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Old 11-10-2007, 11:47 PM   #1
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Using RV for temporary lodging

Hi folks. I may be a little premature in asking this as I don't even have a travel trailer yet. I am currently looking for a good used airstream and the primary reason for doing so is so that I can use it for temporary lodging. I am being transferred with my job and rather than renting an apartment (expensive), I thought I would use a travel trailer until we decide what we're going to do with our home. I have an RV park already picked out that allows long term parking. My question is this, since the trailer will most likely be parked for several months without being moved, how should I park it, i.e., should I put it up on blocks or just level it and not worry about it. I've heard leaving one in one spot over a period of time could damage the bearing, tires or even the axles. I'm completely new to RVing so your help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 11-11-2007, 12:44 AM   #2
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Hi Timeout
Assuming the running gear on the trailer you get is in good condition, I don't think several ( like 3 or 4?) months in one spot is a real problem. My trailer stays parked for longer than that each winter, and I've had no problems.

Things you can do if you're concerned about it are 1) get some jacks and take some weight off the tires and axles 2) get some plywood or plastic squares to keep the tires off the ground or concrete 3) get some tire covers to protect the tires from UV 4) hook up and take it for a drive every month or so.

But I don't think several months is that big of a problem - will be interesting to hear what others say from their experiences.

Good luck, and welcome!

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Old 11-11-2007, 07:03 AM   #3
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What I do with ours, is on the first weekend of each month is check and fill the tires with air, and work the drain valves, and cycle through everything, it usually takes about 30 minutes. We haven't had any problems while doing this. A further "exercise" would be to run the stabilisers all the way up and down when you do all the other things once a month, it will keep the threads from getting rusty, and siezing in place.
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Old 11-11-2007, 08:57 AM   #4
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Welcome to the world of Airstreaming!

First, I go with the idea of "Take it out once a month!". Airstreams are built to GO! SOB's (square old boxes) are built to park. I've taken my own advice as a fulltimer/full time worker, I have a great deal on a campground where I'm limited to 28 day stay, then 7 days off. Whenever possible, I'll go "off" for a weekend to a week in a different campground.

I'm just amazed at how many nice places there are to stay within 50 to 100 miles of my business. The pace of staying in a particular neighborhood for a week and meeting local folks it pretty nice too. You find quaint shops, nice restaurants and just plain good people. State and Federal campgrounds have some really good prices, but sometimes there's no sewer connection. I really have to watch the long showers there!

TRAVEL even if it's only 10 miles.

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Old 11-14-2007, 04:51 PM   #5
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Me too.

Timeout, Your job situation is exactly what I'm going thru right now. I just bought a 31 footer to use for temporary lodging and am new to RVing. I'm still in a motel, but will be living in the Airstream beginning next month. Keep in touch and we'll share stories.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:24 AM   #6
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My wife and I bought this Silver Streak in May, have been living in it since then, primarily between Dallas and Corpus Christi. At the end of the work day it is a pleasure to visit with travelers.
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:26 AM   #7
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Temporary? I went permanent. I love it. Gets cold go south! gets warm go north! Ok I have to work when it gets realy warm so I stay in Boise during the summer.
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:16 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again
Welcome to the world of Airstreaming!

First, I go with the idea of "Take it out once a month!". Airstreams are built to GO! SOB's (square old boxes) are built to park.

Thanks for defining that phrase! I've been wondering ...
My Airstream is parked as a refuge for the hurricane season, But I think it would be best to get it on the road too.
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:17 PM   #9
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I've been living in mine for 7 months now and I love it. A 34' has plenty of room for me. I actually think it's a major step up from the duplex that I was living in before.

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