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Coming up fast on independence day...
Carlos, we''ve cruised with a home, with a condo and with nothing. And we''ve cruised with both a storage facility and without. I don''t think there are hard ''n fast rules on this and what works best will probably depend on what options you find in your area. Having said that, here are a few thoughts:
1. Storage facilities often offer private carrier insurance coverage. This means you can approach them on theft coverage for a container, trailer, et al. which you store inside their facilities. That expands your choices, as a container can be quite expensive but old utility trailers (e.g. used by larger lawn services) or old delivery vans can be cheap. If you plan to store Grandma''s 4 bedrooms of antique furniture, security is critical as these are irreplaceable items. If its things you''d love to go out and buy new with your insurance payoff, then make a good list, photo everything and insure.
2. Take a close look at your itinerary - the realistic one, not the ''some day'' one - and ask yourselves if you might not find it useful to have a permanent storage room. Seasonal climates, storm issues (our home is in Florida), the ability to expand the quantity over time as you collect things and/or find out what isn''t worth having aboard, how long you''ll be out - all these variables can enter into the picture.
3. Price out your most workable option and then go back and look at your stuff again. If you can reduce the size of your container, whatever form it takes, you''ll cut the cost of storage & insurance. Just how badly do you need to store that mattress or hutch?
4. Don''t put things with family or friends. Things change, people get new jobs, and then what? We had patio furniture we stored at a friend''s house and it was a good option for both parties...until they moved. Now what?
Re: health insurance, this too offers many choices and hearing anecdotal accounts of what works can only be so helpful. After all, people have different expectations for care, different needs, cruise in different regions, and the insurance industry itself ebbs & flows, financially speaking, with payouts being administered accordingly. I''d suggest you read some of the threads at both the old and new SSCA BB''s, as there are numerous vendors suggested there:
You might also find the NORSIGLAR site to be helpful to you; they address how they handled health insurance in their postings altho'' their info is now dated:
Good luck to you!