex||44'11|
|2012 Newmar Essex||44'11|
|2011 Monaco Coach Dynasty||44'11|
|2012 Newmar King Aire||44'11|
|2010 Holiday Rambler Navigator||44'10|
|2014 Monaco Coach Dynasty||44'3|
|2011 Holiday Rambler Endeavor||43'3|
|2012 Monaco Coach Dynasty||44'11|
|2014 Entegra Coach Aspire||43'1|
|2013 Fleetwood Providence||43'6|
|2014 Entegra Coach Anthem||43'1|
|2012 Forest River Charleston||43'|
|2013 Winnebago Tour||42'10|
|2013 Itasca Ellipse||42'10|
|2014 Thor Motor Coach Tuscany||41'2|
|2009 Safari Cheetah||40'8|
Tips for Storing Your RV
It is important to do some preparation before storing your RV. Keep these tips in mind during your preparations, and your RV will be in tip-top shape when you come to retrieve it.
To keep your RV battery in good condition, it can be trickle charged, it's best to leave your battery in the RV. Start the engine every 2 weeks, letting it run for about 3 minutes. This allows the oil to circulate through the engine and the rest of the vehicle.
You can also follow these steps to winterize your RV before storage:
- Disconnect all AC connections, as the unit should only be using batteries for power.
- Let the electric water pump drain of all water, including your hot water heater. Be sure to empty the holding tank(s) as well.
- Hook up a line from the fresh water intake pump to RV antifreeze containers. Be sure to ONLY use RV antifreeze.
- Hook up this hose by using a screwdriver to remove the existing inlet connection hose and replace it with the hose you're using for the antifreeze.
- Close all your faucets, then turn on the one in the shower. Pump in antifreeze until the water coming from the shower begins to run the color of your antifreeze.
- Proceed to do the same for other areas that have faucets, such as the galley area.
- Pour antifreeze directly into the toilet bowl, then flush it into your holding tank.
- Double check by opening your hot and cold faucets to ensure antifreeze flows from all of them.
- When you're finished, reconnect the original intake line to your inlet pump.
- Leave your refrigerator door open and wipe it down with a good cleaner. If it's going into storage, remove batteries and place them on a trickle charger.