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Old 09-10-2014, 07:06 AM   #1
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How many of you pay to store your MH or RV inside?

Hello,

Just wondering how many of you pay to have your MH or RV stored inside. I live in Michigan and have yet to buy an RV but know that it would be better to store it inside in the winter. I also figure storing inside when not in use in the summer would keep the sun from damaging it so much.

So, how many of you have your own RV garage or system and how many store at a farmers barns? How much do you pay? MH storage I have seen is around $269 a month up here. Fair grounds cheaper but you have to be out in March and can't work on it there or check to see it is ok.

Just wondering if we need to build a garage before we purchase the unit.

Thank you, Lynne
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:22 AM   #2
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Our trailer is stored inside at a local trucking company and we only pay around $300 for Oct. thru early May. I keep it there during the summer for $40 per month. That's about $15 more per month than I would pay for outside storage but well worth it in terms of how it reduces UV exposure and maintenance. It will certainly help with resale value although we plan to keep it for many years.
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A few years ago I had a concrete pad and rv cover built on the property. Ran electric out to the cover to keep her plugged in.
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Wow, I'm glad I don't live in Michigan. I've been storing my last two Class A's under roof in a local self-store lot. I have a 40 foot bay covered on all sides except the rear. It keeps it out of the rain and sun and keeps the unit pretty clean. I pay $75 a month and the unit also has an electrical hookup (15 amp) so that I can plug in and keep the fridge cold and the batteries charged. It definitely keeps them looking like new and there's a lot less outside maintenance.
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We built a garage for our 1st Class A and had to lengthen it for our 2nd. We have a lean on one side for a tractor & some other equipment (and junk).

It's about 30' wide & 38' long & Gary figured it costs about $160/linear ft. It has electricity, overhead lights, the coach side is wide enough to open the slides and is fully enclosed.

It not only protects the coach from the sun & inclement weather, it "hides" it from the road so it's not as obvious when we're gone.
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If building a garage, shed, whatever, is an option, I'd go for it....
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I am in central VA and pay $112.00 a month for storage under a carport type structure in a local storage lot. Concrete parking and about 20 cow he all parked side by side under the roof. No electricity available.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:07 AM   #8
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So I guess an idea my DH and I had would not be a total bust. Here it is.

Buy the MH and a piece of land further south, but still in MI since kids live here and I have 3 years to work yet, and sell the house.

Live in the MH during the summer while we build a pole barn 100 by 50. Put an apartment in one end with just 1 bdr and bath and living kitchen area. Kinda of like an apartment. Put in a 20 ft wide garage for our use. Then 3 or 4 stalls to lend out for MH RV storage and charge $150 a month per stall.

Could produce around $7000 a year in income. Pay taxes on property, insurance, and some power usage. Get ready for the full time living and when we come to MI we would be able to store out MH inside and have a place to live. Son works in North Dakota and he could use it when he comes home wether we are there or not because MH is there when we are and have extra room.

Just thought it was an option. Even if we rented it for $100 a month and it rented only in the winter it would still produce income instead of cost us.

What do you think? Lynne
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I pay $315 PER MONTH FOR A FENCED IN SECURITY LOT WITH cameras. INDIVIDULE LOCKED 45 X 12' BAY.YEAR AROUND EVEN THOUGH THE MH IS IN FLORIDA 5 MONTHS A YEAR.
It would take me many thousands to buy a lot and tens of thousands to build that kind of building myself. Never get any return on my investment either way. Renting is cheapest!
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location, location, location

Heyer in north TexUS $65/mth covered, secured, cameras, electric, site
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You just have to research all building codes and zoning laws.
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The cost of storage and security is an expense one must consider when owning a RV or any item you can not keep inside your house. If space and zoning laws permit, building a garage on your own land would be a cost savings over time.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:23 PM   #13
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Because we are more interested in keeping the MH on site and do not want the upkeep of a full size house, we thought the pole barn and apt there would be best. When we go full time we could still use the apt. Apparently they get this rent up here in the snow because it is hard to find a place to get into. That is another reason we are considering this option.

Still have a lot of info to gather and not buying until summer 2015 so got some time to investigate more.

Thank you for all the answers. This is still new to us and we have a lot to learn.

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Sounds like a fine idea to me. If I had more room I would do that myself.....
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