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Old 05-28-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

My first post but longtime lurker! I've finely found a question that doesn't seem to have an answer in the wealth of archives here.

My wife, 1 year old daughter, and I will be traveling cross-country this summer in our brand new/used 13' Scamp. Part of our journey will bring us to Los Angeles and San Francisco where we will have shelter provided by friends with apartments but no off-street parking to safely house our trailer. On street parking will be a nightmare in both locations and is not an option.

Has anyone found a creative/affordable solution to such problems (besides camping elsewhere...)? I've had the thought of calling up economy parking lots near the airports and seeing if they would treat a 13' Fiberglass Egg the same as any car. Obviously, I'd pull any valuables if this were an option.

Any other thoughts? Many thanks!

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Old 05-28-2008, 05:44 PM   #2
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Hello Justin,

We're from the San Francisco Bay area.

Your idea of airport parking might work. I've towed our trailer to pick up my husband at the San Francisco airport twice now, and left the car and trailer in the long-term parking lot for about 2 hours each time. You would probably want to check with the parking authority to confirm that you can leave yours there for a longer time, and determine whether your car needs to be attached to it.

There are two other alternatives: trailer storage and trailer parks. Marinship Self Storage is 25 minutes from downtown San Francisco, just across the Golden Gate Bridge: 2340 Marinship Way Sausalito, CA 94965 (415) 331-7867. Their price for one month is around $150.00

The closest trailer parks to San Francisco are in Vallejo and Pacifica: Tradewinds RV Park of Vallejo, 239 Lincoln Road West Vallejo, CA 94590 1-707-643-4000 and San Francisco RV Resort, 700 Palmetto Ave. - Pacifica, CA 94044 - 800-822-1250. Their daily rates are between $45 and $55.

Best of luck!

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Old 05-28-2008, 06:57 PM   #3
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You could also do this at a Casino.. there are plenty of Indian Casinos to the east of LA. Morongo and San Manuel would probably be the closest (Both east of San Bernardino and west of Palm Springs)

Call and ask if they have RV parking. If so, park it, leave it and you have a secured area for it. They won't be picky about when you stay in the trailer.. they will assume you are gambling.

This is assuming you are only leaving it for a few days at the most.

Airports here (And I hope elswhere) have security concerns. I am not sure they would allow an un attended unit to sit for very long, unless it's in a remote lot.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips!

Gina, I'm curious, have you done this at a Casino before? I'm worried about leaving the trailer unattended. Am I being paranoid with visions of someone driving off with my Scamp behind their tow vehicle?!

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Old 05-28-2008, 08:15 PM   #5
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You might also check with U-Haul. They sometimes have storage facilities where you can leave it for a fee.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:33 PM   #6
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Hi, no, I have personally never done this and LEFT then trailer, but I have overnighted in Casino parking lots before. They often have sections set aside just FOR rvs. No hook ups, but you won't really need them, right?

I did leave one of my pop ups in a parking garage in Vegas once as well. No one objected when I unhooked. I was only there a day and a half tho.

Casino lots have tons of security.. as do ALL parts of a casino. You can just imagine why.

Give one of them a call and ask. All they can say is "No". And if they say "Yes", make sure you lock your hitch and wheels etc.

If almost perfect security is what you desire, only an official storage facility will work.
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