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Old 07-30-2019, 12:04 PM   #1
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Parking pad

I was thinking about a parking spot at the house for my new FC25. After getting quotes for concrete alone at 5k or more for a 20x30 (AS and TV) pad on level ground. I am wondering if itís worth it. It will cost another 4K for a steel carport that size... I pay $90 a month for covered storage and it would take 10years to recoup the investment vs just paying to park. I have not looked into just a camper pad and shelter because if I do it I want the tv covered too
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:20 PM   #2
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Five years ago I paid $6,000. to put in an additional driveway and pad for my rv. I feel that now its paid for $1,200.00 year. I would of paid more for my storage off site with no power and now I have a better re-sale value for my home when I sell it as most do not have room for an rv especially since I have added 50 amp service.

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Old 07-30-2019, 12:20 PM   #3
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It's way cheaper to rent an Airstream than to buy one as well. Keeping it at home brings its own pleasure, ease, and benefits. Only you can decide if the 'cost' is worth it. Mathematically, it might not make sense. But neither did buying an $88,000 trailer (list price of course!).
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:31 PM   #4
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Yes the pad and cover is worth it. At the end of ten years of use you still have it.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:10 AM   #5
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Think of it this way: how much would it cost to add a spare bedroom and half bath (to say nothing of an additional kitchen) to your home. ;-)
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:22 AM   #6
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It's worth it. When I bought my house years ago it came with an old crumbling concrete RV pad and a 30 amp power pedestal. I never used the pad or the power pedestal (except for random electric yard equipment) until I got my AS. When I redid my driveways (replaced asphalt with concrete pavers) I had the contractor tear out the old pad and install 2 new 28' long concrete ribbons with river rock in the middle. I made sure it was built to last with enough depth and rebar to last for years. I don't know exact cost because it was part of overall driveway cost. Now I have the AS right outside for whenever I need to do anything to it or escape. Also I'm having a carport built to cover it to protect it from sun rain and leaves from all the trees surrounding it. Mo' money mo' money but the AS is an expensive endeavor and I want to protect it as much as possible from the elements.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:47 AM   #7
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We spend a fair amount on a steel building with a concrete floor. While I can't cost justify it versus off-site storage, it was worth every penny to us. First of all, as others have said it adds value to your property so when you sell you should get at least a portion if not all of it back. Secondly, the convenience of having our AS at home far outweighs the cost. When we start getting ready to go camping I can simply walk out to the trailer the day before and turn the fridge on, Then we can load the trailer at our convenience. I also find it very nice to be able to wax it out of the hot sun and in my own time frame. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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