Best Practices When Storing Your RV or Boat

Storing recreational vehicles (RVs) and boats properly is crucial to maintaining their condition and ensuring they’re ready for use when needed. Whether you’re preparing for the off-season or simply need to store them temporarily, following best practices can prevent damage and prolong their lifespan. Here’s a comprehensive guide from Storage At Summerlin to help you store your RV or boat effectively.

1. Clean Thoroughly Before Storage

Before storing your RV or boat with Storage At Summerlin, clean both the interior and exterior meticulously. Remove any dirt, debris, or organic matter, as these can cause stains, odors, or even mold growth over time. Use appropriate cleaners for different surfaces—fiberglass, metal, upholstery, and so on—and allow everything to dry completely.

2. Perform Maintenance Checks

Routine maintenance before storage can prevent issues from arising during periods of inactivity. Check and change the oil, filters, and fluids as recommended by the manufacturer. Inspect tires for wear and inflate them to the recommended pressure. Lubricate moving parts and ensure all systems (electrical, plumbing, etc.) are in good working order.

3. Protect Against Pests

Critters can cause significant damage if they find their way into your RV or boat. Seal any openings where pests could enter, such as vents, exhaust pipes, and gaps in doors or windows. Use rodent repellents or traps strategically placed inside and around the vehicle or boat.

4. Choose the Right Storage Location

Selecting the right storage location is crucial. If storing outdoors, opt for a covered storage area or invest in a quality cover that fits your vehicle or boat snugly. Indoor storage facilities are ideal for protecting against weather extremes and UV exposure. Ensure the storage area is secure against theft and vandalism.  Make sure to speak with one of the professionals here at Storage At Summerlin about our storage options, including our canopies to help protect your vehicle from the sun.

5. Use Proper Covers

For both RVs and boats, using covers designed specifically for them is essential. Quality covers protect against sun, rain, snow, and debris, preventing premature aging and damage to surfaces. Ensure covers are securely fastened to prevent flapping in the wind, which can cause wear and tear.

6. Maintain Ventilation

Proper ventilation prevents moisture buildup inside your RV or boat, which can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion. Leave vents open slightly to allow air circulation while ensuring no rain or pests can enter. Consider using dehumidifiers or moisture absorbers in enclosed spaces.

7. Consider Battery Maintenance

Batteries should be maintained during storage to prevent them from losing charge or deteriorating. For RVs, consider disconnecting the battery or using a trickle charger to maintain a full charge. Boats may benefit from removing the battery and storing it separately in a cool, dry place.

8. Protect Interior Fabrics and Surfaces

To preserve interior fabrics and surfaces, use protective treatments before storing. Treat upholstery with fabric protectants to repel stains and moisture. Clean and condition leather surfaces. Remove valuables and personal items to prevent theft and reduce the risk of damage.

9. Winterize Properly

If you live in a region with freezing temperatures, winterizing your RV or boat is essential. Drain all water systems, including tanks, pipes, and toilets, and use RV antifreeze to prevent residual water from freezing and causing damage. Follow manufacturer guidelines for winterizing specific to your vehicle or boat type.

10. Maintain Documentation

Keep all manuals, service records, and documentation organized and easily accessible. This includes maintenance records, warranties, and any modifications or upgrades made to your RV or boat. Documentation ensures you can quickly address any issues that arise and maintain resale value.

11. Regularly Inspect During Storage

Periodically check on your RV or boat during storage, especially if stored for an extended period. Inspect for signs of damage, leaks, or pest activity. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure your vehicle or boat remains in good condition. Storage At Summerlin is here to help you protect your assets.

12. Prepare for Return to Use

When the storage period is nearing its end, prepare your RV or boat for use again. Clean and inspect thoroughly, reapply protective treatments if necessary, and perform any maintenance required before taking it out on the road or water.

13. Store Your Vehicles Only With A Secure Company

Protect your RV and Boat in a safe and secure facility. Storage At Summerlin provides manned security patrols nightly via Securitas, the leading provider of custom security and guarding solutions.

14. Experience Matters

When it comes to making a decision on where to store your valuable RV and Boat, experience does matter.  Storage At Summerlin is a family-owned business with many roots in the Las Vegas community, established in 1991.  The professional and experienced staff is well-equipped to answer your questions and provide you with valuable input when deciding on the storage of your assets.


By following these best practices, you can ensure that your RV or boat remains in excellent condition during storage periods. Proper cleaning, maintenance, and storage techniques will not only protect your investment but also extend its lifespan and enhance your enjoyment when you’re ready to use it again. Whether you store your vehicle or boat for a few months or an entire season, a little preparation goes a long way in preserving its value and functionality.

Reach out to Storage At Summerlin today!

Storage At Summerlin
7441 West Lake Mead Boulevard
Suite 1
Las Vegas, Nevada 89128
(702) 254-2421