When you’re choosing a facility to store your car, truck, boat or RV, you want dependability, affordability, and most of all security. You want to store your vehicle in a place that makes you feel comfortable and secure. Here at All Purpose Storage, we can easily accommodate your vehicle needs. Our professional staff is available to discuss your options and answer your questions.
Check the following tips for the most successful storage experience.
Wash and wax your car and then allow it to dry thoroughly. Be sure to remove dirt from the under-body of the car, particularly the wheel wells. Dirt holds moisture and may cause iron and steel to rust. Fill the gas tank and then add an adequate amount of gasoline stabilizer to prevent gum and varnish formation. Drive 30 to 40 miles to mix the stabilizer with the fuel. Vacuum the interior and trunk of your vehicle to thoroughly remove any crumbs or small bits of food that could attract insects and rodents.
- Lay plastic sheeting or tarps on a concrete floor to create a vapor barrier.
- Remove the spark plugs and spray oil into the cylinders to prevent corrosion. Turn the crankshaft about 4 to 6 times to circulate the oil. Reinstall the spark plugs and reconnect the plug wires.
- Disconnect the battery cables and remove the battery. Clean the top and sides and remove any moisture-retaining, conductive film. Place it on a clean, dry surface and connect a float charger to maintain a battery charge for long periods. Inspect the battery box for corrosion.
- Lubricate the hood release latch and hood and door hinges to protect them from moisture.
- Flush the old brake fluid and replace with new fluid. Your car may require silicone fluid to prevent moisture absorption.
- Check the freeze point of the engine coolant with a hydrometer to make sure it’s low enough for the ambient temperatures.
- To protect from rodents, stuff aluminum foil into the tailpipe, engine air intake, and the fresh air intake in front of the windshield.
- If the vehicle is left longer than six months, consider flat-spotting the tires. Jack up each end of the vehicle so that it’s high enough to slip a jack stand under each lower arm.
- Stuff clean rags between the wiper arms and windshield so that the wipers don’t stick to the windshield. Apply a film of rubber lubricant to the squeegees.
Finally, you must cover the vehicle whether you’re storing indoors or outdoors. Cover prices range from $20 up to about $300. At the lower end you will get a cover that may not fit well and can trap moisture underneath, damaging the vehicle finish. Fit is critical, especially if you’re storing outdoors. Wind can whip a loose-fitting cover against the paint. When you remove the cover, the finish looks as if it has been sanded.
If you’re storing outdoors in a sunny area, choose a cover that keeps out ultraviolet rays to protect the car’s finish. In a windy area, you can add an extra layer of protection by first covering the body with soft blankets tied down with bungee cords.
In any case, a premium, breathable custom-fit cover that extends down to cover the wheel wells and is secured with straps is your best bet for both outdoor and indoor storage.
Are you looking for a convenient, affordable, dependable place to store your “home away from home” until you’re ready to use it again? Leaving in the driveway for the winter is not the best option. Your HOA may frown on that and you may be subject to municipal rules against leaving it parked on the street. There’s also the extreme inconvenience of having to maneuver around it to park your cars in your garage.
We have plenty of experience storing recreational vehicles ranging from travel trailers and truck campers to Class A, B, and C motorhomes.
To get your RV ready for storage that will keep it in to condition, check out the following tips.
- Drain All Tanks
Drain the fresh water holding tanks as well as the black and grey holding tanks.
- Drain the Water Heater
Remove the drain plug and open the pressure relief valve. Caution: Do not drain when the water is hot!
- Remove Food and Supplies
This seems an obvious, but even that forgotten bag of unopened chips can attract bugs. In any case, food left for long periods of time will become moldy and/or inedible.
- Disconnect the Refrigerator and Leave the Door Open
Leaving the refrigerator door open prevents stale air and condensation that can ultimately cause mold.
- Use RV-Approved Non-Toxic Antifreeze
To keep your pipes from freezing during frigid weather use RV-approved, non-toxic anti-freeze so that you don’t poison your water.
- Pressurize Your System
Start with the faucet closest to the water pump and slowly open the hot and then the cold valves until the antifreeze appears.
- Cover External Vents to Prevent Pests
Don’t let your RV become a home for pests during an extended storage time.
- Check Roof Condition
Repair any holes or damage to your roof.
- Coat Your RV With Wax
Give your RV a coat of wax prior to storage, it will not only look brighter the next time you’re ready to use it, but you’ll have an added layer of protection from the weather