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Old 11-27-2014, 12:46 AM   #1
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Storing Your Interstate In or Outside

Hi all

I live near San Francisco

Moderate weather

On waiting list for inside storage including at the Airstream dealership in Fairfield, CA.

I can keep at my home but my guess is that storing inside us best.

Any comments?

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Old 11-27-2014, 02:01 AM   #2
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We're pretty fortunate in that our modular home has a 14' X 60' carport that covers our AI as well as our two cars + my motorcycle. I was also able to Y off a sewer clean out with a dump fitting for the AI. The AI gets dusty but easy enough to clean up.
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:07 AM   #3
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Hi, I probably live near you and could store my Airstream at the Fairfield dealer outside on the gravel lot if I wanted. Instead I opted for storage in Benicia under the freeway. It's not indoors but is under the partial overhead cover of the freeway. I always thought parking the AS on my lot would be a terrific hint for would be burglars. They'd always know that if my AS is not on my lot that I would most likely not be home as well.
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:48 AM   #4
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If you have an Interstate and space on your property to park it why would you want to pay a storage fee to have it stored somewhere else?

As mentioned on another recent thread the paint finish on these vans can handle being outside. I use mine on a regular basis for grocery shopping, etc. When I'm not traveling I try to drive mine at least once a week. Its better for the van to be driven than sit in storage.
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Old 11-27-2014, 02:24 PM   #5
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Good point Boxster1971
I guess my concern us that it will age faster outdoors
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Interstate Storage

When we built our back barn it was made for two units. The 34ft Classic and now the Interstate are stored next to each other. Hooked up to shore power. A barn full of Airstreams and JD tractors-life cannot be any better.
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Old 11-27-2014, 03:14 PM   #7
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Amen AirHog
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Just take measures to keep direct sunlight off of the textiles and it will be fine.
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The Harleys are also put away next to the Airstreams. Long Long Long winter in New England. Just go to work, and take short walks to the barn to check the toys. In between cross country ski or snow shoeing.
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I leave mine on my driveway and my neighbor doesn't like it. He thinks it's too big of a "van" to be park in a gated subdivision.
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I park mine at my apartment complex. Not being a fool ALL the time (just sometimes) I showed my landlady a picture of it before I ever bought it, and asked if I could store it here. She agreed, and even allowed me to park so that I take up two parking spaces, so I have more room to back out while turning to avoid the cars parked behind me on the next row; I don't back into the parking space(s) because the curb is high enough to damage the propane fill port if I misjudge the distance.
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If you have an Interstate and space on your property to park it why would you want to pay a storage fee to have it stored somewhere else?
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(1) Deed restrictions (separate thread).
(2) UV degradation (how important this is depends on how long you wish to keep it and how much you care about resale - the original owner of ours appeared to have kept it garaged in the winter months but available in an outdoor location during warmer months... the degradation of the dash is visible after 7 years, the sun visors are completely shot, there is some fading of the interior, and the Airstream window retrofits? OMG, what a huge job that's going to be to re-do, because the sun curdled all the adhesive on the velcro stripping, especially on one side of the vehicle).
(3) Vandalism.
(4) Depending on where you are, it can cost only about 0.1% of the purchase price to store a new one per month - and that's in a fully-enclosed, locked garage.

Partly personal choice, partly a sense of pay now or pay later in value erosion over the longer term.
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(1) Deed restrictions (separate thread).
(2) UV degradation (how important this is depends on how long you wish to keep it and how much you care about resale - the original owner of ours appeared to have kept it garaged in the winter months but available in an outdoor location during warmer months... the degradation of the dash is visible after 7 years, the sun visors are completely shot, there is some fading of the interior, and the Airstream window retrofits? OMG, what a huge job that's going to be to re-do, because the sun curdled all the adhesive on the velcro stripping, especially on one side of the vehicle).
(3) Vandalism.
(4) Depending on where you are, it can cost only about 0.1% of the purchase price to store a new one per month - and that's in a fully-enclosed, locked garage.

Partly personal choice, partly a sense of pay now or pay later in value erosion over the longer term.
Yes, it's really a question of personal choice. My van is not just an RV it is my second vehicle. Having it in the driveway behind my townhouse where I can see it every day is very secure and easy to use whenever I need it. Mine is in part-day shade so sun damage is minimal.

However, in the far northern, severe winter climates it makes a lot of sense to keep it indoors when possible.
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(2) UV degradation (how important this is depends on how long you wish to keep it and how much you care about resale - the original owner of ours appeared to have kept it garaged in the winter months but available in an outdoor location during warmer months... the degradation of the dash is visible after 7 years, the sun visors are completely shot, there is some fading of the interior, and the Airstream window retrofits? OMG, what a huge job that's going to be to re-do, because the sun curdled all the adhesive on the velcro stripping, especially on one side of the vehicle).
Which is why you need a high-quality windshield cover in place of the Airstream-original "privacy curtain." I have windshield and front window panels from Outside Van that do the job very well.

I'm also replacing the original translucent window blinds with thermal curtains. The goal is to turn the interior as dark as a cave when all the windows are covered, both to control heat transfer in the sweltering Gulf Coast summers and to reduce UV degradation of the interior to an absolute minimum.

And best of all, these items are a lot cheaper than paying for storage, and can be used no matter where I'm parked: home, work, campground, wherever.
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