How do you store your camper? I have access to store it a few miles from my house but it would be next to a friends horse pasture. The camper would probably be infested by ants and other bugs. Does anyone store their camper this way?
How about a RV storage yard? Do they give you grief about the camper not being a RV or trailer? I live between San Jose and San Francisco California so the price will probably be sky high. Do most yards start with a decent price then jack it up on you like those public storage units do?
I know these are general questions and will be different all over the country but I am curious about different options because I don't have enough room at home.
I've stored mine at storage lots. Other than security, it is a good way to go. Of course, you can be broken in anywhere. My current lot has an onsite manager. It's been good. I haven't had a significant price increase at the 4 different lots I've used over the years. I changed lots for reasons other than anything related to the particular lot. Lots near each other can have dramatically different prices. It pays to shop around. I currently pay $80 per month.
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I'm not sure why you think bugs and ants will be a problem... Will the horses have access to the camper? Unless they poo on it and in it, the bugs and ants will have much more lucrative targets for food, and leave your camper alone.
As for cost to store at a yard, it's a "pay to play" thing. You gotta pay if you want to play. Either bite the bullet and pay the going rate to store the camper, or get rid if the camper, right? You really don't have any other choice in the matter.
I use a storage yard that costs $40 a month. It's a bare bones yard that is fenced and locked. They claim they have never had a break in. The 24/7 locked gates and high fence make it pretty hard to get anything of value out. Campers are no problem.
I don't see where the pasture should be an issue. A camper is pretty tight with few access places. Just make sure you seal any possible opening.
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$50 per month on a private ranch in San Martin. Owners live on-site. RV storage area is completely fenced and with tall hedges surrounding lot. Covered space available in a converted horse arena. 7 years never a security problem. PM me for more info if needed.
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We've been storing our camper on-board the Slverado indoors in a heated secured facility (marina yacht storage) every year since we've had the rig (in our 8th year now), except for 1 winter (but that 1 winter, the camper only went into storage).
The cost is: the rig goes off active use insurance and on strictly liability/fire/theft (for the 7 months of storage) netting out our total storage cost to $370. Pretty good. I can also work on the truck or camper any time indoors over winter, and have access to their AC power and some big expensive yacht reconditioning tools (like fiberglassing/buffing/professional paint spraying tools, etc, etc) if needed (we've known the owner of the facility for years so we have some great liberties there).
Our winters here in this part of the World are like Siberia (the most brutal imaginable, often with more than 25 feet of snow and/or dozens of hellacious ice storms lately, with climate change), so outdoor usage and/or storage is absolutely out of the question, unless we drive 2000 miles (minimum) south over winter.
On edit: storing our rig/truck outdoors here over winter would mean utter destruction by rodents. Our rodents are so populous and virulent, they can eat right through 1/2 inch coated plywood camper tub in hours, and completely tear the inside of the camper to shreds in weeks (we've already lost $1400 worth of very expensive designer trekking clothing stored in the camper during late October; and had $1100 damage to Silverado engine compartment twice! many here have seen the photos in this Forum); that'll teach us not to store starting in early October! I've already trapped/killed 9 mice in the engine compartment this June/July, with no end in sight (the population must be in the hundreds...a never-ending onslaught of rodents, non-stop)...we have 3 cats prowling our territory 24/7, too, for all the good its doing
Thinking of buying and learning to play the pipe (flute), but don't relish leading the following rodents off a cliff into our drinking water supply...
We store in a open-side roof-covered security area, fenced and surrounded by storage buildings. It's mostly boat storage, but we lease a covered site. Very secure with on-site staff 24/7.
Cost $85 a month, or $65 a month w/one year lease. We lease - even tho we're gone half the year a couple months at a time. Nice to have it when we return even at midnight. Our Condo allows no RV parking, so this works fine. Can do minor repairs too, and electric plug right there beside it, but we don't plug in (extra fee) while stored.
Before this one, we owned a small warehouse, so stored it inside for a few years. Sold warehouse and moved into outside storage, but didn't like the weather on it, so found this covered site - much better. No rain, no sun.
Paved driveway, and gravel sites - haven't had a rodent problem in two years.