By Eric Killough
Having recently sold Lanterman Motors, Pratt businessman Ralph Lanterman has now turned his attention to a new venture with the opening of Pratt RV and Boat Storage.
Located on four-and-a-half acres at the edge of town just west of the Boutique 7 Hotel, Lanterman and wife Linda purchased the property in 2022. Lanterman spent the better part of late last year and early this year getting the property into shape and adding structures suitable for RV and boat storage. Included in the upgrades are a newly built RV storage building measuring 140 feet by 50 feet.
“We built it big enough to store these big bus type motor homes,” Lanterman said. “You’ve got a lot of fifth wheel campers that are tall and long. It will accommodate any of the big stuff.”
Not just for boats and RVs Lantermans said the newly opened establishment is to be an all-around storage facility able to accommodate any storage requirements that someone might have.
There is currently room to cover 6 boats and 10 RVs along with three heated stalls that can be used for boats or a particular item such as equipment or perishables that someone wants stored through the winter and out of the elements.
“We want to make this a high-class storage facility, we don’t want to store junk here,” Lanterman said. “We want to keep the facility clean and neat. We have security systems in place with more steps being taken to ensure the safety of the items stored. We are completely fenced with three wires of barbed wire on the top and will eventually install a power gate with a combination, and with that combination we’ll be able to track who comes in and out. We want a secure place; it is well lighted at this time but if we need more lighting, we’re going to put more lighting up. The whole facility will be secure.”
The main building on the grounds has several rooms suitable for office space and Lanterman has received inquiries as to their availability for rent or lease but has not decided whether to go in that direction.
“We’ve got the land to grow and are prepared to erect more storage space, as the situation warrants. We might also put in some 8 foot by 8 foot or 10 foot by 12 foot units for personal storage,” he said.