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Old 02-11-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Storage - Enclosed or open?

We just took delivery of our new-to-us Tiffin Allegro Red this week, and we're planning on taking off for our big trip in the next 2 or 3 months. We're currently living in Florida, just a block or two off of the Gulf. We have room to park the RV at our house, but we're concerned about the salt air, so we don't want to keep it here for the full 3 months. So we're going to move it to a storage area, and our first thought was that we would put it into enclosed storage. After a few phone calls this morning I have discovered how expensive that is as compared to putting it in outside storage.

So my question is - is it worth the extra money to put it in enclosed storage for 2-3 months? The place I'm looking at is about 45 minutes north, so salt air wouldn't be as much of a concern. But what about rain, heat, sun, etc? Is there anything to be concerned about having it in open storage for a few months? Should we buy a cover? Or should we just pony up and pay for the enclosed storage? What do those of you who don't drive yours full time do when your RV is not in use?

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:25 AM   #2
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"rain, heat, sun, etc" did the previous owner have it stored indoor?
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"rain, heat, sun, etc" did the previous owner have it stored indoor?
Yes, it's our understanding the previous owner stored in indoors when it wasn't in use.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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If it's stay outside is only "temorary" I'd say leave it out, but, in the future it will sit for a while, inside is worth the expense. The sun will do damage not only to the exterior, but inside as well (seals, material, cushions, wood work, etc).
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We have an indoor storage unit with separate bay, 14' bay door and separate entrance door. $225/MO...best piece of mind investment we have.

We have seen a fairly new Newmar with SIGNIFICANT salty air damage to it when it was parked near a coast line. The floor plan was outstanding and the interior was beautiful. You could hardly give it to me for free...ok...for free yes but not for much of my hard earned cash. I couldn't even begin to guess how much it would cost to abate the salt damage.
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:21 PM   #6
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My vote would be to store your coach indoors. While I would worry about the salt air somewhat, I would be more worried about the effect that the sun has on your coach. Our coach is indoors unless we are using it. Just my $.02 worth!
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If it will be exposed 80% of the time, in 10 years it will endure 8 years of wear.

Will another 2 years of wear affect the appearance or value enough to matter?

Just asking.....
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when you say inside, do you mean like in a garage? We have ours in a storage yard technically outside, we are under a large carport, so it is out of the sun and elements.
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Man....are these things sensitive! Can't leave them out in the sun...can't park them in the rain.... can't park them too close to the ocean.... can't park them in the desert.....need to run the generator every month.....can't drive them on winter roads.....drain & winterize...need power or the $$$ batteries crap-out...don't forget fuel stabilizers, biocides, lubricators.... jacks-up / jacks-down...slides-in / slides-out....plywood under the tires...air-up -air-down...dehumidifier /. humidifier...???

No doubt indoor storage with heat/AC & power solves most if not all the problems.....including security $$$$$. After that everything is a compromise... just glad we live & travel in ours....I'm selling rather than storing when we drop anchor!
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Man....are these things sensitive! Can't leave them out in the sun...can't park them in the rain.... can't park them too close to the ocean.... can't park them in the desert.....need to run the generator every month.....can't drive them on winter roads.....drain & winterize...need power or the $$$ batteries crap-out...don't forget fuel stabilizers, biocides, lubricators.... jacks-up / jacks-down...slides-in / slides-out....plywood under the tires...air-up -air-down...dehumidifier /. humidifier...???

No doubt indoor storage with heat/AC & power solves most if not all the problems.....including security $$$$$. After that everything is a compromise... just glad we live & travel in ours....I'm selling rather than storing when we drop anchor!
While I can detect your cleverly disguised tongue-in-cheek...

I think there are some different situations that call for different answers. As an example, clearly FT use means no storage but a FTer will be there to detect problems. Now, I'm not there yet and I also have a "new" MH with out any history to seeing any leaks. I don't see any evidence but my first inclination is to keep my baby in the hanger for the winter.

I guess my point is that for those that are not going to be close to the MH and/or use it less frequently, storage is an important step to keep it in good shape. I'm looking forward to canceling my storage spot when we hit the road.
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No questions about it, if you are not going to use it for months at a time .......INDOOR storage for sure if you can afford it. (plugged in also would be a bonus) Protect your investment the best way you can. When I was looking for a used DP , If it was not stored inside when not in use I did not even consider it. Mine had 28,000 on it and was 9 tears old and I have had people ask me if it was new. (it is still stored in a heated bldg. when not in use)
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Can't address the salt concern off the Gulf. But the general question of inside storage I can. We live up North and have always stored our MH inside during the 6 mos. of non-use. Shop around and don't be bound to RV storage sites only. Place an ad in your local paper. Our cost is under $400 for the season.
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Before we launched the land yacht on this years-long journey, we stored it in an outdoor storage facility in the middle of zip-point-nuthin in PA, and kept a Tyvek cover on it in the winter. It was $30 per month.
Indoor storage was about $250.
And, after 10 months on the road, I'm finally gaining enough confidence in the new rig that the constant "dad look" is fading.
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when you say inside, do you mean like in a garage? We have ours in a storage yard technically outside, we are under a large carport, so it is out of the sun and elements.
Us too with large 5th wheels on one side - Class A behind us. The 5th wheel on the other side moved out - not sure who's moving in but usually only the front end sees any sun or real weather at all. I priced indoor and it was all taken and at $325 a month and up, I didn't put my name on the waiting list. I do put the big foil roll in the the cockpit glass. Pull down the MCD night shades everywhere else. My end of summer wax looks like it did the day it was applied. I would want to keep salt air off of it for long term.
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