Moving-Business Owners Build RV Self-Storage Facility in Victor, MT

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The owners of Merchants Moving and Storage in Hamilton, Mont., are building a new self-storage facility in nearby Victor, Mont. Pam and Gary Nelson have listed their moving business for sale but plan on operating Victor Mini Storage and RV in semi-retirement, according to the source.

Scheduled to open in August at 143 Totem View Lane, the self-storage facility will offer 80 units and an eight-bay RV barn. It is being constructed on a 5-acre lot behind Fang Trucking, a diesel automotive repair shop also built by the Nelsons.

The Victor storage facility will feature units from 10-by-12 up to 10-by-25 feet. Calling on their moving-business background, the Nelsons designed the property to enable large moving trucks to fit between the units, according to the source.

“We made ours so that if a tractor trailer comes in to unload, he can pull up here [and] unload; he can pull forward, turn around; and we can let him out any of the other gates,” Pam Nelson told the source. “We can actually pull our 26-foot truck straight in, back it up, and there’s still room for a car to get by. It was designed by experience and designed for movers.”

The property will also have security fencing, electric gates with keypad entry, video surveillance, outdoor lighting and an onsite manager.

The Nelsons have owned Merchants Moving for 15 years and decided to build the Victor facility to meet demand in the area. “It’s my understanding that a lot of [other storage locations] are full,” Pam said. “At Merchants Moving, we have 120 storage units full. They have been full for several months. Even our warehouse will be full this summer.”

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