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wildtoad

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Posted: 02/26/21 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well there you have it. Opinions for keeping the TT in a garage and those that basically said do nothing but camp in it. To me it’s important for my MH, Toad to look nice, well maintained. I had several, some I’ve had to store outside, stored off site under a shed, and currently store under a carport next to my house. So far the carport has been a blessing, a garage would be better. Keeps critters at bay, both four legged and winged one too. Helps keep the roof cleaner, reduce black streaks, less UV damage to the external items. Your choice, choose wisely..


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garaged is best, my rv still looks new. 12 years old

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wildtoad wrote:

Well there you have it. Opinions for keeping the TT in a garage and those that basically said do nothing but camp in it. To me it’s important for my MH, Toad to look nice, well maintained. I had several, some I’ve had to store outside, stored off site under a shed, and currently store under a carport next to my house. So far the carport has been a blessing, a garage would be better. Keeps critters at bay, both four legged and winged one too. Helps keep the roof cleaner, reduce black streaks, less UV damage to the external items. Your choice, choose wisely..


I would love to store mine under a hard cover but for myself, that is an impossibility..

I have acreage, but unfortunately all but a very small small upper part is on a steep drop off and no amount of 4x4s is going to safely get ANY RV up or down that hillside (12+ft drop over in only less than 20ft at the steepest point)..

So, the ONLY place I have to park my RV is beside a busy highway in my front yard about 40ft off the centerline of the road.. Making things worse is a UNDERGROUND NATURAL GAS LINE that goes UNDER the RV that I cannot put any permanent structure over.. Compounding that even more is my water well, plastic pipe from the well and electric for the well is located 2 ft from the tires of my RV..

My RV looks fine, just wash once a yr and the dirt and road grime accumulated after a yr washes right off..

Besides, don't you think a RV with a garage built around it would be difficult to drive on the road? They HAVE to come out an play in the sun once in a while..

To answer the OPs question, I would not solely base my decision on buying a RV if it fits in a garage or not unless you have no other option for parking it.

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Again, everybody has their opinions,I keep mine under a pole barn to avoid the sun, my last fifth was a keystone cougar, 13 years old, looked like new, it's the sun that makes them look old. As a result, I got an excellent trade in value for it, because it didn't show its age. My recommendation is to store it under cover if you can, helps keep the vermin out too.

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All my cars and trucks have always had a garage. All my trailers (rv and non rv) are stored in a tractor shed or the trailer shed.
My '97 32' 5th wheel rv trailer has sat in a trailer shed for all but one year and looks like new.
I tend to keep equipment a long time so its important to me from a dollar value and exterior maintenance issue to keep it covered.
I see many folks have a 2-3 car garage full of junk but leave their vehicles outside 24/7.
The sun will runeth all things over time


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The sun here in the valley is brutally hot so I built a large boat and RV shed.

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Mine lived outside for almost 15 years and did fine, but as mentioned it is starting to show aging effects.

A couple years ago I started covering the roof and top foot or so with shrink wrap. It's almost 20 years old, and I get nervous about moisture sitting on it through freeze/dry cycles. The aging awning actually seems to be a little better since I started covering it.

Ultimately, with good maintenance, my trailer has spent the majority of its life outside with zero leaks or other weather related "showstopper" problems.


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Up until this year I had my trailer stored in a barn during the winter for $300.

Now it is stored outdoors in Northern Quebec on my property.

I REALLY feel bad about it as I have about 6 feet of snow surrounding the trailer and about 4 feet on the roof.

That CAN'T be as good as barn storage.

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#1nobby wrote:

Up until this year I had my trailer stored in a barn during the winter for $300.

Now it is stored outdoors in Northern Quebec on my property.

I REALLY feel bad about it as I have about 6 feet of snow surrounding the trailer and about 4 feet on the roof.

That CAN'T be as good as barn storage.


Yes but the UV protection is unparalleled.

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I sold my 10 year old and always stored in the garage and still in perfect condition camper last month for 11% less then I paid for it new. No way would it have brought that much return if it sat outside in the weather all of those years.

* This post was edited 03/02/21 06:45pm by ISBRAM *


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