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Congratulations, you are a new RV owner! With a season full of excitement and travel plans, you may simply be storing your RV in your driveway between camping trips. It’s possible you haven’t give much thought to what you’ll do with your RV when the camping season is over and the snow starts to fly. However, RV storage is a big part of RV ownership, so it’s important to know some of the ins and outs of RV storage so you can make your post camping season plans.
Congratulations, you are a new
RV owner! With a season full of excitement and travel plans, you may simply
be storing your RV in your driveway between camping trips. It’s possible you
haven’t give much thought to what you’ll do with your RV when the camping
season is over and the snow
starts to fly. However, RV storage is a big part of RV ownership, so it’s
important to know some of the ins and outs of RV storage so you can make your
post camping season plans.
Why You Should Care About RV Storage
Your RV is a big investment. Storing it properly will keep
it protected from the elements as well as theft and damage. Properly stored RVs
maintain their value much better than those left out to face Mother Nature
Proper off-season RV storage can also reduce maintenance
needs. For example, when tires are protected from UV damage while they are
being stored, they will last longer and require less frequent repair or
During the colder months, RV storage helps prevent issues
that may arise from improper or non-existent winterization. When the camping
season kicks up again, the RVs that have benefitted from proper RV storage will
be ready to hit the road.
Common RV Storage Locations
On Your Property
The most logical place for RV storage is on your own
property. The question boils down to whether you have enough room or not. An
ideal RV storage would be in a large barn, garage, or outbuilding if you have
one. If not, RVs can be stored outside. When storing outdoors, it is a good
idea to invest in an RV cover as well as wheel covers. If it is feasible, store
along the east side your home or garage to protect it from the wind and weather
as much as possible.
Rented Storage Unit
When you don’t have room on your own property, you can look
into rental space for your RV storage. It is common for self-storage companies to
offer storage for large RVs.
There may be indoor, outdoor or even carport-type covered outdoor RV storage
options depending on the company. You can choose the type of storage depending
on what is available in your area and what fits your budget. No matter which
kind of storage you decide upon, it can be a good way to protect your
Should I Store My RV Inside or Outside?
Unless you already have a large enough facility on your own
property to store your RV inside, cost is generally the determining factor.
When it comes to RV storage, the biggest reason RV owners choose to store
outdoors is to save on storage costs. While indoor RV
storage offers more protection from the elements, it is still possible to
protect your RV by parking it away from direct sunlight, using RV covers, and
protecting the tires. Tires should be protected from direct contact with the
ground as well as using covers to block sunlight. RV
skirting is another layer of protection that can be utilized when it comes
to outdoor RV storage.
Before You Put Your RV into Storage
There are several things you need to do prior to storing
your RV for the winter. Just like pipes in your home can freeze and burst
causing all kinds of trouble, water left in the plumbing lines in your RV can
freeze when temperatures drop and cause them to burst, too. Your water tanks
are also vulnerable, as well as the fittings. So you can see why one of the
most important steps in winterizing for RV storage is bleeding
the water lines and know how to winterize your RV before storing for the
There are other important steps when winterizing your RV.
You’ll want to clean out your RV before storage – especially any food items
that may be left in cupboards! If you haven’t taken all food out of your RV and
cleaned it well, any crumb you may leave behind is an invitation to uninvited
guests! There are plenty of pests
who would be more than willing to take up residence in your RV for the winter,
so don’t leave any traces of food.
It’s also a good idea to follow safety precautions regarding
batteries and propane
when preparing for RV storage. These items are flammable and must be handled
appropriately in order to avoid damages.
When warmer weather arrives, make sure you follow the steps
to de-winterize after all those months of RV storage. Then you’ll be ready
to head out for another season of fun, travel, and camping adventures.
RVs are just like homes. And like homes, that means you may
find the perfect one and keep it forever, or you may look to make a switch
sometime after your initial purchase. For the latter crowd, that means you’ll
be going through the process of selling an RV – something that may make you a
bit anxious. After all, your RV was a major investment and you want to get the most
out of your sale!
Read on to learn some of the our best tips for selling an RV
so you can feel confident when it’s time to upsize to a new model, downsize for
easier travel, or anything else that might make you want to switch things up as
an RV owner.
Timing is Everything
Unsurprisingly, the time you choose to sell makes a huge
difference in RVs. This isn’t too dissimilar to how selling a home is easier
between school years, since people are ready and want to get moved and settled
before next session starts.
When it comes to RVs, the best time to sell your RV is the
early spring, such as late March, April or May. As the days grow warmer and the
outside looks more appealing, RV lovers and campers looking to get their first
RVs will start to feel the pull towards adventure.
If you capitalize on this moment, you may be able to stretch
the value of your RV a bit more. Even if you don’t, you’re more likely to turn
your “for sale RV” into a “sold RV” in the least amount of time. After all,
most people don’t enjoy the process of listing their goods and negotiating with
dozens of potential buyers. If you’re selling, you want to get your RV on the
market and off your property as soon as possible.
A Special Tip on Timing
If you’re on the fence about selling your RV, right now (at
the time of this article’s publishing) is a great time to consider it! RVs are
harder to come by right now, which means the new and used markets are limited.
Your RV is likely to have some purchase interest right away as RV enthusiasts
are looking at every available model within their shopping range.
A Clean RV is an Easier Sell
Before you even consider selling your RV you’ll need to do
some prep work. Hopefully you’ve kept your RV fairly clean, but either way,
it’s time to thoroughly clean it so it looks like it’s never been used. This
won’t be like any cleaning you’ve done before – you need to attend to every
surface inside and outside the RV.
You never know how closely a potential buyer will inspect
your RV. While your RV may have dents or dings that you can’t quite fix on your
own, what they’ll really be looking for is signs that you may not have taken
great care of your RV. The better it looks, the more likely they’ll trust that
you’ve been kind to your vehicle.
As an added bonus, a deep clean can often find things you
may have otherwise left behind. We’ve even heard of people finding things like
credit cards, keys or other small items they thought were gone forever!
If you’ve ever walked through a fully furnished home, you
know that no two people think of their living spaces in the same way. While you
may have decorations in one location, another person may be put off with the
same finished look.
When selling your RV, you should consider staging it to make
it more universally appealing. In most cases, this means removing unnecessary
clutter as much as possible. But it also means giving it a comfortable and
inviting atmosphere. Think about how the bed looks, how to set the blinds, and
even which position the RV is in to capture the best sun based on when you’ll
be showing it.
The possibilities are endless for how you can stage your RV
to make a potential buyer “see” themselves living in your old RV. The faster
they reach that point, the more likely you are to close the sale.
Staging your RV doesn’t just mean assembling the interior.
Where you end up taking your pictures can make all the difference in the world!
Setting up your RV in a beautiful location at a nearby campground can show it
off in action and immediately spark the desire to purchase your RV in a
Like timing, pricing is a core component of selling an RV
(or anything for that matter.) The reality is that you have a lot of options
when it comes to pricing. But the main things to look at are:
Current Market – How are other similar RVs selling?
Don’t just look at the same make and model, look at RVs with similar
floorplans, sizes and features. The best comparison model is one that offers
the same benefits as your RV and is in similar condition. This means sometimes
a similar make and model that’s been poorly cared for might trick you into
pricing your RV incorrectly
Your Needs – Do you want to sell this RV now
or are you okay with keeping it in storage for a few weeks or months? Sometimes
pricing comes down to your timeline. If you’re ready to ditch your RV and
invest that money in a new one or into something else, then you may be wise to
knock the price down just a little bit to make it more appealing. If not, use
your market research to price it appropriately and hold out until you find the
buyer you want.