These part-timer problems are particularly perplexing.
As fulltimers we never had to think about storage. But it gets worse; we never owned an RV before going fulltime, so all of these RV ownership issues that part-timers face are new to us.
Here in Florida it seems everyone with a spare acre of land and a chain link fence (or not) operates an “RV storage facility”. Just casually driving around we see dozens of them. Prices prices start at $40/mo for storage in a grass field under overhanging trees with a cattle fence. Oh, and you have to call ahead to get the gate opened.
Our minimum requirements were:
- Paved lot to minimize pests like insects and mice, plus no chance of it becoming a mud bog.
- Proactive security measures
- No overhanging trees to make a mess on the RV
- Close to our house (whatever “close” means)
- Prefer North or East. Better for hurricane evacuation, lower costs, less crime.
We looked around a little and found the cost of covered storage was prohibitive, and outside storage at the big name chains was high too. We found one that’s locally owned and meets all of our requirements. It’s 11 miles from our house, paved lot with good drainage, a 6 foot fence, key pad gate, laser perimeter security monitored with police dispatch. $90/mo seems like a lot, but it was a good compromise. Also they’ll let us skip payments while we’re away traveling for over 30 days and if the facility fills up they’ll call and give us the option of paying for our space or letting it go — great!
So our beloved motorhome is now safely parked and waiting for our next adventure. When? Not sure, but we’ll be sure to tell you.