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Old 07-24-2004, 01:55 AM   #1
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OK, so you buy your AS RV, now where do you store it! Your may be lucky enough to be able to store in your driveway, or personal barn or outbuilding. My AS has caused me to go into the RV storage business! How may you ask? Well in the beginning, I was simply looking to purchase a small trailer that I could store in my garage. You know, one of those pop-ups less than 20í, so I could take out for overnighters to paint scenes in beautiful Oregon, and do a little camping here and there. I did my homework and found a hard-sided pop-up called Chalet. I showed my wife, and she said she would not spend more than a couple of nights in it! Then, when looking at RVís at George M. Sutton RV in Eugene, OR, we saw our first AS! We instantly fell in love (dangerous) with the CCD, and decided to purchase one. After taking possession, I needed a place to store it, as our homeowners association does not allow RVís stored at home. Iíve owned an old airplane hanger metal building behind my business for the last 10 years. The runway is no longer used as an airfield. Iíve used it for storing ďmy stuffĒ, and rented a few spaces over the years for miscellaneous things. The building was originally purchased tp control what happened there. It is 175í long by 32í wide, and the overhead clearance is 11í. So I figured I could store my CCD in this building, and maybe configure it to store more RVís and generate a little income stream. A couple of phone calls in the area suggested there might be a demand for this type of business, as they were all full. I hired a contractor to reconfigure the walls, electrical, gutters, some of the doors, gravel lot, and perimeter fencing. I just finished reconfiguring the building for RV storage spaces. I hope to rent out spaces for anyone willing to cough up the rent money. Rent for spaces in the area varies from $65-$125/month, depending on amenities. Some of the amenities I have provided are perimeter fencing with locked main gate, 20 amp electrical outlets in each bay, two lights in each bay on timers, locked individual doors, and dump station with water. I donít know what is considered important in RV storage of ASís, or any other SOB for that matter. I think I have addressed all the concerns (Safety, Protection, Battery recharge, Dump station). Have I forgotten anything? Any ideas what a fair price for storage might be (I know it varies depending on area). What are the advantages of storing an AS, or any other RV under cover? Does it protect the RV enough to warrant the storage fee (Iím looking for reasons to convince people to store their RV here)? My phone add wonít go into the phone book until November, so need to get some newspaper adds in soon for folks looking for places to store their RV's this winter! Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 07-24-2004, 06:25 AM   #2
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Looks GREAT! Come on over to Maryland and I'll rent a space!
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Here in FL outside storage uncovered runs $30-50 a month in a locked but 24 hour accessible facility. If you want covered parking they charge by the foot and it runs $3 to 5 per foot. The amenities of power and a dump station are bonus. Most storage places I have been in do not offer these either.
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Old 07-24-2004, 05:28 PM   #5
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I pay $180 per month for a 14'W x 40'L x 16'H self storage unit that has electricity, and cement floor. Considering all the weathering effects of leaving a trailer outside, I feel it's money well spent. There is also a shortage of these units in our area too.

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I shell out $90/month for a 12'x40' roofed, lighted, concrete floored space in a fenced lot with code gate and security cameras. Some slots have 30a power for an additional charge, mine doesn't. I have 24-hour access which they give only to long-time occupants; most have access from 6am to midnight.

Here in Texas, my greatest fear is hail damage and I am storing the trailer in a known storm corridor. I figure the $90 is cheap hail insurance and will pay back in reduced sun damage to tires, curtains, and such. It also makes it bearable to work on the trailer in the summer months.

The adjacent storage building is pretty close and it takes some care to back into the space. I used to worry about someone backing into me while putting their RV away. Fortunately, I have a small motorhome on one side that pulls well into her space forward and several long-term stored automobiles on the other side. Now, I just have to worry about hitting them!
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You are onto something.

Come to Santa Fe next.
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Old 07-24-2004, 11:27 PM   #8
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Advantages of indoor storage...

- Hail and snow protection
- Rain protection, so no leaks to worry about... no floor rot, etc
- No fading of paint/stripes, or peeling of clearcoat on an AS
- No sun damage to curtains and upholstery, plastic parts, tires...
- Protection from vandals, thieves

I pay $40/mo for indoor storage with cement floor, but it's out in the country 25+ miles from my house. But must be saving that much or more in damage to the trailer.
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The best reason that I have for storing inside is "an RV parked outside on your lot says that you are home"---when the RV is gone it says that "the homeowner is not home and thieves can have a hayday. By the way, my A/S MH is exposed about 10 minutes during loading and driving away because I back it out of storage and snuggle up to the back door where it is unseen from the highway, pull forward, hook up the toad and drive away with minimum exposure. It has worked so far. Keeping fingers crossed. Question! If you use an off site storage and pull up to your front door to load are you exposed? Suggest having all of your loadout material ready at the front door to minimize your exposure to would be thieves.

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Old 07-25-2004, 01:05 AM   #10
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The best reason that I have for storing inside is "an RV parked outside on your lot says that you are home"---when the RV is gone it says that "the homeowner is not home and thieves can have a hayday. By the way, my A/S MH is exposed about 10 minutes during loading and driving away because I back it out of storage and snuggle up to the back door where it is unseen from the highway, pull forward, hook up the toad and drive away with minimum exposure. It has worked so far. Keeping fingers crossed. Question! If you use an off site storage and pull up to your front door to load are you exposed? Suggest having all of your loadout material ready at the front door to minimize your exposure to would be thieves.

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Great reasons for Storage! And good suggestions for loading your RV! Sounds like you have done this a time or two. Not to be nosy, but how often do you travel with your RV? If only a couple of times a year, should'nt be a problem. And if you load/unload in dark, even less of a problem.

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Old 07-25-2004, 01:26 AM   #11
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Advantages of indoor storage...

- Hail and snow protection
- Rain protection, so no leaks to worry about... no floor rot, etc
- No fading of paint/stripes, or peeling of clearcoat on an AS
- No sun damage to curtains and upholstery, plastic parts, tires...
- Protection from vandals, thieves
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Also great reasons for storage! Being a new AS owner, I've wondered how much weather takes its toll on exterior (and ultimately interior). I suppose the detoriation is the same for any RV (AS or SOB). Now I'm armed with some information to give for prospective renters. Who knows.....maybe I can make it an AS only storage facility! I personally know of 4 AS's in the area that are stored outside. I've considered printing cards to take to residences that I see with RV's parked in driveways to get the word out about my new storage facility. I may print up a list of reasons of "why store your RV" (gleaned from forum users). Thank you all for your knowledge and input, you have been most helpful!

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Old 07-25-2004, 02:11 AM   #12
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Which means............................................. .what? God knows I've sunk a lot of my retirement money into this project! And for what? Just know that I'm protecting my "own AS", and maybe a few other SOB's if anyone bites on the idea! Now for coming to Sante Fe! I've seen that there are some rallies scheduled near or in Sante Fe. Won't make the "Fiesta de Santa Fe in Sept, 2004, So will have to arrange a separate trip, maybe this winter sometime to rendevous. I guess it would take 4-5 days to drive, (taking my time) from Oregon. Anyway, you've been lots of help (and laughs) on this forum! Would love to visit you and the Sante Fe area again in our AS!

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I would assume that "deluxe storage" such as yours would be worth between $ 100.00 to $ 200.00 per month. The location is important.
I pay $ 60.00 for the 71 (outside, gravel lot) right now, during the restoration of the 63, because I don't have room for both in my warehouse.
It makes a HUGE difference if the trailer is stored inside or out. The washing and cleaning time alone is worth the difference in price. My trailer is filthy after being instorage for just a week. The 63 in the warehouse is till clean as a whistle.
Being able to plug in teh trailer to keep the batteries charged, keeping a pest repellent plugged on, and perhaps running the fans on automatic for a few hours a week is certainly a plus.
In Los Angels, this would be worth a mint. Not sure on Oregon's pricing.
However, I don't think you're going to have aproblem filling your spaces.
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Great reasons for Storage! And good suggestions for loading your RV! Sounds like you have done this a time or two. Not to be nosy, but how often do you travel with your RV? If only a couple of times a year, should'nt be a problem. And if you load/unload in dark, even less of a problem.

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