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Old 08-12-2016, 08:37 AM   #1
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Newbie - storage question

This is a question that may be directed only to those living in or near Chicago. We live in Chicago - in fact - five blocks from Wrigley Field - home of my long struggling but improving Chicago Cubs.

We are planning on buying an Airstream Classic 30 J.

Suffice it to say - we are going to run into problems storing the 3/4-1 ton truck we will be buying (plan is to tear down and build a new garage / something we were going to do anyways).

But we surely are not going to be able to store the Airstteam anywhere nearby . So my question - I guess directed to Chicago Airstrean owners - where is a good place to store our AS near Chicago - willing to travel 1-2 hours - since it will just be the beginning of a road trip . The only one I have come up with is Airstream of Chicago in Joliet - location ok - but at 300 per month that sounds a little pricey (though they provide twice yearly maintenance).

Any suggestions?

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Old 08-14-2016, 08:55 AM   #2
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I solved the same problem by buying a 1,600 sq ft. Warehouse in Hodgkins. A bit far from Wrigley, but just off I-55.

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Old 08-14-2016, 09:03 AM   #3
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Hi, I am not in Chicago, but also cannot store at home. We store at one of those self-storage places with gated 24 hour access.

Advice to you is to consider when you camp which direction you will typically be headed.

We find that although we have to drive TO our storage facility, in actuality we prefer it to storing at home and having to pull the rig through metro commuter traffic on a Friday night trying to get out of town.

So if possible figure out where you will be heading, and pick a storage place "on the way".

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Old 08-14-2016, 10:32 AM   #4
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Not pushing any place but Aurora Il. has self storage next to sport dome at intersection of rte. 34 and rt. 30, see lots of rvs there also less than 1 mile South of intersection on rte.34 is another storage with all kinds of rvs. These places easy to get to by I88 west.
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:34 AM   #5
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Hiding In Plain Sight is Hard!

SOB can hide in plain sight. Not possible with an Airstream! I've found that it will attract attention and devious intent. BEFORE you go too far, find a secure enclosed storage location. I'm in Dallas metropolitan area. I'm paying $288 per month for a steel-walled private space that includes electricity, water, heat, 24/7/365 electronic access. The BIG plus is no one knows what's behind the rolled down steel doors! The peace of mind is wonderful!! No BIGGER heartbreaker than seeing your AS is not where you parked her - NOTHING! As some on the forum will attest.
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:40 AM   #6
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We use self-storage. Completely enclosed and lockable. No utilities or heat. $65/mo.
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:46 AM   #7
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Storage "near" Chicago

We live in Evanston and went through the same thing. After looking and looking we found what's perfect for us as we wanted it indoors. It's Exit 4 Storage in New Buffalo MI about 75 miles away. It costs $195 per month. You can come and go 24/7 and it's very safe. It's located on US 12 right off I-94. They have different sizes and options such as heat. if you'd like to talk leave your email and we can discuss. It's good to know there's a local Streamer!
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:54 AM   #8
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Thanks - will definitely check this out - actually in Michiana for the week.
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Old 08-14-2016, 01:34 PM   #9
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On another note, please check your insurance to see if the AS is covered while in storage away from your property. Also make sure that it will NEVER be moved without your TV doing the moving, as your policy will not cover damage and the storage property will have an air tight damage waiver; even if it's their fault.

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Old 08-14-2016, 02:30 PM   #10
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Old 08-14-2016, 02:45 PM   #11
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Self Service Storage will work well.

Using self-service storage will work well for you, but be aware of the limitations that may exist.

Most facilities are based on a 10x something length unit. Most AS push 8 ft 5in wide. Be mindful if you hit the building you pay.

Also, be sure that the elevation of the unit, with door open will clear the type of the trailer. Stated sizes are sometimes floor to ceiling (with door closed, when open the rollup door takes up some of the clearance of the door entry).

Then be sure there is sufficent clearance to be able to line up on the unit and slip into that skinny slot.

Finally, contact the Self Storage Association (SSA.Org) and download the list of facilities in your region. They can be very helpful.

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Old 08-21-2016, 02:01 PM   #12
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You might want to consider somewhere a bit closer to start. One thing that bothered me when I first got my AS was the lack of time/access to it while it was stored. My new facility is close to home and I can hang out in the trailer on a Saturday, doing repairs, etc.
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Old 08-21-2016, 04:12 PM   #13
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Sorry can't help you - Cards fan!

. Just kidding. Congratulations and welcome! Hope the storage works out.

Have fun and be SAFE!

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