The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Storage Options for Full-time RVers Living Off-Grid

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Did you know that there are over 9 million people in the United States who live full-time in recreational vehicles (RVs)? 

These full-time RVers, also known as “vanlifers” or “nomads,” often choose to set up a permanent homebase on off-grid land. 

However, finding the right storage options for their belongings can be a challenge.


In this blog post, we will cover the following main points:

  • Understanding the unique storage needs of full-time RVers who live off-grid
  • The pros and cons of different storage options such as storage containers, sheds, and barns
  • How to properly secure and protect stored items from the elements
  • Tips for organizing and maximizing the use of storage space
  • Real-life examples and case studies from full-time RVers who have successfully set up their off-grid land homebase with effective storage solutions.
  • Understanding the unique storage needs of full-time RVers who live off-grid

Full-time RVers have to be mindful of the limited storage space in their vehicles and often need to find external storage options for their belongings.

Living off-grid means not having access to traditional storage solutions like self-storage units or garages, so alternative options need to be considered.

The storage needs of full-time RVers can vary depending on factors such as the size of their RV, the length of their stays at a homebase, and their lifestyle.


The pros and cons of different storage options such as storage containers, sheds, and barns

Storage containers: 

Pros include durability, portability, and weather resistance. 

Cons include the cost of purchase or rental, and the need for a level surface to place the container on.

Sheds: 

Pros include the ability to customize the size and design to fit specific storage needs, and the option to add insulation for temperature control. 

Cons include the cost of materials and labor, and the need for a level surface and proper foundation.

Barns: 

Pros include ample storage space, the ability to add living quarters, and the option to add insulation and electricity. 

Cons include the cost of materials and labor, zoning and permitting requirements, and the need for a level surface and proper foundation.


How to properly secure and protect stored items from the elements

• Use weatherproof and durable storage options such as plastic storage bins with tight-fitting lids

• Use a tarp or other protective cover to shield stored items from rain and sun

• Consider using a dehumidifier to prevent mold and mildew growth

• Make sure stored items are off the ground and elevated to prevent water damage


Tips for organizing and maximizing the use of storage space

• Use vertical storage solutions such as shelves and hanging organizers

• Use clear plastic storage bins to easily see what is inside

• Utilize under-bed storage space

• Use a storage inventory system to keep track of what items are stored and where they are located


In conclusion, full-time RVers who live off-grid have to be mindful of the limited storage space in their vehicles and often need to find external storage options for their belongings. 

Finding the right storage solution can be challenging, but with an understanding of the unique storage needs, consideration of different storage options, proper protection and organization of stored items, you can make the most of the limited space at your off-grid land homebase.


We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this topic, please share your comments below. 

If you found this post helpful, please share it with your fellow full-time RVers and off-grid enthusiasts.


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