Indoor vs Outdoor RV Storage: Which is Right For You?

RV camping storage in a secure parking lot for recreational vehicles.

The Pacific Northwest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts—for many, that means owning an RV. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a weekend warrior, your RV is a valuable investment that deserves proper care. Choosing the right storage solution becomes crucial when it’s not in use.

Here at Daffodil Storage, we understand that deciding between indoor and outdoor RV storage can be challenging. This blog will help you navigate the critical differences between these options, empowering you to make an informed decision for your RV.

Choosing Between Indoor and Outdoor RV Storage

The ideal storage solution depends on several factors, including your budget, climate concerns, and how often you plan to access your RV. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each option:

Indoor RV Storage

Indoor RV storage, or enclosed RV storage, typically refers to an oversized storage unit large enough to park an RV or other vehicle inside. These vehicle storage units are built extra wide so that you can fit a vehicle into the unit and still open your door to get out. Look for units 12 feet wide or larger, lengths can range anywhere from 20 feet to 50 feet. Keep in mind that a 12 foot wide unit will only have a 10 foot wide door opening, so it’s vital to know the width of your RV or other vehicle and to see the layout of the site to make sure you can maneuver into the space.

Pros:

  • Superior protection. Indoor storage facilities shield your RV from harsh elements like rain, snow, and scorching sun. This minimizes the risk of fading paint, cracked seals, and weather-related damage to interior components. Washington’s wet climate makes indoor storage particularly attractive, protecting your RV year-round.
  • Enhanced security. Indoor facilities typically have robust security measures like gated entry, security cameras, and on-site management. Knowing your RV has an extra layer of protection provides peace of mind.
  • Reduced maintenance. Since your RV is shielded from the elements, you’ll spend less time on exterior cleaning and maintenance tasks. This frees up time to enjoy the outdoors when you’re ready to hit the road.
  • Heated storage. Some indoor storage facilities offer heated storage units, which are ideal for long-term storage through the winter, especially for RVs containing sensitive electronics or delicate furnishings.

Cons:

  • Higher cost. Indoor RV storage is generally more expensive than outdoor options. However, the long-term benefits, like reduced maintenance and improved resale value, can offset the initial cost.
  • Limited accessibility. Depending on the storage facility, access to your RV may be restricted to specific hours or require advanced scheduling. This might be inconvenient if you need to make spontaneous getaways.

Daffodil Storage offers a selection of extra wide Indoor RV Storage units at our Rainier View Buckley facility, our Summit View facility, and our North Puyallup Valley Ave facility. We always recommend seeing your indoor RV unit before renting to ensure it is maneuverable and that the dimensions fit your vehicle.

The sun sets, casting a golden reflection on the trees in front of an RV camper at Deception Pass, Washington campground.

Outdoor RV Storage

Outdoor RV storage, RV parking, RV parking spaces, RV stalls, or other associated names all refer to a designated area in which to park an RV for storing. A wide variety of outdoor RV storage exists. RV parking may refer to paved spaces, or the lot may be gravel. Parking for RVs can come in uncovered or covered options. Parking spaces can be found in many sizes, from smaller car-sized spaces around 15 feet in length up to big rig RV spaces in lengths up to 50 feet. RV parking spaces could be used to store boats and automobiles as well.

Pros:

  • Cost-effective. Outdoor storage is often significantly cheaper than indoor options. This can be an influential advantage if you’re on a tight budget.
  • Accessibility. Outdoor storage spaces for RVs are typically easier to access. Rather than maneuvering your RV into a tight, enclosed space, it’s more akin to parking in a parking lot. That means picking up and dropping off your RV for a spur-of-the-moment adventure is quicker and easier.

Cons:

  • Exposure to the elements. Your RV will be exposed to rain, sun, wind, and other elements. This can lead to premature aging, fading paint, and potential damage to tires and seals. The rainy season and occasional harsh summers can accelerate these issues in Washington.
  • Security concerns. Storage facilities with outdoor units generally have perimeter fencing and basic security measures, but they might offer a different level of protection than indoor facilities.
  • Increased maintenance. You’ll need to perform more frequent cleaning and maintenance tasks to protect your RV from the elements. This includes covering it, washing it regularly, and checking for leaks or damage.

Peruse our facilities with outdoor RV storage to find your perfect fit today.

What To Know Before Choosing an RV Storage Unit

Now that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each option, here are some additional factors to consider before making your decision:

  • Size of your RV. Measure your RV’s length, width, and height to ensure it fits comfortably within the storage unit. Daffodil Storage offers a variety of RV storage unit sizes to accommodate all types of vehicles.
  • Security features. If opting for outdoor storage, inquire about the storage facility’s security measures, including fencing, lighting, and security patrols.
  • Amenities available. Some storage facilities offer additional amenities like power hookups, water access, and dump stations. Consider these features based on your needs and how often you plan to use your RV.
  • Convenience. Choose a storage facility conveniently located for you. This will make it easier to access your RV when needed.
Camper van driving on an open road with a cloudy sky and bikes attached to the back of the vehicle.

The Right Choice for Your RV

Ultimately, the best storage solution depends on your individual needs and priorities. Daffodil Storage offers indoor and outdoor RV options in secure, well-maintained facilities across Washington. Whether you prioritize maximum protection or budget-friendly convenience, we have the perfect solution to keep your RV safe and sound.

Rent RV Storage With Daffodil Storage Today

Keep your RV from sitting exposed or taking up valuable space at home. Our friendly staff is always happy to answer your questions and help you choose a proper storage unit for your RV. With 18 locations across the greater Seattle area, we have options to fit every need and budget. Contact Daffodil Storage today to discuss your RV storage needs and explore our range of indoor and outdoor RV storage options.

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