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Old 03-23-2020, 04:50 PM   #1
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Does anyone have experience in finding a place to leave a trailer parked for a few days so you can do side trips such as backpacking while on the road? We are planning on bringing backpacks with as we travel around the states.
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:08 PM   #2
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Does anyone have experience in finding a place to leave a trailer parked for a few days so you can do side trips such as backpacking while on the road? We are planning on bringing backpacks with as we travel around the states.
You might check out Boondockers Welcome.
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:45 AM   #3
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Just leave the trailer in the campground. Pay for as many days as you want.
OR, find a self storage place that has room for RVs
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:01 AM   #4
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Some campgrounds won't let you occupy a space without being physically present. Otherwise that's a great idea, as is boondockers welcome.

It also depends on where in the country. Where I live, I don't stress much about leaving my camper for a few days. I'll often drive up into the mountains with the trailer, find some dispersed forest service camping and camp overnight, then backpack in somewhere from there first thing in the morning. Even if I have to drive down the road a little farther first and my truck isn't parked at the trailer, I don't worry too much.

Kind of depends on where you are, and your own personal comfort level.
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Old 03-24-2020, 11:22 AM   #5
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The concern for me would be finding somewhere that the trailer would still be there when you return. An unattended campsite would be noticed. Make sure you have some sort of trailer hitch lock and possible some sort of wheel lock. Lots of threads on here on both those items.
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:07 PM   #6
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I would just not be comfortable with leaving a trailer behind that any pickup with a hitch ball could probably steal. There is a saying. An open door will tempt a saint.

A lock only works to slow a person down and keep mostly honest people from being tempted. If no one is around such as in dispersed camping in national forest... Never mind breaking into the camper let's just take it with us. I might note if your door hinges are on the outside and hinge pin consist of a bolt the door can be removed very easily. *cough* Scamp *cough*

You might want to check at places that offer canoe rental. Some of those in Michigan people will leave their auto and canoe camp on the river for a day or two. You might find they would be willing to let you drop your camper there. One at Smithville landing on the Manistee has a mowed field where people who are canoeing camp.

Cabin rental places might also be open to an arrangement for a few days. At little or no charge. Canoe livery or cabin rental would at least have people around and not be secluded.
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:27 PM   #7
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We have left our trailer in a private campground twice while attending tech conferences in nearby cities. We would get to the campground, pay for at least a night at each end of the stay plus the 3 nights in the middle, and tell them we would be in the nearby city at a motel due to the commuting distance each day. Never had a question or problem yet. Obviously, these were not trips where we took our pets! (They were KOAs.)
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:49 PM   #8
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Hi, we solved this problem by googling rv storage places in the nearest town of any size to where we wanted to leave the camper behind for a few days. The lady who was in charge of the place we picked called it 'short term' storage. We called ahead to reserve the spot since it was near a big city. Have a great trip!
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:09 PM   #9
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Does anyone have experience in finding a place to leave a trailer parked for a few days so you can do side trips such as backpacking while on the road? We are planning on bringing backpacks with as we travel around the states.
We left our motorhome in a campground in Fall City, WA for 14 nights at our RPI campground. They let us leave it in a site for the entire time and kind of kept an eye on it. Cost us $99 they said for up to 30 days. We plan to do the same again this year in another RPI campground. Some campgrounds have areas you can store one in. It does help to belong to RPI or Coast to Coast. In todays world campgrounds are the safest bet for leaving an unattended RV alone.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:05 AM   #10
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How about asking fellow FRV members if you could leave it at their house?
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:18 AM   #11
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some RV parks do have a section set aside for storage of RVs. That means the rate for leaving it behind will be much lower than the daily rate for camping.



So take a look at the websites for the RV parks and see if they have a rate for storage. Of course you can also call or email and ask them if they will help you with that.
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Old 03-25-2020, 12:29 PM   #12
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Easy solution - take off the lugnuts and take one tire with you. Most thieves are in the grab and go mode and won't take the time to make the trailer towable. They also won't have a spare tire or a pocket full of lugnuts.


Of course that won't stop the flatbed trailer or big rental truck crew. Those miscreants require a bit more personal interaction to thwart their ambitions.
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Old 03-28-2020, 07:47 AM   #13
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If the trailer is targeted, yes, they can easily bring a spare. Actually, you probably already have one, unless youíre going to remove that, too. A wheel-less trailer would have the appearance of a derelict vehicle, which might run afoul of local parking ordinances, campground policies, and/or backcountry rangers.

I agree that a campground or a storage lot associated with a campground is your best bet. Public campgrounds generally have rules prohibiting unattended campsites- demand is high, and you are preventing someone else from using the site. Private campgrounds are likely to be more accommodating, and some have storage areas. Thatís where Iíd look.

Security depends on where itís parked, of course. A larger trailer like the Escape 19 is less vulnerable to begin with. A good quality wheel lock that covers the lug nuts is one option. It would deter opportunistic theft, but not a well-prepared thief targeting your trailer. For that or in the backcountry, consider adding a GPS tracking system.
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:20 AM   #14
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I have stored mine at a casino that has camping for a week pretty cheap.
It was north of Scottsdale and could be watched by the office. They had a lot of RV there.
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:36 AM   #15
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I didn't realize till summer before last, when we needed it, that many private campgrounds have a few storage spaces they will rent on a short term basis. They were great, easy in and out, and they are "watching it" for me.

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Old 04-01-2020, 10:38 AM   #16
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I once arranged to store my 13’ trailer at a KOA outside a city where I attended a downtown conference for a few days. The campground host showed me where to park it out of the way and far from any serviced/designated sites. When I went to pick it up a few days later, they charged me FULL camping costs, as if I had been taking up a site, hooking up to water and power, using showers, etc! So verify IN ADVANCE the terms!
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:41 AM   #17
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How about asking fellow FRV members if you could leave it at their house?
Two years ago we were planning a trip that included a family reunion at a campground, as well as several days staying with friends. Our friends lived in the downtown area of a small city, where the on-street parking was parking meters. Not suitable for unhitching our trailer and taking the tow vehicle for day trips.
There were no nearby campgrounds, and the one RV storage place I found on the web did not respond to phone calls or emails.

So I put a post here on FRV about my situation. Importantly, I put the name of the city as the Subject, important if you want the right person to read it.
And a nice person who lived about 8 miles away from the city contacted me and allowed us to leave our trailer at their house for three days!
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:57 AM   #18
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Left our rig at a boondocking site in Florida while we went out in the boat. Got back to find the door busted down and a shotgun and professional jumper cables set gone. Door probably cost as much as what was stolen.
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Old 04-01-2020, 11:36 AM   #19
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We found a camp ground near Maggie Valley, NC, that let us leave ours, in their parking lot for a few days, while visiting my brother in the mountains. They charged $5 per day. No hook ups. Lock it up.
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I have stored mine at a casino that has camping for a week pretty cheap.
It was north of Scottsdale and could be watched by the office. They had a lot of RV there.
Good idea if the campground is like that but some casino campgrounds are very bad. The one outside of St Louis, MO is not safe. People have been broken into within 10 min of parking and leaving.
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