I feel sorry for folks that have to use public storage. Myself? I use the pad beside my house, and a big ugly dog that loves to gnaw on legs. I had a cop come to the house and was gong to write me a ticket for barking dogs. Time I got done proving I was the only house in the hood that hasn't been burglarized, He left knowing he was wrong about my dogs. Told him they were doing his job and were a lot cheaper at best. He saw my son some weeks later and told him he hopes he never has to come back to my place again. My dogs are sissy's and I hope no one ever finds out about them.
We've used Public Storage for the last 5 years or so. At the first storage center, our trailer got broken into. Nothing stolen, but they broke the door and cut the coupler lock. Police thought they were probably looking for a place to stay. This storage center was not well lit and was completely hidden.
We moved it to another facility that is right on a well traveled road, across from the fire department. Haven't had an issue at this storage facility, been using it for 3 years.
We've used a public storage place off and on for a couple years. When we first bought our TT 2 years ago, we had it towed down to Myrtle Beach and stored at Lakewood Campground. After a few months, we bought our truck and brought it back home, but put it in a public storage place for a few months until I figured I could get it turned around in our culdesac. Then I backed it down our yard beside our house. Kept it there for a while, but got tired of having to guess the weather before a trip and the fact that if it rained, I wouldn't be able to get it out. I had to use 4 wheel drive to pull it out normally, due to the incline. Plus since it was on an incline, we couldn't really leave it plugged up with the fridge on or anything. So I put it back in storage last fall. We decided while on our trip to Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach, to just let it be stored there. I think it's $5 more a month to store it there, but they tow it to the spot and back in to storage once we are done. It cost me about $125-150 in gas to tow it down there. When we drove back, it was less than $75. I will make up the money easily. Plus we bought a golf cart while there and can put it in the back of the truck with out having to revmove the tailgate or part of the golf cart (short bed truck and low clearance golf cart).
But we never had anything broken or stolen while in public storage. I did remove the battery and put a lock on the coupler. I've thought about the LP tanks, but that's just too much problem removing them. As others said, they can do it from your yard as well. Be sure to let your insurance company know where it is stored. If it does get broken into, and they don't know its being stored in a public storage place, they may try not to pay out a claim.
Yep, we sure do feel sorry for those that have to use Public Storage Places, Period.
IN the 45+ years that we have been RV'ers, we have always had enough land, and Real Covered RV Ports, with Full Hook-Ups, to keep our RV's in.
First off, we would never, ever buy any house any where we couldn't have our RV's at home, Period.
For us anyways, we wouldn't even bother to own an RV if we had to pay a monthly fee to keep it some where for the rest of our lives. To us anyways, it just wouldn't make very goood sence to begin with. Not to mention the extra expense of it over the many many years.
But I guess some people really don't have a choice. We thiink if we were in that position, we would for sure find some other arrangnments, beside a Public Storage Place.
But hey, each to thier own ways. Its just not for us though. Good Luck. Happy Travels. Dan & Jill