RV Storage at Avalon Storage in Redding, CA
Are you looking for an RV storage facility in Redding, CA? Look no further! Avalon Storage is a family owned and operated storage facility which offers a wide range of storage sizes, as well as convenient RV, Boat and Mini Storage options. We even have room for semi-trucks and heavy equipment. Whatever your needs, we have you covered.
Did you know that parking your RV, trailer, or boat in front of your house is not allowed in the city of Redding? It is also prohibited to park it in your driveway according to Redding’s municipal code. You must park your RV in your side yard, behind a 6-foot fence. Maneuvering your RV in and out of such a space is, at best, cumbersome. When you return home from your road trip this season, save yourself the headache; allow Avalon to take care of your RV storage needs. Our pull-through parking guarantees easy access for campers and RVs.
Avalon Storage is located off Airport Road in Redding.
Our Boat, Motorhome and RV Storage Offers
- Peace of mind with 50+ video cameras covering the entire property
- Easy maneuverability with pull-through spots and extra-wide driveways and gates
- Flexible storage options to free up valuable space in your backyard
Let Avalon Storage take care of your recreational vehicles this season. RV storage pricing starts around $60 per month. Call 530-221-1321 to speak with our on-site manager and check availability today.
How to Prepare Your RV for Storage
Before you bring your RV to Avalon Storage, we suggest taking the following steps:
Take your RV out for one last drive
Listen for any unusual sounds coming from the engine or undercarriage. Take note of any difficulties with steering, acceleration, or breaking. Pull over and visually inspect the engine and tires for damage. Lastly inspect the body. If you notice any problems, take your RV to a mechanic before you perform any of the following steps.
Turn off the gas and propane tanks
Turn off all appliances that require either gas or propane. Remove the propane tanks. Top them off and store in a cool, dry place, such as a low shelf in your garage or storage shed.
Empty water tanks
Both freshwater and wastewater tanks will need to be emptied. For your fresh water tanks, we recommend the following:
Freshwater Tank Prep
- Empty your fresh water tank.
- Fill it three-quarters full of clean water.
- Pour in 10 ounces of bleach
- Let sit for one hour
- Empty the tank again
- Follow the same procedure, but this time let sit for 30 minutes.
- Flush system 3 times with clean water
- Empty it one last time
- Your fresh water tank is now sanitized and ready for storage
- (Remember to refill it with clean water before your next trip!)
Let’s take a moment to talk about wastewater tanks. Make sure you clean your black water tank before your gray water tank. You use the same sewer hose for both. Your grey water tank carries soap residue, so cleaning it last will flush the hose with fragrant cleansers and leave your hose will smelling fresh.
The black water tank takes considerably more time to clean because fecal matter hardens and sticks to the inside of the tank. If you leave waste in your tank, it dries, clogging the lines and creating foul odors. Use an enzyme treatment to clean away hard water deposits and sludge.
For wastewater tanks, we recommend the following:
Black Water Tank Prep
- Clean your black water tank first
- Empty tank at proper disposal facility
- Use enzyme treatment
- Each treatment protocol differs, so follow the guidelines on your package for cleaning and emptying your tank
Grey Water Tank Prep
- Clean your grey water tank second
- Dissolve 20 ounces of water softener in a gallon of hot water.
- Pour it down the sink
- Backfill the tank with clean water
- Drive around for 20 minutes to mix the solution well
- Stop and drain the tank
- Backfill again, this time without water softener
- Repeat the backfill process until the water runs clear
- Now it’s ready for storage
Winterize the engine
Top off or change the oil, radiator, windshield wiper and brake fluids. Fill up the gas tank and add the appropriate amount of stabilizer. This will keep the fuel from breaking down and keep moisture from getting in the tank. Once you have added the fuel and stabilizer, run the RV for a few minutes to spread the stabilizer around.
Dry out your pipes
Once your tanks are empty you will need to dry out your pipes. This is especially important in the winter months when your pipes can freeze and crack. There are several ways to do this, but your best option is to review the owner’s manual or check with an RV mechanic to ensure it is done properly.
Scrub your refrigerator
Whether you can see it or not, mold makes its home in even the tidiest refrigerator. If left to spread, it will cover every surface. Warm temperatures and stagnant air create the perfect breeding ground, so it proliferates while your RV is in storage. We recommend you scour your refrigerator and freezer with a solution of water and bleach in a 10 to 1 ratio. After you finish, prop both doors open to guarantee you don’t have any surprises come spring.
Check your roof
If you’re storing your RV in one of our open spaces, it’s imperative you check the condition of your RV’s roof. Leaks can cause irreparable damage. Close the roof vents. Check the silicon seams, the caulking, and the rubber seals. If you find any worn or cracked, repair them immediately. This step may save you thousands in repair bills. Next, cover inside vents with mesh to keep the critters out. Make time for a thorough inspection at least once before you store it for the winter.
Invest in rodent prevention
Squirrels and mice love nothing more than making cozy homes in your warm, dry, vacant motorhome. They gnaw on rubber components and chew through wiring, not to mention the devastation they cause to your poor chair stuffing.
To prevent this invasion, inspect the underside of your vehicle. Seal any vents or openings which lead to the interior of the vehicle. You can fill the gaps with silicone, expanding foam, or in the case of exhaust vents, try steel wool.Next, head inside. Open each drawer and cabinet. Check the corners and crevices. If you can see daylight, mice can crawl in. Stuff those holes.
Remove all food and nesting materials, including things like soap, toothpaste and paper towels. Vacuum every crumb out of every corner. Really. Nothing attracts pests more than food.
Finally, set mouse traps in corners and around drains. Use insect spray freely and place ant traps in the refrigerator.
Service your engine
Change and/or fill your oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Also, add a fuel stabilizer if you plan to park your vehicle for more than 30 days.
Cover your RV tires
If you plan on utilizing RV storage for a few months at a time, it is a good idea to cover the tires. This prevents damage from cold weather and wear spots. When using an RV storage facility, it would be good idea to get a cover to keep your RV or camper safe from any and all elements. The Goodyear recreational tire care guide recommends you:
- Unload your vehicle so minimum weight is distributed on the tires.
- Inflate tires to their recommended operation pressure. Then add an additional 25%, but make certain you don’t exceed your rim manufacturer’s inflation capacity!
- Clean your tires with mild soap and water to remove any oil, grease, and dirt.
- Move your vehicle, at minimum, every three months to prevent rubber cracking.
- Place your RV on blocks when possible to remove weight from the tires. If you can’t, make certain your storage surface is firm, well-drained, and reasonably level.
Invest in a good cover
A good RV cover will prevent mold and mildew, and protect the outer shell from the elements. They’re like enormous blankets. They come in just about every shape and color imaginable, so pick out one which suits your personality. Make certain it’s made of breathable material and fits snuggly on your vehicle. It should allow for air to circulate freely, yet remain secure in high winds. Those are really the only requirements.
Invest in extra protection
Chain your wheels or use a wheel lock for additional security.
Purchase RV insurance
Contact your local RV insurance company to change your policy to “storage only” coverage. It’s cheap and it’ll give you peace of mind.
Choose Avalon for your storage needs. Save yourself hassle. Leave your motorhome in our capable hands until you’re ready to take it out for your next adventure. Call us at 530-221-1321 for a free tour of our storage facilities today.