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Old 10-15-2016, 09:33 PM   #1
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Looking for storage info in Chicago

Hello Everyone! I'm new to the forum (first post) and a new soon to be owner of a Airstream International Serenity 30'. After many trips renting RVs, we decided to buy one. We will be taking delivery sometime around Thanksgiving. In any case, I was hoping to meet some others in the Chicago area. Specifically, I'd like to know where others are storing their trailers. I live in Downtown and obviously space is at a premium. We were able to find outdoor storage at a reasonable price with fence and cameras...it is outdoor so security can always be an issue (especially in downtown). How do others in the downtown are deal with this? Do they store in the suburbs? Indoor?. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-21-2016, 08:27 PM   #2
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chitownb,

I'm in the same boat. Anyways, to get to a better price I did a fair amount of searching for a reasonable price so I found this place OGLESBY STORAGE. I plan on dropping "Spud" off this Sunday. I'll let you know how it is. Based on pics it looks good. Location is out by Starved Rock State Park. I'll post back on Sunday once he is in hibernation.

http://www.oglesbystorage.com/home.html
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ie Example - 20 ft. boat on trailer with total length including trailer of 24 ft.* Cost is $240 for the season.

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Old 10-30-2016, 01:33 PM   #3
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Hello Bob,

I'm sorry, I just saw your response to this question today. How did it go? I take Delivery around Thanksgiving and as of now I have booked a place here in downtown with outdoor storage...gated. I still worry about security with it being downtown and all. Are you keeping yours over by starved lake or will you have a different summer home for it? Maybe a few of us here in Downtown should go in on renting a larger heated warehouse and split the rent...Just a thought. I've heard of multiple people renting airplane hangers and so forth as well.
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Old 11-01-2016, 04:44 PM   #4
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I actually live in naperville and had access to a heated hanger but felt a little uncomfortable. ..so my choice next was as indicated above. ..I do plan on securing my own space at some point ..thus buying land and building a unit large enough for my unit plus others . I don't like to rent but no choice this time.
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Where I drop buy Airstream off looks pretty good all indoors and secure
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Old 11-01-2016, 04:46 PM   #6
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and at $10 a foot could not beat that
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Old 12-13-2016, 06:10 AM   #7
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Chitownb, where did you end up finding storage? I'm also downtown and going to buy a AS in the next few months. I'm looking for the "right" one but storage is top of mind since I live in the West Loop. Any research or experience would be welcome.
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Don't overlook storage that is remotely located from your residence. It may sound odd to drive many miles to your trailer but with a little planning you can make it work. I don't live in Chicago but I suspect there will be times when you want to access your trailer in the winter and perhaps even take it camping to a warmer environment. A one-in, one-out for the season is not very agreeable to those scenarios.

We're in a similar situation in a different urban area. For over 10 years we've stored our trailer and tow vehicle in a suburban (even rural) area near a lake. We found the covered storage near the lake to be much more affordable compared to anything we found in town.

In addition to cost the in town storage areas had other undesirable issues in my mind. Many of the vehicles parked there that were not RVers or boaters so they didn't come in and out once in a while they were in and out every day. I suspect a guy with a Bobcat on a flatbed isn't going to be as cautious as a person with a nice RV or boat.

The suburban/rural RV & boat storage may offer amenities geared toward recreation - a wash area, dump station, air hose, etc.

Plus you're probably not camping near downtown so look for a storage place, even if it's miles from home, that's in a likely direction that you'll be traveling in the trailer.
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