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Old 03-21-2017, 11:42 AM   #15
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A Home for Lucy

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In our early Airstreaming days we stored Lucy at a storage facility several miles from our house. This situation made using our airstream a lot more trouble than we liked. Since we have sufficient driveway space to park Lucy at the house, we started keeping Lucy at home about ten years ago.

We don't have covered storage, but we really like having Lucy right out the back door. She is always hooked to shore power. This way we have an additional bedroom and bath. We also have a spare refrigerator and freezer. We are out in Lucy at some point every day. We would be lost without Lucy right out the back door.

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We second your opinion! Our "Lucy" is in a corner of our backyard with a SteelmasterUSA "trailerport" that was installed by me and my dear brother for $7K. Full hookups as well. A trailer (even an Airstream) needs regular attention and preventative maintenance. Having it at home is so convenient.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:44 AM   #16
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Another vote for the garage:
1. Super convenient to have it at the house for maintenance, pre-trip loading and simple peace of mind.
2. Safer in terms of theft, fire, etc. May even get you a break on insurance.
3. You will recoup most or all of the garage cost when you sell the home compared with sunk cost of renting space.

Down the road, when/if it becomes time to sell the house, the addition of an RV storage garage could work to your advantage with some buyers but to your disadvantage with others.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:54 AM   #17
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We added an RV garage to our house since the storage rental went up annually. Greatest decision ever. Need to get ready for a trip, no problem. Same with cleaning or waxing the trailer. We also Park our TV and mower in the RV garage. It has full hookups inside as well as a full bathroom. When built we had a 25'FC and could hook truck to trailer so just pull out. We went to a 30'Classic so we now have to park truck at an angle. Plan for what you might do not just what you are doing currently.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:57 AM   #18
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If you add an RV garage, one thing you may want to consider is putting in a hinged grate or walkway system (or more geeking, a grate/walkway lift) that when deployed, would clear the AC shroud by a few inches, allowing you access to the rooftop areas for maintenance, cleaning, etc., without having to put weight onto the trailer.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:00 PM   #19
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Recommend looking into Courtland Communities that offer RV garages with their homes. I have one and love it. Love having my RV at home and being able to go out and check on things in the privacy of my home. Could go into the garage in my pjs if I wanted to. LOL
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:37 PM   #20
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This is Lucy's home campsite out in the alley behind the house.

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Old 03-21-2017, 12:38 PM   #21
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Our AS has been stored under cover or indoors for most of its life (bought it new in 2001). Storage cost went up every year and no power at most storage facilities. This has greatly reduced the aging process and necessary maintenance.

Just bought a house with a 2-car garage big enough to get my truck in (finally) and an RV garage. The AS was the first thing we moved in. Garage has a 30 amp plug. Wish it had a dump area, but there's a free dump station about 2 miles away.

Could have bought a home with no RV storage and kept the AS stored where it was. But, couldn't pass up the opportunity to have it at home for all the benefits others have already mentioned. Very happy with our decision.
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:11 PM   #22
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I vote to build the garage. I love having my Airstream on my property in Phoenix. I spent about $6,500 to open up my front fence/build a gate/P4 driveway, and added 30AMP, water and clean-out valve. Now people can stay anytime, and it is safe and sound on my property. The locals love it to see it and share travel stories at the front fence. The only real downer is the heat it takes in the summer. I am thinking about viable cover options that will reduce the heat, but haven't come up with a working/legal solution yet.
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:33 PM   #23
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I'd go with the garage at home for convenience. Also that part for taxes. Then in the end if you stay you could convert it to living area after the AS.
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:29 PM   #24
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Big metal garage is the way I would go. You never have enough room to store stuff so make it larger and think of what you may want down the road...an ATV?, another car, work area? A metal building can add value when time to sell also.
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:56 PM   #25
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Garage 100%. We would pay that in a heartbeat. We might even pay more than that, but we just don't have the space to expand our current property.
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:53 PM   #26
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I don't have room for a garage, so the Silver Streak is parked outside, behind the house, on a dedicated pad. I had the pad poured when the house was built.
Of course, it's plugged in to the 15 amp. I do have a 30 amp plug also, for checking the AC, but haven't needed it yet.
Notice that AFTER the pad was planned, some city idiot planted a light pole right there.
Makes for some interesting maneuvering to get in and out of there.
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:55 PM   #27
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Do you really need a $45,000 enclosed garage? I would think for under $10,000, you could build a very nice combination Cedar post, galvanized metal, semi-open structure with a raised seam metal roof, depending on what your HOA may allow. If all you were looking to do is protected from the sun, you don't need a fully enclosed structure. IMHO.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:30 PM   #28
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Hi, we live in the Phoenix area. The trailer is on our property which makes everything more convenient. I can wash it whenever I want/it needs. Small projects can be done when convenient for me. Getting ready for a trip is easier with no rushing.

We are looking at building a garage. The heat and sun is brutal and anything plastic will fade/warp.

Enjoy your Airstream.
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