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Storage Ideas For Your RV


In the GTA, suburban streets and sidewalks lock in the heat as temperatures rise. Rush hour is now a permanent phenomenon being so close to Toronto, and each car is belching out exhaust and creating a shimmering mirage around tailpipes. Outside of our vehicles there are enough sweaty people milling around that it feels like you’re breathing the same recycled air. In case of the storefronts, theatres, and offices heavily air conditioned this season, that’s a fact!

We’re a proud small business located in the GTA, with our flagship store offering Richmond Hill mini storage options that are affordable, convenient, and secure. We love this little pocket of the world, but we’re not too big to admit that summer in the city gets tedious.

For those going a little squirrely in the city, the RV represents an escape from the daily grind. Combining the best of road tripping and camping, RVing can help you shed summer stress by reconnecting with nature. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Ontario Shield that’s calling your name or the flat plains of the Prairies, the knowledge that you’ll be leaving behind the smoggy GTA for the great outdoors comes with a sense of relief before you even embark on your trip! 

Don’t let your excitement distract you from what lies ahead. There’s more to your trip than routes, campsites, and meal plans. If you plan on spending the Civic Holiday on the road, you have to make sure your RV is fully stocked with all of the supplies you’ll need for your journey. In such a small space, storage doesn’t come easy, so we wanted to share our favourite organizational tips for when you hit the road.

1. Remember bungee cords

If you like driving off of the beaten path, you’ll have the task of navigating your large RV down narrow and winding gravel roads. When you’re behind the wheel, all of your focus should be on the road ahead of you, not what’s going on inside the cabin. Unfortunately, these roads can knock loose untethered items and open cupboard doors. You’ll be greeted with a huge mess if you don’t place loose items in cupboards and tether their doors closed with bungee cords.

2. Repurpose shoe organizers

You know those shoe organizers that attach to the back of your door? Hang one of these on the door to your washroom to free up shelving and cupboard space. Drop toiletries and other bathroom items into the shoe slots, and you’ll have easy access to things you use daily without compromising on space. It works so well you might want to install one near your bed and the kitchen to keep your sleep things and cooking utensils respectively.

3. Remember to pull camping gear out of storage

Just because you’re on the road in a camper or a full RV doesn’t mean you won’t need your tent, sleeping bag, or camping cookware. If you plan to portage into Crown Land this summer, you’ll have to leave your vehicle behind at designated parking spots. Many of our Thornhill mini storage units are used to house customer’s camping gear, so make sure you snag this equipment from yours before you hit the road.

4. Pack tension rods

You can pick up cheap tension rods at the dollar store. Rather than use them to hold up your drapes, install them vertically in your cupboards to delineate space. It’s a great way to break up a shelf that you plan on using to store flat items, like cutting boards and trays. They also make a great impromptu drying rack for swimsuits and towels. Simply install them in the door of your bathroom and drape wet clothes over them et voila you have DIY drying rack.

5. Roll pack clothing

If the army does it to save space, we should pay attention. Instead of packing your clothes the usual way — by folding them flat — use this guide to roll your clothes. By rolling your clothes you’ll limit the amount of surface space and volume your clothing takes up, and you’ll free up a ton of space to use with other necessities. Or, you know, more clothes.

Once you have your RV packed up tight, all that’s left is hand-picking songs for your summer playlist. (We’re partial to 24K Magic and Something Like This if you’re stumped). Then there’s nothing stopping you from escaping the concrete jungle for the beautiful Canadian landscape.

Don’t forget to contact us when you roll back into the GTA. Our outdoor storage options are ideal for a large vehicle like an RV. Just give us a call, and we’ll set you up. We only ask that you let us know how your cross-country trip went!

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  • August 24, 2012. Very happy with service.

  • Cleanest seft storage I`ve seen I have used self-storage places 3 times in Canada and I was very impressed on how clean is this place. Other pros: Good location (convinient for me :), very friendly staff, and good price. I do recommend this place. 2011-08-03

  • Hi guys, I just recently rented a 10x10 storage unit from you guys and decided to write a review. When I first walked into the office, I was impressed how organized it looked, it was not like the other storage companies I previously visited. It was cleaned, smelled nice and most importantly I was greeted...

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  • September 10, 2012. Abacus Self Storage staff have been very helpful, friendly and accessibe. The facility is clean, bright and ideal. I definitely recommend it.

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  • Thank you so much for excellent services. I like the way how the renting storage is organized. It is easy and fast. The customer service is so good!!! People at the front desk are very friendly and helpful at all given time. Thanks again. Galyna

  • September 1, 2012. From my first call and enquiry, it has always been a pleasure dealing with the staff at Abacus Self Storage, where they provide outstanding customer service.

  • August 31, 2012. As a customer of many years, I commend Abacus for clean, well-lit and maintained, secure premises with huge carts now for ease of moving items. Customer Service, under Jane`s managment, is efficient and friendly. In fact. I consider the team as friends.

  • Hi there, this messge is for Jane, I just wanted to leave a thank you. Holly was just wonderful, she is professional and she is helpful and it was really kind of her to help me sign in yesterday. I just wanted to let Jane know that Holly is a wonderful resource person and I`ll see you guys later. Bye...

  • April 2013-Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. One stop shop to buy all packing and moving supplies. Very clean, bright and secure storage facility, that can be easily accessed. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a storage facility!

    Jodi M
  • Great customer service at the Richmond Hill location! We`ve had a storage locker here for just over a year, and the facility is always clean and well-lit. Extremely well-maintained and the staff are super-friendly! :) They even went so far as to help us find an alternate supplier of packing peanuts when...

  • I have used Abacus twice in the last 5 years. Terrific service, good rates, exceptionally clean. If I need to use a self storage facility again in the future these are the people I would go to.

    Louise K
  • August 23, 2012. I have been a client of Abacus for over two years, and can recommend their services. Jane and her team are always pleasant and helpful, and the premises are clean and secure. In short, an enjoyable experience!

  • November 14, 2011. We have been entirely pleased with Abacus` service and pleasant and professional policies.  They are very quick to respond to inquires and do their best so that our experience utilizing their storge facility is pain and stress free. Thank you.

  • I just wanted to drop a quick not to say how much of a pleasant experience it was to reserve our unit and how easy it is to use. At a very stressfull time ( with moving) it`s great to have something go so smoothly.

    Jeff Dunning
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    Maria Paheco
  • We have been with Abacus for a few years and we have never had a problem. The place is always clean, tidy and well kept, they are very nice to deal with and have great customer service. They look out for the customer and we like that. We highly recommend Abacus to anyone looking for storage, and...

  • August 26, 2012. Friendly and helpful staff. clean and professional facility! A truly great place to store things! Highly recommended!

    Elmira and Brian
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  • August 27, 2012. The Team at Abacus is professional, very helpful and courteous-always giving a little bit extra and doing a little bit more that what is asked. The facilities are well-run, clean and secure. I highly recommend them.

  • 04-17-2014-My girlfriend and I are moving into a new place together and we had to find a secure, affordalble and  convenient storage facility to store our belongings, while we are transitioning to a new apartment. Jane made us feel extremely confident that we were choosing the right place. She helped...

    Scott and Ola, Scottola
  • I,ve been with you for a decade now and am glad to say how pleased I am with the high calibre of your personnel. Specifically, Jane`s ever friendly, courteous, helpful nature make my visits a joy. She takes genuine interest in us and I send my appreciation. Also, David goes out of his way to assist...

  • We are very happy with storage location, facility is alway`s clean and accessible. Anna S

    Anna S
  • 04-30-2013-just rented a storage locker from Abacus Self Storage. They are well organized , courteous, well organized and efficient. The locker is spotlessly clean and I am very pleased with the experience. They provide a lock and also had a special on the space rental on the second floor where I paid...

    Elyse Pomeranz
  • August 25, 2012. I was amazed at how organized everything was at Abacus, and Jane`s service was exceptional!! Our locker was totally in order and well lit. the gates and doors work....everything went without a hitch! What a joy to work with a company that really knows their business, and cares...

  • Satisfied on cleanleness, location, efficient management and reasonable priced.

    Raymond Tam
  • September 1, 2012. Abacus Self Storage was recommended to me from clients I had sold a home to several years ago. I have found Jane and all the staff to be unbelievably kind to me as well as patient and understanding. I will always recommend this storage facility to anyone I know. I thank everyone there...

  • September 13, 2012. Walking into the office, I knew this was the place I wanted to store our belongings. Jane was so helpful and accommodating. The place was very clean and well laid out for moving and manouevering your way around. I know I found the place when I walked into Abacus.

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