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    RV sales are up, which means these folks will need a place to park their toys. Are you seeing an increase in demand? What are you doing to attract this market demographic?
    Amy Campbell
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    Inside Self-Storage
    amy.campbell@informa.com

    @AmyCampbell_ISS
    480.281.6091

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    I have 53 outdoor parking spaces and each one is full. I am seeing more RV traffic this year. I try to find them a place near us but it is getting to be a tough market
    Janice - Maxi-Space Storage and Business Solutions

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    • #3
      Same here. I only have 36 spaces and it killed me to have to turn people away. Several of my RV tenants opted to pay a discounted annual rate, even though their spaces will be empty all summer, just to make sure they have a place to come back to in the fall. Those that didn't have been told there is no guarantee I'll have space come October/November.
      Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

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      • #4
        San Diego is the same way. I used to joke that if I was independently wealthy I'd buy some land and make it into motorhome storage. We'd get 5-10 calls a week for storing them.
        I was born to be wild, but only until about 9:00 pm.

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        • #5
          Do any of you have room for expansion, even if it's just outdoor parking?
          Amy Campbell
          Editor
          Inside Self-Storage
          amy.campbell@informa.com

          @AmyCampbell_ISS
          480.281.6091

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          • #6
            Not here.
            I was born to be wild, but only until about 9:00 pm.

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            • #7
              I don't. Wish I did...they'd be full in a heartbeat.
              Too many freaks, not enough circuses.

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              • #8
                Demand is high. I'm always 100% full for Covered Parking in most of the year. Summer some of those clear out but are back in the fall. Outdoor parking is always full but let's be real...
                If a person is going to invest a good chunk of change into a nice vehicle they will continue to pay storage fees for, they will want covered parking. My outdoor parking is full of junk. Junk vehicles that people don't always feel the need to pay rent to store. I've never had a covered parking tenant go into foreclosure.
                Build Covered or enclosed parking. Don't bother with uncovered.

                We've converted much of our uncovered parking areas to CP or storage buildings. Why?
                Take a 12x40 uncovered spot. Rent it for $80.
                Now Convert it into a building and rent a 12x40 storage unit for $300+.
                Give them an inch, they'll take a mile!

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                • #9
                  Our outside storage has really jumped this year so far. Never seen so many people coming in with brand new RVs.

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                  • #10
                    Reading about the high demand for RV storage always blows me away. I just wrote another blog post about adding RV storage to your existing portfolio.
                    Jana Haecherl
                    Marketing Communications Specialist at storEDGE
                    Email me: jhaecherl@storedge.com
                    Call us: 913-954-4110

                    storEDGE.com // Facility Management Software, Marketing Websites, Rental Center™, and Integrated Services.

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                    • #11
                      Its a great idea if you have the space. I'm a fan of both covered and uncovered for vehicles and as long as the pricing is right you will keep out the undesirables

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                      • #12
                        We have 90 spaces for RV parking, none of it covered. We are scrambling to to find spaces for our winter visitors by Sept. They usually stay until around May, when the triple digits start everyone gets out of town. Once Summer hits here, nothing moves. But boy are we full in the winter! We are currently working on putting in another 50 spaces, covered. And its not just us, everywhere in the phx metro area is full. Only way north can you find spaces, because they all bring them down here so they don't have to winterize!
                        "I don't understand your specific kind of crazy but I do admire your total commitment to it!"

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