Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-29-2007, 02:32 PM   #1
Little Radio
 
1966 28' Ambassador
Chicago , Illinois
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 97
Question Crazy Storage Idea (Market Research)

What would you pay for this storage solution? Here are the details:

A permanent indoor storage space sized to hold a 30' Airstream. Space is sold as a one-time purchase, but a monthly assessment fee applies. Only Airstream products would be allowed membership.

Storage is located within minutes of an interstate highway out in "farmland country," but still no more than 30 minutes away from a large city.

Storage site has security fencing, on-site dump station and a visiting mechanic who can perform work/winterizing/maintenance for a fee. 24/7 access.

Your storage space can be re-sold or transferred to another party without any significant cost or fuss.

How much would you pay for a spot? What's the highest monthly assessment you would tolerate?

Please post your thoughts, and include the size/type Airstream you would park there.

Thanks!

Tony
__________________

__________________
LittleRadio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 02:40 PM   #2
uwe
418
 
uwe's Avatar
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1974 29' Ambassador
Yucca Valley , California
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 1963 26' Overlander
Posts: 4,767
Images: 41
Send a message via Skype™ to uwe
I store my Airstream in my warehouse in SoCal, and it costs me approximately $ 130.00 in rent...just for the footprint of the trailer, that is. I can confirm, though, that nothing beats indoor storage.
__________________

__________________
Uwe
www.area63productions.com
uwe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 03:06 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
2006 25' Classic
Newport Beach , California
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 55
Do you mean something like this?
Eucalyptus at Beaumont
__________________
Cathy&Pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 03:14 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,883
Boatel

Virginia Beach has a "Boatel" - a winter home for yachts - it's huge, on an inlet, and they actually crank the units up out of the water into a rack system about 7 or 8 high. And then they had a fire.

Ok, they must have been insured because they rebuilt after the fire. Owners of the boats/yachts paid $150 or more per month depending on the size of the unit. In major metropolitan areas where zoning restricts keeping them in the yard it could work.

The idea seems sound, but I think "Airstream only" is only going to hurt your profits. Have a separate section if you want, but REALITY CHECK, there are 200 RV's stored at my local campground - three are Airstreams! You want people with the big honkin' $500K mohos, and the ones who (foolishly) are proud of their leaky slide-out SOB's.

Remember you have competition from the self storage lots - some of whom have covered storage. Nonetheless, it could be a very profitable idea if you can pull it off.

Paula
__________________
Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 03:21 PM   #5
Always Airstreaming!
 
rickandsandi's Avatar
 
2005 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
Anytown , Connecticut
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,114
Send a message via AIM to rickandsandi
Paula has it right, you must be open for any and all RV's to make it work. Would a tenent be able to pull their unit out at any time for traveling or will they need to have other units moved to get theirs out? If the bays are big enough for a 30' trailer wouldn't someone with a 22' have to pay the same?
__________________
J. Rick Cipot
Sandi Gould
NEU New England Unit
Airstream Life Magazine
Proud Member of WBCCI
WBCCI #3411
AIR #17099
2009 Silverado 2500HD
2004 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
rickandsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 03:36 PM   #6
_
 
. , .
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 8,812
fully enclosed INDOOR storage facilities are usually 'valet parking only'

a BIG negative.

unless the indoor location has temperature AND humidity control...

there is good evidence that rust and corrosion will be WORSE than being outside...

this applies to most areas except really dry regions of the planet or places with little temperature variation.

in middle america, underground caves are often used because the humidity and temp are stable without much intervention...

price? again this is regional and you couldn't pay me to bring my a/s within 30 miles of the 2nd city...

without a really rowdy rally!

cheers
2air'
__________________
all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
2airishuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 03:40 PM   #7
Little Radio
 
1966 28' Ambassador
Chicago , Illinois
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 97
Question

That's why I'm asking for market research. What my gut tells me is usually different from what the market says...

I had a hunch Airstreams only would be unworkable.

And yes, 19' Bambi owners would pay for a 30' spot at the same price as everyone else. Reasoning is: 30' spots would (should?) carry a higher premium because they can be sold in the future more readily to another RV owner (whereas a 20' spot couldn't be sold to a 30' Airstream owner).

So if $100-$130/mo for covered storage is the prevailing rate, what would the sales price of the spot go for? What would you pay? $5,000? $1,000? What's it worth to have covered storage, 24/7 access, on-site mechanic??
__________________
LittleRadio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 03:51 PM   #8
Always Airstreaming!
 
rickandsandi's Avatar
 
2005 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
Anytown , Connecticut
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,114
Send a message via AIM to rickandsandi
Quote:
Originally Posted by LittleRadio

So if $100-$130/mo for covered storage is the prevailing rate, what would the sales price of the spot go for? What would you pay? $5,000? $1,000? What's it worth to have covered storage, 24/7 access, on-site mechanic??
Sorry to keep hitting you with questions but is the unit temp controled? Roddent free? Is the fire protection/sprinklers? Would my trailer be in an open area where others can walk around or totally self contained? Is there power in the unit?
__________________
J. Rick Cipot
Sandi Gould
NEU New England Unit
Airstream Life Magazine
Proud Member of WBCCI
WBCCI #3411
AIR #17099
2009 Silverado 2500HD
2004 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
rickandsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 04:12 PM   #9
uwe
418
 
uwe's Avatar
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1974 29' Ambassador
Yucca Valley , California
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 1963 26' Overlander
Posts: 4,767
Images: 41
Send a message via Skype™ to uwe
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2airishuman
fully enclosed INDOOR storage facilities are usually 'valet parking only'

a BIG negative.

unless the indoor location has temperature AND humidity control...

there is good evidence that rust and corrosion will be WORSE than being outside...

this applies to most areas except really dry regions of the planet or places with little temperature variation.

in middle america, underground caves are often used because the humidity and temp are stable without much intervention...

price? again this is regional and you couldn't pay me to bring my a/s within 30 miles of the 2nd city...

without a really rowdy rally!

cheers
2air'
I had my previous trailer inside for it's first year. This was after it being restored, with new wheels, fresh paint on tongue and propane tanks etc.
Then, I decided to move it outside to a open air storage. Within months the paint started fading slightly, the plastic parts on the outside became noticeably duller in appearance, the failing clearcoat went way worse, and overall, the trailer was always very dirty and dusty when I picked it up. One time, a storage neighbor's tarp came loose and it's grommet gouged the side of my trailer when it blew around in the wind. Another time some moron backed his boat's propeller into my bumper. He then pulled forward a foot or so, but it was very clear what happened..
My friends 2-year old trailers look much worse for wear than my trailer which is stored inside. Their 04/05/06 Airstream trailers definitely show signs already of rapid deterioration, rust on taillights, corrosion under the clearcoat etc.
I would not consider outside storage again, unless there simply was no other way.
__________________
Uwe
www.area63productions.com
uwe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 04:15 PM   #10
uwe
418
 
uwe's Avatar
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1974 29' Ambassador
Yucca Valley , California
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 1963 26' Overlander
Posts: 4,767
Images: 41
Send a message via Skype™ to uwe
Quote:
Originally Posted by LittleRadio
So if $100-$130/mo for covered storage is the prevailing rate, what would the sales price of the spot go for? What would you pay? $5,000? $1,000? What's it worth to have covered storage, 24/7 access, on-site mechanic??
The money I am quoting is for the space that the trailer is occupying. I hear of indoor storage costing anywhere from $ 250.00 a month. Some charge up to $500.00 for a 40ft RV garage.
__________________
Uwe
www.area63productions.com
uwe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 04:25 PM   #11
2 Rivet Member
 
2006 25' Classic
Newport Beach , California
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 55
The closest true indoor storage to us in Santa Barbara is in Oxnard. They charge $650. for your own indoor unit. $350. for a spot in an indoor warehouse type situation. They 'valet' it in and out for you in the warehouse set up, and you are not allowed in.
We are in the same type situation as Uwe, we own storage (although it is in Paso Robles--a two hour drive) and park our trailer there in a unit that would rent for $200. While we working on our trailer (converting from a queen bed set-up, to twins) we are parking it in an outside storage here in Santa Barbara at $100. a month. And I cannot wait to get the job finished to put it away, although the weather doesn't get much more stable than Southern California.
__________________
Cathy&Pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 04:31 PM   #12
Site Team
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 12,127
Images: 62
Blog Entries: 1
You are lucky to have a storage yard that will allow you to work on your trailer. I shopped around for mine and it costs $115 for outside covered parking (12x40). None of the places I looked at would allow any work to be performed on the lot. My storage yard is about 20 minutes away...
__________________

Richard

Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
azflycaster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 05:03 PM   #13
_
 
. , .
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 8,812
Quote:
Originally Posted by uwe
...I would not consider outside storage again, unless there simply was no other way.
agree completely given your location...

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2airishuman
...this applies to most areas except really dry regions of the planet or places with little temperature variation...
i used a high quality fitted cover for 15+ years under conditions somewhat similar to yours...

the result was gaskets, seals, rubber, clearcoat, plastics and trim ALL appeared much LESS stressed...

i really really liked using a cover AND having an indoor climate stable location....

but middle america is a much different beast.

i've seen indoor (not a barn, REALLY indoor) trailers and classic cars in the midwest with ungodly corrosion and rust and musty issues.

most of these units had/have a thin coating of calcium or lime or salt collect over time and mixed with moisture and mold...

ever smelled a midwest basement?

so again location IS the key with storage options...

by the way know where ALL of the old hollywood movies and irs and military and important national stuff is stored?

it ain't in d.c. and it ain't in a building in burbank...
cheers
2air'
__________________
all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.

we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.
2airishuman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2007, 05:25 PM   #14
uwe
418
 
uwe's Avatar
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1974 29' Ambassador
Yucca Valley , California
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 1963 26' Overlander
Posts: 4,767
Images: 41
Send a message via Skype™ to uwe
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2airishuman
by the way know where ALL of the old hollywood movies and irs and military and important national stuff is stored?

it ain't in d.c. and it ain't in a building in burbank...
cheers
2air'
Do tell....where?
__________________

__________________
Uwe
www.area63productions.com
uwe is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Research by WBCCI Number? ankornuta WBCCI Forum 992 11-17-2017 01:55 PM
I'm a freak about research... macninja Member Introductions 4 09-15-2007 02:16 PM
Crazy Idea Fish36991 Airstream Trailer Forums 24 09-19-2006 07:10 PM
Crazy A/C Idea Alsupp Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 2 03-09-2006 09:40 PM
Archive research~ 53flyingcloud Off Topic Forum 0 06-12-2004 05:44 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.