How to Prepare Your Cars and RVs for Self-Storage
Before you move your car or recreational vehicle (RV) into self-storage, it is beneficial if you take the necessary steps in cleaning and preparing them so that when you take them out of storage in the future, they will be in tip-top shape and will be able to provide you with the same level of performance as they do now. Here are some tips to help you prepare your car or RV for self storage:
Preparing Your Car for Self Storage:
• If you are storing a classic or sports car, place a carpet in your storage unit for added protection.
• Check the tires. Make sure that they are inflated and in good shape.
• Your car must be registered and insured. You will also need to provide proof of each before a self-storage unit is offered to you, so keep those documents handy.
• If your car is leaking any type of fluids, place a piece of cardboard under the car to protect the integrity of the storage unit.
Storing Recreational Vehicles (RVs)
• You need to check the dimensions of the self-storage unit before you move in your RV. Most RVs require 30 to 40 feet.
• The storage unit should have enough space for a large turning radius, so that getting in and out will not be a problem.
• When deciding the amount of space you will need to store your recreational vehicle, take into consideration extra room for all the equipment that will be stored with it.
• Perform the necessary repairs and maintenance before storing your RV. Most facilities do not allow repairs or extensive maintenance inside the storage units.
• Make sure that your RV has current license plates. If your tags expire while your vehicle is in storage, the property manager of the facility may ask you to renew them.
• Also have your proof of vehicle registration with you. Storage facilities may also require a copy of proof of insurance, as individual property is not covered by the facility’s insurance.
• If you are going to store your RV over a long period of time, make sure to check fuel lines and gaskets. Also, lay down cardboard or mats to avoid having any damage to the storage unit’s floor.
• Check your RVs tires and make sure that these are properly inflated. Keep an eye on tires that may dry, rot, or deflate. Restrictions vary by facility, so it is best to check with your facility manager about your role in maintaining your stored vehicles.
If you have any questions regarding storing your RV, we’re simply a call away. Please call us at (330) 875-4237 or (330) 875-8030. You may also send us an email.