While an RV can be the ultimate adventure mobile, it’s tricky to store it when you’re not on the road. There are a lot of issues when it comes to storing it at home — but thankfully, there are also lots of easy solutions. We have answered the most common questions/concerns that Our guide offers that RV owners have about storing their vehicles at home as well as resources for further reading on each topic.
Q1. Can insects bother my RV if it’s parked at home?
A1. When parked outdoors, insects can make their way into your RV through the smallest cracks if they’re looking for food, water, or shelter. This can lead to all sorts of problems, since ants, roaches, flies, and other bugs can cause damage to your RV’s interior and even create sanitation and other health issues. Be on the lookout for pests, and work with a professional to take care of infestations as quickly as possible.
Q2. How can I keep my RV safe from tree branches?
A2. Fallen tree branches can damage your RV’s roof, windshield, and paint. They can also be a place for birds, squirrels, and other critters to hang out and potentially cause destruction. It’s best to play it safe by hiring a tree trimmer to remove low-hanging branches or a tree removal service to clear any dead plants near where you store your RV.
Q3. Will my RV be safer at home or in storage?
A3. Storing your RV with professionals is the best way to protect it from theft, vandalism, and other damage. Even if you install a home security system to monitor your RV, it will be safer at a storage facility.
Read more: How Much Does a Home Security System Cost?
Q4. How can I protect my RV from sun damage?
A4: Heat and UV rays from the sun can cause significant damage to your vehicle. Waxing your RV helps, but aim to keep it in a covered structure if possible. At the very least, cover it with a protective tarp when it’s not in use.
Q5. How will my RV impact my parking situation at home?
A5. Both you and your neighbors could become frustrated if you take up street parking. Not only do RVs take up space and cause a nuisance for drivers, owners can be ticketed if their vehicles aren’t moved to accommodate emergency vehicles and street cleaners. If you must store it at home, it’s best to park it in your driveway.
Read more: Can I Park an RV in My Driveway?
Q6. Will my RV be an eyesore for my neighbors?
A6. Although they look great on the road, RVs don’t exactly add to your curb appeal when they’re parked at home, even if you keep them off the street. Storing your RV at a facility will be a great way to stay on good terms with your neighbors.
Q7. How can I renovate or make changes to my garage/driveway to accommodate my RV?
A7. Adding square footage to your garage is a great way to create a safe haven for at-home RV storage. However, it’s not a DIY project. You’ll need to hire a professional for the job, which will be costly.
Q8. How can I deal with condensation inside my RV while it’s not in use?
A8. Condensation can create all kinds of problems for your RV, from mechanical issues to mold and mildew both inside and outside the vehicle. Rather than have to run outside and check on your RV constantly, consider using a climate-controlled enclosed storage facility, which will prevent the temperature shifts that cause condensation.
Q9. Will my sloped driveway cause issues for my RV?
A9. A sloped driveway can cause multiple issues. For example, the brake pads may become worn from the extra weight of supporting the vehicle on a slant, and ammonia sediment can build up in your refrigerator when not on an even keel. Avoid parking it on a slope if at all possible.
Q10. How do I deal with HOA restrictions on RV storage?
A10. Many HOAs have rules about RVs. They often have rules in place restricting how RVs can be stored—even if they don’t when you move in, they may establish them if they get enough complaints about your vehicle from neighbors. Avoid any hassles by storing your RV elsewhere.
While storing an RV at home may seem cheaper, you’re likely to encounter more headaches—and end up with more costs—than if you’d opted to store your RV at a secure facility in the first place.
Article Guest Written by Henry Moore at Fitwell Traveler
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