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Old 07-25-2021, 04:38 PM   #1
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Salt Air or Heat

I purchased a 2022 Flying Cloud RB Twin which will be delivered in December. Iím looking for a place to store it as I donít have space at home. Iím on the Central Coast of California (San Luis Obispo). My choices are either a location near the ocean or inland. Both will be outside. Inland is very dry, but can get to over 100 degrees in the summer. It will be much cooler at the coast, however Iíll have to deal with the salt air. What is best for the AS?

For Central Coast RVers, any recommendations for storage facilities?
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Old 07-25-2021, 06:12 PM   #2
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Just Curious

Is there really salt "in the air"? When water evaporates and becomes vapor, isn't the salt left behind?

I only visited that area once but really liked it. Stayed in Avila Beach. Nice area. I would keep it at the closest venue and do whatever is necessary to keep it covered. Keep the tires covered, too. The sun does more damage than the heat IMHO.
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Old 07-25-2021, 06:47 PM   #3
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You would be amazed at how far wind carries salt-laden air from the shore.

Spent last winter working at Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Trailer parked 150 yards from Florida Bay. No significant waves just an occasional chop on the water. But a fairly steady 10-15 knot wind onshore.

Had to rinse the trailer twice a week - you could see the salt crystals glistening on the skin. Treated all the ferrous parts with Corrosion X monthly. Still had to sandblast and paint the step assembly at the end of the season.

I would choose to store it inland.
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Old 07-25-2021, 07:45 PM   #4
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+1 for Inland
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Old 07-25-2021, 07:54 PM   #5
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Used to live there. If it was me, I would saunter over to the airport, talk to some of the private plane owners that have hangers about renting part of their space...or barter for it, whatever your skill set is. Some of the local businesses with large garages also.
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Old 07-25-2021, 09:24 PM   #6
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+1 for Inland
I'm with Stewart...DW and I stay at Morro Strand State Park about 2xs a month in the summer, and we comment all the time about the way the weather there tears up everything, not just trailers...
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Old 07-25-2021, 09:31 PM   #7
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I read on the forum that Airstream does not recommend storing a trailer with a cover on it. Almost all the storage in my area is outside without any cover.
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Old 07-25-2021, 09:59 PM   #8
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I was on the Oregon coast about a four weeks ago. I couldn’t believe the salt coating on the door knobs of the house we were staying at. I would go “inland.” I know AS doesn’t recommend a cover, but they do make Airstream covers.

I’d check it out.
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Old 07-26-2021, 07:42 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by s1000pre View Post
+1 for Inland
+2 for inland

Don't leave the smores chocolate in the trailer!
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Old 07-26-2021, 11:54 AM   #10
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We store our 2020 FC 27 at Buckley storage behind the SLO airport. Nice facility, outdoor spots are reasonable and they have a dump station. I got a small solar panel to keep the batteries topped off. A bit windy out there but I’ve seen no ill effects of sun or salt
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Old 07-26-2021, 12:37 PM   #11
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Airstreams do not melt. There should be no problem storing in a hotter place. Ours is in Fairfield, CA and the temperatures are often warm, but other than being warm when we pick it up, it's just fine. We do remove food and things that WILL melt -like candles and crayons when it is stored.
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Old 07-26-2021, 07:19 PM   #12
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I am one of the few that covers their AS. 3.5 years now with no issues. Researched everything out there and the only cover I considered was CalMark Covers, Oxnard CA. Made to order and fits glove tight. Not cheap, but neither was the AS. I stored in Fairfield CA for the first 2.5 years, hot, windy, dusty and bird crap. Trailer is clean when I cover it and clean when I uncover it.
I would choose inland over salt air.
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Old 07-30-2021, 07:44 AM   #13
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What does "near the ocean" mean? As long as there is no direct ocean spray the trailer is fine.

We park our rig one block, 200 yards, from the ocean. We keep it waxed and shiny. No problems whatsoever.

The best place is closest to your home, especially right after you take possession, when your messing with it and getting it all buffed out.
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Old 08-04-2021, 07:19 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the responses. I may not have much choice as I'm finding most storage locations are full up. I'm on a few wait lists for outdoor parking. Luckily, I'm not picking up my AS until December.

What should I look for in a storage location? Any place I should avoid on the Central Coast of California?
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