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Old 06-27-2016, 11:37 AM   #1
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Again, I am new to this site and RVing in general. With that in mind, I had some questions about storage. I am looking to purchase a Class Super C and wanted to know your thoughts on storage. What is the general opinion on outdoor vs indoor storage with either Class A or Class C RVs? Is it bad to store outside? I know indoor storage is more expensive, but if its better on the unit it seems that it might be worth it. Please advise.
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Again, I am new to this site and RVing in general. With that in mind, I had some questions about storage. I am looking to purchase a Class Super C and wanted to know your thoughts on storage. What is the general opinion on outdoor vs indoor storage with either Class A or Class C RVs? Is it bad to store outside? I know indoor storage is more expensive, but if its better on the unit it seems that it might be worth it. Please advise.
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While common sense tells me that inside storage is better than outside storage I can tell you that my now 148k mile coach has never been stored inside and has never been covered.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:19 PM   #3
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Like Mel, our 12 year old coach has always been outside, in the supposedly terrible Florida sun (except when we are living in it during the summer). Just like garaging your car, it's nice if you can but not terrible if you cannot.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:34 PM   #4
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I think that out of the sun would be the first objective. Is it critical? No, but sunlight does promote aging. Indoors helps to keep critters such as mice, rats, wasps, etc. away.

One thing I thought of during a particularly hard rain the other day...that while it's nice that the new wax job still is clean & dry because the MH is indoors, I don't have any idea if there are any leaks!
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Indoor in temp controlled place is of course best. Covered from the sun is very good. But of course many/ most RVs do not stored as such.

A biggie is annual roof inspection and re-seal as needed, no matter how stored.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:52 PM   #6
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Good luck on that "indoors" thing. I'm in the metro Detroit area which according to the 2010 Census was the 11th largest in metro area in the nation with a population of roughly 3.7. You'd think you should be able to find pretty much anything here - anything except indoor RV storage that is.

We make do with a pull-thru spot on a large outdoor storage lot that's very close to home. It's a gravel lot, 24 hour card access gate, some security cameras ... so you've got at least some hope that any incidents will at least be captured by the cameras which may be helpful after the fact. ... all for the low, low price of $600 per year. We're in the middle of our second year - with no incidents, no rodents and no problems. I've had the opportunity to meet several others parked in the same facility - some who've been parking there for years - and nobody has reported having any issues with theft or vandalism. I'm simply keeping my fingers crossed!
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:10 PM   #7
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Inside a climate controlled unit is best $$$$$
Inside a closed building is next ......... $$$$
Under a roofed cover is next ............ $$$
Outside covered MIGHT be next ....... $$
Outside uncovered, rented spot ........ $
Outside, uncovered next to house like we do works best for us


Had our 2002 Dutch Star stored beside the house for 13 years and it still looked great other than some of the problems that some of the rigs had due to the bad fiberglass sheeting.
Storing the Magna the same way too.
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Just think of all the full-timers out there...their RVs are outside all the time and if properly cared for (washed/waxed) they can look excellent. Ours did after 8 years.
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I've been struggling with this also after purchasing a unit that was stored indoors all its life. I have no choice to keep it outside for now but hope to build at least a pavilion type roof over it sometime down the road.
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Indoor heated storage is practically non-existent where I live in the Mid Hudson Valley of NY State. You'd think there would be some in this well
Populated area. I kept my HRDP inside in my commercial garage but sold the property last year. Now I am getting ready to build a pole barn (heated) on a parcel I own to store my DSDP. Lots of grief with the town I live in for a permit but I really feel that it will be worth it in the long run.
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We just put up a 45' steel storage deal to keep the RV in.
I love it.
Its out of the weather, stays clean and for the cost was a great investment in my opinion.
14' tall and one side enclosed to the west.
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All depends on your priorities and temperament. I'm pretty particular, and I own an older rig that I bought used. Roof replacement and water damage is no fun at all. Been there, done that (called "sweat equity"). I'm lucky to have indoor storage now at $60 mo. and will keep that spot as long as I have an RV. Sun / UV exposure does so much damage, as does freeze/thaw cycles. Water is your rig's worst enemy, and it is insidious. Sometimes you don't know you have a problem until you have a PROBLEM.

Now, if you can afford to buy new and trade up every few years, then I wouldn't worry much. But if you look at your rig as a long-term investment I'd store indoors or under shelter if at all possible.
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We are in North Jersey....town does not allow storage at home (we live on over an acre), indoor storage is non existent, let alone climate controlled. We pay $150.00 plus tax for a terrible, tight, curbed parking space in self storage lot. Been looking for a warehouse for years to store RVs, real estate is just to expensive around here for it to make economic sense.


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Didn't want to winterize every year nor have it exposed to the sunlight uv when not necessary so built a climate controlled addition on the garage.

Can use it as extra living space in a moment's notice when all the kids visit.

Priceless!!
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