Key Considerations for RV and Boat Storage Buildings

RV storage steel building with several nice RVs parked inside


Choosing the Right Storage Solution

Big ticket items such as cars and appliances are serious investments that you need to care for. Boats and RVs are in a class of their own, though not everyone has the means or space to store them. 

That’s where storage buildings come in handy. Whether you want to open a storage facility or find a unit to keep your items safe, there are some key considerations for RV and Boat storage buildings you need to keep in mind.

Storage Options

The Type of Unit

RV and boat storage buildings fall under three categories: exposed, partially exposed, or fully enclosed. Exposed storage is basically outdoor parking. While it offers more space and the possibility of earning more rent, it comes with the risk of theft, vandalism, and weather exposure.

A partially exposed unit may have a canopy overhead or three walls. An overhead canopy does protect from some sun damage but offers little protection from snow and rain. Three-sided storage adds some protection from the elements. Lastly, fully enclosed units offer all four walls and a door to protect the items inside from theft and weather damage.

If you’re building a storage unit, consider your local climate and the amount of land available. Open storage may not be the best option for your business if you’re located in an area that receives a lot of rain. The type of storage you choose also depends on how comfortable you are leaving your boat and RV exposed.

steel RV storage building with washing station

Facility Features

Amenities Offered

Both RVs and boats require special equipment for regular maintenance, which isn’t always accessible. Having access to pump stations, wash bays, and compressed air can be extremely helpful for clients in a pinch. Some facilities may install security measures such as cameras, fences, gates, and alarms. Contractors considering an exposed storage facility should install these safety measures.

If you’re a customer looking for a quality storage facility, the storage unit should at least have a dump station. Do they have an office, restrooms, or water supply? You may not need all of these things, but ultimately, you’re looking for more than just a slab of concrete.

Contractors and clients alike should consider the amenities surrounding the site. How close is it to restaurants, hotels, gas stations, or waterways and docks?

Design Considerations

Site Design

An important consideration for RV and boat storage facilities is the design of the buildings. RVs and boats on trailers are difficult to maneuver, and a storage facility should provide sufficient space to navigate the site. While you may want to utilize as much rental space as possible, you’ll see less damage to buildings and vehicles with a more spacious site.

At TruSteel Buildings, we understand there’s a lot to consider when picking out or designing the perfect storage facility. Whether you’re looking to start your own business or want to set up storage on your own land, we can make it a little easier. Our RV and boat storage building kits guarantee quality, so you can feel confident about the condition, durability, and integrity of your structure!

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