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Old 09-15-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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Is indoor RV parking worth the price?

Okay folks the DW and I are new to this great life. We currently store our RV at at great facility in Corona Ca.. We have a covered spot with plenty of room for our 41ft DP. We have been told by several folks in our area that indoor parking is the best way to go with RV's that have full body paint. They also seem to believe that the indoor parking helps the tires and other rubbers items to last longer.

The price difference between my current covered parking spot and the indoor spot is approx $125.00 dollars per month. I would love to keep our unit looking great as long as possible but is the indoor parking worth the increased cost. Please let us know what you think and also let me know what services you would expect from the indoor facility. Thanks

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:02 PM   #2
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My thought is that whenever you decide to sell or trade, you more than recover the investment you made by storing inside. It is the first question most buyers ask.....

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #3
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We've gone both ways and it's a tough "value" call.

IMO, the worst thing in the world is storing it uncovered outside and I've never done that. Before we went completely full time, we'd come off the road after 6 months and pay $350/mo to store it in doors and it certainly kept it nice looking.

After full timing for a couple of years, we now store it in a 50' covered space for $150/mo and it gets much more dirty but I just see it as a trade off. I don't know that there's significantly more wear and tear on it but it does need a good bath before travel.

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:23 PM   #4
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We had ours under roof the first three years of ownership and now are FT without a roof over us. I can definitely see a difference in the roof and dirt on sides from rain & soil splashing up on the sides.

That being said, it really just takes more cleaning and maintenance. Even if you figure $125 per month savings, keep your tires covered or screened from the sun and you can save enough to pay for a complete set of tires or other maintenance in about three years.

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:27 PM   #5
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If you are in California, a covered spot is fine. I have an indoor garage, 50 amp service, and gas heat. I live in Cleveland, so it is spool worth it. $200 a month. The site also has a dump site, and 24 hour access. If I was in California, I would park it covered, or outside with a good cover.
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Old 09-15-2012, 08:43 PM   #6
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If you can comfortably afford inside storage why not, within reason? Inside storage around here is just prohibitive but if it were not quite so expensive I would use it for sure. As it is we cover our MH and it has remained in very nice condition in the ten years we have owned our rig. The more protection the better.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:33 PM   #7
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I live in Reno, NV where we get fairly mild winters, some snow and 100 degree summers. I store my coach indoors at a reasonably cheap facility. The roof leaks and the floor is dirty, but for $125.00 a month, how can I beat it? It sure beats having to replace the tires from sun-cracking and having to repaint the coach after a few years.
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Old 09-15-2012, 10:49 PM   #8
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We have outdoor covered storage with metal sidewalls separating each unit on a concrete slab. Just no front roll-up door. It does get some dust but no sun or water exposure. I suppose you could put a cover on it as well to address the dust and you'd get much the same benefit of indoors apart from greater temp fluctuations.

Outdoors in the sun exposed is bad not only for the paint but all of the seals. In our area it rains a lot all winter so having a roof overhead is added peace of mind.

I only wish that the prior owner had done the same.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:19 PM   #9
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I did the math based on local real estate prices. Uncovered spots for my 35' rig ranged from $50 to $125/ month. Only 2 places even offered a covered option...which was basically a metal carport. $300+ for that. A new facility opened close by... they wanted $350 for indoor storage (think dry dock sized building)

I just built my own storage building with a 20x40 slab and enclosed building for less than $7500 fully permitted/installed. Will pay for itself in 3yrs.
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In our area it's $25/month for outside uncovered storage. Only found 1 spot with room for our rig for indoor storage and they wanted $250/month.

Love our rig, but with washing and waxing she looks just as good as when we bought her 3 years ago. Indoor storage just doesn't make fiscal sense for us at this time.
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Old 09-15-2012, 11:30 PM   #11
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Where I live the cheapest I can find for indoor is $10 a foot, my rig is almost 42', they quoted $420 a month. In 1 year I would spend $5,040 on storage alone. I opted for $60 a month outdoor, figure what I save in 3 years I could repaint the rig and replace the tires.
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Under a roof storage is the way to go. Much easier on the RV than full time in the sun and weather.

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Old 09-16-2012, 09:22 AM   #13
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I got spoiled, I had indoor storage for my MH for 2 1/2 years for free but the building got rented so I had to move out. I found a covered storage for $200 a month, but after several issues with the spot I decided I need to move out. I found an indoor spot for $300 a month, I'm much happier, it has power so I can keep my batteries up and if it's just a short time between trips I can even leave stuff in the frig. The place is secure and off the beaten path so folks don't even know it's there. Another benefit is that I don't have to winterize my water systems during the winter months.

I do think the investment in keeping it indoors is worth the cost.

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It depends where you live....I had an indoor private garage...all closed in tight with NO ventilation or AC....In Mobile, AL in the summer the garage temp NEVER dipped below 90 degrees at night....daytime temps approached 100+....the coach was literally baking....after one summer I moved to an indoor air conditioned space for alot more, but my rubber, fabric, seals and all other things will have a much better lifespan...

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