Help With Winterizing Your Boat

Boat Storage Tips

Time to store your boat for the off-season.

StorPlace Self Storage has many facilities that have storage for boats for the winter. We also offer a few tips and tricks to help you have the best storing experience and allow you to get your boat back on the water faster when it is lake time again. Winterizing your boat is never a fun task. It usually means that summer is on its way out-of-town and taking your fun on the water with it. The only thing that would be worse would be getting to next spring and finding out that your boat winterization efforts weren’t properly executed and your fun on the water will continue its hiatus until your boat is fixed.

1. Storage in the water means you might get a jump on the boating season next spring, but with our help and insight you can still do that. You can also decide to store your boat ashore. If you have a choice, storage ashore is a safer bet and with StorPlace Self Storage we give you the peace of mind to make it better and more protective. Out of the water storage may be less expensive over the life of a boat, since a hull surrounded by air for several months each winter is less likely to develop blisters. These blisters can occur on the hulls of  boats when water soaks into the laminate below the waterline.

2. We like to tell people that before anything else, you need to take your boat out for (at least) one more trip. Also, make notes about the things you want to repair, replace or modify on your boat. Once the list is complete and you have enjoyed your last few water adventures, it’s time to prepare projects to do on the boat for this fall,  winter and next spring.

3. When placing a boat in storage, don’t forget to remove as much gear from the boat as possible. Remove items that need to be cleaned and don’t forget to get your fire extinguishers maintained. Also, remove all garbage from the boat. Once the boat is cleaned inside and out, remember to leave the interior doors and lockers open so air can circulate. You might want to put out some moisture and odor absorbers, such as DampRid, just before you close up the boat. You can pick up DampRid at any of our locations.

4. To protect your boat’s engine while in storage, start by topping off your tanks (not more than 7/8 full to allow for expansion in the spring) and stabilizing your fuel. Change your engine oil and replace all the filters. Check the coolant in closed-cooling systems for the proper degree of protection. Check the hoses, belts and clamps. Make sure all your thru-hulls open and close, and then leave them open.

5. Covering your boat to keep the snow off is a good idea and there are just as many ways to do this as there are boat owners. We suggest that you make sure that your boat has a nice cover on it and that you secure it tightly.

RV Winter Storage

RV storage tips

RV storage is available at select StorPlace facilities.

It is time to put your RV back in storage. Sometimes storing a RV in your yard is not the best option due to home owners association and local ordinances. The best option for RV storage is a place you may not have thought about, but should come as no surprise: a storage facility. Many storage facilities offer storage for vehicles and boats. Some facilities even have big enough parking spaces to accommodate a medium to large RV. StorPlace of Rivergate offers covered parking for large RV’s.

There are certain steps that you need to follow in order to prepare your RV for storage for the winter. These suggestions are for both covered and non-covered RV parking.

1. Start by removing all food from the RV, as the food will spoil and produce a horrible smell and will also attract bugs. Even canned and bottled item can cause a problem as they can freeze and then burst.

2. Remove all clothes, blankets and linens and give the RV a good cleaning inside and out.  Dirt only gets more stubborn to remove over time.

3.Remove all valuables from the inside and outside of the RV.

4. Empty both fresh and waste water tanks at a dump station or RV camp as remaining water will get very nasty over time. Also, turn on the faucets and shower to purge and flush the system. And don’t forget to remove the water from the toilet and hot water heater.

5. Unlatch the tank drains and  then use a high pressure water spray on the inside of the tanks to remove any debris. After this is complete, use a compressor to blow out any water that is left in the lines. Then, fill the fresh water tank with 1-2 gallons of  antifreeze specially made for fresh water RV tanks. Do not use automotive antifreeze solutions.

6.  If your RV has a removable propane tank, please remove the tank, however, DO NOT place the tank inside the RV. If you do not have a removable tank, then fill the tank all the way full and disconnected the fuel lines from the RV, if possible. Make sure all propane supplied appliances are turned off and prop open the door to the fridge.

7. Fill your gas tanks and add a fuel stabilizer for the winter.

8. Make sure that all engine fluid levels are full. Add antifreeze agents to those fluids as needed. Also, make sure your batteries are fully charged and the water has been topped off.

9. The biggest item to remember is to make sure that the outside of the RV is very clean and that all of the seals on the windows and doors are in good working condition.Do any replacing or caulking before the winter storage.

10. Make sure that the RV is in good working order, so it will be ready to be used again in the spring/summer. Do any needed repairs on the vehicle before it is put in storage.

11. One of the best investments for a RV is a good quality cover to protect the exterior from rain, sun and snow.

Following these simple tips will help you enjoy your recreational vehicle investment for a really long time. Stop by our location in Madison, TN for more information about storing your RV!

 

 

Lamp Boxes and Golf Bags

StorPlace has boxes to fit all things from golf bags to lamps

StorPlace of Bowling Green is now in the golf bag shipping business! Well, not really. It just seems that way. Toward the beginning of the summer, a gentleman came in and looked at the boxes in our retail display. He decided that our lamp base box was the perfect size for shipping golf bags. As it turns out, he needed eight of them. Lucky for him, StorPlace Self Storage has a ‘buy three, get one free’ special on most box sizes. Of course, we couldn’t let him leave without asking how he had acquired so many golf bags. He said that not only does he play golf, but he keeps an eye out for great used golf equipment. This led him to the basement of an acquaintance. The basement was full of all kinds of golf clubs, bags, and accessories. After talking it over, our customer, let’s call him “Mr. Golf”, agreed he would get into the eBay golf business and bought out the contents of that basement. In a short while, his eBay business was up and running and he needed to ship golf bags out to his customers.

At StorPlace of Bowling Green, we normally stock the most common size shipping boxes. However, up to the point “Mr. Golf” came in the store, we usually didn’t have more than ten lamp base boxes to sell. Since he bought all of that style, we needed to order more but how many should we get? The best person to ask was “Mr. Golf”. He said he had, at that time, about 30 bags advertised on his eBay site, and all with active bids. So, we put in an order for 30 lamp base boxes. He said he would be back to buy them and he has proven true to his word. He is our best recent retail customer.

Strangely enough, on a day not too long ago, we thought that “Mr. Golf” had a box buying competitor.  A woman came into the store and asked to buy four lamp base boxes. During the conversation over the sale, she said the boxes were for shipping golf bags. We couldn’t let that one go by, so we told her about “Mr.Golf” and his eBay business. She told us that she is his girlfriend and was sent on a box buying errand!

Come to think of it, I don’t believe we have ever sold a lamp base box for customer to actually pack a lamp. For example: a decorator needed a few of the larger boxes to transport tall fluted glass flower vases or another customer planned to store a croquet set. Regardless, we are glad to offer the boxes to folks who need them. And did I mention that we just ordered sixty additional lamp base boxes for a certain eBay businessman?

 

StorPlace of Bellevue Has Just the Storage Unit that you Need

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue

StorPlace of Bellevue

It is hard to believe, but fall cleaning and the time to move your college student back on campus is here once again. It is time to re-organize the home and keep it organized during the chaos of the new school year. It is also the time for parents to decide if they want to repurpose their college student’s bedroom to a den, TV room, office or personal gym. With all of the changes that the back to school season brings it is important to remember that there is a solution to put all of the extra fall items that you have and to put away the summer “toys” for the season.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those items, small and large, that you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. We have convenient locations in the Nashville, Murfreesboro and Bowling Green, KY areas.  StorPlace Self Storage has locations in Bellevue, downtown Nashville, 2 locations in Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Rd, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and a new location on Lebanon Pike. I am certain you can find a location that fits your storage needs.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has heated and cooled units as well as the conventional non-heated storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest size unit is a 5 x 5. This storage unit size is available in both climate and non-climate controlled. The storage unit sizes go all the way up to a 10 x 40, with many other sizes in-between. The 10×40 storage unit is not climate controlled, but the majority of the units have the option for heated and cooled, it just depends on the size.  The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are in a hallway.  A common question is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the conventional storage unit?”  It does, but to have peace of mind that your belongings will be just like they were when you put them in there when you get them out, it can be a small price to pay.

StorPlace Self Storage has many amenities to make your storage experience easier and safer. For your convenience, StorPlace Self Storage does have carts in the hallways to help move stuff from your car or truck to your storage unit.  We have a 1 time $25.00 admin fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about purchasing your own lock and worrying if it will fit on the storage unit StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue also has parking spaces for cars, RVs and boats. We do have a few covered spaces for your vehicles, depending on availability.

We always recommend that you get a tour of our facility and the storage unit or parking space that you might be renting. When you are ready to rent a storage unit, there are some things that we do require. StorPlace Self Storage requires is a valid driver’s license to rent a storage unit. In order to rent a parking space, we require you to have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale or registration. For any of your storage needs, stop in or give a call to any of our 16 locations. We will be glad to help you with your questions and concerns and give you a tour of our facility.