If you have just bought yourself a boat and a recreational vehicle (RV), you are probably wondering where to pack these two precious assets. However, there is no need to worry. Many self storage facilities have been put up just for that purpose. You have the opportunity to choose the facility to use. Nevertheless, you need to consider a few factors before you engage a boat and RV storage facility.
Consider the price charged for the storage service. Do not hesitate to ask about discounts or any other possible arrangements that will allow you to save on storage fees.Next, ensure the boat and RV storage are secure. A number of features characterize a secure premise. These include a high perimeter wall, surveillance cameras and electronic locks. The company should also provide a 24-hour guard and a functional alarm system.Obtain a boat and RV storage facility that is large enough to allow free movement within the storage area. Avoid cramped up facilities because this will only restrict movement within the storage area. A storage facility that is not spacious enough is precarious because you risk damaging your vehicle as you enter or exit the facility.Always cover the boat and RV with a protective sheet made of appropriate material. This will protect it from dust and moisture. Also, arrange for the cleaning of the facility. Alternatively, the storage owners may do the cleaning for you for a fee.
When choosing the type of storage you need, keep in mind that there are four types of boat and RV storage available. The first type is the enclosed unit, which totally covers the boat and RV. This facility also comes with amenities such as heat and light. The second type of self storage is covered parking of three sides only and does not offer any amenities. The third storage option is to park your RV and boat covered with a canopy. However, it does not offer any protection from the wind. The last option is an open parking with a gate. The RV and boat are exposed to atmospheric elements. Thus, you should provide cover for the RV and the boat for protection.
You also need to take precautionary measures when using a self storage facility. Combustible materials should not remain in the facility. Ensure that all fuel is drained off the RV and the boat. This precaution is to reduce the risk of fire. It is also important to ensure that your insurance documents are in order before committing yourself with a lease agreement. Such is the only way to keep provide adequate risk protection for the possessions you have put in the facility for safeguarding. It would be a good idea to take a photo of your boat and RV if you decide to keep it in a storage facility where there are other boats and RVs kept in it. This will assist in indemnifying you in case of a fire or any other accidents.
Debby Van Kopp is the Property Manager at Whyte's Shelter Self Storage Facility in Mukilteo Washington. Debby's 15-year-plus storage industry expertise has made her an authority on the subject and has allowed her to help hundreds of customers with a wide range of storage needs - car storage, RVstorage and boat storage storage for example. For more great storage tips please visit Whyte's Shelter Storage website at www.WhytesStorage.com.