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Old 09-23-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Considering Storing Our Airstream at Home

Currently we have our 2008 Classic 25fb in a local storage facility in open covered storage about 2 miles from where we live. The facility has security cameras and requires a code to drive into the facility. No electricity is provided. Our AS is parked between large 5th wheels and motorhomes on three sides.The only time the sun gets to the AS is in the late afternoon prior to sunset and then only the front is exposed to the sun mainly during the summer. The trailer is far enough under the canopy to avoid any rain or hail. There is no electricity provided to the storage sites. The price is $115/mo.

Our neighbor had their front driveway expanded and the cost seemed reasonable If we had the same thing done to our driveway we could break even in less than 2 years worth of storage payments Our driveway is in the front of the house and the trailer would be parked along side of the current two car driveway leading to the garage. If I had the driveway expanded I'd probably put in a 30amp circuit in the garage since the electrical panel is there.

Even though the storage is close, hitching up to take it back and forth home to wash or fix something doesn't happen that often. I always seem to forget something at the house when I go the AS to fix something.
There is the possibility one of my RV neighbors in storage could back into my AS.

What has me worried about storing at home is the possibility of hail damage. The area isn't really prone to much hail but could still happen.
Then there is the exposure to the sun, rain and snow. We don't get a lot of snow and with the AS at home I could blow it off easily enough.

Another issue at home is if the AS is gone then someone could notice this and conclude no one is home and the possibility of the house being burglarized goes up. We have neighbors that stay at home during the day so maybe that would offset that concern.

Is the cost of covered storage worth it for resale value?

So let me know if you made a conscious choice to store at home even though there is rental covered storage close by and some of the reasons you chose the home storage option.



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Old 09-23-2014, 12:51 PM   #2
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We had a pad with 50 amp electric constructed at the house for our 2014 Eddie Bauer so I could keep an eye on it and do work in a more casual manner than if the trailer was in a storage yard a few miles away. I can't tell you what a convenience it is to be able to access the trailer in our driveway for little modifications, repairs and packing/unpacking!

The issue of hail has occurred to me and I suppose that if I get paranoid I may build a roof over the pad (you could also buy one of those prefab metal pipe/canvas car-ports.) I'm still on the fence about this.

I also thought about the signal that the empty RV spot would send to a potential burglar scoping out the neighborhood and concluded that for someone to see both situations (i.e., trailer and no-trailer) would mean that someone was very carefully scoping out the neighborhood over an extended period of time (since how would they know the trailer wasn't there unless they had been monitoring things for awhile?) Anyone that systematic and determined would probably find other clues that the house was empty so I gave up on worrying about this particular issue.

In the end, we have insurance for hail damage and burglary so we stream in peace!

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Old 09-23-2014, 01:53 PM   #3
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When we had our house built in 2005 we had a 30 amp plug, a water spigot, and a 4" sewer cleanout (or so the inspector thinks). I agree with AnnArborBob, if a criminal wants to get in they will find a time and a way. As for the hail that can happen out traveling or at home.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:03 PM   #4
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I wish I could store mine at my house. I was planning on doing it too. A lot of travel trailers and boats, but apparently I live on the street with that "ONE GUY". Had the Airstream home for 1 DAY to wash it and transfer out some of the stuff to my garage. And someone, took the time to print out the city ordinances, HIGHLIGHT it put it in a zip lock bag and shove it in my mailbox like a coward, instead of you know, talk to your neighbors. Which apparently no one does anymore.

Uh. End of Rant.

Hey, why can't you put up a car/trailer port to cover it and protect it from the hail/sun at your home?
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:20 PM   #5
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I think you worry too much. Remember it is outside when you travel. I can not imagine what a pain it would be to have to haul all our stuff to some other location before travel. Then haul it back when we return. The issue of maintenance, what a pain that would be to go back and forth. It is bad enough hauling stuff to it in the driveway, what a nuisance it would be located elsewhere. Put in the concrete pad, you will be glad. $115. a mo. is a lot of money, put in into concrete. Besides it sounds like it is being squished right now, and who knows what can happen to it in that situation.
RE: hail, well a lot of Airstreams got damaged one year at a rally from hail. It can happen anywhere, you just hope it won't be over your rig.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:28 PM   #6
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Ours sits behind our house. Our neighbors are kind enough to let us drive on their yard to get it back there (if they ever move, we'll have to deal with that when it happens!) We had a cover installed for it, and a big double gate to pull it out.

I just like having it at home, and it's safe and protected. It's easy to load up. We looked into local covered storage, but I just couldn't stand the thought of having it away from home
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:33 PM   #7
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I pay 160 a month for inside storage. No power, but they have several outside spaces where there is power and water. If i have a bunch of projects piled up i can call them and they will pull it out and it can stay out for several days. They also have a dump station.

I could keep it at the house. It is one inch under the maximum length for permanent storage in my neighborhood. I have a three car garage and one car seldom moves. When the trailer is here i park in front of that car but it is a tight fit. I bought a front hitch for the truck to make parking easier. I have water and 30A electric available. I chose to store it inside due to being only 3/4 mile from the ocean with significant salt in the air and the ever- present Florida sun. My trailer is a 2001 and is our first RV. It was stored inside when not on the road for the first 12 years of its life. It looks better than some much newer trailers i have seen. I figured i would get most of my money back due to condition if i sell it in a couple of years to get out ir move up.


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Old 09-23-2014, 02:36 PM   #8
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We park ours on the two car driveway in the summer ... lose easy access to one stall of the garage. Then we move it to the side of the driveway for winter. Our estimates to expand the driveway by widening it run $2500-3k.
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Old 09-23-2014, 02:38 PM   #9
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We are watching the responses your thread is getting. It is something we have been considering also.

We would go from having the girls at two different (very reasonable) storage spots with friends.

Currently packing and unpacking can be a bit tedious and there is no going outside for an hour to work on a project. When we talk about projects I often turn on the laptop hoping we have a photo of that angle to reference what it looks like.

I also worried about people knowing we were gone from the house when the AS is away (maybe thats why we have two) but like its been said if they want in they don't need that as a sign.

Although we have a good HOA in a nice neighborhood it might be time to consider a nice neighborhood with the girls instead. Might be fun to see them sitting side by side.

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Old 09-23-2014, 02:48 PM   #10
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We store our AS at home. Our house has a walk-out basement and a paved drive on each end of the house. We store on the drive at the basement entrance. We have access to a water tap, 30 amp plug and a sewer connection. It is so easy to keep an eye on the AS, keep washed and maintained.

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Old 09-23-2014, 03:05 PM   #11
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Just want to add our house is not in an HOA. On the next block I see a couple of Class C MHs parked in the driveways. I'll have to check city ordinances but their doesn't seem to be any issues in Nixa but there are numerous storage facilities around here with that seem nearly full so I'm wondering if its due to city ordinances or because a lot of houses don't have large enough drive ways or because of the hilly terrain. When we moved here in March we looked for level driveways for weekend storage to load/unload and repairs. Outside storage which would reduce my cost monthly cost I could store my AS in my current facility outdoors for $35/mo. My brother in law had his 5th wheel damaged in the same storage facility I have my AS stored in the outdoor storage area by another 5th wheel trying to make a turn.

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Old 09-23-2014, 03:11 PM   #12
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I am not certain this is what you want, but, when I built a house three years ago, I built a garage, 16' x 58', which has sewer clean out, 50 Amp service, drains in the floor, and a 12' x 14' door at the end. It is heated and allows the Airstream to be stored with windows open, etc., While this is a bit pricey, the convenience and ease of doing things in the unit without regards to the weather is very nice.
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:19 PM   #13
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We were lucky enough to have room for a carport to store our airstream at our house, and it's hard for me to imagine not having the airstream at home for all the reasons already mentioned. That said if I had to choose between a remote storage lot with cover or store it home with no cover I don't know which option I would choose. Hail was one of my concerns when deciding to build our carport but the bigger issue for me was getting the airstream out of the sun. Yes they are made it to be outside but exposure to the sun every day isn't good for anything. I suspect part of that decision process is just part of my personality.......I tend to fret over our "things". Especially "things" as expensive as the airstream.

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Old 09-23-2014, 04:13 PM   #14
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Msmoto that photo would fit well in this months photo contest as reflection is the theme.


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