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Old 10-03-2007, 09:55 AM   #1
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I will be relocating to the Chicago area and have a few questions.

First, I'm looking for a place to store our 30' trailer. I really would like it to be covered storage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Next, coming from the deep South, winterizing seems to be a bit more critical. Is there anything more that I need to do? In Central Texas I don't pull the batteries but in Illinois it seems to be necessary.

Lastly, this will be new territory for the family to explore. Where should we start?
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:29 AM   #2
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FishByFly,

We had to store our unit about thirty miles from downtown. It was covered and secured, and out of the city,but the cost was really high (for us) so we moved to a funkier less secure, uncovered location.

The price for a year storage at our old place was a little over $1500.00 per year if you paid in advance. There will most likely be a waiting list for a 40' space too.

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Old 10-03-2007, 01:11 PM   #3
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Lastly, this will be new territory for the family to explore. Where should we start?
With or without the A/S?

Without A/S:
Chicago has LOTS of attractions. I am partial to the museum of science and industry, natural history museum and Shedd aquarium. They're all close to each other on the lake.

2 of the most important IMO - Portillo's Hot Dogs and Ed Debevic's

With A/S:
You have limited choices since this is a highly-populated area. There is a state park with camping in Zion right on the lake but it sounds like it's difficult to get a spot.

You'll probably have to look at western Il, WI, MI, MN for some nice campgrounds. I'm sure others from that area will offer suggestions.

Heading North in the summer is a GOOD thing. Check out the Dells and Door (sp) County in Wisconsin. Macinac Island in Michigan's UP is beautiful.

Be sure to sign up for the Moraine View rally in June. It's just a few hours south of Chicago, near Bloomington.
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Old 10-03-2007, 01:38 PM   #4
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We pay forty bucks a month to store our 28' and we're 90 miles north of Chicago.

We are in a fenced, secure storage facility and th eowners live on the premises but they do not have inside storage yet.

It really woudln't be too far for you to be, since the best camping is over this way, too :-)

It woudl depend on how often you go camping.

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I will be relocating to the Chicago area and have a few questions.

First, I'm looking for a place to store our 30' trailer. I really would like it to be covered storage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Next, coming from the deep South, winterizing seems to be a bit more critical. Is there anything more that I need to do? In Central Texas I don't pull the batteries but in Illinois it seems to be necessary.

Lastly, this will be new territory for the family to explore. Where should we start?
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Old 10-03-2007, 03:03 PM   #5
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Howdy FishByFly -- Welcome to the Forums! I'm a former Bexar County-ite now glacier-locked in the nort' country. If you have an air compressor we can talk about you doing your own winterizing. Batteries on idle (and with parasitic losses if hooked into the trailer systems) lose 15% or more of their charge per month and are subject to freeze when discharged. It is customary to put them in a cool basement area and put a battery minder on them about once a month. Guess we'll have to teach you what a basement is too!

Mark the weekends after Memorial Day for the Moraine View rally!
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Old 10-04-2007, 04:41 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info.

I want to thank everyone:

Jonathan and flamingo-kid1, I expect to have to store my Airstream out towards the suburbs. Most likely, we will be living in the City. Whenever we head out of town, we will just making the hitch up our last stop. My family has our packing routine down pretty good for this type of hookup and go. I'm still looking for storage options. It would be great to find a place with an enclosed storage with a sanitary dump and wash bay onsite. I guess we call all dream.

Dennis, we are excited about experiencing the City without the trailer and the countryside with the trailer. On an investigative trip last month, we did a quick afternoon visit of the National Sand Dunes Park in Indiana. I look forward to visiting WI, MN, and MI. I hope to fine some steelhead and trout secret spots... I just donít know where to start. I would love to start a list of must visit locations.

Bob, I currently do my own winterizing. I do start with blowing out the water lines with compressed air and then replace with antifreeze. However, in these winters there is less room for error. Pulling the batteries was my first thought. I did have a nice basement in Tennessee before moving to Texas. I loved it as it served me so many purposes including just hiding away. I would really appreciate learning any little secrets about helping my Airstream survive a winter...
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:07 PM   #8
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Covered storage

Bob,
My thoughts exactly. Do you have any recommendation on storage options. Enclosed with some heat sounds like a good answer, but where...
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Old 10-04-2007, 09:36 PM   #9
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Network a bit with those in Chicago. See who has airplane owner friends . Ask that group about anyone who has either an unoccupied hangar or, better yet for both of you, the posssibility of a shared hangar space. They get a partner who is not in and out all the time and you get a reliable partner, respectful of the Airstream. Remember that hangars are for airplanes and anything else is a guest. All of the suburbs there have great airfields.
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FishByFly,

I don't know of anyplace that would have a dump/sewer area. In fact, most of the storage places I know of don't even have water to use.

The place in Mundelein has indoor storage "units", but it would cost a fortune to store it there. At that price point it might pay to just buy a piece of property, build your dream storage, maybe rent to a few other AS'ers (like me!) and make mortgage(storage) payments. You come out ahead and you own the land.

Also, most indoor storage places, the ones I have seen out this way are either to short in height or just over 10 feet. The width is ussuallly 10 feet as well. That leaves one foot on each side. You better be real good at backing in. You would not be able to enter the door of your AS, for the above reason.

Let us know when you break ground. I know a few of us would like a safe, conveinent staorage place, with your dump station.

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Where in Chicago will you be? If in the northern suburbs, I know of a place outdoor that could accomidate up to a 34' trailer. PM me if you are interested.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:10 PM   #12
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I have not thought of the airplane hanger idea. Now that would be a great find.

Our current plans are not to move to the suburbs. We are looking in the Lincoln Park and Wriggleville areas.

Not being familiar with the area, I knew this forum would be a great place to brainstorm. I do like to idea of "if you can't find it, build it" mindset. I would want to know more about the market demand.

As a side note, as an architect/developer, I'm working on a design of a storage facility in Austin, Texas. I'm designing it as I would want to use. The RV and boat storage is separate from the household storage. These are different users with different priorities.

The RV/ boat storage is all covered storage with angled parking for easier backing and we do have pull-throughs for large rigs. The facility would have a sanitary dump station and a fully covered pull-through wash bay. As for convenience, we are looking for a convenience store as an out parcel at the main intersection. This store is to sell RV/ Boat supplies and gas.

I have partners and investors. If the Chicago area really has a need, I'm interested. I didn't intend for this to become a business discussion but I'm definately interested.
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Hangars work!

I purchased an airplane hangar building located next to my business after the airstrip shut down. It's perfect for an RV/boat storage. I retrofited the stalls to 13' wide x 31' long and 11' tall. I have 13 stalls and take up 2 myself for my Argosy & CCD. I also rented to another AS'er with 25' CCD. Each stall has 20 amp electric, lights on timers, and I have a dump station and city water available. Each stall is individually locked and the grounds are fenced and gated. I'm currently charging $70/month (not enough). As a business, it basically pays for my gas money to do the Airstream travels.

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Jim -
Good for you and good for Corvallis!! I have a friend there who works for HP, who has long-talked about Airstream ownership. If it ever happens, I'll send him your way.
Before I moved out of town and became a barn owner, my Boston Whaler shared hangar space with a twin engine plane. That enclosure could have easily accommodated a 34' Airstream alongside the plane. It was secure, weather tight, and available 24/7. I like the barn in the back yard better for my trailers, but shared space in an airport hangar might work for a lot of Airstream owners. It surely is preferable to open lot storage, especially in the wet Northwest. Having grown up in a Chicago suburb, I'd give that recommendation an order-of-magnitude boost in dealing with winter conditions there. Regards -
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