Today you can find a lot of indoor RV storage facilities. The question is, are these types of RV storage facilities the best? There are a lot of issues with indoor RV storage. You will find some good points and some bad points that should be considered.
Here are the bad points to consider
First, many of these operations are temporary. As soon as the building owners can get their full leasing price for their building the RV storage goes away. Another problem occurs when they get caught by the city for illegally operating without an occupancy permit. Many businesses cannot get the permit because the buildings fire protection is not rated for all the gas, diesel and propane tanks of the stored RV’s. Unfortunately, the storage facility will not tell you it’s closing up shop until they collect every last dollar they can get from you. Then it’s a mad rush to find something else. On one occasion, an RV storage owner pocketed all the money and never paid the building owner. The owner locked up his building denying access to the RV owners, even though they paid their rent. The police had to get involved and there were a lot of very upset RV owners.
Here is the second issue. You will rarely find any of these RV storage operations having the proper insurance policy for taking custody of your coach. That is why they make sure there is a clause in the contract holding them harmless for anything. You are held responsible and you must carry your own insurance. Most people do not realize that when you give custody of your vehicle to someone else, the liability shift to them. That leaves the RV owner in limbo because he signed away his rights to the storage business. By California law, when a business is taking custody of your RV (that is where they move, park and keep the keys), they should carry a Garagekeepers insurance policy that protects the RV’s in custody. So far, most indoor RV storage businesses continue to operate without the correct insurance, leaving their customers exposed to all the risk.
The third issue is important also. Most indoor RV storages use a stacking storage method, where the RV’s are parked in tightly, sometimes four to five even up to eight rigs deep. The problem is that the RV’s are constantly being moved around to get someone’s RV that is parked in the back. Every time your RV is moved around there is the risk of getting it scratched or damaged. If this happened to your RV, how could you prove that they did it? Do you think they will actually claim responsibility? Who is stuck with the repair bill?
With all the excitement about indoor RV storage facilities, they offer a wonderful list of things they check for you, free of charge as part of the storage services. This makes indoor RV storage look very attractive. Unfortunately the list is never complete so here is the complete list of checks you get for free from the employee’s. You will find the list in red not so attractive.
Our employee’s will do the following:
- Free wash before and after every pickup
- Check batteries and charge as necessary
- Check and fill fresh water tank
- Check tire pressure
- Check and turn on refrigerator
- Dump holding tanks on return
Our employee’s will do the following:
- Try not to damage your RV when moving it
- Snoop thru your drawers and personal effects
- Check for any private photos or adult material
- Check the fridge and pantry for alcohol
- Check for firearms, cash or any other valuables
- Check to see how loud your stereo works
- Make sure you sign your rights away, from
- holding the storage responsible or suing them for ANYTHING
The last drawback from considering indoor RV storage is that you have to give them notice when you want your RV pulled out. Any last minute decision to leave town on Friday afternoon may not be possible as most indoor RV storage facilities require a minimum 24 hour notice to shuffle enough rigs out to get to yours.
Here are the good points to consider
Most everyone would agree that being out of the elements is a good thing. Protection from the sun can make the paint job last longer and you won’t have to worry if your roof leaks from rain. If they do offer free services, that is nice because it can save you time and be convenient.
Most people do not realize that there are a lot of issues with indoor RV storage facilities. Perhaps, the best RV storage is where you park your rig, you lock it and you take the keys with you. You will likely be less frustrated and the wife will be a whole lot happier knowing that things that are supposed to be private stay private You also want peace of mind that your rig is safe, returning to find it in the same condition you left it and insured properly for the “what if’s” in life. Everyone has to weigh the good points versus the bad points and come to their own decision.