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3belkhunter 10-22-2019 12:22 PM

Is covered storage worth the money?
 
Hello,
I have been reading the forum posts for a year now and usually find something of interest each week. Thanks to everyone who responds in a positive manner... My question is it worth the extra money for covered storage versus an open air environment. Here in Arizona, the sun is brutal most of the year. Thanks in advance!

Vicr 10-22-2019 02:27 PM

We are in the process of building out our property in Yuma and yes I will be building an RV garage/cover for our motorhome. I don't want our Precept to cook for the 6 months of the year we will be there.

RogerR 10-22-2019 02:28 PM

I don't have a covered storage option for the money I want to spend.


I did add foil faced bubble wrap sold as duct insulation wrap. I cut pieces to fit each window and the roof vents. Keeps it cooler and prevents fading.

jimp 10-22-2019 03:25 PM

Have you considered just an RV cover available for most sizes of RV. Lots of debate about them, but they would protect the RV against fading.

3belkhunter 10-22-2019 03:34 PM

I talked to a few friends about that and they thought the UV rays would tear them up, I use a Harbor Fr. tarp on my boat and it doesn't last 6 months, but that is HF quality mostly anyways... thanks.

Nature Ist 10-22-2019 05:38 PM

In the northeast here (CT) and I have stored our RVs in a ShelterLogic structure for as long as we own them. I got the heavy duty shelter, and it was well worth the money. Keeping the camper out of the weather made a huge difference. We sold at 2007 Eagle TT last fall after 12 camping seasons, ans it looked like it was brand new. It is also a big benefit to keep it out of the precipitation as well as the dust and dirt that is airborne.

Of course, here we deal with cold and snow, and the sun is not as strong as where you are. You also have to consider adequate ventilation to keep the storage area cool enough, but I think keeping a unit under cover and protected from the elements is worth it!

Rice1951 10-22-2019 05:40 PM

I neither live in the south nor full time so I wouldn’t know what to do with 6 months of sun. However, I can tell you that I put my coach in unheated storage from the end of October thru mid-April. It’s winterized and subject to freezing temperatures but it is out of the elements so I know what to expect when I pick it up in the Spring. I pay a flat rate per foot and the cost has been inching up so I am seriously considering making my detached garage big enough to house it next year. To answer your question, yes, it is totally worth it.

us71na 10-22-2019 07:35 PM

Here in northwestern PA we get a lot of snow. I wouldn't want my RV sitting outside with the snow blowing and laying on top of it for 3-4 months. It would also complicate snow blowing or snow plowing to get the drive way clear. For what I pay each winter for indoor storage, I could go 15 years before it would equal the cost of even a cheap structure that would withstand the snow load.

TxLoser 10-22-2019 07:37 PM

Yes. I never worry about hail storms. No tree gunk or bird mess. Trailer gets put away clean and when I pick it up itís clean. My front cap gets a little afternoon sun, but the rest is protected.

Hazman65 10-22-2019 08:16 PM

I have stored my trailer in covered storage every winter. It costs me $250 to store at the local fairgrounds in a barn. I think itís worth every dime. Keeps the wear and tear of snow and the elements/sun off the trailer. I have a cover for it when itís in the driveway.

Mark S 10-23-2019 06:53 AM

Storing the RV in a covered environment will most likely make it last longer and not deteriorate as quickly. The question is how much will the covered storage cost vs how much will it save? If it’s a $400,000 motorhome and you can store it inside for $200 a month, it’s a no brainer. If we are talking a $12,000 trailer and the rent is $450 a month for the storage, the decision becomes more difficult.

spoon059 10-23-2019 07:26 AM

UV light will degrade stuff down there, I'd cover it.

We bought a Carolina Carport for $2400 that our camper is parked under, but we worry about rain, snow and sun up here. Its parked in the side of our backyard. Well worth it in my opinion.

Try www.alansfactoryoutlet.com to get local pricing for you.

norty1 10-23-2019 07:34 AM

We have has ours under a Carolina Carport in our back yard for years since day one. IMO, it reduces the chance of roof damage and fading. Not to mention hail damage. Ours has withstood many hurricanes and high wind events with no problems.

Worth every penny. Plus is with a slab under it and power and water, it's a great Man Cave or She Shed!

mokurt 10-23-2019 09:20 AM

If I could afford covered storage I would.

A cover is what I'm going to get.

CampNow 10-23-2019 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by 3belkhunter (Post 803880)
Hello,
I have been reading the forum posts for a year now and usually find something of interest each week. Thanks to everyone who responds in a positive manner... My question is it worth the extra money for covered storage versus an open air environment. Here in Arizona, the sun is brutal most of the year. Thanks in advance!

Have you had a chance to visit any of the RV storage areas in the Phoenix area? No doubt you will find it (or have found it) sobering. A new RV will suffer noticeable UV damage after only 18-24 months. All the white plastic trim turns yellow. The black trim looses it shine and turns a faded black-grey. The entire exterior finish (especially the front cap) becomes lackluster and dull. The worst thing is the underlying wood (in the sides, roof trusses, etc.) contracts from lack of moisture opening up seams everywhere on the exterior---leaving you vulnerable to leaks when the monsoons hit.

Covered storage typically costs $100 to $200 a month in AZ. IMO, There's a good chance you may recoup a portion of that in increased resale value (vs. an uncovered RV) assuming your RV is currently in like new condition.

klinner28 10-23-2019 10:30 AM

I rent covered garage storage for $195/mo. and it's worth it for sure. I waited 2 years for it to become available so for 2 years, it was stored outside, albeit in a gated location with wind buffer from other RVs.

With it indoors, it allows me to work on it in winter without the elements of wind, ice, snow. I can leave the doors open and let it air out. The best part is being able to leave everything on the garage floor and not having to clean it all up until I have to.

CAG 10-23-2019 11:24 AM

If you can afford it, do it. My 5th wheel is 9 years old and has never been stored out of covered or full garage parking. We, here is Arizona have high UV ratings most of the year and some of the other RVs of the same year as ours show it, badly. With ours the finish and decals look like new. Rejex also helps. I apply it at least once a year and more often if I get the chance. You can find information on it at Rejex.com. Good stuff.

Covers for RVs do not work well here either. They dry rot quickly, and will rub on the corners of the trailer with winds. This wears rub spots in the finish.

Slurugger 10-23-2019 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark S (Post 804078)
Storing the RV in a covered environment will most likely make it last longer and not deteriorate as quickly. The question is how much will the covered storage cost vs how much will it save? If itís a $400,000 motorhome and you can store it inside for $200 a month, itís a no brainer. If we are talking a $12,000 trailer and the rent is $450 a month for the storage, the decision becomes more difficult.

This is a good point for your consideration.

My 377 is a 2018 and the $1100 per year i pay to store indoors is well worth it. It stays very clean, no bugs, no mold or mildew, easier on caulk/seals/decals, no hail/storm concerns, etc.

CAG 10-23-2019 11:52 AM

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If we are talking a $12,000 trailer and the rent is $450 a month for the storage, the decision becomes more difficult.
Perhaps but if you like to keep your things nice and in working order, it might not be as tough. I don't like pulling something that looks 40 years old, has rotted plastic falling off of it, or spending a bunch of time trying to repair sun damage. Tires alone become a major issue when left in the sun here.

Packerbacker_TX 10-23-2019 01:44 PM

Covered Storage vs. Open to the elements
 
I can give you my .02 on this from experience. When we first purchased our Jayco 5th wheel, we didn't have space for it at home. We got a good deal (at first) on a covered spot with electric at a local RV storage facility. The introduction price was around $75 mo but jumped up to $150 after 3 months. I believe we kept it there about 6 months before moving it off. Since then, it's been parked next to our house and plugged into a 30A connection.

The idea with covered (roof top) parking is partial protection from Sun, Rain and Hail. Since moving our 5'r, it's been 100% exposed to the elements and I've seen some changes over the last year or so - like: The roof gets dirty and the paint and stickers fade a bit. maybe some cracking or peeling in the silicone around the outside. We haven't had any issues with leaking (yet). Our slide outs tend to stay out more than not but I keep them in for the winter. They also have slide out covers on them for extra protection.

I typically blow out the water lines with air so there's no freezing issues, but our rig does have PEX tubing and it does have an insulated underbelly, so I'm not too concerned. If I had the option for covered parking and it was reasonably priced, i'd do it to protect it. I think having a proper cover (not a tarp) would help but I don't want to deal with taking it off/putting it on all the time. Maybe as a winter option?

As long as you're keeping up with basic maintenance, it should be OK either way.

3belkhunter 10-23-2019 02:50 PM

Thanks to everyone who have helped to frame the debate - much appreciated!

GraftonGuns 10-23-2019 03:57 PM

We put up a metal Carolina Carport for our 5th wheel. I don't use a fabric cover as I noticed on the old motorhome, mice enjoyed the cover, wheel covers etc. The carport blocks the sun, provides adequate ventilation etc. I was going to put a tarp on the sides of the carport for added protection but You really don't need it.

wondermn1 10-30-2019 11:53 AM

We store our RV in California and used a RV COVER which we thought would save the exterior BUT we found tons of mildew and had to power wash the entire roof area and had to use bleach to remove the black. It was a nightmare so now it is not covered and it has been handling the sun with no problems

Tom
2016 Precept 31 UL

mbell5263 10-30-2019 12:21 PM

I guess it depends on how much you are paying, but the short answer is YES! Everyone worries about their RV sitting in the rain, but the thing that causes the most damage is the sun. Hot sun bearing down on a rubber roof and seals is what creates the cracking that allows water intrusion.

Johnynorthland 10-30-2019 12:39 PM

I live in South Florida as Iím reading this Iím taking a break from removing the cover off my RedHawk,(and sweating my #%* off),! As I was taking my cover off I said to myself, ďboy I wish I had covered storageĒ!

The cover is a necessary evil out in this hot sun and keeps it fairly clean. Iím sure it would also be a necessary evil in the dead of winter with snow on it. The other thing that annoys the crap out of me is I have to wait for the dew to dry off of it before I can take it off and roll it up otherwise youíd have to lay out the ďparachuteĒ somewhere in the sun and let it dry! So to answer your question yes totally worth it !

SAMM Kinder 10-30-2019 12:49 PM

RV Covers
 
Here in Oregon we dont tan we rust !!! Yes I have installed a metal RV cover over our current and past trailers ... They last longer as well as increase resale down the road ...... Well worth the $1,100 Last trailer was a 99 and it looked as nice as new when we sold in 2017 .... Started with a Costco metal tubed canvas cover but got tired of replacing the canvas every year.... Spend the money for a metal cover .....

GCSuper 10-30-2019 04:52 PM

It's worth it to me. All my vehicles are garaged, even trailers are kept in a barn or under a carport. I'm in Texas and we get it all. Heat, cold, hail, and severe storms/ wind. I was keeping the MH in a covered storage area that was very nice and was only 2 miles from home. Well at least I thought it was nice, until I realized there was a concrete plant just to the south. The white dust was horrible. I was on a waiting list for a smaller place a mile further and just got the call that I was next in line. Nice place, good location, covered, 55ft long, and no dust. $50 a month less also, plus they have 30 amp elec. Another bonus was finding out my space is next to the owner and he parks in the middle of two spots so mine is extra wide.

Tucson 10-31-2019 08:58 PM

On-Site garage
 
We purchased a 1 year old Jayco Eagle 313H class C in 2001. Tried multiple ways to cover for 2 years. They proved to be expensive, cumbersome, and did not protect from Az heat. The interior still got very hot. I saw a couple spots were the "wall paper" was pulling from the wall. Built a metal building (30x40x15) and see no further damage. The decals and all of the exterior still looks great. In addition, I feel better knowing the tires are not baking. Having had RV blowouts, I still change the tires at 6-7 years regardless of appearance. My life and those around me are worth more. I also now find when we have company they live having their own private place to have as there own. Guest bedrooms are great but still lack privacy the rv affords. The garage helps keep the RV comfortable and clean. I feel the cost is saved in many ways. Even dw who was not thrilled initially is very glad e have it.

whackynurse 11-01-2019 12:14 PM

I live in Las Vegas it gets well over 100 here May to October, I pay for covered secured storage. I shopped around to check rates , then I checked on location as we did not want to store in a shady part of town. We found one 3 miles from my home and I have 24 hour access for 190 a month.

Trapper2020 11-01-2019 03:16 PM

In a word YES

In Texas total in closed is best. No sun, Hale to worry about. Sun on interior and decals is your enemy. Go to PPL or other sales lots and see what interior and decals look like after three years. Our rig is painted and stored inside for that reason. It all depends on how long you plan on keeping unit and what you can live with. The cheap interiors do not hold up well to sun.


Enjoy the journey

t18skyguy 11-02-2019 11:40 AM

I have a big enough property, so I installed 40 foot cover for my 32 foot Greyhawk. You have to take into account the way the sun orients itself in your area. I have one side all the way to the ground, the back fully enclosed, the side that gets no sun 1/3 down, and also a front bib that comes down about 2 feet. The only time any of the elements get to it is the front take a little sun for an hour or two before sunset. The cover cost about $7000 and has been totally worth it. It's 14 feet wide so I also store other stuff in there for dry storage. The rig looks just like the day I bought it 3 years ago. I'm in Oregon and any rigs that sit out exposed full time get covered in algae, moss, etc. It's totally worth it. Plus it adds resale value to the house when you sell.

Marshfly 11-07-2019 09:05 PM

Here is a viewpoint from the guy you will be selling to. I only buy used campers. Mostly a couple of years old so the kinks are worked out and someone else takes the huge depreciation.

I won't even come to look at something with faded gelcoat and plastic and faded or cracked stickers. I wouldn't buy it at any price. That will happen in 18 months of sitting outside which is about when I like to buy them. RVs stored indoors still look brand new.

The 2018 Eagle HT I just bought was in a covered storage but with an open front. The roof looks brand new but the cap had barely started to fade. I made the dealership compound and restore the front cap as a condition of sale.

You are turning away a ton of buyers and losing a ton of money on resale by keeping your camper outside.

2edgesword 11-08-2019 12:39 PM

What something is worth is very relative to the individual person and circumstances. If my last name was Gates it wouldn't matter to me what it cost it would be in covered storage with climate control and 24 hour security. Since my last name isn't Gates I cover my TT with a Adco cover which keeps in clean and ready for use when I uncover it in the Spring. It's a breathable cover so I've never hand any issues with mildew.

Vicr 11-08-2019 02:26 PM

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Originally Posted by 2edgesword (Post 808344)
What something is worth is very relative to the individual person and circumstances. If my last name was Gates it wouldn't matter to me what it cost it would be in covered storage with climate control and 24 hour security. Since my last name isn't Gates I cover my TT with a Adco cover which keeps in clean and ready for use when I uncover it in the Spring. It's a breathable cover so I've never hand any issues with mildew.


Who's Gates?

2edgesword 11-10-2019 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Vicr (Post 808361)
Who's Gates?

He's the guy that could spend $1,000 per hour for 10,000 years and would still have more money than 99% of the people on the planet.

https://www.businessinsider.com/bill...pending-2018-8


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