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Old 09-06-2011, 03:19 AM   #1
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Storage facility or keep it at home?

Debating with the DW about keeping the MH (40' DP Class).

We have room in our driveway it's a 15' wide, 600' circular drive with large parking area parallel to the garage.

My rational is theft in storage lots.

Her rational is thieves will no we are not home if they see the RV there day after day then it's gone. It could secretly be her way of getting me to keep it out of the driveway. When I brought our first RV home, her first words were "you're not parking that here are you/"

Have to admit, indoor heated storage would be nice vs. winterizing for 2 or 3 months. But not comfortable with the security aspects of storage.

What do you guys do and why?
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:51 AM   #2
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I have my RV at a safe gated storage for over a year now and never has there been anything happen to the motorhome. I wish I could keep at home just don't have the space for a 37 footer in the driveway. But this place also has lighting and cameras.
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Old 09-06-2011, 04:52 AM   #3
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Past five years have parked my rv in a gated, fenced lot with both people (day) and dog patrols (night). Need a security code to exit/enter. Barbed wire and surveillance cameras are there, too.

Am also paying less for my rv insurance. My insurer views the secured storage facility as being considerably safer than out in the open in front of my home.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:22 AM   #4
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Didn't consider the insurance savings angle. Thanks for the tip
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:33 AM   #5
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Stored my first and my current MH in a gated storage yard and I never had a problem. I now store it about 12 miles from my home in a rented space in a pole building. I share space with another MH and a retored fire engine.
If I had the room on my property or in my driveway that's where it would be!
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:14 AM   #6
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Ours is parked alongside the house when we're home. We never had a problem with breakins while gone, our neighbors watch out for each other. A lot depends on local regulations as some don't allow you to park an RV on your property while others require it to be parked a specified distance from the street.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:22 AM   #7
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Ours is at a friends storage facility which is located at his place of business. It's gated and seems well protected with high fences and all. Haven't had an issue yet but am also thinking of moving as to find something a little more reasonable in price. Don't get me wrong it's a great place (cement pad, 50A electric and cable tv) but at almost $70/month I guess I can do away with the ammeneties. FIL just found a place that only charges $18/month but for me it's just to far away from our home location.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:23 AM   #8
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Why not do both? Keep a storage spot reserved and only use it for longer storage terms (weeks or months), and keep it at home when you are just "passing thru".
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$18 a month? $70 a month with power, wow I'd be all over that.

$65 a month. outside. no fence or gate or security of any kind.

House is currently for sale. HOA rules prohibit me from keeping it on my own propery even though there is plenty of room.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:07 AM   #10
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No restrictions in our neighborhood. So that's not an issue. Looked into inside heated storage last year almost $200.00 a month, huge issue.

Think I will work harder on convincing the wife to let me keep it at home.

I like to go out and tinker when not in use.
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Out of sight out of mind. I keep mine in the driveway as a reminder to use it, wash it, maintain it.
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Motor Home Storage

We keep ours inside at home. It is parked in a metal bldg in the back yard. Unless the door is open you cannot tell if it is home or not. The bldg was not cheap but eventually will pay for itself by keeping the camper out of the elements when not in use. If we ever sell, the bldg will also add to the value of the property. The bldg also houses a 19' boat, 400 sq.' of work shop and keeps almost all of my junk (that's what DW calls it) out of the yard
PS I added a 35x16 drop shed on the back to contain what wouldn't fit inside and now I need to add to that!
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Ours is stored in a pole barn no elec or heat,about twenty miles away. I like it stored out of the weather,when not in use. I must admit many times I wish I had it home when an idea pops up to tweak something. A 40x50 polebarn in the backyard would be the perfect solution! It's nice to dream!
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We store our coach at a gated storage lot ($45/month) with a personal security code to open the gate. No one is allowed in or out after 9pm. If you are in after 9pm you have to call a special number and pay a $30 fee for someone to come to the lot and let you out. The lot is paved too and the people do coach washing and a few other minor servicing things too.

That said, if I could, I would love to store the coach outside my home. I dont have the room to park it at home and I do believe the Homeowners Association would have a big say about it too (if I did have the room) . It would make it sooo much easier to do some service work on the coach. I would do the oil/filter changed myself and do the TV changeout over the winter months amongst other things.
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