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Old 04-24-2016, 04:26 PM   #1
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Owning a lot of land to store the Airstream?

Not sure where to post this, so I'll ask it here. Mods, please move if this belongs somewhere else.

So my wife and I are thinking of buying an Airstream. We are about 15 years from retirement, so this would be for weekend use. I'm not exactly the social type, but I do enjoy having something to do on weekends. We just sold our 38' boat after 15 years.

Which brings me to my question. We do not want to store it in a storage place. We want to store it somewhere we can use it on weekends. We've seen some parks but are not very impressed. I was wondering about the option of purchasing a lot of land somewhere, 5-10 acres, and setting it up to keep my trailer there. Anyone here do that? I realize there are issues such as electric and water that need to be resolved, but the prospect of owning land interests me a lot. I was wondering what the sage minds of the forum have to say about that.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:44 PM   #2
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If you are not going to travel with it then why bother with a trailer? If you are going to just drive to your lot and stay there over the weekend then buy a park model or build a vacation home.

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Old 04-24-2016, 04:47 PM   #3
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Sure it's been done, but not by me. If I was to do it, I'd build a carport to cover the Airstream to help protect it from the elements for all those years.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:59 PM   #4
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If you are not going to travel with it then why bother with a trailer? If you are going to just drive to your lot and stay there over the weekend then buy a park model or build a vacation home.

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Well, the plan is to travel, but not every weekend. We need a place to store it while we work, and a place we can use it some weekends when we don't go out.
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:16 PM   #5
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First of all, how far are you willing to go from where you currently live to where your Airstream will live? Once you have that radius, you can check zoning laws in that area. In some areas you can do what you suggest, but not in others.

Be aware that something "out in the country" may be a tempting target for vandals, druggies, or thieves. Such people are well aware of when you are around and when you are gone.
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Old 04-24-2016, 05:19 PM   #6
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My worry, unless you buy land in the boonies, is security. I use a storage place where campground grounds employees live and keep watch on the storage area. I can also have it moved to a camp spot by the campground crew for 15 bucks if I want to come and stay locally for a weekend.


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Old 04-24-2016, 05:46 PM   #7
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We had a Carolina Carport built on our farm for storing our AS. It's paying for itself by saving us the costs of keeping the AS stored in a covered storage facility.
We also use it for our overflow bedroom when we have company at the farm. I've got it locked up pretty securely, but still worry a bit. The neighbors up there keep an eye on it for us. I've thought about a security system, but then the costs start climbing back up.
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:37 PM   #8
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You have to ask yourself...

Why do you need or want an RV/trailer ?

What do you like to do? ( Hobbies, activities, travel ? )

Where do you want to go? ( get out of the city ?)

How much is it going to cost you ? ( Will it be worth it ? Do the math )

My point is…will you need a trailer to do what you want to do, and go where you want to go?

Examples…I go to lots of music festivals. Having a camper is REALLY nice to have. I am planning some road trips, where having a camper will save me money and enhance the trip.

Having an RV wouldn't be worth the cost for me if it was just going to limit me to going to campgrounds, or limit me to going one place. ( unless I really loved the location and wanted to get out of the city )
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:16 PM   #9
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Yes, we've done the math, and the RV is for us. That much is not in doubt. What we are trying to figure out is the storage situation.

Yes, security was my top concern. I mean, while we are not there anything could happen. That is a minus. I'm not as worried while we are there.

I'm hoping the lot will be large enough that trailer will not be visible from the road. That may help mitigate the issue a bit.
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There are a lot of nice campgrounds in central/northern FL that would be perfect for your weekend getaways...if you kept the trailer at home.

However, knowing how hot and humid the summer months can be, perhaps finding a semi-permanent monthly campground location in the Georgia mountains where you could store and use your trailer for those months would be more appropriate. You can make better time driving back and forth without the trailer attached.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:54 PM   #11
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Our plan is to take the trailer to a campground 12-16 weekends a year. Usually taking Friday off to make a long weekend. The rest of the time would be using it where I store it, so I'd like to store it somewhere nice. And I wouldn't mind the work of maintaining a piece of land. Gives me something to do. I'd rather spend my time and energy in that than spend it on an RV park somewhere. But it's a lot of work and a lot of money. I'm hoping for someone who has done it who can give me some pointers.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:02 PM   #12
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You will get all kinds of opinions about how an Airstream should be used and how it should be stored, but the only opinion that should matter to you is your own. Do what you like. I did!

When I was considering the same thing you are, land in FL to keep my Airstream, I looked around for a couple years before I made up my mind. I finally decided to rent a lot, year round, in a campground for storage and staying, in lieu of purchasing a few acres in the country. The main reason I chose this was for the security. A trailer setting out in the country is a prime target for theft and/or vandals. The second reason was cost. In addition to the purchase price of land, installing a shed, installing electrical service, a water source, a septic system, annual taxes, and insurance seemed to be a little to much.

I've been doing this for almost 4 years. My wife and I are happy with our choice.
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Many pages are written about juggling homestead deductions, interest deductions, taxes and insurance on improved real property vs bare land…

Unimproved property taxes are reasonable. Bottom line is, you can make a killing buying the right bare lot, and never hassle with home building. The appreciation in real estate is the land, not the improvement (house). Most folks can't wrap their minds around the reality, but he house actually depreciates, yes those twenty year-old shingles are worthless, and your copper pipes have reached their half-life, the concrete cracks, and you're on your third wall to wall carpet and waterheater. It's the patch of dirt that appreciates in value, so YES! Buy bare land.


Take the interest deduction on a financed two year-old trailer, and “store” it on your unimproved lot with no second home property taxes. Yes your trailer can be stolen or vandalized same as your boat…


Travel and adventure at your whim. Your Tow Vehicle can haul freshwater to, waste from, and bring a freshly charged battery or a solar charge system for a weekend at the property. Plant a grey-water garden. Maybe it will become your retirement home-site. They can't tax you for planting trees, pruning shrubs and improving paths.
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Sounds like fun, a functional investment that you control, and way better than money in the bank.

Location is most important, so that's where to begin. Find your spot!
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I like the idea! My thoughts would be to purchase some land where we could store or simply visit. I would think that to eventually build a retirement home should be of paramount consideration.
If it would only be to offset the cost of storage then I couldn't really advise since property around So. Calif. isn't feasible for that.
Still I would love to have another piece of property to visit when I want. All I would need there is a level slab & septic of some kind but electricity & water could be a bonus but then again the electricity & water would effect the footprint.
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