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Old 12-27-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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What do you do with the trailer if you need to travel without it?

We are still in the planning phase for our Airstream adventures but I've been wondering what full-timers do if you need to fly somewhere for a while (let's say Hawaii or Europe for a couple of weeks). Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn't find it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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Um. Turn off the water and gas and lock the door?
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:28 AM   #3
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Many RV parks also have a storage area where you can leave your Airstream for about 1/3 the hookup rate.

To my surprise, when I was working in Las Vegas, it was as cheap to park the whole rig (tow vehicle and trailer) at the Airport as it was to park a car.

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:34 AM   #4
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I'm not a full-timer, but I did my research into full-timing before my medical problems forced a change in plans. So I'm no expert, but I do know a little that might help.

Full-timers need to have a domicile for legal purposes (taxes, vehicle registration, driver's license, etc.). Organizations like Escapees that provide full-timers with a domicile typically also provide places to store a rig when it's not in use. Wouldn't always help, if the reason you're leaving the rig is an emergency and you can't plan to be near your domicile before you go, but for planned getaways…

For emergencies, if you attend church regularly during your travels, the local church may be able to help you out with storing your rig temporarily, if the duration isn't too long and you don't abuse the hospitality. By the way, churches also tend to be safe places to overnight while en route, and quieter than a truck stop or a Walmart.

What to do with the rig may be a problem that solves itself as you work out the other logistics of being a full-timer.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:57 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info! I'm glad to see a bunch of options.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:21 AM   #6
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Don't think I would leave it where a thief could help himself inside, or simply take the whole rig.

Good Rv dealers and parks have (fairly) secure storage for a reasonable fee.

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:56 AM   #7
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I recently found out that the Moose Club International will allow members to park their rigs behind the club for a couple of weeks. It's not a regular storage facility - but a few people DO avail themselves of using it, and even living in the units for a week or two. Just one more avenue to pursue.

Also, many self storage lots have covered or uncovered RV storage behind barbed wire.

Depending on the time of year you should winterize - and regardless of the time of year. DUMP the Black, gray and even white water tanks and flush them thoroughly. You might get stuck out of town longer than you originally planned and could come back to a STINKY situation if you leave the tanks half full.
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There are secure, dedicated RV storage facilities in most major cities where you can store by the month and catch a plane to where ever you need to go. Some have covered or garage storage and electric to keep your batteries charged.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:29 AM   #9
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I'm trying (without much success) to find covered, lockable storage relatively close to me (near Bradley Airport in CT). There is a local option for outdoor storage (about $60/mo) in a locked lot but the AS will get hot in the sun and rained on while not in the road. Not a biggie, but would love to prevent that. And there's an indoor climate controlled option - about $200/mo that is about 1.25 hrs from me which we plan on using for winter months for sure, but would love to use year round if it didn't add 3 hours to each weekend journey.

Any thoughts i should be considering? If you know some specific options, please PM me. Thanks!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:29 PM   #10
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Many state parks have a place to store trailers that are not being used.

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how these full-timers store their rig

duffergeek,
With all due respect to the posters, the above suggestions don't ring true at all for us.

I think this is a great question and it arises for us almost every year. We aren't terribly experienced at this, but we have left our trailer behind nine separate times in the past six years while we traveled without it for a week or more at a time.

Five of those times we arranged to park the trailer in a nice commercial campground where we already were staying or would be staying as soon as we returned. We told the office and our "neighbors", and left a key with the office just in case of whatever. The hitch head is locked into the coupler and the hole in the hitch head's drawbar is locked. We left the truck there but usually parked beside the trailer.

The other times we parked the trailer at a relative's house, level and just beyond their carport. It's out of their way but nominally within their vision, kind of sort of. If anyone wanted to break in they could, and it would not be detected until the next day.

In all cases, we leave electricity on to run the refrigerator. We leave the converter/charger off and rely upon the solar panels to maintain the batteries (which really aren't drawing down much at all since only fridge controls and a few "phantom" loads are on). We leave the furnace on 45 degrees, the lowest set point our electronic thermostat allows, as freeze-proofing in case the wx drops really cold. And we leave the propane gas on to carry the refrigerator when the power is interrupted.

We have been away from the trailer for as much as one month once (longer than we planned but stuff happened and we had to stay with family), and usually for a week or two. The cost for camping space while we are "storing" the trailer is well worth it to us. The trailer looks as occupied as most of the other ones in the area so is, to us, more secure than in a storage area.
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If you happen to be retired military, many of the larger bases have storage lots for boats and RVs. Generally catering to deployed members but will accommodate others on a space available basis. Never been turned away or heard of anyone being turned away.

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