Storing your Airstream properly will give you peace of mind that you can pick up where you left off. The more you put in ahead of storing your Airstream, the more you will get out of it on the other end when you are able to hit the road with minimal prep work. Proper storage and storage procedures can also lead to fewer repairs and less clean up. Whether long-term storage or just for a short period between trips, here are a few storage options to consider:
Do I Need To Keep My Airstream Covered When Not In Use?
There are many benefits to storing your Airstream in a covered area when not in use. It protects the exterior from the elements, which can accelerate the degradation of sealants and plastic components on the exhaust fan, roof vents, and other appliances and accessories installed on your travel trailer. It also helps keep the temperature inside of your Airstream more regulated.
That said, all Airstreams are designed for four-season use and hold up well under the elements, though winter camping is much easier with the use of additional accessories (like AirSkirts) and some additional procedures. If you need to store your Airstream somewhere that is not covered, ensure it is properly stored for the season and environment. See: How To Winterize Your Airstream (and why) and How To Deter Wildlife From Damaging My Airstream While In Storage?
What Type of Covered Storage Is Best For My Airstream?
Airstream does not recommend using any type of flexible cover for your travel trailer. The installation and movement of these types of covers in windy conditions could scratch your Airstream’s clear-coat. Instead, consider a carport, garage, or covered storage unit. The size of your Airstream, your location, and your budget will determine what type of covered storage is best for you.
If you have the space and there are no regulations about storing your Airstream on your own property, installing a carport or building a garage is a great solution. You’ll always have your Airstream nearby giving you peace of mind that it is in good hands, and if you have the ability to add electrical service to your storage area, even better. These types of storage setups can also serve as a guest house or office space, adding more comfortable living space to your home.
Renting a secure storage unit is a popular option with Airstreamers whose home is not an option for storage. When shopping for a space, consider security, if it’s temperature controlled, wildlife preventative measures, distance for your home, and cost. There are often a variety of options available – from climate controlled individual storage bays to three-sided covers that shield your Airstream from sun, rain, snow, and hail.