Having the means to venture and stay cozy in your own travel-size home is all part of the experience of being an RV owner; but did you know that what you do with your RV when you’re not using it is just as important as what you do when you’re on the road? Although storing your RV at home might sound easy and convenient, it could do more harm than good.
Here’s why you should reconsider storing your RV at home.
Uneven weight distribution
Even if you think the ground is flat, chances are you’re wrong. The slightest bit of uneven weight distribution can cause stress to the axles, tires, and even refrigerator. Ammonia sediment could develop from the refrigerator keel being uneven and could cause liquids to develop where they shouldn’t. This will cause your food to go bad at a faster rate and will require you to address the issue. Make sure you are storing your RV away from sharp rocks and objects that may be hiding in gravel. For more storage tips, check out this blog post.
Here in Arizona, the heat is the number one concern regarding weather damage. Heat can age your RV faster, especially if you are storing it in direct or partial sunlight. Not only can the paint fade, but metals, rubber, batteries, and vinyl can deteriorate, causing the RV to lose its aesthetic. Plastic parts on RVs can crack easier and will need to be replaced. Don’t leave your RV susceptible to sun damage, otherwise, the value of your vehicle could decrease day by day.
Bugs and critters
Depending on where you live, it can be easy for various bugs and critters to make your RV their new home. Even if you put a fitted cover on your RV, that does not always protect your wires from being chewed up by mice. Insects can and will fit through just about any crack in your RV, and once they’re there, it’s difficult to get rid of them completely. Leaving your RV vulnerable to bugs and critters by storing it at home could turn out to be more costly than clever.
Some people would assume their home is the safest place to store their RV; however, that isn’t always the case. While you may feel comfortable parking your RV in your yard, you might actually be doing more harm than good when it comes to the security of your vehicle. Leaving your RV parked next to your home for an extended period of time isn’t only an eyesore (and potentially violating Homeowner Association restrictions, which could lead to fees), it’s the perfect target for thieves looking to make a profit off of your prized possession. You could have parts stolen or even be faced with having to file a police report for a missing RV. Parking your RV at home makes your property vulnerable to anyone with bad intentions.
Related: RV Storage: Covered vs. Uncovered
The only sure way to eliminate any concern you have about storing your RV for an extended period of time is to lease at a trusted storage facility, where you can take the worry out of storing your vehicle in the off-season.
Check out the available, secure, and conveniently located spots at an Ameripark Covered Storage facility in Arizona.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for recommendations or services provided by a licensed professional.