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Tips for Boat Storage

Is it time to put your boat in boat storage? Do you know how to prepare your boat for storage? Whether you want to store your boat during the cooler months, or you just don’t have enough space at home. Self storage is the best option when it comes to wanting to store your boat. Indoor or outdoor storage, either way you need to ensure you prepare your boat prior to putting it in storage. This will help to avoid any damage to the outside of the boat, inside of the boat and the motor. Here are some tips and tricks on how to best store your boat.

Clean inside the boat

Cleaning the inside of your boat prior to putting it in storage is a very important step to maintaining your vessel. You should remove any items that will leave an odour such as fishing buckets and baits. Clean out your fridge and leave the door partially open, and if you have any water ski equipment ensure that they are clean and dry to avoid mould growth. It’s also important to wash down all hard surfaces and try your best to remove any salt residual and other build ups. As well as cleaning and conditioning your upholstery. Most importantly though, make sure the inside of your boat is dry and no moisture is trapped inside. Moisture will cause odours and mould, which you do not want.

Clean outside the boat

The best way to start to cleaning the outside of your boat is to hose it off with fresh water. This will help to remove salt and any loose debris. Using a pressure washer when hosing off your boat is also an added bonus as this will really help to get those stubborn spots. Once you have finished hosing your boat off, continue to wash it with specialised boat cleaner and lather the outside to remove all grime. After that apply some boat protector to the outside. Now you’re ready for the next step!

Mechanical checks before storing your boat

Change your oil

Changing your oil is also important to maintaining your boats engine. It’s best to run your engine and warm it up for a few minutes and then perform a full oil change. As well as change the filter. It’s easy enough to perform an oil change yourself. However if you don’t feel comfortable doing so take it to your nearest boat mechanic.

Make sure there is fuel in your boat

It is also important to store your boat with a full tank of fuel. This will help to stop moisture collecting in the tank and also works as a stabiliser to the fuel. Preventing damage and degrading to the fuel tank.

The battery

Remove your battery and connect it to a charger whilst your boat is in storage. This will help to make sure it remains in good working order and is ready to go when you next need it.

Boat trailer maintenance

The storage process of your trailer is just as important as is your boat. It’s as easy as taking a quick trip to the service station and checking your tyre pressure. Cleaning it thoroughly to ensure there is no salt or debris that can cause rust. Lubricating your trailer hitches and applying grease to any points where corrosion may form. Then when your boat and trailer are in storage make sure you move the trailer every now and then to avoid flat spots on the rubber.

Cover your boat when using boat storage

Covering your boat is a must when using boat storage. Boat covers play a huge roll when it comes to storing your boat and protecting it from different elements. There is a large range of boat covers that you can purchase, however if you’re looking for a cheaper and more convenient option we suggest using a plastic tarp. This would be more beneficial for indoor boat storage. But if you’re looking for something for outdoor boat storage you should look to spend a little more and get a fitted boat cover.

Put your boat in boat storage

Now that you know all the tips and tricks you’re ready to put your boat in storage. Make sure you follow all of these tips when preparing your boat for storage and your vessel will be ready to go whenever you are. Avoid the hassle of finding space at home to store your boat and store your boat at Store Ur Stuff. With 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance. As well as security fencing, PIN coded access and security lighting, you can rest assured your boat will be safe and secure. 

For more detailed advice, or for a quote to store your boat, enquire through Store Ur Stuff online or give our friendly staff a call on 08 8371 0000 .

Caravan Storage – How to prepare

Purchasing a caravan is a great investment and fun for the whole family to jump in for a little getaway. However, failing to prepare for caravan storage during the off season can lead to costly damage. We have previously looked at vehicle and caravan storage options while it is not in use. Now lets look at how to prepare your caravan for storage and the steps you should take to protect it.

Clean Inside the Caravan

Empty the contents for caravan storage

Empty all personal and food items from the caravan. Closely check all of the cupboards, drawers, under furniture and beds to ensure you have completely emptied the caravan. Remove used tea towels, bed sheets and towels to wash so they are clean and fresh for next time. Store expensive items like a TV, laptop or other appliances in a locked cupboard, or alternatively take them out. This will prevent your caravan from being a target for break ins whilst in self storage. Remove any food items in the cupboards that may leave mouldy smells or attract unwanted pests. Make a list of everything you have removed or need to replace to ensure you don’t forget anything on your next trip.

Scrub and vacuum interior for caravan storage

Thoroughly clean inside your caravan from top to bottom prior to putting it in self storage. Scrub and wipe down any surfaces and empty cupboards. Vacuum the carpets, couches and any corners to eliminate dust build up and traces of food. Food will attract rodents and pests which can cause damage to your caravan. Cleaning the interior of your caravan will ensure that it stays in great condition whilst in caravan storage and is always ready to go for the next trip.

Clean the fridge and freezer

Defrost the fridge and freezer and empty the contents from both. Give them a good clean to ensure they don’t smell of last nights dinner. Ensure the interior is dry after cleaning and leave both the fridge and the freezer doors ajar to avoid any mould build up. Additionally, place a box of baking soda or dry sac in the fridge to draw out excess moisture.

Close windows, vents and blinds

Protect your caravan from letting any unwanted weather in. Just like water damage, direct sunlight can damage the interior of your caravan during storage. So it’s just as important to close blinds as it is to make sure all windows are closed and locked. To prevent mould forming from excess moisture make sure all caravan awnings are dry and rolled up tightly. This is also a great opportunity to check your caravans seals to ensure that they are 100% weather proof, especially when it comes to washing the outside of your caravan.

Clean the Outside of your Caravan

Clean and dry exterior

Time to give the outside some TCL. Invest in a soft-bristle brush attached to a long broom handle so it is easy to reach the high and awkward spots. Clean the outside of the caravan with your preferred washing solution. Retreat Caravans say that using dish soap can strip the paint of wax and protective coatings, leaving it vulnerable to scratching and sun damage. For best results wash your caravan with a car washing detergent. Use a small step ladder to get access to the roof of your caravan to get any tough spots like dried bird droppings. Simply rinse off with a hose or bucket. High pressure cleaners may cause damage to the paint work. 

Cover your caravan

The minimum step you should take to protect your caravan whilst in outdoor storage is to invest in a caravan cover. This will not only make sure the exterior is protected from the weather but it will also keep your caravan looking good for longer. Again, make sure your caravan is completely dry before covering to prevent moisture build up. Also, ensure the cover is breathable, this too helps prevent condensation.

Keep air circulating

Leave air vents in your caravan uncovered so air can circulate inside the caravan. This will ensure your caravan is not stuffy and stale when you take it out again. Circulation of air will filter your air or clean the air. It will also help diffuse or spread any pollutants added to the air, like any food smells.

Mechanical Checks Before Storing your Caravan

Disconnect the battery

Caravans have batteries to power the appliances when your caravan is not plugged into an electrical source. Having your battery disconnected whilst in storage will save your electrical items from draining the battery whilst it is not being used. The last thing you need is to get to your destination and find out the fridge or lights are not working because the battery has been drained.

Only disconnect the battery once it has been fully charged. Never leave it fully drained. It is also important that your check the battery every couple of months whilst it is in storage. This will ensure the battery does not drain. A fully charged battery can prevent deterioration and will ensure your house on wheels is ready when you are.

Check the tyres before and after caravan storage

A quick trip to the service station to check your tyre pressure before storing. This will save you time in the long run. Depending on how long your caravan will be sitting in storage, it is a good idea to pump the tyres to the optimum pressure. Your tyres will naturally lose pressure while it’s in caravan storage. Alternatively, if you know your caravan will be in storage for an extended period of time, jack it up to take the pressure off the tyres. Cover the tyres to protect them from the elements and to avoid deterioration.

Grease trailer hitches

Trailer hitches will need to be lubricated before storage and again when you pick it up after being in caravan storage. Apart from the general wear and tear this will prevent, it will also eliminate the awful sound of metal scrapping on metal when you turn a corner and any friction this can cause. Once you have lubricated the hitch ball cover it. Now that your caravan is ready to be rested and stored after it’s big trip don’t forget to check on it every now and again. This will assist in picking up any issues well before your next caravan getaway.

New Secure Vehicle Storage Area… NOW OPEN!

Store UR Stuff has extended! We are excited to announce the development of our new vehicle storage area is now open. With 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance. As well as security fencing, PIN coded access and security lighting, you can rest assured your caravan will be safe and secure. To find out how to protect your caravan from theft and break ins contact Store UR Stuff  and reserve your spot today.

Locations for a Caravan Getaway

When the season is right, what better excuse to head down and pick up your caravan from storage, gather the family and hit the road. Are you thinking about your next location for a caravan getaway? We have looked at vehicle storage options and how to prepare your caravan for storage. Now, let’s look at some top locations in South Australia for your next caravan holiday!

Family friendly caravan getaway to Renmark

Only 254km from Adelaide. This small town in South Australia’s riverland area is the ultimate location for your next caravan getaway. Stay at the BIG4 Holiday Park, Renmark and enjoy activities suitable for you and the family. This Big 4 caravan park features a waterpark, multiple playgrounds, games room, and powered waterfront sites for your caravan. Additionally, while you’re there visit Australia’s largest rose garden, Renmark Club and canoe the riverland. Further to this Renmark is home to Wilkadene Brewery, Twenty Third Street Distillery and many surrounding wineries.

Camp beachfront in Port Elliot

Located only 84km from Adelaide. Port Elliot sits on the scenic Horseshoe Bay located on the South Coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Famous for it’s coastal beaches and walking trails, as well as the Cockle train and Pt Elliot Bakery. In addition, it’s only a short 15 minute drive to Victor Harbor featuring the Granite Island recreation park and the Bluff viewpoint. BIG4 Holiday Park wins again, but this time in Port Elliot of course. This is the best holiday park to stay with your caravan and can be a cheap holiday option if you’re from Adelaide. Furthermore, stay in a beachfront powered site where you are within walking distance to Horseshoe Bay!

Jump on the ferry and head to Kangaroo Island

Feel like venturing just a bit further on your next caravan holiday? Jump on the SeaLink Ferry to South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island. SeaLink Ferry accept online bookings of caravans with a maximum length of 4m and 2.3m high. But if your caravan is longer and higher than that you can make a reservation by calling directly. Depending on what area of KI appeals to you, there are quite a few caravan parks to choose from. Kangaroo Island Shores – Caravan Park & Camping is located close to the SeaLink ferry terminal at Penneshaw, overlooking Hog Bay beach. Kingscote Tourist Park and Family units is located 3km from the largest town on Kangaroo Island. In addition to this, Parndana Hotel Caravan Park & Cabins is located in central Kangaroo Island. This location gives you easy access to some of the main attractions such as; Seal Bay and Flinders Chase National Park. Furthermore, all of these holiday parks provide powered camping sites for your caravan getaway.

Storage for your caravan

Once you return from your perfect caravan getaway, you don’t want to take up your driveway with your caravan. Ever considered self storage? Store Ur Stuff is extending it’s parking bays for vehicle storage. These bays are ideal for caravans, trucks, cars, boats and trailer storage. Featuring competitive pricing and secured PIN coded gates. As well as a one way drive and park system and 24/7 recorded CCTV. Ultimately providing safe and secure self storage options. Want to secure a spot or want to know more? Give the team a call on 08 8371 0000.

Lastly, do you have a favourite caravan getaway location in South Australia? Leave a reply below to let us know what it is.

Photo credit: Port Elliot Holiday Park

Car Storage – How to prepare

Car Storage

Not everyone has the luxury of a fully enclosed garage to store their car and protect it from the elements. Like caravan owners, you may require a car storage facility to store your car.  We have already explored vehicle storage options previously and discussed ideas on how to prepare a caravan for storage. Here we will look at what steps you should take to protect a car that is stored outside.

Wash and Wax before car storage

There are many car enthusiasts out there that agree washing and waxing your car is the best protection against the elements. The wax acts as a protective barrier between the dust, weather, pollen, bird poo, etc and the cars duco. In the winter, wax is like a raincoat and will protect the car by not allowing the water to come in contact with the paint. Wax will also protect your car in the hotter months with it acting as a sun block. This is important if you are using car storage in Australia’s harsh summer climate. Make sure the product has a UV protectant incorporated in it for best results.

However, washing and waxing it once and then leaving it will not be suffice. Some enthusiasts recommend washing and waxing at least twice a month to every three months. Also, it is best to dry your car by hand instead of air drying. Air drying can leave water droplets on a car. UV rays will magnify these dropletts causing hard water deposits to be etched into the surface of your car.

Most modern cars these days have a clear protective coating over the paint to protect it from the elements. If you are still concerned you can treat your car to a paint sealant to best protect it. Be reminded though, you will still need to wash and wax your car but perhaps not as regularly to ensure the exterior stays in the best possible condition.

For more information from enthusiasts refer to reddit.com and jalopyjournal.com

To cover or not to cover stored cars

There seems to be mixed reviews on weather covering your car actually protects it. Some believe that it can do more damage than good with the risk of condensation forming in the engine and the underside of the bonnet. However, a cover can provide a good amount of protection for your car from the sun, debris from trees and insects.

There are all sorts of covers on the market ranging from a standard outdoor cover, ones that can protect your car against the sun, hail and storms, automatic car tents and car capsules. Car covers range from just under $100.00 up to $800.00. Avoid using a tarp or a plastic cover. One made from natural material that breathes is better and ensure you invest in one that suits the elements you are storing it in.

If you are going to invest in a cover ensure it fits your car properly. According to streetsideauto.com a poorly fitted car cover can scratch the cars paint when it is windy. A cover should also fully enclose the car to prevent rodents nesting in small spaces.

Service your car before car storage

If you intend on storing your car for a long period of time it is advised to give it a quick service. There are a few things you can check yourself before storing your car. At the end of the storage period it’s a good idea to call in the professionals.

As a minimum for long term storage, the coolant and oil should be changed. Dirty fluids simply sitting stagnate means any contaminants are sitting around too. In time this can cause more wear and tear on your engine. Dirty oil in particular can make it more difficult to restart your car on your return. The brake fluid and transmission fluid should be refreshed as well.

Petrol in the tank can break down. If you are storing your car for 3 months or more, add a stabiliser to prolong fuel life. By filling your tank before storing will reduce air build up in the tank.

Make sure your car battery is fully charged. The battery will still be drained by the vehicles electronics. Batteries can corrode over time, so if your car storage is long term it is best to remove it. Store the battery in a dry cool area off the concrete to prevent it from cracking. Don’t forget to check the users manual for any other precautions.

Air naturally escapes from your cars tyres over time. If storing short term, fully inflate your tyres so they are not too flat when you pick it up from storage. Tyres these days are now engineered to prevent “flat spots” so it is not necessary to jack the car up. It is also suggested that jacking a vehicle up can cause unnecessary strain on the suspension.

Do not store and forget

Check on your car while it is in storage particularly if it is going to be stored long term. Start your car to keep the battery charged. Check with the car storage facility to see if they have jump starter cables or a battery charger you can borrow just in case you need them. They may have a car wash deal with local car wash and detailing shop or organise one to come to you.

Protect your car in storage

Check your cars paperwork to ensure it is up to date before considering car storage. If your registration or insurance is due to expire whilst it is in storage set yourself a reminder to renew. Contact your insurer to inform them your vehicle is being stored in a secure storage facility and confirm it is fully covered whilst it is in car storage.

Car Storage with Store UR Stuff

Store UR Stuff is extending it’s vehicle storage area with our expansion well underway. Our secure area will have generous 10 meter drive through bays to make storing your caravan, truck, mini van or bus easy and stress free. Our well lit vehicle storage area will have 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance, traceable unique PIN coded access 24/7 and security fencing to ensure your vehicle is protected at all times. Call 08 8371 0000 to reserve your spot today.

Vehicle storage options

There are many different options available when looking for vehicle storage. Choosing the best vehicle storage option depends on budget, the length of time the vehicle will be in storage and the value of the vehicle to mention a few. Below is a description of options available to help you make the right decision.

Outdoor Vehicle Storage

Outdoor Vehicle Storage is the cheapest storage option. This is typically a secure car park area containing designated parking bays.

Security features vary from facility to facility, PIN coded gates and security cameras will offer the best protection for your vehicle. PIN coded gates leave a record of who is in the facility; particularly important in shared areas. In addition, some facilities have removable or fold down bollards that are locked for added protection.

Another important aspect of outdoor vehicle storage is the area. Ensure there are no hazards that may cause damage to the vehicle, including falling debris from large trees, poor lighting, adequate drainage and damaged surfaces. Bitchumised areas are better. This prevents the possibility of being bogged or flooded in. The area will need to be large enough for large vehicles to get in and out of easily, with multiple entry and exit points a bonus.

If storing your vehicle outdoors, cover your vehicle to prevent rust and corrosion and to protect it from the elements. Consequently your vehicle will keep clean as well as protected. Ensure that windows, doors and sunroofs close and seals intact.

Undercover Vehicle Storage

Undercover vehicle storage comes in many different forms. The type of undercover vehicle storage will determine the price. These include carports or lean-to’s, warehouses, garages and shipping containers. All of these options offer protection against the elements in varying degrees.

Carports or lean-to’s offer a roof over your vehicle. Large warehouses offer a fully enclosed area. These options are secure and in a shared area. The same considerations need to be taken into account as the outdoor vehicle storage as mentioned above.

Fully enclosed garages offer maximum protection. These can be in the form of a shipping container or a specifically designed garage. These are individual and allow you to put your own lock on the door, with vehicles protected against the elements and other vehicles. The added benefit with this option is the there is usually room to store other small belongings around the vehicle.

General Tips

It is important to make some general checks before storing. Lock all doors and do not leave any valuables in the vehicle. For long term vehicle storage consider disconnecting the battery. If storing a caravan, ensure you have secured it properly to prevent it from theft. Wheel clamps and coupling locks are great deterrents.

Also, talk to the staff at the facility. There may be some additional services available to help. Some storage facilities provide a motorised jockey wheel mover to make parking caravans easier. If storing the vehicle long term they may offer a car washing service. Ask if there are jumper leads available or a battery charger just in case it needs a little help starting when you pick your vehicle up.