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Old 03-12-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Renting a Space To Work On And/Or Store Airstream?

I'm curious as to where you all store your trailers? Do the majority of you store them at your homes? Covered? Anyone use an RV Storage facility?

For those of you who have completed renovations, where did you do this work? Any essential features/functionalities of a "work space" I need to keep in mind?

Just researching how everyone else handles storage/work spaces before I taking any plunge. I can't store the trailer at my residence, so I've got to find other arrangements.

Does anyone located around the Houston area have advice? My current plan is to try to locate something off 290 out of the city but not so far out that it's inconvenient for me to make it over there and work. The 290 location was selected as it's Hill Country/Austin bound and I plan to do most of my weekend expeditions in that direction. Somewhere off of I-10 Northwest of the city should work in that case as well. I'm open to any suggestions.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:35 PM   #2
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Look at the small city airports along 10. Hangars in some of these places are reasonable, most have utilities in place. Security is good and people at airports are usually great folks. Theres lots of maintenance talent there too.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Look at the small city airports along 10. Hangars in some of these places are reasonable, most have utilities in place. Security is good and people at airports are usually great folks. Theres lots of maintenance talent there too.
What great advice, thank you! I've got a private pilot in the family based out of Houston who could probably help locate a space in one of these, and I never thought to explore that avenue.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:05 AM   #4
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As far as storage goes, there are several RV/boat storage places on the west side of Katy that are reasonable. There are also two massive RV dealerships Camping World and another one), who will store RVs/trailers on their open lots. All options just described are uncovered lots.

I am working on a shell-off renovation at my house, and I live in the Heights. Back yard is the size of a postage stamp, so I have had to get creative with the way I use space. There is no HOA to forbid my activities, and so far my neighbors have been tolerant. I find it very convenient to be able to step out back and work on my trailer for an hour or two each night. If I had to drive somewhere to do the work, this already slow process would take a decade. Yes, working outside in the heat of a Houston summer sucks.

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I am working on a shell-off renovation at my house, and I live in the Heights.
Good to know. I am considering a move to the Heights in August/September and was thinking it would be possible to keep it on site there, but wasn't sure. The Heights is a quirky classy, so I thought an Airstream in the backyard would go over better than where I am now (Upper Kirby)
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I would love to go in with someone to rent a small warehouse or Hanger for 4 or 5 rigs and provide work space here in the Houston are. I am on the SW part of Houston and store my 1976 Sovereign in garage type storage facility at Hwy 6 and 288. It works fine but no space for working. I have 2 Airstream's now and I am now looking for storage for the 39' motor home.
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I am a new owners (I my Excella!) and I am thinking about where to park in winter now. We have high winds in the spring and fall> trees surround property>damage to AS>

So....store at an outside treeless facility? Pay the premium for an inside storage spot? I gather that the RV places that apply wraps over the vehicle are not good for an AS?

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Not to bust any bubble, but in my personal experience, hanger space at small airports usually has a waiting list for airplane owners seeking cover for their pride and joy. The primary item in the hanger has to be an airplane and a car can be there when on a trip.

Probably have more luck on renting a small warehouse in an industrial area.
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Mine has been stored a variety of places. There was an old airport near the house that had been decommissioned, I was there for a while until they decide to tear down the hangers and build a subdivision. I found storage for 6 months at another small airport a bit further away with the understanding that if someone wanted the space for a plane I would have to give it up. I also stored it in an old hay barn for about a year. Currently it is sitting in my backyard with the belly pan off and the tanks out of it.

I do agree that having it close to home makes it easier to work on. We are working on getting our survey and zoning mess straightened out, when we are done with that we are building a new 36'x50' barn that will have a center bay tall enough for the Airstream.

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I'm curious as to where you all store your trailers? Do the majority of you store them at your homes? Covered? Anyone use an RV Storage facility?

For those of you who have completed renovations, where did you do this work? Any essential features/functionalities of a "work space" I need to keep in mind?

Just researching how everyone else handles storage/work spaces before I taking any plunge. I can't store the trailer at my residence, so I've got to find other arrangements.

Does anyone located around the Houston area have advice? My current plan is to try to locate something off 290 out of the city but not so far out that it's inconvenient for me to make it over there and work. The 290 location was selected as it's Hill Country/Austin bound and I plan to do most of my weekend expeditions in that direction. Somewhere off of I-10 Northwest of the city should work in that case as well. I'm open to any suggestions.
An old hay barn in Price, Utah, about 90 minutes from my house. No utilities but it is covered, locked, and cheap. I take the batteries home with me in the winter. The farmer is talking about tearing it down and building another one. I don't know where I fit in those plans. But I'll worry about that when it happens. This doesn't help you in Houston, does it?
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