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Old 10-07-2015, 08:57 PM   #1
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Winter Storage in Tucson AZ

As "snowbirds" that have made 3 trips into mainland Mexico we have decided to store the RV in Tucson, AZ area and drive the toad into Mexico. We think the dry desert climate is much more conducive to preserving our moho versus the salt air environment in the area of Mexico we spend the winter. Our question is a two part one. Firstly, are there any special measures I should be taking to prepare the RV for storage in Tucson between late October and mid-April to avoid potential problems due to weather, insects or verments? Secondly, does anyone have a recommendation for a reasonably priced, e.g. $40.00 to $60.00/month, relatively secure storage facility. The criteria does not have to be a totally fenced and gated facility like a U-store or other public storage facility but at must at least well lit and inhabited by others coming and going, such as possibly a storage area within an active snowbird type RV park/resort. Thanks in advance for any feed-back.
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We live in Tucson and there are many storage areas in and around town, covered and uncovered. There is a storage yard at Pantano Parkway and 22nd St. If you find that lot and would like someone to keep an eye on your rig, we would be happy to help out! We live very close and can fortunately keep our rig at home, but we know bugs and mice are a pain in this area. We can look in and make sure all is well! Hopefully that is all that will be needed.
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Thanks for the response AZ Gypsy. So, how do you deal with the bugs and mice issue to avoid a big problem?
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Donde en Mexico?
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Fortunately, we haven't had to deal with a varmint issue to date, but we are in and out of our bus a lot and it think that discourages other more solitary critters from taking up residence! If you store, I think you will want someone looking in weekly (?) to make sure you don't have uninvited guests.
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Hi Easywind - we go to Mazatlán........just love it and such good value for money. Thanks again AZ Gypsy, we will keep that place in mind and if we need someone checking on the RV we can talk more via a PM, but we are hoping for several options to check out before making any decision, so are hoping for other feedback and still not sure we know exactly what we'll have to do to avoid critters taking up residence, e.g.- moth balls in all nooks and crannies or ???
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No problems, keep us in mind!
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Will do, AZ Gypsy. With all the wealth of info on this forum however, I am surprised no one has responded with info about what the winter time threats or risks are in Tuscon or similar Arizona locations and the specific measures that they take to prevent an infestation of bugs, mice or whatever else typically there is down that way between late October and mid-April which is the period during which we will be in storage.
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We winter (Oct to May) in Puerto Vallarta and store our rig at Rita Ranch in Tucson at A Family Discount Storage 9025 E Camino Abril, Tucson
Talk to Bob at 5205742461
We open the low water drain, put a bit of "pink" in all the traps and drain the hot water heater, and disconnect the batteries. Nothing else.
This is a very well maintained yard and has no mouse or rat problems.
Our cost is under $50/mo
Our rig has been securely stored there for years. Never a complaint.
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We had to store our motorhome a couple winter seasons and we chose this place - very pleasant to deal with and we thought very reasonable rates compared to other places in the area. It is well secured with fencing and a password to get in. This is in Amado, about 30 miles south of Tucson:

Amado RV and Self Storage Convenience, Security and Service

All we did was to not leave paper towels, toilet paper, etc. accessible to the critters for nesting. We left cabinets/closet doors open to even out the temps during some colder nights. We didn't winterize.

We put dryer sheets in drawers and got a mesh bag and emptied a both of mothballs into it and then hung it in our engine compartment/generator compartment and hung one bag in the lower bay area. We didn't scatter mothballs around. We wanted them contained. We also wanted to keep them out of the general living area. We had no issues with smell after the winter. We also had absolutely no critters visiting during the winter.
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Wow. We do nothing but put any food in a large sealed Tupperware container and leave all the cabinets and doors closed. Never had an issue. Maybe we are lucky.
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These are all great pieces of information and give us several options to ponder. I think I would lean toward the cautious side rather than have regrets and problems later and will likely use the moth balls and dryer sheets.....pretty cheap insurance. I don't think the weather gets continuously cold enough to necessitate full winterization but draining the fresh water tank, emptying holding tanks and putting some rv anti-freeze in toilet and sink traps seems easy enough. I don't think I have ever disconnected my batteries as the coach has the battery shut off switches....do you think that it is necessary?
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A lot depends on where you park. We have had no rodent issues for years.
Don't forget to pull the plug on the hot water heater to be safe.
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Sr Fox- that's a good storage location to check out as the price seems very fair. Its encouraging to hear you had no rodent problems. As we are staying in RV until the morning of departure for Maz, and wish to get on the road and as far as San Carlos, MX for first night, so we don't think we'd check out Amado area as we are only interested in Tucson, AZ Gypsy.....bit thanks for that suggestion. We are in Tucson now and have a few days here before continuing on.

In talking to other RV'ers in the park we're staying at, the consensus is dryer sheets and urinal pucks work well as well as solar powered light strings that apparently really deter the "pack rats" from nesting. I think I will use some moth balls too in storage bays and engine compartment along with the other contingencies again, just to err in side of caution. Thanks again for the replies and if anyone else has other ideas or suggestions, I'd be glad to hear about your advice or feed-back.
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