Rubber Rest: 9 Tips To Protect Tires During Storage

Most of us probably don’t spend much time thinking about how to protect tires when we are storing our vehicles – whether it’s a truck, car, SUV or a RV. If could be an afterthought, and not something to think about. However, if you’re going on that summer vacation or taking off for a long period of time, making sure your vehicle’s tires are in tip-top shape when you return requires a time investment.

Here are a few tips and reminders that you can follow in order to protect your tires, especially during the summer season – when exposure to heat may damage them. By following these tips, you will be able to extend the life of your tires and save yourself from a headache and unnecessary spending.

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1. Check the condition of each tire before storage

This is the first and the foremost thing that you need to consider while storing the tires. Check the condition of the rubber and look at whether there are any cracks. This will help you to compare the state of the tire later when you re-use them. Inspect the depth of the tire before storing them; you need to replace the tire with a new one if it’s nearly worn out.

Apart from this, check the pressure of the tire and adjust it to the suggested PSI. Make a checklist before observing the above things and check it off against each one of them as it’s very important to consider these prior to storing.

2. Clean and dry the tires thoroughly

The best idea before storing your tires is to clean them thoroughly with a suggested solution. In case any dirt is remaining on the surface of the wheel, it may lead to corrosion. By the time you will notice, it would probably be too late. Once you have cleaned the tire, it a good idea to dry it. The consequence of not cleaning the tire will be that the moisture will affect the quality of the tire or wheel.

Some people also suggest removing the center cap of the wheel or tire because while storing, the center cap can pull or twist the shape of the sidewalls and tread which may cause damage to it. Once you have accomplished these tasks, your tires are ready to be stored.

  • DIY for making homemade solution. An individual might not have solutions to clean their tires. No, you can make one from the things that are already available. Simply mix one part of vinegar with water, stir it well and the solution is ready.
stacks of tires indoors

3. Store indoors

Storing tires indoors is the most important aspect you need to keep in mind. This is done so as to protect the tires or wheels from the ultraviolet rays coming from the sun. It’s suggested to store them somewhere underground like your basement or even in a garage or workshop. Even if you don’t have enough space to store your tires, you can always look up a local self-storage facility to safely store them indoors.

4. Store tires horizontally and vertically

If you are planning to store your tires with the wheels mounted then you are lucky because doing it that way would provide you with ample storing ways as compared to just storing them bare. Consider the ways listed below to store your tires

Stack them one on the top of other tires but ensure that you do not stack them too high because if they drop, or while bringing them down, they might get damaged. Another reason for not stacking them too high is for safety purposes because the higher the stack, the more unstable it will become.

If you are storing your tire without wheels mounted on them, then you should wrap them properly in garbage or plastic bags and keep them standing with the tread facing downwards. This is the only safest way to store your tires if you are looking further to store them without wheels mounted on them.

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5. Store away from sunlight

Your tires are sensitive to harsh temperatures, whether extreme heat or cold. The UV rays will either make the oil present in the rubber evaporate or will more or less cook your tire. The ultimate way to keep the tires from dry rotting is to restrain sun exposure whenever possible.

6. Store each tire in an airtight plastic bag

The best way to slow down the aging process of the tires is to store them in tire tote bags or garbage bags. These covering can be obtained at most auto parts or general stores. They will make the storing process neater and it will be easier for you to carry them from one place to another.

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7. Keep tires in a cool and dry place

As mentioned above, there is a recommended specific temperature in which the tires are to be stored. Too much heat will make the oil present in the rubber evaporate and freezing temperatures might make the tires brittle and will no longer act as a rubber. Both these circumstances are not suitable for your tires so in order to protect them, ensure that you are storing them above zero degrees or at room temperature.

8. Keep the tires away from motorized devices

Do not forget to keep them away from any electrical motors that emit carbon monoxide as they are the sources of ozone. Keep them away from sung pumps, furnaces, etc.

9. Avoid storing your vehicles with the weight of the tires

Another tip is that you should not store your vehicle with the weight of the car on the tires for an extended period of time. if you are doing this, then you may notice when you attempt to drive the car again that you have a flat spot on each tire. Since the tire’s surface is made of rubber, which is a malleable, it can change its shape from perfectly round to damaged, with dry rot and flat spot.

Damaged tires mean you would have to spend a lot of money in order to replace them – not to mention that the efforts that you would have been making to store the tires safely will go waste. The long term inactivity is considered to be more harmful to the tires as compared to driving the car occasionally and allowing the tire to be in use. In case you are leaving your car on the ground with the tires on and without jack stands, then make sure you over-inflate the tires. The recommended PSI is usually etched inside the driver’s side door frame and in car manuals.

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Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for a Storage Facility to securely store your ATV, RV, or Boat, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Find Shade: 7 Tips to Help Protect Your RV From the Sun

Just like any other machine with an electrical motor, an RV can also be affected by the rays coming from the sun. It’s not just the exterior but also the interior that may be damaged while the beaming sun sizzles everything in sight. RVs are not designed in such a way that they can absorb heat. The sun can prematurely age the paint, tires and all the other features that look extremely beautiful when you bought it. It’s not just our skin that gets affected by the ultraviolet rays but also the RVs.

During these bright sunny days, the UV rays coming from the sun are at their strongest and the exterior of your RV will feel the brunt. Here are some practical ways that would not cost an arm and leg and at the same time protect your RV from the sunlight.

1. Get the RVs windows tinted

If you don’t want to use the cover, here’s a solution: Consider window tint. These days, nanotechnology is being used in tints and is comprised of thin layers. They can block almost up to 99% of harmful UV rays coming from the sun. Another advantage that you could get by getting your windows tinted is that it will protect an individual’s eyes while driving. But with the advantages come the disadvantages. The disadvantage of getting your window tinted is that it will be difficult for the person who is driving during rainy days and challenging to see the surrounding objects in low-light environments.

2. Wash and dry the exterior periodically

If your RV is parked under the sun for a longer period, then it will be making its surface dull and the paint will start to fade. By washing the vehicle now and then, you can get rid of the dust particles sticking onto the surface. Just like humans require water to keep ourselves hydrated during the hot summer days, in the same manner, our vehicle also requires daily water in the form of cleaning especially in the hot summer days. In a way, it keeps them hydrated and slows down the ageing of their engine.

There are a few steps that need to be followed in order. The first and foremost step is to wipe away the accumulated dust. This can be done either with a dry cloth or else with some water. The next step would be to bath your recreational vehicle and while doing this, an automotive cleaner can be used.

Another reason as to why you should wash your vehicle thoroughly is that it reduces the oxidization and heat coming from the sun. If you will follow this after an interval of the time then you would be successful in protecting your vehicles from the sun’s rays.

It is suggested not to wash your vehicles in direct sunlight. Some argue that it’s awful for the vehicle’s finish while others believe that it will make the job harder. There is a simple reason behind it. The sunlight will allow the water and cleaner to dry up quickly leaving behind spots of water.

3. Make use of sun protecting windshields

If you find the option of getting your RV’s window tinted a bit steep then you could go with the option of purchasing windshields that could protect your RV from the UV rays. The difference between the prices of both options is quite evident. Apart from this, if you’re using a sunshade, it’s always a better idea to cover the steering wheel with a towel. This will assist with keeping the contact temperature of your steering wheel down. Another thing that you could do is keep the windows of the RV slightly open. Even a little crack will elevate ventilation and help to keep your vehicle cool.

4. Monitor and adjust tire pressure

Exposure to the sun for an extended period can not only oxidize the coating done on the exterior of your vehicle but also affects the tires. It is suggested to have your tires checked before summer shows up and afterwards catch up with monthly inspection throughout the summer days. This will assist you with forestalling abrupt setbacks and mishaps.

5. Reflectorized sun panel

A reflectorized sun panel will help in absorbing 96% of the sunlight regardless of whatsoever is the position of the sun in the sky. It is a proven fact that this sun panel can absorb every single proton of light. This panel is made up of seven layers and each layer is 50 to 100 nanometers thick and because of which the panel can absorb sunlight.

6. Wax your RV or motorhome

Just like human needs sun scream to protect their skin from the UV rays, in the same manner, your recreational vehicle needs wax. It is a proven fact that the rays coming from the sun can affect the human skin and various motor vehicles negatively. Various types of wax are available in the market and it’s very much important for you to understand which one out of these will give maximum protection to your vehicle.

Cleaner waxes– these waxes contain natural wax ,including carnauba wax. It cleans and polishes in just one step.

Finishing sealant– this wax is mainly made up of synthetic materials and apart from protecting the car, this gives the car excellent finishing.

Finishing wax– As the name suggests, this is made up of natural wax and is more often used by people to give their vehicles a great finish but it does not clean the surface of the vehicle.

Hybrids– this wax is a mixture of synthetic and natural wax and it helps in polishing and cleaning altogether.

Paint sealant– This wax is completely made up of man-made and synthetic material

Natural wax– This is a kind of wax which is made up of natural material

Cleaner sealant– this wax is completely made up of synthetic materials and helps in polishing, cleaning and protecting altogether

7. Apply conditioners to protect your leather seats

Just like a human skin needs extra care so that we could protect ourselves with the UV rays, an RV needs extra care in the same manner. If you know that the seats of your RV are made of leather, then you must know much and to what extent it may get affected when exposed to sun or relatively higher temperature than suggested for a prolonged period. To keep the seats cool you can apply specialized conditioner. This could help you keep your RV cool during hot sunny days.

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Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for a Storage Facility to securely store your ATV, RV, or Boat, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Essential Items for your RV First Aid Kit

If you are a frequent camper, especially with kids, you know there will be a fair amount of cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

If you are a frequent camper, especially with kids, you know there will be a fair amount of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. RVs are a popular way to travel across the country or across town because you can have a strong sense of community in the campsites while still feeling like a solitary traveler on a long journey.

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RV excursions can entail camping, boating, hiking or any number of activities. You need to pack your first aid kit with essential items for any type of situation that might arise. With a first aid kit stored in your RV, you can treat minor wound immediately without disrupting your trip.

Pre-packaged first aid kits are available in any store that sells camping supplies. However, you might find it beneficial to customize your own kit to fulfill your family’s needs. We’ve compiled a list of essential items for your first aid kits and broke the items into three categories: medical, tools and preventive care.

Medical Essentials

The items on this list are used to treat wounds or burns. All family members should be certified in CPR and wound care. You can find classes at your local hospital or church. Different wounds require different care and taking the wrong steps can have fatal consequences.

Antiseptic Wound Cleanser or Wipes

Gauze Rolls

Sterile Gauze Pads

Adhesive Tape

Antibiotic Cream

Calamine Lotion

Hydrocortisone Cream

Liquid Bandage

Ice Pack

Ace Bandage

Cotton Swabs

Splint

Ibuprofen

Purified Water (Bottled)

 

Essential Tools

The tools on this list are mainly for medical emergencies. Items for car emergencies should be kept in another kit or the glovebox. If you do end up using any equipment to treat wounds, be sure to disinfect the tool before returning it to the kit.

Tweezers

Small Flashlight

Safety Pins

Pocket Knife

Oral Thermometer

Surgical Scissors

Small Mirror

CPR Mask

Eye Wash Cup

Plastic Zipper Bag for Medical Waste

 

Essential Preventative Care

Bug bites and sunburns aren’t usually serious medical problems, but they can be very uncomfortable. Summer is RV season, but it’s also the season of bugs – bugs that can carry viruses. The items on this list are meant to protect you from common pesky camping nuisances.

Note: If you bring your dog on RV trips with you, they need a different snake bite kit. Pre-packaged snake bite kits are your best bet in having everything you need to treat snake bites.

Snake Bite Kit

Insect Repellant

Sunscreen

Hand Sanitizer

Sunglasses

These items aren’t the only ones you can include in your first aid kit. You can customize your kit for the activity and location of your excursion. For example, if your trip is near water activities, you may want to make sure the bandages and tape are waterproof. If your plan includes hiking, blister care (along with the snake bite kit) are important additions. For hiking and backpacking, you may want to throw a few extra splints into your kit.

Having a first aid kit with wound care essentials can prevent injuries from escalating from minor to major. Treating a minor injury immediately and effectively saves you time and money on a doctor’s visit and allows you to continue your RV excursion.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your RV, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

Should You Store Your RV at Home Or at an RV Storage Facility?

One of the biggest debates in the history of RV storage has finally reached its decision.

One of the biggest debates in the history of RV storage has finally reached its decision. Should we store our RV at a facility or at home? And why would you want to keep a behemoth of a vehicle on your own property? While many people can successfully store their RVs at home, most people have decided to store their precious investment at an RV facility instead. Why you might ask? Let’s dive right into this article and uncover a few of those reasons, shall we?

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The first and most obvious reason behind why some people choose home storage over facility storage is the almighty dollar. That’s right, the almighty dollar. The main driving force behind all decision making including where you store your next month’s RV for the offseason. If you’re storing your RV in a facility, you’re most likely going to have to pay for it. How much you may ask? Well, that depends on a few factors such as the parking size, whether it’s indoors or outdoors and the amenities that facility has to offer. It’s true you will likely be forking over a hundred dollars a month if you were to store in a facility. However, most RV owners would rather fork over a hundred dollars any day of the month than to deal with the hassle associated with storing at home.

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What sorts of hassle are associated with storing at home, you might ask? Storing an RV at home is by no means an easy task. Unless you have a large enough garage to comfortably store your RV in or a large enough backyard to park it. You also have the option to park your RV in the driveway but that may prove to be a bit tricky, especially if you have more than one vehicle occupying the space. Another option worth mentioning is street parking but depending on where you live, you may have to deal with a homeowners association. Homeowners associations are notorious for preventing you from parking on the street. All in all, not only would parking your RV at home be an inconvenience, it might not even be possible due to property limitations and homeowners associations. If this is the case, then an RV storage facility would prove to be the best choice.

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Storing an RV at a storage facility may prove to be quite the attractive choice if you’re dealt with limited property space. Now, that isn’t to say RV storages are a last resort option. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Most RV storage facilities pride themselves of having state of the art security equipment such as 24-hour video surveillance, individual security units, locked fences, electronic passcode entries, and etc. Keep in mind these facilities are specifically designed for RVs and the protection of RVs. While in a home storage environment, any security measure you have is entirely up to you. Often times, protection from the elements and advanced security technology are what draw many RV owners to start storing at sophisticated RV storage facilities.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your campers or fifth wheelers, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Storing your RV at a Facility

Do you have an RV or plan on purchasing one in the future? 

Do you have an RV or plan on purchasing one in the future?  Have you thought about where to keep it while not being used?  There are many factors to consider when storing your recreational vehicle.  Many people simply do not have the garage or driveway space available, while others worry more about the safety of their vehicle.  Here are several reasons to consider storing your RV at an RV storage facility.

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Preventing theft

Storage facilities are designed to keep your vehicle safe, as most of the time they have fences and a security system.  These facilities often provide more protection than the average driveway.  Many RV storage locations are monitored 24 hours a day.  If you store at home, security is entirely up to you.  At a storage facility, you get electronic passcode entry, security cameras, locked fences, individual security unit alarms, and even on-site staff to keep an eye on things while you’re away.  Other perks besides security are sometimes washing stations, water for filling your tanks and a place to dump waste.

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You don’t have space at home

Storing an RV at home can be tricky. Unless you have a very large garage, driveway or ample yard space, you might be restricted in your options.  A driveway is not the most convenient place to store your vehicle, however.  If your driveway connects to your garage, the RV will likely have to be moved out of the way to get anything in or out.  Many RVs won’t fit into a regular sized garage, and even then there is less space to keep other vehicles, or equipment often kept there.   Some people do not have the option of parking their RV on the street.   According to your local laws, you may be prevented from parking on the street.  Homeowners Associations and city ordinances can affect where you are allowed to keep your vehicle.  It’s possible you will not be allowed to keep it on the road or even next to your home.  You could park your vehicle in your backyard, but this takes space away from anything else you want to do in your yard, assuming you have the space to keep it there.  While it may be convenient in some ways, storing your RV at home may be at times very inconvenient.

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Lots of options

No matter what size your recreational vehicle is, there is definitely a storage facility that can accommodate.  Outdoor facilities store your RV in an outdoor uncovered parking space with a security system.  This way there is no worrying whether or not your RV will fit into a storage unit.  This option is usually the most affordable.  Some facilities, however, do offer indoor options if that is what you prefer.  Although, normally this option can be a bit more expensive.

You may only want to rent a space for certain times of the year when you aren’t using your vehicle.  There are plenty of RV storage locations that offer month to month leases so you can take your RV for long trips or if you decide you no longer need to store your RV at a facility.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your campers or fifth wheels, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got your covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Beginner: Different RV Trailer Types

So you want to go on your first RV expedition but haven’t got a clue which RV trailer you’d like to buy.

So you want to go on your first RV expedition but haven’t got a clue which RV trailer you’d like to buy. If that sounds about right, then you’ve come to the right article. Whether you’re planning a family weekend camping trip or a weekend getaway with some buddies, it’s important to figure out which trailer is right for you. Keep in mind that there are a lot of different types of travel RVs. I’ve compiled a list of travel RV’s to make your RV decision making the process a whole lot easier!  Let’s get started!

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Expandable Trailers – These trailers are probably the most versatile travel trailers available in today’s market. The expandable travel trailers are essentially a hybrid between a pop-up camper and a traditional travel trailer. This kind of trailer will look like a travel trailer on the road but don’t be fooled when you arrive at the campsite! Once parked, these trailers can provide extra sleeping quarters as it unfolds. In newer models with more customizable features, you’ll gain even more space and comfort. You can think of these “unfolds” as like slide outs. The best part is that these trailers can be towed by regular vehicles such as a family car, minivan, SUV or pickup truck. In short, if you’re planning a weekend camping trip with family and friends, I highly recommend the teardrop.

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Teardrop Trailers – These fun-sized trailers are just plain fun to camp in! These teardrops trailers can be towed by almost any vehicle due to their small stature. They’re also very lightweight with excellent aerodynamics making it one of the most fuel-efficient trailers in the market. You don’t need to own a large SUV or a truck to tow this bad boy. All you would need is a functioning vehicle and a hitch. What really sets the teardrop trailers apart from the others are their ability to go almost anywhere your vehicle can. This allows for more aggressive adventuring. If paired with an all-terrain vehicle, you’re looking at an interesting camping story. In short, if you’re about the minimalistic, frugal, and aesthetic lifestyle, I highly recommend the teardrop.

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Fifth Wheel Trailer – Don’t be alarmed by its name! I’m not talking about that one friend who tags along with your double date. I’m talking about a type of trailer that has the same benefits and features as a house on wheels. This type of trailer is amazing for weekend trips with a large family or a group of friends. These trailers range anywhere between 20 to 50 feet long and can weight up to 10,000 pounds. Because of this, it’s important to consider the horsepower of your truck to maximize safety and towing capacity. It’s also equally important to get the right kind of hitch when towing a fifth wheeler. Once you’re all set to hit the camps, you’ll be in for a luxurious experience. Camping in a fifth wheel means you’ll be camping luxuriously meaning you’ll enjoy comfortable living quarters and the convenience of a bathroom. In short, if you like camping in luxury, I highly recommend the fifth wheeler.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your trailers, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide parking selection to accommodate your trailer’s needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

Where Should Your Store Your Recreational Vehicle (RV)

There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to storing your RV.

There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to storing your RV. In fact, there are really only 2 viable options when it comes to storing your RV investment. The first option would be your home and that’s assuming you have enough garage space, driveway space or even backyard. The second option would notably be an RV Storage Facility. Let’s get started and figure out which option would be best for you!

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While home storage is probably one of the most convenient ways to go about storing your investments, this only really applies to smaller RVs such as mini campers or small Class B RVs. Although this method of storage is great for smaller RVs, it’ll notably also take up a lot of space in the garage, driveway, and perhaps even the backyard. If stored in the garage that would mean you would have less space for lawnmowers, bikes, equipment, and possibly even a car. On top of that, getting the RV in and out of the garage may pose additional problems especially if you have a small garage like mine. Then there’s the option of parking your RV in the driveway. Driveway RV parking may pose more of a hassle especially if your driveway connects to your garage. That’ll also mean you’d have less driveway space for other vehicles in the household. The last option of parking your RV in your backyard, this option seems to be the best one. However, that’s assuming you have a big enough backyard. That would also mean no more backyard barbeques let alone have a backyard. Storing your RV at home is definitely the most convenient way to go, but it also comes with the price of inconveniencing everyday life.

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Storing your recreational vehicle at an RV storage facility is one of the best methods of storage. Most RV storage facilities are at a secured location that’s monitored 24 hours a day so there’s no real need to worry about someone trying to break in. Although having a peace of mind with top-notch security is important, that’s not all that RV storage facilities have to offer. Some RV storage facilities have other perks and amenities such as water for filling your tanks, wash and vacuum stations, dumping and more! Let’s just say that RV storage lacked the home storage accessible convenience but it makes up for what it lacks with the convenience of RV maintenance. If you think top-notch security and RV amenities is everything that an RV storage facility has to offer, guess again. RV storage facilities have a unique take on storing your RV investments. Most facilities will provide you storage options such as uncovered RV storage, covered RV storage, and enclosed RV storage! So what’s the difference? An uncovered RV storage is essentially like parking your RV in your driveway or backyard, only that you’ll have the added top-notch security. This method of storage is usually the most affordable means of storage. The covered RV storage is like having a protective roof over it. It won’t block out all the weather but it’ll give you adequate protection against the elements. This method of storage is slightly more costly than the uncovered. The enclosed RV storage is by far the most protection you’ll receive when it comes to RV storage protection. A fully enclosed RV storage means your RV will be fully enclosed and protected inside a container. This method is also the most expensive but you can be reassured that it’ll extend the longevity of your RV.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your campers or fifth wheels, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got your covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

 

 

Tips For Camping with Your RV

RVs are more popular than ever and now that it’s summer, it’s time to drive yours out of storage and into a beautiful mountain campsite.  But although you may have had your RV or travel trailer for years, it can sometimes be tricky to remember the important details to plan for before and during your trip.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are planning your next RV trip.  There may be other helpful articles online as well so make sure to look those up too.

One of the first things to remember is to pack properly and make sure all of the systems in the RV are in working order.  Bring a first aid kit.  Customize the kit to fit whatever activities you may be doing, or per your particular location.

Bring  tools and spare parts along with you.  A diverse tool kit can help you in many situations, as well as any spare parts you may need while out in the wilderness, such as spare light bulbs, fuses, nuts, and bolts.  Always be prepared for any repairs you may need to make.  It may also be a good idea to label all of your appliances with the number of amps. You should know your electrical load, so that you don’t run too many appliances at once.

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Make checklists for all the things you want to bring, including food, parts, and any other supplies.

Be sure to check tire pressure before leaving and throughout your trip.  Weigh your rig after it is loaded to be sure you aren’t carrying too much and on all four corners to be sure there is balance.

Remember to secure all of your items before you leave.  You may hit a bump in the road and if certain items, such as kitchen items, aren’t secured you could end up with a mess.

Check the weather and road conditions of your route before heading out as well.  You may decide to take a different way if there is any dangerous weather or if traffic is better on another road.

Make a checklist for when you get there and go through the important steps:

Beforehand, make sure your rig will fit the campsite. Also, be sure your RV is able to get to the campsite via the roads.  Some roads can be difficult to navigate.

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Locate the water, electrical, and sewage hookups.

You’ll also need to level and stabilize your RV, if yours doesn’t have a self-leveling  system.  There are guides you can find online that teach you to do this.  Leveling is important to the proper operations of certain appliances, and stabilizing is necessary so that your rig won’t sway when you move around in it.

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your motor home or travel trailer, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got your covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Find Out How Millennials Are Saving the RV Industry

When you’re out and about this summer, take a look at how many RVs and trailers are around.

When you’re out and about this summer, take a look at how many RVs and trailers are around.  You might be a little surprised.  Ever wonder why there are suddenly so many recreational vehicles on the road compared to just a few years ago?  You can thank a big part of it to millennials.  Yes, that’s right.  Millennials are helping drive RV sales in the last year, statistics show, and the industry is continuing to grow.  What was once an industry propelled by mainly retirees, is now experiencing a resurgence as a result of more and more young people investing in the RV lifestyle.  In 2017, RV sales went up 17.2 percent from 2016!  According to the RV Industry Association, December of 2017 was the best December ever recorded in regards to the number of vehicles shipped to dealers.  Baby Boomers retiring and travelling the country more, along with more young couples buying RVs, have been driving sales in recent years.  Manufacturers expect the numbers to be even higher this year, overall.

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But who exactly are a part of the millennial generation?  They are anyone born between 1981 and 1996. They are the men and women who are at the forefront of our technological advancement.  In addition to paving this generation’s technological growth, they’re also adventure seekers at heart who love exploration.  In the past, RV traveling was once known only to retirees because obtaining financial stability was only available at a stationary position.  With a bit of help from modern technology, millennials now have the ability to work remotely.  Now, for the million dollar question:  why are millennials driving  RV sales up?

A big reason for the increase in the number of RVs sold in recent years may be that modern RVs have more features than ever before, making them more home-like,  comfortable, and spacious than previous RV models.  Newer, more hi-tech models have Wi-Fi hot spots and built in wireless networks, as many campgrounds now offer Wi-Fi.  There are many types of RVs that are compatible with phones and apps to run different components of your trailer, such as your AC or awning, while others have built in TVs and fireplaces.  With technology as it is today, many people are now able to work remotely from their computers.  As long as there is an internet connection, those who wish to are able to work wherever they may be.

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It’s also been widely asserted the millennial generation is much more experience driven than the generations before them.  Younger people, even those with families, are more motivated to spend money on experiences or travelling rather than material items.  Many young, first-time buyers want to bring along a trailer or motor-home on their vacations.  But even still, others simply want a more unconventional way of life.  Since millennials are the younger generation in the workforce, some would like to save money and travel while deciding where they may want to live permanently.  A lot of manufacturers offer basic, affordable RVs and trailers that are lightweight, making it a great option for road trips or living on a budget.  There is an abundance of options nowadays, making it easier to choose an RV, trailer or motor-home that fits your needs, your budget, and your lifestyle.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your motor-home or travel trailer, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got your covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer?

As mentioned in the title of this article, should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer?

As mentioned in the title of this article, should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer? If you’re stumped and can’t seem to make up your mind, you’ve come to the right article! I’ve compiled pros and cons list for both the motorhome and travel trailer. Keep in mind that both are great options and that it all depends on your needs and wants. With that said, can you guess my bias? Let’s begin!

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The Upfront Cost – There is a huge price difference between the motorhome and the travel trailer. We’re going to assume we’re comparing a new motorhome with a new travel trailer or a used motorhome with a used travel trailer. With this comparison, a class C motorhome will most likely cost two times the average cost of a travel trailer. Generally speaking, travel trailers are significantly lower in cost than motorhomes. However, though travel trailers are more affordable than motorhomes, travel trailers are dependent upon a vehicle. The ideal vehicle would most likely be a truck.

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Ongoing Maintenance – As you’d expect, the ongoing maintenance of a class C motorhome tend to be higher than a travel trailer. The simple reason for the price difference is because the motorhome has both the RV components and the vehicle components such as the engine and etc. Depending on how often you use the motorhome the cost of maintenance can cost anywhere between $50-$200 dollars per month. Whereas the travel trailer can cost anywhere between $1-$50 dollars a month, give or take.

Cost of Gasoline – When it comes to the cost of gasoline, it largely depends on the size of the motorhome as well as the cost of fuel. When comparing a class C motorhome with a truck towed travel trailer the motorhome would be more fuel efficient.

Depreciation and Vehicle Resale Value – Vehicles, in general, are not good investments because once it leaves the sales lot, the vehicle beings to depreciate. However, when we look at travel trailers, you may experience a slower depreciation because it doesn’t have an engine or various vehicle parts.

Travel Frequency – How often do you plan on hitting the road? Are you planning on traveling full-time or part-time? These are important questions to maximize your investment as well as your decision. If you plan on traveling part-time during the weekends or during annual vacations, it may be a big investment for a motorhome if it’s only going to be used a few weeks out of the year.

Driving Experience – When it comes to the all-in-one class C motorhome, driving is a lot more comfortable and less stressful. The motorhome is relatively easier to drive than pulling the travel trailer with a truck. One key difference between the motorhome and the travel trailer is the driving speed. When making corner turns or driving downhill, it’s a bit stressful for travel trailers since you’ll have to consider both the truck as well as the trailer.

Living Space and Storage – The class C motorhome will have a smaller and more confined living quarters than the travel trailer. One major decider between the two is the average number of passengers you’ll be housing during your trips. If space is a concern, I’d recommend visiting a local RV dealership to get a better size idea.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your motorhome or travel trailer, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got your covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.