When most people envision a self storage facility, they see a large garage-like space piled high with boxes and furniture. While many people can (and do) use storage units to organize smaller items, these facilities also serve well as a place to keep one very large personal item such as a boat, car or recreational vehicle.

Why Consider Self Storage for a Boat or RV?

boat-storageStoring recreational and sporting vehicles can be a costly affair. Most boat owners know that docking a boat on the water can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year, with additional considerations for weather- and water-related protection. Storing a boat (or RV) at home can be just as difficult—especially if you have concerns about vandalism or are protected by a homeowner’s association that limits what you can and cannot park on site.

Storage units for boats, trailers and RVs give you the peace of mind of knowing your items are safe from weather-related concerns without the price tag of a specialized boat or RV docking. Options include:

Outdoor Parking: Offered in sizes that vary from 10 feet to 30 feet, outdoor parking spaces allow you to keep boats, trailers and RVs in a secure outdoor location much like a traditional parking lot.

Most of these outdoor storage sites are designated for certain classes of recreational vehicles, so choose your location carefully. You will also still need to winterize your vehicles and cover them against the elements, though covered parking options can significantly reduce the potential for wear and tear.

Indoor Parking: Smaller vehicles (boats or cars) can fit in traditional storage spaces, provided they are outdoor units and have a garage-like door. Depending on the size of your car (and the height if you have an SUV or pickup truck), you can fit in anywhere from a 10×15 to a 10×30 storage unit. When determining the right size, be sure to take things like side view mirrors and your driving ability into account.

These units act much like a garage, and you’ll need to prepare for things like possible oil leakage or other damages to the unit you may be responsible for. You may also be asked to show your registration, title, and proof of the car’s ability to run.

Large self storage units for vehicles will cost more than smaller units used for personal storage. Depending on where you live and what kind of storage you need, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 per month to up to $500 per month. In larger cities, where parking tends to be difficult to come by, these rates represent a great opportunity in savings and in security.

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Bill Hipsher has more been working in the online marketing of self storage facilities since the late 1990's. Bill is credited with developing and launching one of the first shop and compare storage websites allowing consumers to easily find and rent a storage unit online. Over the last 15 years Bill has worked with various online storage websites, contributed to the building of the largest online self storage network and currently oversee's the operations of Storage.com. Bill contributes articles for the Storage.com consumer and business blogs.