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Old 08-23-2003, 06:50 AM   #1
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Long term storage accomodations

Last winter, I found indoor storage for our 325 motorhome for $170 for the winter season. Once the MH was in, it stayed in for the duration. Summer storage wasn't an option. A few days ago, I found different year-round indoor storage for our 34' trailer at $2/linear foot, and I can come and go with the trailer whenever I like. The Motorhome was about six miles out of town, and this new storage arrangement is about four miles out. I think that $2/linear foot is extraordinarily reasonable, and I'll probably give them twice that for the convenience of being able to come and go as I please. Both places are privately owned, weather-tight metal farm storage buildings with concrete slabs.

I'm curious, what arrangements do you have for long-term storage for your Airstreams? What other options have you found, and what are the costs?

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Old 08-23-2003, 07:03 AM   #2
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Old 08-23-2003, 07:15 AM   #3
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Luck dog.... it's very expensive out here. Found a place near the chain of lakes that is about $500 for the entire winter and I can't come and go. Keep in mind that was the rate for my 18' boat and not a 19' RV (or hopefully 25' RV someday).

I would run, not walk if I found $2/ft with the come and go options...

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Thumbs up go for it!

roger

thats a good deal!

keeping your rig indoors when not in use will keep that plasticote nice!

well worth twice the cost.

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Old 08-23-2003, 08:17 AM   #5
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I pay $50 a month for inside storage of the Safari over the winter months. That location has no in or out and is about 30 miles from my home. My local outside storage, about 4 miles is $35 per month. Only issue is I continue to pay the outside storage costs over the winter months in order to hold the space.

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Summer Storage

I have been looking for summer storage with open come-n-go option with electric and evap. cooling. Tall order around here. There are about 4 to 5 months of the year to work out-of-doors here in the Southwest and I'm a fair-skinned Norwegian.

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Old 08-23-2003, 08:06 PM   #7
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I found a storage yard in N.H. $1.25 per foot. Yard is open M-F 9-5, and 8-12 on Sat. Only problem for me it's almost 1 hr. away. Al
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Old 08-24-2003, 04:27 AM   #8
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indoor storage

In '94 we purchased an SOB and left it outside. The weather distroyed the unit. When it came time to replace the rig, I went overboard for storage.

I built a timber frame barn with three bays 36 ft. deep. The barn holds a car, a boat and the AS. It's attached to the house, I have come and go privileges, and I have power.

Cost? A little on the high side, about $1,000 per foot. But one time only.

Man do I love it. It's even got a wood working shop upstairs. Maybe I can have 53flyingcloud come over and take a picture of it for you.
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Old 08-24-2003, 06:45 AM   #10
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Thumbs up Ok guys... you're committed!

Mark, Cloud... Let's see that barn!

It'll be an inspiration for us all!

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Old 08-24-2003, 04:29 PM   #11
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I'm paying $100 per month for inside storage (not heated) for a 25 ft Sovereign. In/out is available 12 hrs per day (7 am to 7 pm) except some holidays.
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I was thinking I was parking for free....

until I read this thread and it dawned on me the cost associated with protecting the trailer. My wife's family has a beautiful large farm in south-central Georgia. Relatives are dotted here and there from one end to the other. Next to my wife's ancestral home is a 100-year-old tobacco barn which we renovated from near ruin, putting in a raised floor, interior walls, and workbenches, and restoring the overhangs which encircle the barn. We put in a front porch with rocking chairs and the old Coke machine from her grandfather's service station. It looks amazing like an old country store. I had a concrete slab poured on one side and the Airstream fits perfectly. You can step right out of the trailer door onto the porch of the barn. Lights and water are right there for hook-up, and we use it occasionally for guests. The trailer is well protected from sun and weather. I winterize it to keep from having busted lines. I feel privileged to have it protected and near the house, but now realize it has been a costly venture. Like most of us feel about things we love - pets, etc., - some expenses are worth it.
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Old 08-25-2003, 12:39 PM   #13
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Question

Anyone out there has any good tip on an indoor winter storage here in the NY metro area?

We don't need the option come/go. At least not for the real wintery months.

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Old 09-09-2003, 11:37 AM   #14
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I knew it was too good to be true...

Well, my $2/ft/season storage turned into $2/ft/month AFTER I got the trailer parked inside. The folks with the storage building have never rented storage before, and so we had a misunderstanding. I HATE it when that happens!

Unfortunately, my folks gave up their $.50/sqft storage for the season, and accepted the $2/ft/season rate before we all figured out the misunderstanding. Fortunately, I still have my $170 storage. So I think I'll give that up to the folks.

Here's the meat of this post... We are having some construction work done at the house, having two 4x4 egress windows installed in the basement. I have moved the leftover dirt to one side of the house and made a level pad large enough to park the 34' on. It is laid with compacted clay, and I'm covering it in 2" rock. I raised one side almost 30" on the hillside over about a 12' span.

Do any of you have experience with putting in such a pad? Is there anything I need to know to avoid problems? I plan to put in a landscaping block retaining wall on the 30" side.

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Here in sunny southern California, I pay $124.00 for inside storage on my 19' Bambi. (6.50 ft.) with 7am-7pm in and out, but I have to tell them I am taking it out at least 3 hours in advance, and I drop it outside, behind locked gate when office is closed, then they move it inside the next day. It is the only indoor storage I could find, and was only 40.00 more per month than I was paying for outside.
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$100/ month for secured outside storage (4 miles from home)

$250 for indoor winter storage with no in/out and no heat (State Fairgrounds horse barn) from Oct 25 to May
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Smile An update...

Well, we stored the Behemoth in covered storage for the past two months while we had construction work done to our house and installed two egress windows in our basement. As a side benefit, we ended up with several cubic yards of fill dirt. Since the north side of my garage used to have a huge slope, it was unusable. I dumped the fill dirt on that slope and built it up flat. Merely 176 concrete block later, I had a retaining wall! Six tons of road gravel to top the fill dirt, lots of packing and I have an instant trailer pad. Thank God for Honda garden tractors with dozer blades!

It only took about six weeks of off-and-on work to complete.
I put the Behemoth on it today, and much to my surprise, it actually sat where I put it. It hasn't sunk and disappeared under tons of soil and gravel (yet?)!

So, while the Behemoth will have to live outside for the next umpteen years, it has it's own parking area. Next will be to run a 30amp circuit out to her.

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nice shot rog!

the trailer is so huge it almost completely blocks the view of your house.

way to go!

go big or go home i always say, or in your case, go big and block out your home!

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$100/ month for secured outside storage (4 miles from home)

$250 for indoor winter storage with no in/out and no heat (State Fairgrounds horse barn) from Oct 25 to May
I just moved my new 25 Classic under roof. I had been paying $30 a month for outside storage on gravel. They were about to raise that to $40 a month starting next month.

The under-roof storage on concrete is $90 a month. I have access from 6 AM to 11 PM. It is a "park it yourself" situation.

I will feel a lot better about our spring storms now since hail is quite common in the area of the storage yard.

The stalls are 55' x 12' and some (not mine) have 30A outlets. I am really surprised at the number of folks who pay the same as me to store fairly small boats.

I might add that there is a code-gate and security cameras all over the place.
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Roger,

I too had to make space for my Airstream. I ordered 17 cubic yards of base material ($340 and a sore back) to build up a pad and found enough boulders on my property to make a retaining wall. I also extended electrical service to my remote garage and connected my Airstream to a 30 amp service (another $1,000).

I did this for my Airstream. I'm not going to store it off site. I also have a pontoon boat but no boat trailer so for the past 10 years I have been paying to have my boat taken out (October), winterized, stored, tuned and put back in the water (May) and it is currently running me about $700. It is a very expensive hobby even though the boat was long ago paid for.
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