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Old 07-26-2019, 06:54 PM   #43
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Storage at Home and at a Storage Lot

For tax purposes (Fairfax County, Virginia) we pay for a storage lot in Prince William County about 8 miles away from my house. I save about $2500/year (even after subtracting out the storage fees) having the storage lot paperwork to provide to the FFX County Board of Taxation. But, BUT I have built a parking pad in my side yard where we move the Escape Plan a week or so before we *intend* to travel to meet the requirement of the FFX County Tax assessorís code. NOTE: we *intend* to travel every weekend, consequently, I pay for a storage lot in Prince William County that doesnít get used all that much.

The pad is the first step of building a roof/carport/garage to protect the Escape Plan from falling hickory nuts, leaves, dead limbs and the prying eyes of the FFX County Tax Assessorís drone.
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:20 AM   #44
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We have always been fortunate enough to keep our 25' or 28' in our driveway. For a while we did store it and found that to be a big negative.

Having it near by means it can be an office, a guest house, easy to pack, easy to pull out that thing you forgot... Our current house is much smaller than our previous and it means we have a nice private guest house for visitor.

Spent all that $ on it and want to maximize my return.

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Old 07-31-2019, 09:22 AM   #45
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If you donít mind having the bed against the wall go with the smaller one and keep it home. We have a 27 and are able to keep it home and love having it here. Makes getting ready for trips so much easier plus having an extra oven and refrigerator at Thanksgiving is great!

We also use it as a guest house - Thatís very handy with only one problem... itís hard to get the guests to leave!
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:24 AM   #46
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Originally Posted by Belbein View Post
We're still chasing our tails on the 25' or 27' decision. I'd pretty much decided that the AirForum community's general advice--bigger is better--was right on. Then someone whose opinion I trust said: "Do you really want to buy something you can't bring home?" That completely stopped me in my tracks. My previous TTs were both the size that we could bring home to clean, wash, stock, service ... but it's unlikely that I can get a 27 in my driveway. That seems like a non-starter.

On the other hand, all of y'all with 30s and 34s and such surely can't get them in a residential driveway.

So, is this a big deal?
Seriously? Literally thousands of trailer and motorhome owners live in apartments, condos, and communities which do not accomodate RVs. If you are not one of those, you are lucky.
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:49 AM   #47
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:00 AM   #48
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I advise friends to get the smallest camper they can.
Big ones are great when parked, bad for driving.
I have friends who got biggest they could, but do not take it often because of the amount in gas they spend to drive and the size of it keep them from going to many non-campground locations.
With small ones it is nothing to just tow it around for no reason.
Everyone has their own list of needs and reasons to determine what they need… Yours are unique only to you
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:11 AM   #49
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Take it Home

The cool thing about Airstreams is they can fit in a standard height garage (10ft). 28 ft and room to spare.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:21 AM   #50
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This or second Airstream over ten years - a 28' to a 30". We've never had room in our drive for either, so we are not able to use our 30' as an additional "guest room". Like others have posted we currently live in an HOA community where we are limited to a 72 hour park in from to our home which has always given us more than enough time to power up and stock the rig. Our storage facility ($64.00/month) is about fifteen minutes away. While I guess it would be nice to have the rig right out our door all the time, I would not have compromised the size rig we have for that capability.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:39 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by Belbein View Post
...the AirForum community's general advice--bigger is better...
My advice, and I've seen others give it too, is go as small as you can be comfortable in. I prioritize flexibility and easy maneuverability.
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Old 07-31-2019, 10:45 AM   #52
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We bring ours home after every trip (its a 31 footer) - we can work on it, we can rent it, we have company that stays in it (they love it) and we can load it for a week before we leave. Of course we could park it anywhere on these 80 acres, but we usually put it beside the garage and between the chicken house. Nice to have it home, nice to use it when necessary, and since I seem to be handy at fixing things - you have to fix everything when you live on a farm - its ready to go when we get ready to go. However, sometimes the Mrs. sure pushes me to finish fixing something!!!!

Yes - I am being facetious!!! I know that those that live in the city are, sometimes, confined by rules and regulations about what can be parked where and for how long - but it sure comes in handy around here to have it home!

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Old 07-31-2019, 10:50 AM   #53
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If it gets unbearably hot here, I am planning on plugging in Bramble and turning on the AC for a more restful night's sleep (in my driveway)!
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy...

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Old 07-31-2019, 10:59 AM   #54
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Remember a 25 is actually 26í a 26 ft which we love has 27í a 27 is 28 feet and get this a 28 is 27 feet! Check out total length not what theyíre called😊
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:23 AM   #55
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We have had other trailers parked in the backyard, but decided to go bigger with the Airstream and that just doesnít work. Added solar and found a great, locked
and guarded storage area...relatively inexpensive and theyíll do ďconciergeĒ service (for a price...) wash, wax, turn on the refrigerator, fill the propane & water.

We can put it in front of the house when we really need to and our neighbors are great about not complaining, although the they do want tours. No more overflow guests at night though.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:25 AM   #56
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While I keep my30í Classic in a garage, I do bring it home for prep and maintenance. It fits the driveway.

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