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Old 07-03-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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Dealer Storage???

Hello Everyone!

I'm looking to buy a 23-23' A/S,... but cant/couldn't keep at my residence.

However my dealer, who's about an hours drive from where I live, offers a storage & concierge service, which includes the following for $150 a month:

      • On site storage with Security and Surveillance
      • Complete on Site RV Service and Parts
      • Pre-Trip Service Includes:
        • Exterior Wash Before You Pick Up for Your Trip
        • Fill up of your fresh water tank
        • Battery Check and Charge if Needed
        • Tire Pressure Check
        • Exterior Lights Check
      • Post Trip Services Include:
        • Exterior Wash
        • Dump Tanks
        • Place back in storage
      • 10% off service and parts for RVs stored
You just call them a day or two before your trip, & they get your trailer ready for you (plug in & check vitals). Hours for pick-up/drop off are limited to business hours (9-6/M-F,... 10-5 weekends).

Sounds very good & reasonable to me,... but I'm a newbie - So what do I know anyways???

Any thoughts & feedback would be appreciated!


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Old 07-03-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
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That's alot of money for monthly storage - I would imagine you can find storage for $50 or less per month. And those extra "services" aren't something that you'd want to pay monthly for, most of those things you can easily do for free... at least in my humble opinion.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:16 PM   #3
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When we had storage for Lucy, the cost was $80 per month for bare bones on dirt. What you are getting for $150 actually sounds pretty good.

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Old 07-03-2011, 03:17 PM   #4
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We store ours at a trailer park not far from home. It's double duty. We use it at the park when we are not on the road.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:27 PM   #5
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Check with the Washington unit of WBCCI at LandYacht Harbor in Lacy. You have to be a member, but I think that they have storage facilities.

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Hello Everyone!

I'm looking to buy a 23-23' A/S,... but cant/couldn't keep at my residence.

However my dealer, who's about an hours drive from where I live, offers a storage & concierge service, which includes the following for $150 a month:

      • On site storage with Security and Surveillance
      • Complete on Site RV Service and Parts
      • Pre-Trip Service Includes:
        • Exterior Wash Before You Pick Up for Your Trip
        • Fill up of your fresh water tank
        • Battery Check and Charge if Needed
        • Tire Pressure Check
        • Exterior Lights Check
      • Post Trip Services Include:
        • Exterior Wash
        • Dump Tanks
        • Place back in storage
      • 10% off service and parts for RVs stored
You just call them a day or two before your trip, & they get your trailer ready for you (plug in & check vitals). Hours for pick-up/drop off are limited to business hours (9-6/M-F,... 10-5 weekends).

Sounds very good & reasonable to me,... but I'm a newbie - So what do I know anyways???

Any thoughts & feedback would be appreciated!


Cheers!
~CLK
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:42 PM   #6
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Near us in Ruskin, Fl we have RV outdoor storage for $1.00/day plus tax. The lot is fenced with an on site full time attendant. The drawback is doing battle with fire ants as all units are parked on grass. Pat
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:44 PM   #7
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I'd keep looking. I pay $65 a month 2 miles from my house and it's very secure with locked gates and cameras. The services sound nice but you should dump your tanks at the campground or nearby instead of towing with it full. It puts a lot of weight on the rear end and all that yucky stuff sloshing around etc. I also believe nobody will clean or take care of your AS like you would. Look closer to home and you might be surprised what you find.
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:53 PM   #8
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Storage cost

For that kind of money you ought to get indoor storage with turnkey access. I would keep looking.
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:00 PM   #9
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Is this an Airstream dealer?

If not... it's a little unusual, most just shrug when confronted with an Airstream.

The service sounds good, but I think you'll find that most AS folks shrug when confronted with the possibility of a stranger laying hands on their "BABY".

IMHO...the price does sound a little highly inclined.
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:16 PM   #10
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storage in my area is $30 to $40 per month on gravel/dirt parking. Just fenced in parking with daytime security, nothing else.
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We pay $38/mo. to park ours in a paved, fenced, 24-7 access storage...and my wife thinks it's high. My father parks his SOB in enclosed storage for $300/winter (5 mos.)
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:53 PM   #12
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Thanks Everyone for the replies & info - I appreciate it!

I live in a Seattle neighborhood,... & most storage within a 45 minute drive tends to be expensive.

The storage & service I mentioned above, is at an Airstream dealer (a large A/S only dealer & service center). Stored on concrete & easy freeway access, plus any grocery shopping I'd need to do, before heading out.

As newbie looking to buy a new trailer - I thought it would be convenient for myself, as well as for getting things fixed, to be able to store the trailer at the dealer/service site, at least until I'm more experienced, & most (if any) bugs are worked out. So, for maybe a year, maybe less.

In a perfect world - I'd love to have covered storage & pad, at my residence,... & be within a chip shot from my dealer/service center. But I'm learning most of this business (travel trailers, TV, etc) is expensive,... & has more to do w/ compromises, than perfect world stuff.

Any & all thoughts & opinions appreciated!


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Old 07-03-2011, 05:45 PM   #13
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The dollar amount of storage is directly linked to real estate values. We've paid as little as $30 a month, and as much as $110 a month, for storing our trailers. Also, storage costs more if there are laws against parking the trailer at your home (they've got you, and they know it).
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:21 PM   #14
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Hello Everyone!

I'm looking to buy a 23-23' A/S,... but cant/couldn't keep at my residence.

However my dealer, who's about an hours drive from where I live, offers a storage & concierge service, which includes the following for $150 a month:

      • On site storage with Security and Surveillance
      • Complete on Site RV Service and Parts
      • Pre-Trip Service Includes:
        • Exterior Wash Before You Pick Up for Your Trip
        • Fill up of your fresh water tank
        • Battery Check and Charge if Needed
        • Tire Pressure Check
        • Exterior Lights Check
      • Post Trip Services Include:
        • Exterior Wash
        • Dump Tanks
        • Place back in storage
      • 10% off service and parts for RVs stored
You just call them a day or two before your trip, & they get your trailer ready for you (plug in & check vitals). Hours for pick-up/drop off are limited to business hours (9-6/M-F,... 10-5 weekends).

Sounds very good & reasonable to me,... but I'm a newbie - So what do I know anyways???

Any thoughts & feedback would be appreciated!


Cheers!
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:03 PM   #15
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Buy a house where you can store it.

Part of owning an Airstream is being able to walk over to it, check it out, learn everything, fix things, clean and polish, improve. You should learn about it and when it is outside your house, you can fiddle with it, watch it, annoy neighbors who hate RV's but can't do anything about it.

Of course, it is easier to buy a house than sell one. Can you park it in the living room?

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Old 07-03-2011, 07:46 PM   #16
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Buy a house where you can store it.

Part of owning an Airstream is being able to walk over to it, check it out, learn everything, fix things, clean and polish, improve. You should learn about it and when it is outside your house, you can fiddle with it, watch it, annoy neighbors who hate RV's but can't do anything about it.
For now - Those are some of the things,... I'm just going to have to forgo.

Again - Those damned compromises!


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Old 07-03-2011, 09:07 PM   #17
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I think those challenging the price live in places where you can buy a home for less than a quarter million $$.. For Seattle, or any big city area on west coast, that seems like a reasonable number, though clearly there is some profit in it for the dealer. Combination of RE values and labor costs make storage and services more expensive in our areas...
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:31 PM   #18
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FWIW - I had called 3 secured storage facilities (specializing in boat & RV storage) for quotes on secure storage,... all within about 45 minutes from my home. All were more expensive than my dealer's price, & none provided any of the services the dealer does (I was lucky if they had designated power or water).

It wasn't until I asked my salesperson, if he could recommend a storage facility, that he told me it was something they offered. When I asked how much a month, I was surprised to hear it was lower than anything I'd been quoted.

Again - Is it the perfect arrangement,... No.

But I'm a reasonable man.


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Old 07-04-2011, 10:20 AM   #19
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Condo' is probably right. Prices are much lower here and we have 37 acres, some of it meadow and we could park a hundred trailers here, all in terrible shape, and the county would probably leave us alone. Our house is surrounded by trees, but there's enough open space to park 30 or 40, and no one could see them. The other 60 or so could go on the other open area, but it could be seen from the road. Even though there's a junk yard ordinance, they don't enforce it.

In places were people are paid decently and prices for land and houses are higher, there can be problems. HOA's and local ordinances often prohibit RV's and when we move to a more civilized area, we will be checking for prohibitions so we can keep our Safari within walking distance.

My suggestion you move was tongue in cheek, but that is one solution, though not a very good one.

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The dollar amount of storage is directly linked to real estate values. We've paid as little as $30 a month, and as much as $110 a month, for storing our trailers. Also, storage costs more if there are laws against parking the trailer at your home (they've got you, and they know it).
Thank you. I'm glad someone pointed this out.

I was quoted $150/month a couple years back for a parking spot at a storage unit in the DC metro area.

In my case I was able to keep it at home, and we just expanded our driveway to park it alongside the house. Unfortunately that's not an option for everyone.
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