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View Poll Results: What is your RV storage solution?
At home on your property 35 42.17%
At home on the street 0 0%
Storage facility - indoor 6 7.23%
Storage facility - outdoor 36 43.37%
Campground - storage 2 2.41%
Campground - camp site/space 2 2.41%
Other 2 2.41%
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:58 PM   #1
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RV Storage Facilities ~ sharing 'Lessons Learned'

I've been private messaging a new JOF member about storage alternatives to help in their search, and realized there are lots of questions and considerations that others on this forum could share. So ... I began searching previous threads to find a generic one to revive, but most of them were very locale-specific. Additionally, a poll on such a topic is always useful. SO - please share your 'Lessons Learned" and sage wisdom on:
  • What you look for in a storage location or facility
  • How you prepare your rig
  • Challenges you face
  • Services you expect
  • Anything else that will help them make decisions
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For our 3 trailers (Jayco, Coleman, and Wells Cargo), we have outdoor spots in a locked/lighted yard within a military location that requires badges for entrance ~ never experienced damage or theft. Since we use our TT year-round and the lot is about 15 minutes away from home, we're there frequently and have never seen signs of rodents or ants (though there are jack rabbits in the yard). When preparing for a trip, we can have the TT at home for up to 3 days before the police stop by (city ordinance, not HOA restriction); we hook into our home sewer when we don't use a dump station.
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Outdoor storage facility should have been broken into two parts Fenced or open area
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Outdoor storage facility should have been broken into two parts Fenced or open area
Good observation ... but couldn't think of all the options and can't retroactively (I don't think) modify the poll. Let's assume that any/all "storage" facilities are fenced, and that "at home" may also apply to homes of others (e.g., family, friends). If multiple solutions apply, select that one that is for the most time within a year. Responders to the thread can detail-out the unique situations in their comments.
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We do a combination. During the summer the trailer is stored in our driveway blocking half of the garage and driveway. DW's car gets parked inside and my truck is parked on the street. During the winter, the trailer is cleaned out and winterized, and stored in a storage yard. We found one close to home, a locked compound where access is by appointment only, and they charge about half of what the RV dealers charge. So it's a no-brainer for us. In a perfect world we'd have the rigt kind of property where we can store it at home, but our lot isn't set up for that.
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We are a bit like North of 49. In the summer we keep it at home. It's parked in front of the small garage. In the winter, it is parked inside a farmers barn.

When it is at home, we could take off in less than an hour.

For the winter, it gets a complete cleaning and scrub down. Making sure all food and odors are removed. The farmer has LOTS of cats, so there are no mice issues.
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Keep ours next to the garage at home, year round. Plugged in during camp season (April to November.). Last winter covered, probably not covering this winter. Totally cold, batteries in house on tender during winter months.

Lesson learned: RV cover is nice to keep dirt off, but it's misery not being able to extend slide outs.

Lesson learned: an RV Cover is a HUGE item to store during the camping season.
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Keep ours next to the garage at home, year round. Plugged in during camp season (April to November.). Last winter covered, probably not covering this winter. Totally cold, batteries in house on tender during winter months.

Lesson learned: RV cover is nice to keep dirt off, but it's misery not being able to extend slide outs.

Lesson learned: an RV Cover is a HUGE item to store during the camping season.
I store mine at home in the backyard. My question is this... is a cover worth the money over a cheap blue tarp? Other than looks and neatness which quite honestly I don't care about what's the advantage of a cover over a tarp?
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I have mine in a storage lot. I have had my boats in the past and my last Rv in a storage lot, as well as my trailer now.

My advice -

Find one that you can get into 24hrs a day. I have been locked out late and early. Nothing like worrying about your stuff all night in front of your house.

See if you can find a space with large expensive trailers/rv's that you can park between. My reason is, they will most likely not want to hit you more than you will want to hit them. If they are next to you, they should provide shade to you most of the day - I have moved spots to get a better shade pattern.

Look at spots that you can get in and out of. I am really good with my trailer parking ability, but it is tight in front of me - I am on a waiting list to move a couple spots down for a better angle.

Make sure the place has cameras and razor wire, etc. mine has both.

Make friends with the people that work there.

Find a place with a dump station.

Make sure your insurance covers you while you are stored.

See if they have discounts if you pay 6 months ahead.
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what's the advantage of a cover over a tarp?
From what I have read about covers The RV designed covers will breath whereas the cheap blue tarps won't and that will allow moisture to collect under the tarp
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