Boats and RVs are significant investments, so it’s no surprise that owners want to store their prized possessions somewhere safe during the off-season. And with 2022 RV sales expected to be the second-best year on record, more people are vying for that space.
But not all on-site storage facilities are created equal, and sometimes, paying more upfront for a better building means significant savings later. We’ll tell you about the options and help you decide which one’s best for you.
Types of RV and Boat Storage Options
Uncovered: While you might find the lowest rental rates with this type of outdoor storage, it’s more susceptible to theft and vandalism. It also leaves boats and RVs exposed to harsh weather and damaging pests, meaning owners could spend more on repairs in the future.
Canopy: A metal canopy offers an economical storage solution while providing more weather protection than a fully uncovered facility. It can also accommodate different parking options with more flexible space, eliminating the hassle of maneuvering a large vehicle.
Interior Enclosed: This type of storage facility is typically in a space converted to house a mix of different self-storage uses. But, it’s inside, so security is usually enhanced, and outdoor elements aren’t a problem.
Fully Enclosed: Rental rates are higher at a fully enclosed storage facility, but owners who want peace of mind that their beloved boat or motorhome is most protected are willing to pay more for this option. A fully enclosed building can provide the highest level of security and protection from things that can cost more in repairs later. Damaging UV rays from the sun, excessive heat, and freezing temperatures can all take a toll on a vehicle.
Condo Storage: Like residential condos, indoor condo storage for RVs is purchased instead of leased. It allows owners to resell their space and possibly recoup the money. This RV storage facility will likely cost the most per month, but it’s also an option with the cushiest perks like a climate-controlled interior, wash stations, and ample parking spaces.
Security is a Must
High-dollar items like boats and RVs are prime targets for theft. And while there are rental costs for on-site storage, it’s more secure than parking large recreational vehicles in a personal yard or driveway, and many communities have rules against this. So owners seeking maximum protection want storage options with security measures like bright lights, gates, motion sensors, and multiple security cameras.
Extra Space Required
Storage facilities that can fit boats and RVs need more land – about double the size of an average 5-acre self-storage project – due to the length and width of the vehicles. You don’t want a cramped space with multiple sharp turns when trying to fit a luxury 45-ft-Class A motorhome into a parking spot.
Easy Access is a Plus
While you want to keep thieves away, you don’t want to deter owners from accessing their property. BETCO, based in Statesville, NC, gives owners convenient access to their boat or RV by offering Bluetooth electronic smart locks and smart keypads with their boat and RV storage buildings. Owners can use their smartphones to access the facility and their storage unit and review access activity. They can also share a digital key with friends, family, movers, or anyone who needs temporary access.
Many consider their RVs and boats prized possessions that provide a happy escape from the daily grind. Protecting this investment can mean spending a higher price on rental costs for a more secure, easily accessible building. But it might be worth it in the long run if it means less exposure to theft or damage. And the more amenities your facility offers beyond a primary building, the higher the rental rate you can collect for storage services.
When you’re ready to build a storage facility to secure boats and RVs, contact an experienced sales rep at BETCO. They can help you decide which option suits your needs.