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Old 06-18-2015, 05:15 PM   #1
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Where to park while just fiddling with the trailer?

OK - a newbie here with a dumb question.

I live in a fairly urban part of town - I'm in a high-rise condo with a concrete parking garage. No street parking of any significance.

My trailer is stored about 10 miles away.

Sometimes, I don't really need to go camping, but I'd like to take it out for a day, fiddle with the trailer, make some minor repairs, maintenance, service, etc. and then bring it back to the storage facility.

However, what I can't figure out is how/where to do this? Do I tow it somewhere random and park and fiddle with it? If so, where?

Or, do I end up reserving a campsite/rv park space and work on it then?

This seems to be a bit of a downside with urban living and having a travel trailer. Makes me wish I had a house with a long driveway where I can tinker with it any time I'd like.

Would love your suggestions/thoughts - especially from those of you who may be in the same boat!
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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I too like to just do some maintenance & just hang out, must be a man thing. Anyway, a generator is an essential tool for that, especially in a hot climate. Usually a large parking lot, a Walmart or shopping center, a Target or even a school (when closed) works. You're not camping there, it's daylight & you don't leave the trailer unattended, so usually you won't be bothered. Fortunately my storage area is close, paved, has a dump & washing area so I don't have to move but a short distance.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:02 PM   #3
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I do mine where she is stored. Never asked, they patrol 24/7 and office is open 7 days a week from 6:00 to 7:00 and no one has ever said a word. I do almost everything there.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:25 PM   #4
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I'm same as Paiceman, I just work on it at the storage place. They have a water spigot but no electricity for tenents. I charge up my power tools and just run on battery, use the AS inverter or the inverter in the 4Runner if I run low. Cooler weather is better but I've worked on it when it's been 92 inside the trailer. I was taking out everything on the floor in the front end.

I've also worked on it in front of my house but we have a 48 hour maximum. I don't have a 30 amp outlet at home so no A/C there either. At the storage facility I don't have to worry about time limits. At home I have access to all my tools and I can go in the house and cool off. Upside / downside to everything.
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:33 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I think my storage facility is probably out as an option. It's actually the local Airstream dealership and the trailers are packed in pretty tight - it also seems to be their service/maintenance area so they probably don't want me hanging around in the area.

The other wrinkle is that I would need to tow it out and, if I don't keep it overnight, need to bring it back by 5pm.
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Old 06-18-2015, 08:52 PM   #6
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I think your only option is to take it out to a campground for a night or two. State and federal campgrounds are pretty reasonable and many have good views. Our first outing was to a federal campground, best available spot right overlooking a lake. It has water and electric, I think $25 a night.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:36 PM   #7
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I would pull to a vacant school lot or talk to independent mechanic shop about a workable use agreement between you and them.

Maybe bring the owners favorite beverage.... Or cash...
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:52 PM   #8
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:14 PM   #9
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Living in California you are close to the ideal. Live in a highrise, by definition you generate low manmade green house emission's. Your Airstream violates the ideal. For short range travel you bike or use the metro. Longer travel you use high speed rail (regardless of whether it exists or not). RV travel is very carbon intensive. Something you should do no more. You ought to sell, or better yet destroy your Airstream in the name of humanity.
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:14 AM   #10
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Since you store at an Airstream dealership you may be right about not working on it in a public space. They certainly don't want newbies to get the idea that an Airstream can break, needs maintenance an owner can perform themselves rather than paying a shop, or merely appear to be too difficult to tow somewhere beyond the lot. Sarcasm aside, don't assume, go ahead and ask as you might discover otherwise.

I used a rental storage area behind a large RV dealer until I had my own driveway space. On occasion, other owners worked on their units stored there as well. It was nice to have company and gain insights from others during breaks. None of us were doing extensive stuff, mostly same day tinkering. A generator in summer was a necessity on muggy summer days and was never an issue with management since we were far from the sales floor. It was nice being able to cross over to the 'store' for those bits and pieces I needed mid-repair. However, that was back in the "recession" when RV dealers were suffering, kept minimal extra units for sale, and glad to have any kind of income.
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We keep the Bambi at an RV service center's storage facility. We actually have 2.5 acres around our house, but most of it is steeply sloping, and there's no good way to park it by the house or by the road (where we could park our 16' Bambi.) Since the RV place's gate locks after hours, we have to abide by their schedule, but so far it's not been a problem. People do work on their RVs, trucks, boats, &c at this place. So maybe you'd be happy with a different storage facility?

You might also consider a day trip for a picnic, trip to the beach, or something comparable, so long as you can find suitable parking. Your AS is great for setting up food or as your own beach cabana. You might not get much serious work done on your AS, but you could at least take it for an outing.

It likes that sort of thing.
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Living in California you are close to the ideal. Live in a highrise, by definition you generate low manmade green house emission's. Your Airstream violates the ideal. For short range travel you bike or use the metro. Longer travel you use high speed rail (regardless of whether it exists or not). RV travel is very carbon intensive. Something you should do no more. You ought to sell, or better yet destroy your Airstream in the name of humanity.
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OK - a newbie here with a dumb question.

I live in a fairly urban part of town - I'm in a high-rise condo with a concrete parking garage. No street parking of any significance.

My trailer is stored about 10 miles away.

Sometimes, I don't really need to go camping, but I'd like to take it out for a day, fiddle with the trailer, make some minor repairs, maintenance, service, etc. and then bring it back to the storage facility.

However, what I can't figure out is how/where to do this? Do I tow it somewhere random and park and fiddle with it? If so, where?

Or, do I end up reserving a campsite/rv park space and work on it then?

This seems to be a bit of a downside with urban living and having a travel trailer. Makes me wish I had a house with a long driveway where I can tinker with it any time I'd like.

Would love your suggestions/thoughts - especially from those of you who may be in the same boat!
Why can't you work at your storage unit?

I had the same problem, got a storage unit with power and enclosed. Like having your own workshop.

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