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Your Guide to RV & Boat Storage

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Wondering what you should do with your boat or RV when you’re not using it? In this guide, we’ll discuss boat and RV storage options, the pros and cons of each storage option, boat and RV storage pricing information, and how to properly prepare your vehicle for storage so you can keep it in top condition!

Boat & RV Storage Options

While planning a long road trip or a weekend on the lake is the best part of owning recreational vehicles, you might not be sure where to store your boat, camper, or RV during the off-season. Some common options for RV and boat storage include at your home, marina boat storage, and self storage facilities.

Home RV & Boat Storage

While storing your RV and boat at home may sound ideal, it’s might not be suited for everyone. Here are some of the pros and cons of home boat and RV storage.



Marina Boat Storage

A popular outdoor boat storage solution is to rent space at a marina. When you opt for marina boat storage, you can typically choose from in-water storage (also known as wet-slip storage), and indoor or outdoor dry stack storage, where your boat is hoisted up on a rack alongside other stored boats. Here are the pros and cons of storing your boat at a marina.



RV & Boat Self Storage

If you don’t have the space for your recreational vehicles at home or don’t have easy access to a marina, you may want to consider renting a parking space at a boat and RV storage facility. While you’ll often have a choice between indoor, covered, or outdoor boat storage, usually only covered or uncovered outdoor storage is available for RVs, due to their larger size.



Storing Boats & RVs at a Self Storage Facility

Planning to rent space at a storage facility for your boat or RV, but wondering how much storage space you need and how much it will cost? The ideal storage unit or parking space size will depend on the length, width, and height of your vehicle. Which storage solution you choose depends on personal preference, budget, and vehicle size. Below, we’ll dive into boat and RV storage sizes and pricing information at self storage facilities.

Boat Storage Sizes & Options

You’ll typically have three options for boat storage at a storage facility: uncovered outdoor parking, covered parking, or indoor drive-up storage units. If you want to store a boat indoors but aren’t sure what size of a drive-up storage unit you need for your boat, these size estimates can help:

RV Storage Sizes & Options

RV storage options may be limited when compared to boat storage. At most storage facilities, you’ll have two options for your RV: covered or uncovered RV parking spaces. Here are some standard outdoor parking space sizes for recreational vehicles:

How Much Does Boat & RV Storage Cost?

There are several variables that impact boat and RV storage costs at a storage facility, including:

Boat Storage Costs

Considering the variables, you can expect to pay between $37 and $350 per month for boat storage at a self storage facility. This breaks down as follows for the different types of boat storage:

These figures are based on average Life Storage pricing as of March 2024.

RV Storage Costs

You can expect to pay between $37 and $400 per month for RV storage at a self storage facility. This breaks down as follows for the different types of RV storage:

These figures are based on average Life Storage pricing as of March 2024.

How to Prepare a Boat for Storage

Before bringing your vessel in for long-term boat storage, there are a few steps to take to winterize your boat and help ensure it’s ready the next time you want to take it out for a ride:

  1. Clean and inspect your boat: Provide any maintenance necessary before storage to help ensure that your boat is in great shape. Remove all personal items and valuables to help prevent any potential theft or damage. Clean the interior and remove any perishables to prevent odors and pests. Rinse the boat’s exterior to clean off debris and dry all surfaces to prevent mildew or mold growth.
  2. Check your fuel tank: Experts recommend storing boats with near-full tanks (leaving room for fuel to expand). First, you’ll want to flush your engine with fresh water to remove any salt to help prevent the corrosion of any metal components in your engine. Add a fuel stabilizer to prevent fuel degradation and help maintain engine performance.
  3. Protect the battery: Disconnect or remove your battery to help prevent diluted electrolytes from freezing over and damaging your battery in the winter seasons. When you disconnect your boat’s battery, you’ll limit any small power draws that occur even when your vessel is off. Store the battery in a cool, dry place where it will not freeze during the winter.
  4. Lubricate the moving parts: Whether you’re using inside or outside boat storage, lubricate all moving parts with marine-grade lubricant to help prevent oil buildup as the temperature changes.
  5. Cover your boat: If you’re storing your boat in an uncovered parking space, cover it with a waterproof cover to protect it from UV rays and the elements. A cover can also help prevent pests from entering exhaust ports and causing damage to your boat.

How to Prepare an RV for Storage

When renting long-term RV storage, you’ll need to prepare your vehicle first. Take these steps to properly clean and maintenance your RV so it can stay in great condition for next year:

  1. Clean out your RV: Start your RV cleaning process by removing or disposing of all foods, liquids, toiletries, and other items that may spoil, cause a mess, or attract pests. Vacuum the interior of your camper thoroughly, scrub the fridge, wipe down any surfaces, and wash the exterior. Drain your RV’s sewage system with a black tank flush, typically found at campgrounds, to prevent any odors from building up while in storage.
  2. Take care of your tires: Before you put your RV into storage, inspect your tires’ tread and pressure, and attend to any necessary tire maintenance. After ensuring your tires are to the manufacturers’ standard, cover your tires, especially if you’re renting outdoor storage. Simple tire covers will protect your tires from damaging UV rays that will degrade the rubber.
  3. Prep the interior: Run a dehumidifier to prevent mold and mildew in your RV’s interior. Keep your RV fridge and cabinets open to help prevent moisture and odors from building up. Make sure to empty all trash receptacles before putting your RV in storage.
  4. Prep the exterior: Inspect the exterior of your RV for any cracks or split seams. Caulk, seal, and cover any holes to prevent moisture from getting inside your camper. Turn off your propane system to help prevent leaks and potential fires. Another way to protect your RV’s exterior from the elements is to wax the outside to provide an additional buffer. Invest in a fitted, breathable RV cover to protect your vehicle from UV rays, extreme climate conditions, tree sap, and other potential risks.
  5. Prepare your RV for the winter: Before temperatures drop you need to winterize your camper. Drain out any existing water, add RV antifreeze, unplug any electronics, change the oil and filter, and more.
  6. Store your battery: Remove your fully charged RV battery and clean off any corrosion. The battery should be stored in a dry place at room temperature (between 70 and 78 degrees).
  7. Add a fuel stabilizer: Just as with your boat, you’ll want to add a fuel stabilizer to protect your engine. Make sure to flush the engine first to remove excess debris, then add your fuel stabilizer to help maintain your vehicle’s engine performance.


Ready to find RV and boat self storage? Life Storage has thousands of facilities across the country with recreational vehicle storage options. Rent recreational vehicle storage today!

This post was originally published 03/01/2023, and last revised on 04/18/2024 with updated information.

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