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Old 03-01-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Any Apartment or Condo Dwellers that track their cars?

I finally got hooked after tracking my Jetta TDI SportWagon 3 times last year with NASA and bought myself an 00 mx5 for next year. I've got the car back at the family farm getting all ready for the coming season, but I still have some logistical issues to work out.

I live in a Condo and have a shared garage that I cannot store anything other than one car. Which means the poor mx5 sits on the curb. I really want to work up to a dedicated pair of track tires as well as some basic tools and replacement consumable parts. I've seen all the HF trailers at the track and on the thread and would love one. But, my problem is, where do I keep it?

I'm wondering what creative storage ideas other apartment, condo, or space challenged members have come up with? I'm pretty sure, I can't park the trailer on the streets in Chicago. Furthermore, I worry about theft and vandalism as well as the constant faux street cleaning excuse Chicago does to write parking tickets. The family farm is in Indiana, and while it's only about an 90 minutes away, I don't want to have to drive down before every track event to pick up my tools/trailer if I can avoid it. I have a storage place, but, it's in a building on the 5th floor. It works for tires, but not for a trailer.

I dream every night of moving back to the country and having a garage and space. Anybody looking for a Condo in the South Loop?
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can you rent a parking spot near your condo that you can park the car on the trailer and put the trailer in the spot.

I rented a parking spot down the street from my house and did this for about a year when I lived in an apartment. The other thing you could do is put an add on craigslist or in the paper looking for people who have extra parking near you that you could rent for cheap. Here in Frederick MD there are a bunch of people that have old building on their land and they rent out spaces for around $50 a month.
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Move to the suburbs and or get a storage room. I stuff all my gear and tools in a 1-car garage.
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That's not a bad idea. I would jump at $50 a month. I fear it's more like $100+ here in Chicago, but maybe if I look around I can find an open lot space for cheap. Coming from Indiana, I was in shock and awe when I learned parking spaces are sold separate from the house and an indoor one can start at $20000.

I just hate paying more to rent out a spot then the trailer cost, but maybe I can fit both the car and trailer into the space.
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Move to the suburbs and or get a storage room. I stuff all my gear and tools in a 1-car garage.
I'm moving back to the country as soon as I convince my wife. I miss acreage. I want at least 3 - 5 with space for a shed and maybe a couple cows. However, there is the problem of my current housing investment strategy of buying high and selling low.
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Is the limit on storage in the garage based on space, or based on rules?

If it's based on space, then a harbor freight tire trailer doesn't take up much space. If you flip it on its end, you could easily fit it and a Miata into the same length space as the Jetta. So, park the Jetta on the street and the Miata in the garage?

You might also look into a tire tail. It's a tire rack that mounts into a trailer hitch receiver, and hangs four tires behind the car. Completely removable, so you can pul it off and stash the tires & tail in a corner of the living room (this may depend on spousal approval). Unfortunately, the folks who used to sell these don't seem to have them listed on their web site any more -- not sure why.

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Is the limit on storage in the garage based on space, or based on rules?

If it's based on space, then a harbor freight tire trailer doesn't take up much space. If you flip it on its end, you could easily fit it and a Miata into the same length space as the Jetta. So, park the Jetta on the street and the Miata in the garage?

You might also look into a tire tail. It's a tire rack that mounts into a trailer hitch receiver, and hangs four tires behind the car. Completely removable, so you can pul it off and stash the tires & tail in a corner of the living room (this may depend on spousal approval). Unfortunately, the folks who used to sell these don't seem to have them listed on their web site any more -- not sure why.

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I'm told it's Chicago Fire Code that prevents me from storing anything in the garage. Over the years; however, I have seen many motorcycles stored at the back. I plan to give this a shot, but I need a backup plan if someone complains. As for parking the miata in the garage, that's out. My wife's car gets the garage. :(
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Right now I live in an apt that allows 1 assigned space. After that it has curb parking (not public street, so its not busy), and some unassigned spaces.

I have 3 cars currently:
96 Turbo miata ... not driven very much on the street. Autox'ed a lot in the summer
03 Mini
02 WRX w/ frontmount / wheels / exhaust.

I managed to "claim" a non-assigned space for the miata, so its OK but a garage would be much much better. I try to avoid street parking cause people suck, but at least its safe enough where I feel good that no one will break into my cars.

Can you find apts with a 1 bay garage below? I am looking to move into one of those here in CT in the next few months.

I also have a friend who stores his s2000 in a self storage unit. Needs ramps to get it in and out, and its probably not legal, but no one gives him ****.
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