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Old 08-06-2013, 11:27 AM   #15
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We have a 2003 Monaco Windsor that is stored under open air steel building along with several other coaches. We keep it under a full coach cover as well with no problems.
I've heard the same. Anything that sits just goes to seed very quickly. I would park it under cover and take it for short drives at least twice a month to keep things working and take care of problems when they arise.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone, great info! I am feeling much better about the degree of use I anticipate. I have the option of keeping a 45' covered, just not completely enclosed. Looks like I could completely enclose a 40- 43' coach as long as height not an issue. I really appreciate the responses and welcome more. And TheBerrys, I also have bulldogs! They will travel with us, of course!
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:38 PM   #17
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Granted, mine are both older units...

but coming from meager means, my wife and I try to take care of what we have, never had the option to garage, but we always had our 86 Pace Arrow and now the 96 Suncruiser under a good ADCO cover.
I still inspect them once every week or so, checking for water and uninvited guests.
The cover keeps it clean, keeps the finish protected and will keep most of the water on the outside.
Having under a cover, does make routine runs of the genny and the engine a bit more difficult, takes more planning/effort to do that.

Just sold the 86, comments were made about the shape as compared to other units much newer.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:49 PM   #18
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To me, having the coach in a covered building is worth every cent. It keeps the coach out of rain, snow, sun, hail, etc. When it's 105 degrees, I'm glad it's not sitting out baking in the sun. I won't get all the storage money back, but it's saving my maintenance money fixing things that dry rot, get fried by the sun or beat up by the hail.

We head out usually four times a year for three weeks or a month at a time.
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It's not a motorhome, but they say a picture is worth 1000 words. This month makes 9 years since we took delivery of our 5th wheel. When not in use, it stays in covered storage. You can see the condition of it below - click on the picture for a larger view.

Will we get our money back that covered storage cost us? Probably not, but I've likely saved a ton on maintenance/repairs, and I have no desire or need to trade it for anything newer.

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Old 08-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #20
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as i all ways say
there is RVs for the weekend fun made to go out a few times a year
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there is a RV that is made too full timing in like DPs

if you get a weekend rv and full time in it you well be fixing alot of things as its not made for full timing
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I'm sure the happy ones will far out number the unhappy ones. JMO.
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you don't actually BELIEVE that do you?
IMO some feel that the expense is off set by the good times, some do not, others have an unlimited income or simply DO NOT have a clue!
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IMO some feel that the expense is off set by the good times, some do not, others have an unlimited income or simply DO NOT have a clue!
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If the majority of RVers were unhappy with their experience I think the activity would die off. JMHO.

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Just a thought to bear in mind, your hearing from a minority of RVers that have issues, what your not hearing is the happy ones which will not and usually do not post to say how well things are going with their units. I'm sure the happy ones will far out number the unhappy ones. JMO.
Very true. Folks come here for help with issues. So you see lots of issues. Seldom do you see anyone post how well things are going. I have had two motorhomes, both relatively trouble free.
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Thanks everyone, great info! I am feeling much better about the degree of use I anticipate. I have the option of keeping a 45' covered, just not completely enclosed. Looks like I could completely enclose a 40- 43' coach as long as height not an issue. I really appreciate the responses and welcome more. And TheBerrys, I also have bulldogs! They will travel with us, of course!
If you can garage the unit when not in use do so. We just traded an 11 year old (2002) Beaver Patriot that looked like new! We've often had technicians comment that they couldn't believe the Coach was that old (and BTW, it resold in 4 weeks). Having said that, it sounds like you plan to store it on your property... IF POSSIBLE DO NOT MAKE MY MISTAKE! I built a garage for the Coach, I built it 48 feet deep, so a 45 foot Coach would fit in... BUT, I only made the garage door tall enough for the Beaver which was ~12 feet... MISTAKE!! We traded the Beaver for a Newmar Essex... a Coach that stands almost 13 feet! Just spent $3,500 expanding the door height to 13 feet 9 inches, adding a "dual track" door and I threw in a commercial grade door opener. If building a garage, plan for the future...
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Mine is on the road about 7 months out of the year. It sits beside my house on the west side and the mh shows it. My decals are faded and curling off. This is the biggest reason we are selling our current home. Once out of here the MH will get the decals painted on and we will be buying a home with a garage/awning for her on the Northside of the house that will be facing West.
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Thanks everyone, really appreciate all the information, VERY helpful!
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Thanks everyone, really appreciate all the information, VERY helpful!
Had my first MH for 10 years. Kept it outside. Put it under a delux full body cover ($395) and it did fine. Before covering put a high quality wax on it, when uncovering for camping season washed and rewaxed. Now have a new larger rv, bought a steel pole and fabric garage for it, 40 x 14 with zip doors front and back $3000. Got tired of unfolding/refolding delux cover. I'll admit it...I'm older and stiffer now, so my time and aches are worth a little pampering. I'll still do the wash and wax thing.
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