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Storing Your RV Safely: Tips and RV Monitoring Systems

Many of us love to spend the summer touring the highways and byways of this great country in our RVs. The sun is shining, and we’re out seeing incredible sights, having unforgettable experiences, and making memories out of every mile. Unfortunately, our summer adventures are about to come to an end. Autumn officially arrives around the third week of September. With kids going back to school and the nice weather bidding us adieu, it’s time for us to begin preparations to put our RVs, boats, and other recreational vehicles back into Oklahoma storage.

Sure, some of us may hang onto the last fleeting days of summer and extend the trip a bit. Autumn is a great time to watch the leaves change colors in the Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone National Park, or Acadia National Park in Maine. But sooner or later, the road trip comes to an end. If you’re ready to head home for the winter months, we have some tips to help store your RV safely as well as some information about a new RV monitoring system that can help you keep an eye on your RV even while it’s in self storage in Oklahoma throughout the autumn and winter.

First, Some Tips on How to Prepare Your RV For Storage!

  • Consult your owner’s manual. Every RV comes with one, and it’ll give you specific instructions on how to prepare your particular model for long-term storage.
  • Before your RV goes into Oklahoma storage, be sure to remove any valuables such as jewelry, electronics, personal items, and papers. Naturally, we keep an eye on the premises, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
  • While you’re at it, remove any food, beverages, and anything that has an expiration date. Leaving it there will make your RV smell less than fresh when you come back, and it may attract bugs or other pests while your RV is sitting in storage.
  • Speaking of keeping your RV smelling fresh, you should also change out the bedclothes, linens, and so on. Give them a good wash and make sure they’re fresh when you get ready to go next summer!
  • You’ll need to do some basic maintenance tasks as well. Empty your fresh water and wastewater tanks at a dump station, and make sure that they’re clean before you put your RV into storage. You’ll also want to remove your propane tank as a safety precaution.
  • It’s a good idea to fill up your gas tank before you store any vehicle for a long period of time, and you may also want to add a fuel stabilizer. Check your owner’s manual first to see what it recommends.
  • Check all of your door and window seals. If you have an RV cover, wrap it over the exterior of the RV once you’ve placed it in a secure Oklahoma self storage facility such as Storage ‘R’ Us.

Consider an RV Monitoring System.

Naturally, at Storage ‘R’ Us, we do everything in our power to keep our clients’ belongings as safe as we can. That includes having gated and walled perimeters, 24/7 monitoring, and much more. At the same time, anything that you care enough about to put into self storage in Oklahoma is also important enough to check in on from time to time. This goes for an RV or anything else that you keep in storage, from furniture to paperwork, clothing to electronics. It may also be worthwhile to invest in some extra insurance on any stored items.

Of course, it’s not always feasible to stop by as regularly as you might like, especially during the winter months. That’s where comprehensive RV monitoring systems such as RV Whisper come into play. You can connect one of these systems to your vehicle to monitor just about anything you can imagine. This wireless monitoring system is simple to install, was designed with RVs in mind, and lets you keep tabs on your RV from your smart phone or mobile device. You can monitor just about everything:

  • Battery current sensors
  • Door and motion sensors
  • Propane level sensors
  • Temperature and humidity sensors
  • Tire pressure sensors
  • Water leak sensors
  • Water tank level sensors

As you can imagine, all of this is handy even when your RV isn’t in storage. When it is, RV Whisper can send out emails and text alerts and let you check in with your RV to your heart’s content. When you’re out on the road, you can use it to keep tabs on pets or simply keep an eye on your RV’s many systems and functions. When your RV is in storage, you’ll get peace of mind knowing what’s up with it day and night. When summer comes back around, it’ll be ready and waiting for you to hit the road once more!

When it comes to RV storage, we’ve got you covered at Storage ‘R’ Us—literally! With covered or uncovered storage for RVs at a number of our convenient locations in Lawton, Duncan, Moore, Newcastle, and Norman, Oklahoma, we’ve got the perfect home away from home for your RV. Sure, uncovered RV storage may not be much more than a gravel lot, but it’s gated and secure, with all the tools that we bring to bear to help keep your vehicle safe. Covered storage offers more amenities, including protection against the elements and access to 10-amp electrical service for charging, in many cases. Make sure to call us in advance for updates on availability!

Whether you just bought your first RV or you’re a seasoned adventurer with many summers under your belt, when it’s time to put that joyride into mothballs for the winter, call Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Oklahoma, or come visit us at one of our convenient locations throughout the state. We’ve got the storage solutions for whatever you want to store, and we’re always happy to help!

Whether you’re hitting the road in a motorhome, RV, fifth wheel, mobile home, travel trailer, truck camper, or camper wagon, there’s nothing better than getting behind the wheel and exploring the great outdoors while bringing along (almost) all the comforts of home. The only question is, where do you want to go?

We all know the big names: Yellowstone National Park, the Rockies, Big Sur Coastal Highway, the Black Hills of South Dakota. But what if you’re looking for a different experience, something a little more off the beaten path? We researched some of the best RV road trips in America and came up with an alternate list that you may want to check out before you start loading up this summer!

Blue Ridge Parkway. Snaking through roughly 500 miles of Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway is filled with breathtaking scenic views, tunnels through the hillsides, and plenty of camping spots and RV amenities. Go in the summer for beautiful weather and lovely vistas, or go in the fall to watch the leaves change colors. Just be aware that the sweeping curves of the parkway aren’t always as regular as what you’ll find on the interstate.

Historic New England. Whatever you’re looking for on your trip, New England is filled with great destinations for RV enthusiasts, from Maine to New Hampshire, Vermont to Massachusetts. Whatever path you take, you’ll find plenty of scenic beauty, not to mention fascinating historical sites. With lots of different routes to choose from, New England has something to offer any explorer. Even if you’ve been before, there are always new things to see. Plus each region boasts its own spectacular culinary scene, so bring your appetite along with you!

The Alabama Coast. From the FAME recording studios in Muscle Shoals to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is full of unexpected surprises for the RV tourist. Visit the past with a trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute or get back to nature at Noccalula Falls Park or the Rickwood Caverns State Park, to name just a few of the interesting stops that you can find along the Alabama Gulf Coast. From stately mansions to World War II battleships, the Alabama Coast highways have a little of everything.

The Great Lakes Region. If you want to bring along a boat, jet ski, fishing poles, or paddleboards on your next RV trip, consider a tour along the U.S. side of the Great Lakes. There are plenty of places to stop and play in the water, not to mention other attractions all along the way, from lighthouses on the Apostle Islands to breathtaking must-sees like Niagara Falls. You can even bring your surfboard, as some of the Great Lakes are actually large enough to create some totally tubular surfing waves! 

Death Valley. Don’t let the name fool you; there’s a lot of life in this short weekend trip. You can easily make the journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back again in as little as 14 hours. Also called the Valley of Life by the local Timbisha Shoshone tribes, Death Valley is home to the world’s largest tree, as well as a golf course, tourist resorts, and man-made attractions such as Scotty’s Castle and the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. It’s also a place where temperatures can reach up to 134 degrees and boulders sometimes mysteriously move on their own. Whatever you’re looking for on your next trip, you’ll find that Death Valley is a destination like no other; just do your homework before you drive and come prepared for a land of extremes!

RV and Vehicle Self Storage at the End of the Road. Wherever you’re headed on your next trip, home is always there when you get back. And whenever you return to wherever you call home, you can find an extra home-away-from-home for your motorhome, RV, fifth wheel, mobile home, or any other vehicle with RV and vehicle storage from Storage ‘R’ Us. No matter which of our many storage options you choose—from covered and uncovered vehicle storage to climate-controlled indoor storage and beyond—you’ll definitely want to get your vehicle and supplies properly set up for storage when you’re at the end of the road.

We’ve written before about how you can prepare boats, RVs, and other vehicles for storage, as well as how to keep out critters and other varmints while you’re not around, but here are a few quick tips to help you finish out your travel season:

  • Wash everything before you put it away. That way, when you come to get your RV out of storage for your next trip, it’ll be ready to go!
  • Cover tires and maybe even your whole RV or camper with a breathable tarp, unless you’re storing it inside. We’ve got covered RV storage at Storage ‘R’ Us that can help keep your RV out of the worst of the Oklahoma weather.
  • Remove food and other perishables while also proofing against bugs, mice, and other pests.
  • Disconnect any propane tanks before you store your RV.
  • It’s a good idea to check on your RV from time to time during the off season, just to make sure everything is still as it should be. It’s also not a bad idea to take out some insurance. At Storage ‘R’ Us, our vehicle storage is as secure as we can make it, but even we can’t protect against tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters.

Wherever the road takes you, we’ll be here for you after it brings you back home. You can find secure, convenient, reliable RV and vehicle storage in Oklahoma at our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Lawton, Moore, Duncan, Chickasha, and Newcastle. We’ve got plenty of options to fit your needs, so whatever you want from your vehicle storage, we’ve got you covered (and uncovered). Just come down to one of our handy storage locations or give us a call to get started today!

Vehicle, boat, and RV storage in Oklahoma has a new home online! You can learn pretty much everything you might ever want to know about how to store your RV, boat, or other specialty vehicle in Oklahoma—from project cars to food trucks and a whole lot more—by visiting our NEW RV, boat, and vehicle storage page!

Storage ‘R’ Us offers vehicle storage—including RV and boat storage in Oklahoma—at our locations in Lawton, Duncan, Moore, and Newcastle. Both covered and uncovered vehicle storage includes all the security features that you’ve come to expect, such as fenced and walled perimeters, gated access, digital video monitoring, and units with drive-up access for storing all your gear and accessories!

Vehicle storage isn’t just about RVs and boats, though. At Storage ‘R’ Us you can park just about any vehicle you can imagine, from work trucks to food trucks, snowplows to jet skis, ATVs to heavy equipment, motorcycles to project cars, and a whole lot more!

Who uses boat, RV, and other vehicle storage in Oklahoma? Anyone who needs a place to keep their vehicle where it will be safe, out of the way, and always available when it’s needed. Small-business owners use vehicle storage for their work trucks, heavy equipment, landscaping vehicles, and more. Hunting and fishing aficionados use boat and RV storage in Oklahoma to keep their vehicles and their gear safe and sound during the off season. Just about anyone can use vehicle storage in Oklahoma, as long as they’ve got a vehicle that needs a safe and secure home.

Why use vehicle storage in Oklahoma for your boat, RV, or other specialty vehicle? Maybe you don’t have room in the garage or driveway. Maybe you need someplace to keep that project car out of the elements when you’re not working on it. Maybe your HOA has a policy against having boats or RVs parked in your driveway or back yard. Or maybe you’re serving in the military and just need a place to park your car while you’re stationed out of the state or overseas. Whatever your reason, there’s a solution waiting for you at Storage ‘R’ Us!

At Storage ‘R’ Us, we’re always working to make our self storage facilities better. That means improving services and amenities for every type of storage, from our climate controlled storage to boat and RV storage, and lots more. In fact, our Rogers Lane location in Lawton is currently undergoing some renovations so that we can offer bigger and better vehicle storage in Oklahoma, hopefully by sometime in 2019!

To learn more about vehicle storage in Oklahoma or reserve a space for your camper, boat, RV, classic car, or other vehicle today, visit our NEW vehicle storage page or contact one of our convenient self storage locations in Newcastle, Lawton, Moore, or Duncan. And don’t forget to pick up some insurance for your vehicle before you put it into storage. Our boat and RV storage may be safe and secure, but when it comes to Oklahoma weather, you can never be too careful.

The summer is quickly coming to an end here in Oklahoma, and that means many boating and fishing enthusiasts are planning their last outings for the season. Soon enough, the weather is going to turn cold and it’ll be time to pull the boat in from the water. At the same time, many who enjoy summer road trips and other adventures in the family RV are also looking at the end of the road-trip season. Before the weather turns nasty, boaters and RV owners are going to be looking for an RV and boat storage solution that’s affordable and secure. And here at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Duncan, and Lawton, we have boat and RV storage and vehicle parking available.

Nobody likes to start the boating or traveling season with a damp, stinky, dirty boat or RV. So, the following are a few general tips on how to prepare your boat or RV for winter storage.

General Tips on How to Prepare Your Boat for Storage:

  • First, consult your boat owners manual for in-depth tips on how to prepare your specific model of boat for winter or long-term storage.
  • You’ll want to keep your boat off the ground, so make use of jack stands, blocks, or a trailer to keep it properly supported while out of the water.
  • Give it a thorough cleaning to remove all the gunk, grime, and barnacles.
  • For the motor, you can add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank to prevent rust, corrosion, and freezing (again, read your owner’s manual first).
  • You can further protect the engine by coating the cylinders, plugs, and manifold with engine fogger.
  • You may also want to flush the coolant system and add antifreeze.
  • Disconnect the battery and any related electronics for storage elsewhere in a warm, dry place.
  • Store your boat at a self storage facility such as Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma.
  • Lastly, if you have a boat cover, wrap the boat exterior and secure the cover with ropes or bungee cords.

General Tips on How to Prepare Your RV for Storage:

  • First, consult your RV owners manual for in-depth tips on how to prepare your specific model for winter or long-term storage.
  • Remove all valuables, personal items, and electronics from your RV.
  • Remove all the food and beverage items from your RV (no need to attract bugs and pests).
  • Remove all the bedclothes, linens, and any personal clothing items from drawers and closets. In addition, remove all bath towels, wash cloths, and hand towels.
  • Empty your fresh water and waste water tanks at a dump station and clean out the inside.
  • Remove your propane tank.
  • Fill your gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer (again, read your owner’s manual first).
  • Check to make sure that all of your window and door seals are in good condition.
  • Store your RV at a self storage facility such as Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma.
  • If you have an RV cover, wrap the exterior of the RV and secure the cover with ropes or bungee cords.

For RV storage or boat storage in Oklahoma, visit Storage ‘R’ Us. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm. The offices are also open on Saturday from 9am to 3pm. And, our East Gore location in Lawton is open Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. So, stop by Storage ‘R’ Us today, and see what a modern, secure self storage facility can do for your boat or RV storage needs!