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Old 04-09-2013, 07:03 AM   #15
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What's wrong with storing it outside?
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:01 AM   #16
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Got to agree with Skater for once; nothing wrong with outdoor storage; it's intended for outdoor use. With proper care for winterizing before the first freeze, you should be fine.

Especially if you get a rooftop solar panel to keep the house batteries charged in between uses.

Here's an idea; you might want to join WBCCI. One of the things WBCCI offers is that some members provide courtesy parking. Courtesy parking is intended for short-term; you're basically a squatter on their property, with permission. But, if nothing else, courtesy parking gives you some extra time to figure out a more permanent solution. Plus, when you do move, courtesy parking gives you some options for house-hunting, in that you could take your trailer to the town you plan to move to, and use courtesy parking as a temporary base while checking out potential properties.

Plus, the nice folks who provide courtesy parking in your geographical area have already figured out storage solutions that work, and can give you some practical local advice.

There are three WBCCI units in Michigan: Michigan (Unit #52), Mid-Eastern Michigan (Unit #140), and Metro Detroit (Unit #137).

Membership information for the three listed Units can be found at:
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http://wbcci.org/home/regions-and-un...stern-michigan
http://wbcci.org/home/regions-and-un...troit-michigan
If you do decide to join, please say that you were referred by Member #1105 (that's me, of course).
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:39 AM   #17
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What's wrong with outside storage? Wasps, birds, ants, mice, dirt, hail, ice, snow, UV, vandalism, excessive heat, mildew, mold, water damage, etc. So store your camper indoors and pay now or store your camper outdoors and pay later in excess wear. I rent a space in a limestone cave to store mine in year-round. So when it hits 107F or 7F, my camper's at 62F. And when the hailstones fall or the wind blows or really anytime I'm not camping, my camper is out of the damaging sunlight, warm, dry and secure. No critters with two, four or eight legs. It about $100 a month, the same as the outdoor storage area near my house. You may not have limestone but indoors should be the rule not the exception.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:44 AM   #18
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One self storage facility has a few 12' x 40' storage units with a 10' wide door. However, there is another building in front of these about 30-32' away. I don't think there is anyway I can make the cut to get it backed in with the limited space. I'm still scratching my head that they did not do these units with more room in front.
Maybe with this backing technique you can maneuver the Airstream in to these tight spaces.

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Old 04-09-2013, 09:11 AM   #19
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Outdoor storage should be avoided if possible. UV light deteriorates everything. Having owned several Sailboats that stayed in slips, it dose not take long to take a toll on the paint, varnish, plastic, lines, and this is all marine grade. I keep my trailer covered and have become very proficient at sewing sunbrella to protect marine fixtures and wood on boats.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:16 AM   #20
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I rent a space in a limestone cave to store mine in year-round. So when it hits 107F or 7F, my camper's at 62F.
That is nice, I think I saw a special about that storage site. All we have in Louisiana is salt domes which also turn in to sink holes.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:20 AM   #21
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What's wrong with outside storage? Wasps, birds, ants, mice, dirt, hail, ice, snow, UV, vandalism, excessive heat, mildew, mold, water damage, etc. So store your camper indoors and pay now or store your camper outdoors and pay later in excess wear.
By this logic, I should be storing my house inside.

I agree, indoor storage would be nice, but the trailer is meant to be used outside... it'll be fine stored outside. Millions of Airstreams have done it and survive just fine.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:40 AM   #22
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Our unit is stored under roof at a nearby RV storage facility. The original space was 10 x 41 but the adjoining trailer crowded the divider line and I could not open the rear door. I could not move the trailer over far enough to the other side of my space to get the door open. I upgraded to a 12 x 55 space. The access issue is resolved.

At the back of the space along side a massive Motor Home, no direct sunlight will hit the trailer. That will keep the curtains and plastic parts on the roof from absorbing UV damaging light.
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