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    Hello everyone,

    I am looking to develop a dedicated RV storage facility that is paved and covered by a steel canopy. Can you please offer your thoughts regarding how many spots I can accommodate per acre? I am currently projecting 40 spots per acre but I am not sure if this is a reasonable number.

    Thanks,

    Matt

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    How big of RVs are we talking? Class C 28" or the super big land yachts with pull outs, at 35"?
    "The comeback is always stronger than the setback."
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    • #3
      Hi KrisinNC,

      I think I have to plan to accommodate up to about 42 feet and then be willing to lease the space to someone with a smaller rig. I am sure there are some rigs over 42' so I will plan on a total length of 45' per spot unless you think that's a mistake.

      Thanks!

      Matt

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      • #4
        I think you're right about sizes-many HOA's and neighborhoods refuse to have people store them in front or even in the backyard anymore due to 'aesthetics'.
        "The comeback is always stronger than the setback."
        Mom, Navy Vet, genealogist and voracious reader
        Always sunny in California

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        • #5
          I posted a note on your other question about how a former employer handled the extra long RV's that would include trailers they pulled behind, cars, boats, motorcycle trailers etc. Don't forget about that ONE person who can't manipulate the RV the way they are supposed to and need to move at an angle. That uses up more space and leaves empty corners that can be used for cars/boats/trailer parking.

          Your best bet is to get an engineer to speculate the proper amount of space for manipulation and storage for RV's and other wheeled things that will be stored.
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          • #6
            Got it, thanks Tall Terri!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tall Terri View Post
              I posted a note on your other question about how a former employer handled the extra long RV's that would include trailers they pulled behind, cars, boats, motorcycle trailers etc. Don't forget about that ONE person who can't manipulate the RV the way they are supposed to and need to move at an angle. That uses up more space and leaves empty corners that can be used for cars/boats/trailer parking.

              Your best bet is to get an engineer to speculate the proper amount of space for manipulation and storage for RV's and other wheeled things that will be stored.
              Pulling in/through is better than backing in too, right? (for the parking impaired)
              "The comeback is always stronger than the setback."
              Mom, Navy Vet, genealogist and voracious reader
              Always sunny in California

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KrisinNC View Post

                Pulling in/through is better than backing in too, right? (for the parking impaired)
                How many "Professional" drivers do you think drive RV's versus mom and pop who decided to sell their home, hook up the car and just drive to see the world. Yes, pulling through is better than backing in or out. They can't see past their noses some of them.......
                Throw kindness around like Confetti - But don't get glitter in your eyes!

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                • #9
                  When I worked for Monaco Motorhomes it was always a great time for a giggle or two when I could watch the husband and wife teams use their two way radios to "GUIDE" the RV in to the spot when parking. I have even seen the accel pedal mistaken for the brake pedal. Pull through spots are great except that more room is needed for them and parking spots count for payment suffers.

                  Another way to bump up the daily $ take is to charge a fee for parking the RV. You could even do the same thing for "hooking up" all that is needed and also taking RV to the dump station. Monaco used to charge for and give classes that were over and above what the RV dealer did for the new RV owner training.

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                  • #10
                    We have 550 spots in 8.4 acres of fenced area. It is a mix of 20', 30', and 40' spaces. So roughly 65/acre. The spaces are pretty user friendly, and we never get complaints about the space size being a problem. A lot of places are much more dense than ours. You will never be able to design around a poor driver, so I would not factor that in. If someone has a problem backing a trailer into a space, we just tell them to rent a larger space where there is lots more maneuver room.
                    i wouldn't recommend pull through spaces as they are very inefficient.

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                    • #11
                      I am also looking at doing an RV facility as my self storage plans are out on hold. I am looking at 8-12 acres. Could someone share with me a layout that would allow for 50 or more spots per acre? I am hiring a designer / engineer to assist but am trying to get some preliminary work on this done beforehand.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by a1park View Post
                        We have 550 spots in 8.4 acres of fenced area. It is a mix of 20', 30', and 40' spaces. So roughly 65/acre. The spaces are pretty user friendly, and we never get complaints about the space size being a problem. A lot of places are much more dense than ours. You will never be able to design around a poor driver, so I would not factor that in. If someone has a problem backing a trailer into a space, we just tell them to rent a larger space where there is lots more maneuver room.
                        i wouldn't recommend pull through spaces as they are very inefficient.
                        You may get fewer spaces per acre BUT you charge extra for the convenience of drive through and lose nothing.

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                        • #13
                          My experience is pull throughs are not financially better, but they could help attract some people to your facility as they are nice. You need to draw it up and you will have your answer. back to back 20' spaces need a 35' isle or so. A 40' pull through needs 65' on each side. If you angle them you will lose 30-40% of the spaces. But depending on your lot layout maybe it makes sense for you. Go to a big parking lot at night and draw with chalk various conigurations. Try backing in with RV and with trailers.

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