If you really want to protect your recreational vehicle when it is not in use, consider renting covered parking. This is an especially wise choice for RV owners seeking winter storage in the Little Rock area. The local weather during winter can present several hazards and storage challenges for RV owners. Vehicles left unprotected can be damaged in many ways from extreme temperature changes, winter storms and possible vandalism when left unguarded and idle for a portion of the year.
Protect Your Investment
You always have the option if land is available to build your own RV covered parking structure. Additionally, you will need the financial resources to even construct a simple steel-paneled pole barn to house your RV. Although these structures are unheated, still expect a sticker price from $15,000 to $30,000 when hiring a professional building contractor. If you are the handy type, do-it-yourself kits are available for considerably less. However, you should consider your time and sweat when examining this choice. Also, consider an RV metal carport that will protect the vehicle from snow gathering on the rooftop. These carports are available in do-it-yourself kits as well with sloping rooftops designed to allow snow, ice, hail and other elements to slide off easily.
Consider Other Types of Covered Parking
Here are other types of covered parking can include top-quality choices, with all the bells and whistles, to simple overhead protection:
- Heated, Fully Enclosed – this would be the ultimate “garage” for your vehicle parking and storage, Temperature control will protect vehicle components possible subject to damage due to an extreme dip – or rise – in temperature. Obviously, any vehicle stored in this type of structure is fully protected against any type of weather.
- Enclosed, Shared Parking Facility – may be a huge arena-like steel building that can be accessed by driving through an opened overhead door. You can save money here because it is shared use, plus these structures are usually not heated.
- Outdoor Parking – is usually the least expensive and depending upon the amount of investment, might be the better choice. However, employing a sturdy, dependable, portable tie-down cover is highly recommended.
Winter time in Little Rock really presents RV and boat owners with making one of two choices:
- Move further south for the winter joining thousands of other snowbirds, which if possible, may not be a bad idea or…
- Choose the best Little Rock covered parking option to fit your specific needs.
What Are Different Boat and/or RV Storage Needs?
The need for a fully covered heated facility may be dictated by the amount of plastic components that make up your vehicle. Obviously, if you have a pop-up or fold-up type of tent trailer, finding a heated residential garage-sized storage unit will protect the vehicle from severe temperature changes as well as winter storm elements. Unfortunately, most homeowners lack the residential garage space to store a recreational vehicle or boat when not in use. Parking it outside unprotected may not be a good option. Plus, you always need to examine your insurance coverage making sure you have the correct protection for damage caused by weather. Regardless the amount of winter snow that accumulates in the Little Rock area, you really do not want to have to climb up upon your slippery RV roof to scrape off any snowy build-up, do you? This is especially true for large RV owners. A better option is to look for dependable covered parking.
Renting Little Rock Covered Parking
Renting Little Rock covered parking is for most RV and boat owners the better way to protect your investment when not in use. Monthly rental fees are typically charged by size, as well as accompanying amenities like security features, heated units and more. Yet, despite the length of storage time need, renting will generally prove more convenient and affordable than either parking next to your garage outdoors or investing in your own storage structure. There are several factors to consider when comparing facilities and pricing including:
Is the covered facility a shared one that houses parked vehicles allowing but mere inches of space between each?
Many storage facilities will “pack ‘em in” maximizing revenue for the storage space used. This may not be a good choice for short-term renting.
Always check with a prospective storage facility about what their insurance policy will and will not cover. In most situations, it is wise to keep your vehicle’s comprehensive coverage in the event a specific storage facility fails due to excessive weather conditions – such as a tornado.
Most facilities will charge by the foot so monthly fees could range from $50 to well into the hundreds of dollars per month. This needs to be accounted for in any annual operating budget for use of your RV or boat.