SoCal Entrepreneur Foreseeing RV Storage Issue
Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from Ted Deits of Eucalyptus at Beaumont Garage Condominiums, Beaumont, Calif., regarding the status of Orange County RV storage and the opportunities that he feels his condominium storage facility affords for individual ownership of fully enclosed storage garages — what he calls “a private storage community.”
Eucalyptus of Beaumont is poised to provide needed owned RV storage for some of the 3,500 RVs that may be evicted from Orange County California.
The El Toro Marine Base (MCAS) was closed in 1999, and the abandoned runways soon morphed into the nation’s largest RV storage lot. In July of 2005, Lennar Corp. purchased the marine base to make way for new housing and the Orange County Great Park. Lennar and its subset, Fivepoint Communities, secured needed construction financing and broke ground on the first of over 10,000 homes and 1 million square feet of commercial development on Jan. 31. The 3,500 stored 3500 RVs are right in the path of the construction.
“Where will all those RVs go?” said Deits. “There is little available storage in the Orange County area suited for large vehicles like RVs, and land is simply too expensive and rare to make economic sense for RV storage. Cities do not like non-revenue (sales tax) generating uses.”
After being turned down by 15 cities in Orange County to develop RV storage, Deits settled in Beaumont. “I was turned down by every city even though they all had ordinances against parking RVs in residential areas,” he said. “None of them would allow the construction of an RV storage lot. Sort of a NIMBY [not in my back yard] attitude.”
Deits continued, “Certainly the cost of RV storage will increase dramatically, especially in the Orange County areas. It is already occurring as the word of this calamity gets out. Sales at Eucalyptus at Beaumont have increased four-fold in the last two months. We are running out of garages and this is before any of the RVs have even been asked to move. Once the RV owners get their eviction notices, it will be every man for himself.”
He said the prospects for building any new RV storage projects are very unlikely as Orange County land is too expensive, and for small developers construction financing is non-existent in this challenged economy. “I built Eucalyptus at Beaumont to allow for the individual ownership of enclosed RV storage,” Deits said. “I saw this coming in 2003 when I conceived the idea. People are going to have to control their storage costs if they are going to continue to enjoy the RV lifestyle. Owning your storage has always made sense, now more than ever.”
Deits is the developer of Eucalyptus at Beaumont, a condominium storage concept that allows for individual ownership of fully enclosed storage garages.