RV StorageDate Added: September 12, 2007 04:14:32 PM
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Chasing after the American dream more often than not, involves more chasing than one anticipated. The average work week in the
The average worker in
American culture has become a non-stop driving force that can leave us frazzled at the end of just one day. Now multiply that by the five workdays and assume you’ll be taking some work home over the weekend and there’s no time to unwind. It’s evident with cities that never sleep and even rural area grocery stores open twenty-four hours that Americans are always on the go. We multitask all day long until we work our fingers to the bone.
Does that lead us to conclude that Americans enjoy vacationing less than Germans but more than others do? Certainly not. Americans look forward to getting away from their normal surroundings and taking in the beautiful scenery that the country has to offer. A rising pastime for vacationing families is RVing.
An RV is an acronym for recreational vehicle and a general term used to refer to a vehicle used as both an automobile and a temporary travel home. The term Winnebago is often used interchangeably with RV, despite it being a brand name.
RVs are intended for everything from brief leisure activities such as vacationing to camping as well as full-time living, for which they are usually parked in special trailer parks.
RVs may be rented in major cities and tourist areas or purchased at thousands of lots across the country.
There are different classes of vehicles generally labeled as RVs. A truck camper is a camper shell unit that is temporarily affixed to the bed or chassis of a pickup truck. It is small and most often used for short term camping. It is suitable as shelter and for sleeping by one or two adults. A truck camper may be stored in a large garage, outdoors, or in a self storage unit.
A folding trailer, also known as a pop-up or tent camper, is a lightweight unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage. Both small and large vehicles can tow it. This genre of RV is suitable for short term camping or vacationing. It is collapsed when in tow and may house up to four guests. A pop-up camper may be stored collapsed, in order to conserve space, in a garage, shed, storage unit or self storage parking space.
A travel trailer, also known as a caravan, is a unit with rigid sides designed to be towed by some larger vehicles with a bumper or frame hitch. It typically housed four guests and is best suited for short term living such as vacationing or camping. A travel trailer should be stored in a garage, garage-style self storage unit or self storage parking space.
A teardrop trailer is a compact, lightweight travel trailer that resembles a teardrop. It can be pulled by large vehicles and trucks and comfortably holds three to four adults. This RV should be parked in a driveway, stored in a garage or kept in self storage.
Hybrid trailers are a blend between a travel trailer and a folding tent trailer. One type has rigid sides and pull-out tent sections that usually hold beds while another type’s top section of walls and its roof can be lowered over its bottom section to reduce its height for towing. These trailers can be towed by large vehicles and trucks. They may house anywhere from four to six adults, depending on the size of trailer. It is best if these RVs are stored compacted and kept in a garage or covered storage unit. They may also be parked in self storage parking spaces.
A fifth-wheeler trailer is designed to be towed by a pickup or medium duty truck equipped with a special hitch called a fifth wheel coupling. Part of the trailer body of a fifth-wheeler trailer extends over the truck bed, shortening the total length of the vehicle when combined with the trailer. Fifth-wheel trailers may hold a number of adults ranging from four to 6 persons. These RVs may be stored in covered self storage parking spaces, outdoor parking spaces, garages or driveways.
The varieties of RV vary widely and continue to include RVs such as the park model. This is a standard travel trailer that is not self-contained. It’s designed for park camping only and, while it is easily moved from site to site, it is not capable of “dry camping” as it does not have any water storage tanks and must be used with hookups. It is not a mobile home. Varieties of a park model may hold a number of adults ranging from four to eight persons. When it comes to RV storage, a park model RV can be stored in a driveway, garage, self storage unit or parking in a self storage facility.
Toterhomes are uncommon but are the term used to describe a motor home built around a semi truck chassis. This type of motor home allows the pulling of large and heavy trailers. Totorhomes should be stored in large self storage RV parking spaces suitable for semi truck parking.
The term toy hauler is a motor home. Usually in fifth-wheel or travel trailer form, a toy hauler is designed to be part living space and part garage for storing things such as motorcycles and ATVs. Because a portion of space in a toy hauler is dedicated to storage, it holds two to three adults. When storing a toy hauler, space can be conserved by storing the “toy” (motorcycle, ATV, etc) inside the toy hauler. The RV can be stored in a garage, self storage parking space of self storage unit.
For hardworking Americans, investing in an RV provides as much vacation opportunity as purchasing a time share or vacation home. Unlike a vacation home in
People from all walks of life discover they can have more fun in an RV. Whatever your hobby or interests, RVs provide transportation, lodging, plenty of space and all the comforts of home. Furthermore, they help people save money on vacations.
Class A RVs are definitely a home away from home, whether on a weekend trip or a cross-country journey. They provide all the comforts you typically enjoy, and allow you to take them with you wherever you go. These RVs are generally the largest and most expensive type of recreational vehicle with models ranging from about 25 feet to 45 feet in length, and including up to four slide-outs that provide ample living space. Prices for class A RVs can range from $50,000 to $150,000 and up.These RVs may be stored in specialized RV self storage spaces available at many self storage facilities around the country. They could also be parked in driveways or under covered carports.
Class B camper vans are built using a conventional van, to which either a raised roof has been added or had the back replaces by a low-profile body (compared to a class C). Class B RVs are designed for maximum efficiency and feature all the amenities of full-size motor homes, including toilet and shower facilities, stoves and refrigerators, furnaces and air conditioners. To take advantage of available space, living areas are designed to accomplish multiple purposes. For example, the dinette area or couch may convert into a bed.
They are mobile and maintain a front van-like area in the front for driving. These RVs can range in price from $35,000 and up. Class B RVs are stored in many places which can include driveways, RV self storage units, RV self storage parking spaces, carports and garages.
Class C motor homes are built on a truck chassis with an attached cab section, which is usually van based, but may also be pickup truck based or even freightliner based. They are characterized by a distinctive cab-over profile, the cab-over containing a bed or an entertainment section. Class C motor homes are also referred to as “mini-motorhomes”. Class C motor homes maintain a cabin, under the cab-over, from which the motor home can be driven and navigated.
The Class C is intended for weekend use or making vacations with the family. Class C RVs often feature sleeping accommodations in a compartment above the driving cab, the dinette turns into a bed, a jack knife couch, also a bed, and possibly a full-queen seize bed in the back. They offer large living accommodations and decent bathroom dimensions with some with two slide-out walls for even larger living quarters.
Class C RV prices range from low $40,000 to mid $80,000. The least expensive class C motor homes usually come equipped with a generator compartment, 30 amp shore power, kitchen sink, shower, toilet, fresh water holding tank, black sewer tank, gray used water tank, dump valves and can usually sleep at least 4 adults. The higher the cost, the more equipped the rig will be.
With RVs ranging from pop-up campers to full-fledged second homes, finding the right fit for your family is important. There are a few things to consider when choosing an RV. How often will your family or friends use the vehicle and for how long? If your goal is to tour the country for weeks at a time, a more spacious RV with modern amenities will be a luxury you’ll enjoy on the road. If you intend to park in a campsite for a weekend at a time, then a smaller RV may suit you just fine. Because there is a large range in price in each class and style of RV, you will have many options within your budget.
Your RV budget should include not only the sale price but taxes; maintenance such as oil, tires, etc; gas to travel; insurance; campsite fees; and self storage. You won’t be on the road every day, so in the meantime the RV will have to park somewhere. If you are fortunate enough to have a large garage in which you can store the RV then you won’t have any extra expenses here. Many RVs are too large or cumbersome to fit into standard garages and outdoor parking is necessary. If you’re part of a homeowner’s association or there are restrictions in your city for parking recreation vehicles on the street then you’ll have to look elsewhere for RV storage.
RVs are a family’s investment into their vacations; they offer the promise of together-time and adventure. So naturally, protecting that investment is a high priority for RV owners. Offsite self storage is a secure and affordable solution. Many self storage facilities offer gated RV parking and RV storage with generous access hours for you to come and go. RV self storage is generally a designated parking space behind the gated facility. The parking spaces are large enough for Class A and smaller RVs and are long enough to accommodate them.
RVing gives you freedom and flexibility, offering more convenience and comfort than other forms of travel. The difference between RVing and other types of vacations is that with RVing, there are no flights to catch, no security hassles, no long lines or lost luggage. No hauling heavy bags in or out of overpriced hotel rooms. No strange bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens. RV owners enjoy nature and resting, relaxing and recharging their batteries.
Have you ever looked at a map and blindly pointed to a destination? Came to a crossroads and turned down whichever road tickled your fancy? RVing allows you the freedom to forget about check-in time or scheduled tours; stay out all night to see the stars and watch the sunrise; spend quality time with your family; follow your favorite football team to their away games; watch the autumn leaves turning from a different state every year or just get away for a weekend and do “nothing”. Perhaps what draws
When you’re on the road, hiking up a mountain, dreaming by the sea, finding unexplored places or exploring a redwood forest, it doesn’t matter how much work is sitting on your desk or what your job title is. When you’re RVing your only title is Captain, Explorer, Pilgrim, Adventurer. Lobbing off the weight and hectic demands of “life” and taking a moment to breath has become the new American dream.
We deserve to get away from the hustle and bustle. Families yearn to get away on shorter trips more often and at all times of the year. An RV makes that possible, allowing you to strike out on the road whenever you want and go nearly anywhere you want. With so many destinations, events and adventures ahead, RV travelers are always on the move, making memories every mile of the way.
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