Once the season for traveling is over, the question of where to store your boat or RV may arise. These are often expensive investments that need to be protected. Here are four storage solutions for the off-season.

Your Driveway

If you live in a mild climate, simply leaving these vehicles covered in the driveway may be a perfectly acceptable option. This can also be an option if your boat or RV is old and not worth much, is fully insured against weather damage or simply won’t fit inside a garage or in other storage solutions. If you live in a homeowners association, however, you should check to make sure this is allowed. It’s also a good idea to check with your municipality to ensure there are no local regulations regarding where boats and RVs can be parked.

Your Garage

One of the simplest, cheapest and effective solutions is simply to store boats, RVs and trailers in your garage. There must be space for them, however, and whether any regular cars would need to be put outside should also be considered. In some cases, building a second garage on your property to accommodate extra vehicles or keeping them in other on-site covered areas such as a shed may be appropriate. Small boats such as canoes or kayaks can simply be stored on outdoor racks or racks in a garage during the off-season.

A Storage Service

There are storage services for boats and RVs that you can utilize during the off-season on a month-to-month basis. Some of these services may have added amenities such as wash bays, fueling stations, climate controlled units, 24-hour access, and more that can add to their value. Online conveniences, such as mobile access, paperless notifications, and online pay are all beneficial as well. Learn about RV storage services and security surveillance present at the property to determine if you feel your vehicle will be safe there.

On the Water

Some boats are simply too large to easily get out of the water. In areas that don’t have major freezes it can be perfectly viable to leave a boat anchored to a dock. The major downside to this is that the boat will often require more maintenance to prevent things like excess barnacle growth or wear on the underside.

Be sure to always have appropriate covers for these vehicles as well as adequate insurance. By taking the right steps and finding the right solutions, you can protect your boat or RV from the elements during the off-season.