Where do you usually store your RV when not using it?

Where do you usually store your RV when not using it?

 

Please do not respond if you are a full-timer.

Where do you keep your RV when you’re not camping or otherwise on the road? Do have a space right on your property, or maybe just leave it in your driveway, or do you pay to store it in a commercial RV storage facility? 

Please select the option that best applies to you. Feel free to leave a comment and/or check back later for updated results.

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56 thoughts on “Where do you usually store your RV when not using it?

  1. J French

    I added a 10 foot wide 45′ long separate driveway & purchases a 14 foot tall steel canopy alongside our home.
    Fortunately in a small city in Louisiana, no worries about Homeowner Associations.
    Rear camera’s enable backing into it perfectly with zero problems.

  2. Gene Bennington

    We store our 5th wheel outside at a commercial storage facility 40 minutes from home. Our HOA only allows campers/trailers to be on property for a couple of days in preparation for a trip. Only issue is our driveways are way too short so you need to park on street. Not wise!

  3. Dennis

    In the garage.

  4. Paul S.

    We own a storage condo, 24 x 40, 14′ door !!!. Part of a 20 unit facility. 10 miles from home base.

  5. Rose

    We have a large enough driveway to park our motorhome without interfering getting our car & truck in and out of our 2-car garage. Very convenient and secure on our property. Would not want to keep it anywhere else. We live on Long Island in the state of NY. Been looking last few years around Florida (mostly on-line) for possible future relocation. Why is it that the “RV Friendly” state of Florida has so many restrictions for RV parking on one’s own property??

  6. DC Davis

    Unfortunately, we bought our house a couple years before we ever considered and bought an RV so, unfortunately, it wasn’t on our ‘wish list’. Because of that, we have to store it at a storage lot. 20+ miles away but the price is right. Guaranteed our next house will have room for the RV!

  7. Paul

    I used to use a commercial storage center as i could not maneuver the trailer into my backyard pad. But i discovered a device called Trailer Valet XL that now allows me to make the tight turns I could not before.

  8. Jillie

    We found a canopy system thru Wal Mart and well, found out the poles are too short for the 20 x 8 trailer we have. So for the time we improvised and put wooden poles inside the existing poles to raise it. Now we bought pc piping and will use that next winter to keep it off the trailer. Last winter winds were nasty buggers. Hopefully this will do the trick. Wish us luck. The canopy unit is built around around our trailer on our driveway next to the house. Currently we took it down so we can pull it out and back in from each trip. I recommend the canopy system. But you will need new poles for the height. Good luck.

  9. Sue and Jim

    For many years we were able to leave our 5th-wheel on our rural property near the house so we could conveniently connect to water and electricity, load and unload the RV, etc. We even used the solar panels to power stuff in the house! We recently purchased a house in a planned community in GA (Peachtree City) that has more rules and regulations than we’ve ever seen before. We knew going into the deal that we couldn’t park our RV on our property any more. Since local RV storage is so expensive we’re currently storing the camper at Fort Benning about 90 minutes away — it’s much, much cheaper but a hassle hauling stuff back and forth when we take a trip. Full-time RVing the last 3 years was easier!

  10. Doug

    Our MH is stored at one of 4 (that I know about) underground cave complexes in the Kansas City Area. No UV damage. 60 degrees year around so no winterizing. Humidity controlled.

    1. Chuck Woodbury

      Doug, please send pics and tell me more. I have heard about those places and have wanted to do a story. But will not likely get by there soon. Send to chuck (at) RVtravel.com . If inconvenient to do this, no problem. Just thought I would ask. . .

      1. Paula C. Acconcia

        I also park my rv in a cave in kansas city. Not the cheapest but totally safe and the unit is in constant temp out of the elements. Will send some pics.

  11. Tina&Rick Koenig

    We had a 30×30 metal barn built on our property, before we ever purchased our Motorhome.

  12. Jim Stevenson

    We built a 42′ x 48′ post frame building for our motor home and other storage in the back yard.

  13. Merrily

    Used to park in our driveway. New 5er didn’t fit so we parked across town. eventually all RV/boat storage locations in SF Bay Area (on the Peninsula) has been developed. Move to storage across the Bay, now it was sold for development ! 🙁 I park it in Morgan Hill an hour away for half the price but I have to be more thoughtful in planning when going in a different direction!

  14. Diane M

    Our trailer is under a metal roofed shelter next to a detached garage building about 40 yards from the back of our house, connected to 30 amp power outlet because we often use it for sleeping room when family visits.

  15. Mike A.

    Our trailer is parked on it’s own space next to our house, with it’s own 30A outlet. It’s convenient to just stock it and go when the mood hits us to go camping. We have thought about a fire ring, but that would be to close too the house.

  16. Butch

    In our pole barn a mile from my residence.

  17. Dennis

    We live in a townhouse with a 16′ X 48′ garage for the coach with floor drain, 1/2 bath and 50A service and a 12′ X 18″ garage for the toad. We live above in out 1 BRm, 1 Bath apartment. The coach is the Sports Lounge and visitors quarters.

  18. Lee Ensminger

    In our 52X88 pole barn that we built to house our “toys.”

  19. -brent

    We built a cover for it last year. It is about 200′ or so from the house and very nice to not have to shovel the snow off the top. We live in the national forest and get anywhere from 8-14′ of snow a year.

  20. Gene snyder

    We have a covered area behind the garage for the RV.

  21. Karen Stein

    I deliberately bought a condo in a place with a large rv/boat parking lot in the rear. Since don’t tow it works out really well. I can drive my car to the rv with everything I need, unpack, drive home, stick my car in the garage and then walk or bike back to the rv and just get on the road.

  22. Debra

    I would love to have covered storage for miy RV, but it’s not available in the area near Los Angeles International Airport. I live in Hawaii and fly to LA to go RVing. I use my RV about four months out of the year and it’s in storage the rest of the time. It’s $150 a month for a 27′ outdoor parking space with good security, wash and dump station, but no electric. At least I don’t have to winterize in SoCal.

  23. Jonathan Miller

    For the first 3 years I kept my 30 foot motorhome on the other side of town at an RV Park. In Houston other side of town equals 50 miles away. That way it was always powered up and ready to go and I was close to where my son lives.

    Now I have moved it to my back yard. It’s a regular sub-division type house with not a lot of room, but it fits. Eventually I would like to move to a more rural area where I could have a large metal building and park it indoors.

  24. Scott Snider

    In my Driveway, I had a pad made for it.

  25. Dave Chess

    We leave our 34ft motor home in the backyard of our home. Lots of room and no complaints.

  26. ldonabed

    We used to store our 5th wheel in town (central Calif) at a D….’s Mini Storage.
    An opening came up for RV storage on the Central Coast (3hrs away) & we decided to try it. It has a full service RV repair center, dump, potable water, air, & a wash bay. So far, so good. Only downside is that it’s not a covered spot like what we had before.
    We’ve spent a lot more time on the coast now & it seems easier to load up the truck with our stuff.

  27. George

    We store our 40 ft 5th wheel in the backyard which is fenced. It certainly helps to live on a corner lot for access from the side street. We leave our fridge on full time, our closet is always full and I leave a complete grooming kit in the RV so we’re ready to go at a moments notice

  28. CajunRVers

    A storage condominium where folks own their own storage units. Gated access, wash bay & restroom. Each unit has either one or two dedicated 20A power circuits. Owners association fees cover common area maintenance and all utilities.

  29. joe

    In my Quonset

  30. Les. Ainsworth

    We store our 28′ 5 wheel across the street in my neighbour’ s empty lot. Been doing that for 10 years. He is finally going to build on the property, so may have to finally go to a commercial storage lot.

  31. Manuel Sorribas

    My travel trailer is store in a property l have about one hour from home.

  32. Bruce Howard Pedersen

    When we built our home in 1991 we added an area next to the home with a dump, water ,TV and 30 amp connections. Also we live in Arizona so I built the area on the north side of the home so the MH gets a little sun in the AM and shade the rest of the day. The home is a 2 story which works well to shade the MH.

  33. Denny Wagaman

    We lease an enclosed 20’x55′ heated RV garage. Each unit is partially walled off from the other RV’S, is heated when the temp goes under 40*, has 30 amp service, overhead lights, an individual people door, locked gated enclosure. We keep it stocked with food, including most of our clothes and it is always ready to go. It does cost a lot, but my MH is safe, away from the elements plus I can go out and work on it anytime. It’s 2 miles from our home.

    1. Terry

      And you save on winterization, which can be necessary more than once in a winter season if needing to unwinterize for a few week trip but winterize again to store it.

  34. Gilbert Owens

    We have a 30×50 metal building on our residence for storing our class A RV. It is inside except when we use it. 30 amp electric in the building for RV. We turn on the fridge a couple of days before leaving, for cool down. No winterizing needed when RV is inside. Works well for us.

  35. JB

    We belong to the local Elks club which has several RV hook-ups and space to store 4-5 RVs. Power is available so we turn it on to cool the refer just before a trip. It is less than a mile from home and easy in/easy out. Cost is $450 per year, which seems silly when we are on the road about half the time but there are few if any alternatives in this area.

  36. Jim Ray

    Living in Arizona the sun is brutal on RVs. We have 2 acres and have our motorhome parked in an RV garage on our property.

  37. Diane M

    We live on an acre ….in the heart of Silicon Valley. Parked on our extra long asphalt driveway connected to 30 amp power. Not sure we would RV if we had to store offsite.

  38. Ed

    Our, and several other municipalities have passed Bylaws specifying that RV’s cannot be stored on our properties from Nov. 1st to April 30th. This is a major inconvenience as commercial storage facilities are expensive, but are located many miles from our home.

  39. Bill Hale

    Our community in SC has a boat and RV storage yard. Rates are reasonable and 20 amp power is available.

  40. Sue Gill

    We built a metal roof and put a sunscreen on the front it stands beside our carport.

  41. Tommy Molnar

    We luckily have lots of room next to our house, so we park it there. It’s so convenient that it makes spontaneous trips easy and convenient. Friends who store their units at a storage lot use their rigs far less, because of the hassle of going to get it, bringing it home, loading it, and leaving. Then the reverse when they come home.

    I really think we would sell our trailer if we had to do that.

  42. Dave Fisher

    Our HOA has a storage yard that cost a pittance compared to commercial storage sites.

  43. Matt Colie

    We would not have an RV if I had to pay just to store it when not in use. We did that with a boat. I will admit that when you think of what it is costing you to not use it, there is more reason to do so. Now I live on five acres of rural land with a barn that I can get the coach into both for maintenance and winter storage. A lot of the season, she is outside with the potable tank full, black tank empty and the reefer chilled. That makes for a more pleasant reason to get in her and go.

  44. J.J. Bradshaw

    We built a pole barn to store our Class A. We didn’t want the sun damage, and wanted a place out of the hail and snow. It’s worked out great. Now when our adult grandchildren come to visit, we put them in the RV (in the pole barn). They love it!

  45. Martin N

    On our RV lot in a motorhome resort.

  46. Clay Causey

    We live in at a RV Community that is designed for portal or open storage next to your house, casita, or grand suite. Works very well.

  47. JRM

    I have a 30×50′ building on our property, half for RV out of weather and half for shop with storage upstairs.

  48. Curt L Coffee

    In a RV complex with each house having its own RV bay, Power, water and sewer under metal roof

  49. Dianne L

    We live in a townhouse complex with RV parking, and we store it there.

  50. Mike H

    In a pole barn on our property (40×48) with a concrete floor.

  51. Mike

    Store in a commercial facility that has a dump station, public restroom, touch pad entry and 24 hour on premises security. And the host likes Miller Lite.

  52. RRB

    In a bay attached to the shop so it is away from the sun and weather.

  53. Greg Kanne

    In an enclosed building for the boat and RV.

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