Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by cowboy63645, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. cowboy63645

    cowboy63645 Monkey++

    I was sitting here thinking about everything that I have put up, and everything that I still need to get, and I am already running out of room!! What are you guys using for storage? Just a closet that isnt being used, the garage? I am thinking about buying a small 18 wheeler trailer and making a doorway from the house to it for storage. Any thoughts? If it wouldnt be so expensive I would build an undeground unit, but cash flow dosent allow that.
  2. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    "Our" storage problem has rapidly outgrown us here....
    We have 2 mobile homes, 12' x 60' nearly filled, to where we can barely walk thru them....Including a 10' x 40' enclosed patio area.
    We have a 10 x 15 storage unitwith a 10 ft ceiling (climate controlled) up to the roll up doors filled to capacity, and we are adding more: daily/weekly/monthly.
    We are contemplating a scenario where we would build a couple of out-buildings on our land and move all supplies to that area, with a 'caretaker' on site of course.
    As it is now, we will require no less than some 400 sq ft of floor area, and have a ceiling of 9' 6" or more.
    It is amazing how much one can acquire, and then run out of space to accomodate it all!
    Some we know opted for conex containers, which are steel, can be easliy set-up and relocated (when empty) as an 8' w x 20' l x 8'6" ceiling height weighs in at 4,800 lbs empty. Here they run about $2100.00 each plus delivery fees, based on mileage. ( they paid $2800.00 each!)
    We found them to have a drawback in that the summers here are very hot in Arizona, and most items would not do well in that situation.
    Up north in the colder climates, they need to be insulated or they will freeze.
    It's a trade off to some and a catch-22 to others.
    I found I can build a storage building cheaper, and make it modular, to be able to break it down into sections, then move it....
    It really comes down to costs in the end, and what you need.....
    Everything depends on the climate you are in, wet/cold/hot/dry...etc..
    For the cost of 2 conex boxes delivered on-site that would be in the $5,600.00 range.
    I can build a large building that will be far bigger, and even have room enough for 4 people, for that amount of money.
  3. RouteClearance

    RouteClearance Monkey+++

    Another idea if you have a state or national forest near where you live is to "strategically cache" your most needed and vulnerable preps and supplies.

    If that is not feasible, then you could try building a root type celler if you own your own land. Either way it will require quite a bit of manual labor.

    Another short term solution is to rent a storage unit, but that definitely carries it's own risk.
  4. cowboy63645

    cowboy63645 Monkey++

    Mark Twain National Forest is 3 miles down the road and I know quite a bit of the area near my home quite well. Not a bad idea, thank you. I have been looking into buying a few acres close to home just for that reason, building a storage facility and a "home away from home"
  5. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Our attic is so big we pretty much have another house up there. My long term plans are to floor it, and maybe wall off a big room up there. I may even add a vent going into it to keep it climate controlled. I am going to guess we have about 1800 sq. ft. in it, so we might as well make use out of it. We also have a couple of big closets that we use for food storage inside the house, including our pantry. The garage is used for all of the camping gear, and ATVs. While I never thought we would outgrow this house, without flooring the attic we are running out of room. I need to build a shop, but when I do it will not be climate controlled unless I add window units for when I am in there working in the summer. Another thought is buying a cheap RV. I have used them in the past for storage.
  6. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    I have just recently done that. I didn't buy the motorhome with that in mind tho. I had it parked out back and thought "Why not put all my bug out gear in it?". So now it is loaded with everything I would want to take with me if I hit the road. Except for weapons of course. We have a lot of wildfires around here so it would be great for that reason also. All I have to do is jump in it and go. And if I want to take it on a liesure trip I just put the stuff in the garage until I get back. Works great.
    It is a small class "C" Chevy and has become my new BOV. It has a generator and is self contained. It has duallies on the rear and I am going to put larger rims and a set of mud grips that I have on it. That will give it pretty decent ground clearance. Should be able to handle the logging roads in my bug out area pretty well.
    dutchman 017.
  7. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Here is an old thread about storage that has some ideas. :)
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