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Old 09-19-2012, 09:25 AM   #29
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Man, I would fell like I'd died and gone to heaven with a set up like that.

When we had indoor storage, we were not even allowed inside the building. They had to park and retrieve the coach because they packed them in like sardines and usually had to move two or three other rigs to get to mine.

I guess I did luck out. Plus, the storage facility is less than a mile from home, so I can literally walk down to pick up the coach and bring her home to pack and prep, which I'm doing later this morning (we're rolling out tomorrow).

There *is* one downside to this sweet setup however - I now have ZERO excuses for ignoring my honey-do list , at least according to DW

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #30
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I retired for real on jan 1 2009. Just before I retired, we traded in a 1993 Allegro. It had been stored inside since new. It was unbelievable how much it looked like a new coach. No fading of the carpet or fabrics. And the fiberglass shone like new. We sold the coach for top dollar.

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:01 PM   #31
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Had an 18' x 41' with 12' high sides, carport built next to house cost me $5000.00 added 50 amp power supply sewer for dump station and cable. Works great as a guesthouse and when I pull rv outside makes a great area for crawfish boils and parties.

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Old 09-21-2012, 12:43 PM   #32
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Direct sunlight will age the clear coat on your full body paint more rapidly than if in covered storage.

My rig is 17+ years old and I have been repairing the clear coat over the past 10 years.

It notably peels where the intense Sacramento sun strikes the rig for the longest period. The shady side has no significant clear coat peeling.

So, if you spent $1400 per year vs $600 per year for storage, you will have spent about $8,000 protecting your paint vs what ever it will cost to remove and replace the clear coat 10 years from now.

Sort of pay me now or pay me later. Personally, today I would opt for the $125 per month covered storage.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:37 PM   #33
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I had mine stored in an unheated pole building, costing me $125. per month. It was great while it was in there. It was 12 miles from my home though. The woman who owned the place wouldn't widen the drives or clear away the trees after storms. It got to be quite a hassel to get it inside. The last straw was when I almost got my coach stuck in the lawn avoiding untrimmed trees. After that episode I gave it up and put it back in outside storage yard which is right behind my house.
But I did like it when it was garaged, kept it a lot cleaner.
If I could find another resonably priced garage I'd do it again.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:27 PM   #34
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We bit the bullet and pay about $275/month for heated indoor storage. We have 24/7/365 access with a key and a powered garage door. We LOVE the fact that we no longer have to get winterized. 50 amp service is right there and it's less than 10 minutes from our house. The floors are clean concrete and we are surrounded by other "toys" yet still always have a clear path for taking her out or putting her back in.

Would I rather keep the $3000/year? Sure, but the peace of mind and convenience is worth it to me. It's a small price to pay in my mind considering the large investment we made to buy it. We can work on the coach whenever we want or make sure she's ready to go at a moment's notice. The other tenants are all friends of the building owner so we know there are no deadbeats involved. We were VERY lucky to get in - we know a good friend of the owner who vouched for us!
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:39 PM   #35
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If you have the real estate room; one of those metal car ports work just fine. They come in extra height, just for motorhomes. If you are handy you can put your own sides on, and just about totally enclose the thing yourself. Best of all they are pretty cheap.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:28 PM   #36
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We've had a 24x42 carport for 3 years now. The sides are totally enclosed. The ends are open. What a difference in the coaches condition. Has enough room for the RV + 2 cars.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:56 AM   #37
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Mine has been stored inside since we got it. It is now 10 years old and still looks like new. It was 3 when we got it and it took a good waxing & cleaning but that has lasted for 7 years. My polebarn site for storage has a cement floor but no electric hookup or dump station but I don't expect that for $40 month. If reasonable I would definitely recommend it.

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