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Ultimate Guide to RV Storage in North America (2024): Top Picks, Pricing & Tips

RV storage is a relevant concern for many who aren’t full-time vanlifers, or who need to leave their van for a while. You may not have a big enough garage or driveway to keep your camper at home, or you may not wish to leave it unattended and out in the weather. Shane himself, founder of The Van Conversion, is leaving his van to go travelling by bicycle for the next year or two. What concerns has he had and what solutions has he looked into to keep Beans the RV safe and secure? 

Shane has been teaching people to convert campervans for years; he's the author of Roaming Home; The Comprehensive Guide for Converting Your Van Into a Campervan, writer of The Van Conversion Newsletter, instructor of The Van Conversion Course over at Udemy, and a full-time vanlifer for 4 years!


This article will go into all the important considerations when choosing storage, as well as cost estimations and helpful tips. We’ll also highlight some good options for outdoor and indoor RV storage in key areas of the US and Canada.

 

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Why Look for Dedicated RV Storage?

Many of us store our cars on the street year-round without a second thought, so why consider dedicated RV storage? For one thing, on-street parking may not be feasible if parking space is limited at your home. For another, many may prefer to keep their RV somewhere more secure, and most home garages are too small. Generally, your RV will be worth substantially more than your car, with many valuable components inside and out. Theft aside, you may also be motivated to prevent such a valuable asset depreciating due to wear and tear from weather, bird droppings, tree sap, and other environmental factors. Any good RV storage solution will provide security at minimum, and covered or indoor options will also protect against the elements.


RVs and campervans under a covered canopy
Covered RV storage keeps your vehicle protected from the elements (photo: Verdi Executive RV & Boat Storage)

Types of RV Storage

RV Storage Yards

Outdoor RV storage yards are dedicated businesses who manage large outdoor spaces where RVs can be stored. These are generally outdoor facilities, though some provide covered, indoor RV storage spaces. They’re set up for the storage of large vehicles, and thus have large parking spaces, often on hard standing ground, and wide aisles for easy manoeuvring. The compounds are secure to varying extents. Some provide just fencing, CCTV, and secure gated access, whilst others incorporate security patrols, number plate recognition systems, and alarms. RV storage yards are a good, dedicated option, with lots of choice available.


Self-storage Facilities


Self-storage facilities are businesses which generally cater to individuals and businesses who need to store the contents of houses and offices. Some, however, offer RV storage units in addition. The nature of this storage varies, and may be fully enclosed in containers or warehouses, or may simply be an adjacent outdoor yard. In all cases, however, the facility will be tightly secured against intrusions or theft. In addition, since these facilities are often in more urban areas, they may be a more convenient choice for city dwellers.


There are many chains that operate across the US and Canada. Prices vary depending on location, amenities, and demand, as well as the size of your RV, the length of your rental agreement, and whether you’re after indoor or outdoor RV storage. Contacting the company directly for your location and dates is the best way to check prices.


Long-term Car Parks


Plenty of long-duration car parks operate across North America, and again are often in urban areas. These generally offer security to some extent, though it’s often less stringent than that of a dedicated storage facility. The trade-off is often cost versus convenience. Parking in private car parks allows you to park your RV well within city limits, often in very central locations.


Companies like SP+, Impark, and LAZ Parking in the US, and Indigo, Diamond Parking, and Impark in Canada operate car parks all over the country, and offer monthly or seasonal passes which can be used flexibly in multiple locations. In addition, apps like Parkwhiz and Parking.com offer monthly subscriptions to parking spots operated by businesses or individuals nationwide.


Specialised RV Storage Services

These are similar to simple storage yards, but offer a more complete service for RV owners. Benefits include things like cleaning and valet services, winterisation, and repairs and servicing. Further, such businesses may also offer pickup and dropoff of your RV at your desired location. You may also find RV-specific amenities such such as waste disposal spots, wash bays, and electrical hook-ups. The trade-off is of course cost, but these businesses offer a complete and dedicated package for those wanting the best for their RV.


RVs parked in an outdoor RV storage yard
Outdoor storage yards are a simple and cost-effective solution (photo: Pikes Peak Outdoor RV Storage)

Estimating the Cost of RV Storage

The cost of your desired RV storage solution will depend on location, amenities, the size of the storage space, and whether it’s indoor or outdoor. You’ll also likely be able to take advantage of discounts for longer storage periods. Simple RV yards and storage facilities can cost as little as $50 a month for a smaller RV, and rise to more than $150 a month as amenities stack up. Larger RVs can bump the price up to the range of $80 to $250 per month. Many business owners simply advertise flat monthly rates, though they may offer discounts for longer agreements and 6 monthly or annual payments.


Long-term parking can cost as little as $50 per month but can be much more, with prices in excess of $200 depending on how centrally located in a city the car park is, and who operates it.


The Best RV Storage Solutions Near You

RV Storage in Las Vegas, NV

All In One Storage is a RV storage facility in South Downtown Las Vegas. They offer:


  • Secure, gated, 7-day-a-week access

  • Video surveillance

  • Alarms and motion detectors

  • Round the clock security patrols

  • Indoor and outdoor storage for all RV sizes


Prices are available on request.


Rancho Lone Mountain Storage is a self-storage and RV storage facility located 15 minutes north of Las Vegas, close to Nellis AFB and North Las Vegas Airport. They offer:


  • 24-hour video surveillance

  • Secure, gated, 7-day-a-week access

  • Outdoor storage for all RV sizes


Prices start at $84 per month for RVs up to 15 feet long and $190 per month for RVs up to 30 feet long. The owners offer discounts for longer storage periods.


Fort Apache Desert Inn Self Storage is a self-storage and RV storage facility in Summerlin South, west of Las Vegas. They offer:


  • Secure, gated, 7-day-a-week access

  • 24-hour security monitoring by CCTV and a digital surveillance system

  • Outdoor and indoor RV storage


Prices start at $159 per month, but these change subject to demand, special offers, and discounts for longer rental agreements.


RV Storage in Reno, NV

North Valley Self Storage is located just off US 395, north of Reno. They offer:


  • Secure, gated, 7-day-a-week access

  • 24 hour video surveillance

  • Indoor and outdoor RV storage

  • Spanish speaking resident manager


They charge $100 per month for outdoor parking and $169 per month for covered parking.


Admiral Toy Storage is located in Sparks, east of Reno. They offer:


  • Secure, gated access

  • 24 hour surveillance and proximity alarm

  • Automatic fire suppression system

  • Cleaning, waxing, and detailing service

  • Inspection and servicing

  • Pre-trip concierge services including fuelling, turning on electrical system, buying of groceries

  • Indoor RV storage


Prices are available on request.


Verdi Executive RV & Boat Storage is located just off interstate 80, west of Reno. They offer:


  • Secure, gated, 7-day-a-week access

  • 24 hour CCTV surveillance

  • Perimeter security

  • Trickle charging

  • Dump stations

  • Complementary wash bay

  • Complementary water and air

  • Dog park

  • Indoor and outdoor storage


Prices start at $135 per month for a small bay of 8’ x 15’, and go up to $500 per month for a 14’ x 75’ bay.


Covered RV storage showing wide aisles
RV Storage facilities have wide aisles for easy manoeuvring (photo: Fillmore Covered RV Storage)

RV Storage in Arizona

Tucson RV Storage is located just off interstate 10 in Flowing Wells, northwest Tucson. They offer:


  • Secure coded entry

  • CCTV monitoring and alarms

  • Complementary air and water

  • Servicing

  • Cleaning and detailing

  • Covered and uncovered storage


Prices start at $65 per month for a 10’ x 7’ uncovered bay, and go up to $265 per month for a 12’ by 75’ bay.


RecNation RV & Boat Storage is located off interstate 10 in Littletown, southeast of Tucson, near Tucson International Airport. They offer:


  • Secure, coded, 24-hour access

  • CCTV monitoring and alarms

  • Servicing and maintenance service

  • Electric hook-up

  • Dumping station

  • Indoor, covered, and outdoor storage


Prices start at $58 per month for a 8’ x 16’ uncovered space, and go up to $185 per month for a 12’ by 40’ space. Larger spaces are available.


Northwest RV & Self Storage is located just off interstate 10 in Kino, northwest of Tucson. They offer:


  • Secure 24-hour access

  • 24-hour CCTV surveillance, alarms, and night lighting

  • Outdoor storage


Prices start at $90 per month for a 12’ x 15’ space and go up to $155 per month for a 12’ x 40’ space. Larger spaces are available.


RV Storage in Colorado Springs, CO

Fillmore Covered RV Storage is located just off CanAm highway in North Colorado Springs. They offer:


  • 24/7 secure, gated access with code

  • CCTV monitoring and night lighting

  • Electricity and trickle charge provided

  • Dumping station

  • Covered RV storage


Prices start at $180 per month for a 12’ x 20’ space, and go up to $260 for a 40’ space. Larger spaces are available.


Bill’s RV & Storage is located directly off Woodmen Road in northeast Colorado Springs. They offer:


  • 7-day-a-week secure gated access with code

  • Heavily fenced perimeter

  • Complimentary fresh water and compressed air

  • Dump station

  • On-site RV supply store (propane, firewood, spare parts, batteries, and more)

  • Outdoor storage


Prices start at $55 per month for a 10’ x 20’ space, and go up to $80 per month for a 40’ space. They also offer larger pull-through spots for an extra fee.


Pikes Peak Outdoor RV Storage is located just off interstate 25 in southeast Colorado Springs. They offer:


  • 24/7 secure, gated access with code

  • 24-hour CCTV coverage and proximity lighting

  • Outdoor storage


Prices are available on request.


A RV owner using a dump station
Dump stations are a great amenity to look out for when choosing RV storage (photo: Verdi Executive RV & Boat Storage)

RV Storage in Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque RV & Boat Storage is located off interstate 40 in west Albuquerque, at Unser exit. They offer:


  • 7-day-a-week secure gated access with code

  • 24/7 video surveillance and lighting

  • On-site manager

  • Fully-featured RV wash bay and vacuum station

  • Electricity and trickle charging

  • Free ice, fresh water, and compressed air

  • Propane refill

  • Dump station

  • Outdoor, covered, and indoor storage


Prices are available on request.


Ayala RV Storage is located in Cervantes, just off interstate 25 in north Albuquerque. They offer:


  • Double-gated secure access

  • CCTV monitoring and security lighting

  • 24/7 on-site security

  • Complementary air and water

  • Dump station

  • Washing and detailing service

  • Pick-up and drop-off service


Prices are available on request.


A Class RV Storage is located in Universal Business Parks, just off the interstate 25 in north Albuquerque. They offer:


  • Secure, 24/7 gated access with fob

  • CCTV surveillance

  • Resident managers

  • Complementary fresh water

  • Dump station


Prices start at $65 per month for a 20’ spot and go up to $105 per month for a 40’ spot. Larger spots are also available.


RV Storage in San Diego, CA

Toy Storage is located in Fruitdale, just off interstate 5 in south San Diego. They offer:


  • Secure, 7-day-a-week access with keycard

  • CCTV surveillance

  • Resident night watchmen

  • Fresh water and compressed air

  • Dump station


Prices are available on request.


Aquarius Marine & Storage is located just off interstate 805, near University City in north San Diego. They’re a simple RV and boat storage yard and offer 7-day-a-week access. RV storage costs a flat $7.50 per foot, per month.


RV Storage in Sacramento, CA

Discovery Indoor Storage in Woodlake, north central Sacramento. They offer:


  • 24-hour access

  • Secure facility with CCTV, alarms, and automatic fire suppression

  • Cleaning and detailing service

  • Servicing and maintenance

  • Propane refills

  • RV transport service

  • Complementary ice, water, and compressed air

  • Battery charging


Prices start at $250 per month for vehicles up to 25’, and go up to $425 per month for vehicles up to 40’. Larger spaces are also available on request.


AAA Secure RV & Boat Storage is located in Lemon Hill, in southeast Sacramento. They offer:


  • Secure, 7-day-a-week gated access with code

  • 24/7 CCTV surveillance and floodlighting

  • On-site management

  • Outdoor storage


Prices start at $33.50 per month for a 20’ space, and go up to $45.50 per month for a 40’ space.


RV owner using a washing facility on their RV
Many RV storage businesses offer washing facilities to customers (photo: Albuquerque RV & Boat Storage)


RV Storage in San Antonio, TX

Bettis Boat & RV Storage is located on highway 181, near the junction with interstate 37 in southeast San Antonio. They offer: 


  • Secure facility with 24/7 CCTV surveillance

  • Individually locked, fully-enclosed units

  • Electrical hook-up for all units

  • Indoor storage


The owners have 30’ and 40’ units available. Prices are available upon request.


Talley Road Boat & RV Storage is located on the northwest side of Bexar county, San Antonio. They offer:


  • Secure, gated, 24-hour access with code

  • 24-hour CCTV surveillance and security lighting

  • Family owners live on-site

  • Guard dog

  • Outdoor storage


Prices start at $85 per month for 30’ spaces, and go up to $130 per month for a 45’ space. Leases are annual or six monthly; rolling monthly leases are available for slightly higher rates.


RV Storage in Houston, TX

Prestonwood RV and Boat Storage is located in Highland Timbers, just off state highway 249 in northwest Houston. They offer:


  • Secure, gated access

  • 24-hour video surveillance with proximity lighting and motion detectors

  • On-site security

  • Covered, indoor, and outdoor storage


Prices start at $49 per month for a 9’ unit, and go up to $239 per month for a covered 35’ space.


Honey Bee RV Storage is located in Brookside Village just off state highway 288 in south Houston. They offer:


  • Secure, gated, 7-day-a-week access with code

  • 24-hour video surveillance

  • Dump station

  • Wash stations

  • Trickle charging

  • Trash disposal

  • Ice machine

  • Compressed air

  • Covered storage


Prices start at $75 per month for a 25’ space, and go up to $120 per month for a 40’ space, with larger spaces also available.


RV Storage in Calgary, Alberta

South Macleod RV Storage is located in Academy just off Alberta highway 2A, in south Calgary. They offer:


  • Secure, gated, 7-day-a-week access with card

  • 24-hour video surveillance

  • Outdoor storage


Prices start at $50 per month for a 15’ space with an annual payment, and go up to $75 per month for a 40’ space. They also offer 6 monthly and monthly payments, at slightly increased rates.


Stow-Away RV Storage is located in north Calgary, just off the Alberta highway 2 and 201 interchange. They offer:


  • 7-day-a-week secure gated access with code

  • 24-hour surveillance with security lighting

  • On-site security guards

  • Dumping station

  • Complementary fresh water and compressed air

  • Rodent control

  • Winterisation and cleaning services

  • Outdoor storage


Prices start at $45 per month for a 12’ space, and go up to $77 per month for a 40’ space. Spaces with electric hook-ups are available for an additional cost.


Frankonia RV Storage is located on Alberta highway 1, just east of the Calgary city limit. They offer:


  • Secure, 7-day-a-week gated access with fob

  • On-site owners and staff

  • 24-hour CCTV surveillance

  • Indoor and outdoor storage


Prices start at $55 per month for a 20’ stall with an annual payment, and go up to $78 per month for a 45’ stall. They also offer 6 month payments for a slightly increased monthly cost. Pull-through stalls are also available for an additional cost.


RVs stored in a simple outdoor storage yard
A simple outdoor storage yard can be a perfectly adequate solution, as long as security is up to scratch (photo: Talley Road Boat & RV Storage)


RV Storage in Edmonton, Alberta

One Stop RV & Boat Storage is located on Alberta highway 37, east of Namao in north Edmonton. They offer:


  • Secure, gated storage

  • 24-hour CCTV surveillance

  • Outdoor storage


The owners charge $40 per month for storage of vehicles less than 30ft long, and $50 per month for vehicles more than 31’ long.


Alberta Toy Storage is located just off Alberta highway 16, in Hagman Estate Industrial, north Edmonton. They offer:


  • Secure, gated access

  • 24-hour CCTV coverage and motion detection alarms

  • Rodent controlled

  • Cleaning and detailing

  • Electric hook-up

  • Indoor, climate controlled storage


Prices are available on request.


Jimmy’s RV Storage is located in Winterburn Industrial Area, just off Alberta highway 16 in west Edmonton. They offer:


  • Secure, 7-day-a-week gated access with card

  • 24-hour CCTV coverage

  • Resident site managers

  • Winter snow clearing

  • Propane refill

  • Firewood

  • Dumping station

  • Compressed air

  • Winterisation service

  • RV accessories for sale


Prices are available upon request.


Preparing Your RV for Storage

Having chosen where to store your RV, you need to prepare it for its time in storage. Long periods of inactivity and being left unattended can take their toll on your home on wheels if you don’t take proper care of it beforehand. Make sure you take the time to:


  • Clean your RV thoroughly inside and outside, removing food crumbs and rubbish. This prevents mould from growing and discourages pests from making their way in.

  • Inspect your RV for damage, and conduct repairs before putting it away. You don’t want to start your next holiday with a trip to the mechanic.

  • Empty, clean, and defrost the fridge to prevent mould and odour buildup.

  • Empty all water tanks and lines, and flush these with antifreeze if winters freeze where you’re leaving your RV.

  • Empty and flush the grey and black water tanks and lines, and treat with chemicals to make sure they’re properly clean and won’t be producing terrible smells by the time you next come to use your RV.

  • Top off the fuel tank to prevent condensation and moisture buildup, which can damage fuel lines and the engine.

  • Check your tyre pressure and top up if necessary.

  • Disconnect batteries to prevent the gradual parasitic drain that occurs over long periods of disuse. You may like to consider using a trickle charger or battery maintainer to maintain your battery health, depending on your setup.

  • Secure all windows and vents to prevent the weather and wildlife from getting in.

  • Consider pest control, such as poison, traps, or deterrents.


Final Thoughts

You’re now all set to get your RV into storage. A storage solution that works for you can well make the difference in deciding to buy or keep an RV if you’re not able to store it at home. Some options may even sweeten the prospect by providing you with the facilities and services to make your ownership experience smoother. If you live in an area not highlighted in our article, searching along the lines we’ve explained will help you find a local solution that works for you. In all cases, a reputable site that provides a quality service will have good reviews by appreciative customers. Find the RV storage solution that works for you, and go exploring with peace of mind.


RVs parked in a sunny RV storage yard
Knowing your RV is safe and secure in a storage facility that works for you will help you start your next holiday right (photo: Frankonia RV Storage)

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