Proper RV storage is more than just a flat space surrounded by a fence. A good storage operator knows what you need and how to take care of your investment so you can get back to enjoying it next spring.
Lou Baisi, owner of Alta RV Storage, says there are four things to look for when putting your trailer, motor home, boat or other vehicle up for the winter:
1. Security: This is the big one. “People won’t normally steal a camper from an RV storage. Usually it’s tanks and batteries they’re after,” Baisi said.
Alta RV Storage has cameras, a high fence topped with two feet of barbed wire, drone surveillance, and live-in management. “At some sites, the staff goes home at 5:30 and there’s no one there overnight. Our people live there,” he said. “We’ve never had anything stolen from our compound.”
2. Location: Alta RV Storage is just outside of town. “When you leave Red Deer going south on 30th Avenue, it becomes Range Road 272. We’re not even five minutes outside of the city.”
3. A dumping station: Why should you have to haul your unit out of your way to empty the tanks? Alta RV Storage has a sani-dump on site. “We might be the only storage facility with our own sani-dump,” Baisi said
4. The right surface: A paved entrance and laneways, and pavement around the sani-dump are important for keeping you clean and dry on your way in. And Baisi says gravel is the best surface for the storage lot.
“Grass and vegetation provide habitat for rodents, which can destroy your vehicle over the course of a winter,” he said. “Gravel doesn’t attract them.” In addition to the gravel surface, Alta RV Storage has an aggressive rodent-control program.
Gravel also helps drainage on the lot. The compound has a three-foot crown, so water drains out to ditches and away to a drainage pond.
Alta RV Storage offers four different stall sizes, so you can find something big enough but not end up paying for a bigger space than you need. It’s all part of Baisi’s commitment to serving his customers.
“It’s easy to think of RV storage as just a parking lot,” he said. “But if you’ve invested a lot of money in your RV, there’s a right way to take care of it.”
Learn more about Alta RV storage online at altarvstorage.ca or call today – 587-693-4500