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Old 11-16-2015, 09:17 AM   #21
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Thank you all for the helpful insights. From a purely fiscal and objective standpoint, it seems that for a $25K wholesale purchased price travel trailer, uncovered storage is the more likely winner at the end of the day (perhaps different for a six figure $$ unit). Carrying the current example forward, let's say one saves $1K per year by going with the uncovered route. I'm no expert, but I'm getting the impression that one would never come close to spending $1K extra in exterior maintenance costs each year due to the cons of uncovered storage. Rather, it seems there would be some increased maintenance costs and some minor inconveniences such as:

- Faster decay of roof and associated components requiring more frequent inspections, perhaps totaling $200-$300 in expense on average each year (extra time, sealant, cleaning, etc.)
- More frequent waxing/washing needed, perhaps totaling $100-$200 in expense on average each year
- Potentially lower resale value at 7-10 years (versus covered resale value), perhaps 10-20% lower, equating to around $1-1.5K less (ex. $11K sale price as covered versus $10K sale as uncovered at 7-10 years)

...all experts, do you concur with the above figures? If not, what would you adjust? And, am I missing any major costs associated exclusively with uncovered storage maintenance? (not general maintenance that is due regardless of storage)
Thats pretty much what i was getting at.

In all honesty i think the roof rubber should be ok for 10 years unless something out of the norm happens. Really need to watch seams and vents. My father-in-law has a 17 year old Itasca and it's rubber roof is getting pretty dried feeling. It's still good for the most part, one soft spot from a leak in a skylight. This is in Oklahoma so we have all kinds of weather from -20°s to 113° with lots of sun
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Old 11-16-2015, 10:33 AM   #22
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I am always on my roof to check it out and do any fixes that need to be done. Preventive Maint. is cheaper in the long run! It doesn't matter if it is covered or not, some point during the year it is in the elements and needs to be checked.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:56 PM   #23
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If you're comfortable doing the preventative maintenance yourself and don't have to account for time off work to do it (or pay someone else), I'd suggest your costs for that maintenance will be substantially less. No matter who does the maintenance work there will be costs for materials like sealant. Regular maintenance of the brakes and bearings would be similar in terms of materials only vs. having someone else do it. Either way you need to budget for those costs but doing it yourself will obviously always be less expensive and may actually mean a better job and at the least give you the satisfaction that you can do it yourself.

The roof may deteriorate faster with more exposure to hot southern sun (as compared to here in Canada and northern US states) but you can apply Aerospace 303 Protectant to the roof to lessen that potential.
http://www.amazon.com/303-30306-Prot.../dp/B000XBCURW
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:28 PM   #24
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You've left some things out of the equasion, like:

1)How much is it worth to lose time able to camp when your unit is in the shop for repairs that would be unnecessary if stored in covered storage?

2)How much is peace of mind worth that you know you will not go get your camper for a trip only to find water has leaked in and ruined the bed, couch, dinette, etc?

I will never NOT have covered storage for my TT, mostly for these reasons!
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You've left some things out of the equasion, like:

1)How much is it worth to lose time able to camp when your unit is in the shop for repairs that would be unnecessary if stored in covered storage?

2)How much is peace of mind worth that you know you will not go get your camper for a trip only to find water has leaked in and ruined the bed, couch, dinette, etc?

I will never NOT have covered storage for my TT, mostly for these reasons!
Loraura, sounds like you've had a bad experience. What happened to your TT that would not have happened if it had been kept in covered storage?

All I can say is that the VAST MAJORITY of RV owners do not have covered storage. No doubt it's a better way to go but you have to justify the cost if it will be leased storage.
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A cover is a good compromise.
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:35 PM   #27
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Thank you all; very helpful insights!
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Old 11-18-2015, 01:04 PM   #28
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I realize a building was not part of your question, but I just checked yesterday on a Hay Barn type pole building to park my TT under. Metal outer, enclosed gables, 6x6 poles, came to $8k erected.
I will probably go this route as I can still use the same structure even if I upgrade to a longer 5'er someday.
The cover debate has good points on both sides.
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:17 PM   #29
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Now on my second trailer, I am of the DO COVERED persuasion. For me the economics were monthly $50 uncovered, $95 covered. I find no fault with most of the previous comments, for me it just stayed cleaner and safe from hail damage. My advice is to shop around for your storage. Within 3 miles of my home, Covered Storage ranged from $150 to $250 per month. I went just a little north of the city (near a close by lake) and found very clean and nice covered for $95 a month. Also, many of the places offered a free month if you paid a year at a time (I do).
X2 Definitely worth shopping around. I am getting secure indoor storage for $60 a month and that is well worth it to me. (that is with the pay a year up front discount I negotiated)

The main consideration for me was that I will go a weeks without using my camper (months over the winter), and what storage would I be most comfortable with.
  • I went with locked indoor storage (with cats to address any potential mice issues).
  • If my camper develops a roof leak, it will be when I am in the camper. Not when its in outdoor storage where I won't be there to notice and be able to address the issue quickly.
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May want to check prices on a 'Carolina Carports' shelter.
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