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Old 08-15-2019, 08:02 AM   #1
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Do non-full timers pay for RV storage?

Hi,

I was just wondering how many non-full timers store their travel trailer in their driveway, or pay for storage? Would love to hear why either way and how it's working out.

Originally I was going to store my new travel trailer in my driveway but my wife is complaining about that idea because then guests have no where to park. I was thinking maybe an inverted storage schedule, where I store it in the driveway during the snowy winter months so I can keep an eye on it, and during the summer I pay for storage so it doesn't block guests from coming over.

Thoughts?
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:08 AM   #2
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I live in a very rural area, so I store it in my driveway, I built a large carport I keep it in and have power hook ups to keep it charged. and in use if needed for guests. But I do live on 15 acres.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:14 AM   #3
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I live in a very rural area, so I store it in my driveway, I built a large carport I keep it in and have power hook ups to keep it charged. and in use if needed for guests. But I do live on 15 acres.
Same here, I have 14.8 acres and my driveway is like a Walmart parking lot. I can do U-turns in my diveway in a full sized crew cab truck. Actually, a triaxle can almost get a U-turn. Give me a year and triaxles will be doing it! I am taking concrete/asphalt/dirt fill and pushing my level driveway out to 100' wide by 400' long.

I'm going to store my camper in my lower/rear parking lot area behind the house, it is all fill. I think that next year I may do a camper car port to keep sun/rain/snow off of it. This winter it is going to have to tough it out.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:16 AM   #4
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Stays in my Driveway hooked to Electric. I also live in a Rural area so I have plenty of additional Parking for folks.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:32 AM   #5
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Per my HOA I can't leave my TT parked in the driveway however, if parked behind the rear property line of the house that is allowed so we had a retaining wall installed allowing access to the rear of our property that's where I park my TT. This year we added a gravel pad to park it on.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:39 AM   #6
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As of now it is in a covered storage spot. At some point we want a house with enough property to have all the toys on site.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:41 AM   #7
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We keep ours right next to the garage. Electric right there and water will be run next when it's not so hot out. Used 12 yards of stone. Some was for the drive. Thank goodness we have a small kubota with a loader bucket.
Store trailer in the in laws barn for winter👍
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:42 AM   #8
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I store ours by our house and If we ever decide to move space for our Rig will be requirement for the next house.
It is extremely convenient to have it by our house.

Our HOA allows us to have the camper if the camper is behind the front of the house.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:42 AM   #9
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I pay for storage for my 5ER. The lot is fenced in and has a key card gate to get into the lot. There are cameras with onsite personnel during business hours. My cost is $55 a month, if you pay in-full for a year you get two free months.

The village ordinance prevents trailers of any type and RV's from being stored in your driveway. You are allowed three days for cleaning and maintenance which can be stretched to a week but after that you can be fine by the village.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:52 AM   #10
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We have inside storage, won't freeze, about an hour away. It has been awesome. And only $40 per month.
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Old 08-15-2019, 08:56 AM   #11
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I am fortunate to have plenty of room in a rural area, no restrictions on whatever I choose to do. Mine stays plugged into 50 amp service when at home and serves double duty as a guest house for company that may desire more privacy (or just want to sleep in late). My rv building is 20 x 48 x 16 high.
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Suburb of Minneapolis and driveway won't accommodate TT plus the 4 cars we're juggling with the 2 car garage. I pay storage for a fenced, gravel spot about 20 minutes from the house. The storage facility has 2 locations within 1000 yards of each other and a 30+ unit waiting list.
This works until I can retire and 'downsize' to smaller house with more driveway.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:12 AM   #13
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have 5 acres with a barn, camper is next to the barn (barn is full of cars) and stays plugged in.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:20 AM   #14
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I keep mine in my driveway. I like to be able to see it. Always have it plugged in to shore power. I live in a small neighborhood with no HOA.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:20 AM   #15
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:25 AM   #16
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I wish we could keep it home; several of our neighbors do. But, we have a tiny yard and a steep driveway, so no place at all to put it. We have it stored at a facility with fencing, security lights and cameras. We were warned that even with that, there have been a few incidents, but that's kind of just the way it goes - criminals don't care if there's a fence. The rent is cheap - $35/mo - they give you a gate key if you want to come get it after hours; you tell them in advance, since they park it for you, and they move it to an easy spot to hook up. When you drop it back off, you just drop it on the lot where someone will spot it and they'll move it for you back to the storage. The only downside is they park them in there tight. They use some kind of forklift or small bobcat or something to move them and they are good at getting them in there. We couldn't pull it out with the truck, which is why you call in advance when you want to go somewhere. Other than that though, they also do maintenance and repair and have a dump station, so if it were covered, it would be just about perfect.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:27 AM   #17
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I havenít figured out where on my lot I can conveniently park my TT so for now she resides in a storage yard directly across the street from our subdivision. $1/foot/month.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:33 AM   #18
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we have 2 acres. the previous owner stored a motor home that was under 30 feet. but we have a 40+ ft 5th wheel and there is no way you could get it down the driveway and be able to turn it. so it is in a fenced storage lot less than 2 miles away.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:33 AM   #19
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We have always had an RV, so when buying any house, the first thing we looked at is ample, easy parking for an RV.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:49 AM   #20
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I stored my popup in our back yard. Light enough to drive on our hard clay lawn most of the year. Houses were built on former pasture land and hoofed animals turn the soil into concrete. Heck, I slept in it on nice summer nights and would wake up with the local deer noses right at the screens. No way the Roo could get there and my boat was already using the side yard -- behind the front line of the house. Last neighbor apparently measured this with a laser.

Moved and one item on the new house priority list was space to park the Roo at home but it wasn't high enough on the list to put up with septic systems and well water, the only houses we found that would allow it. Almost needless to say our HOA won't permit a trailer in the drive but I suspect a small motor home would be OK as the original owner put a 30a RV power connector next to the drive. Trailer comes home from the storage yard for maintenance and packing/unpacking. I leave it coupled to the truck when home just to emphasize it's there temporarily.

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