Motorcycle Buying and Storing Tips

Cruising the open road on a motorcycle offers a thrilling sense of freedom. If you are thinking about buying a motorcycle, be sure to do your research and make a careful decision. Once you bring it home, store your bike in a secure place to protect it from damage and theft.

Things to Do before Buying a Motorcycle

Before you can purchase a motorcycle, or even test ride one, you will need to get a motorcycle endorsement on your driver’s license. Take classes to learn how to operate a bike safely and pass the test.

Think carefully about the type of motorcycle you want. Research various manufacturers and read reviews from riders. Consider the weight, engine, and size of different bikes and think about what would be right for you based on your stature and experience level.

How to Choose and Buy the Right Motorcycle

After you have an idea of what type of bike you want, visit a dealership. You might find that a motorcycle you researched is perfect for you, or you might decide after test riding it and talking to a salesperson that a different model is actually more suitable. Be open-minded, but don’t get pressured into making the wrong decision.

Once you have decided which motorcycle you want to buy, you will need to discuss financing. The more money you put down, the less you will have to borrow, and the lower your monthly payments will be. Before you commit to a purchase and a loan, do the math to make sure you would still be able to afford your other bills, as well as motorcycle maintenance, and live comfortably.

In order to purchase and register a motorcycle, you will need to obtain insurance. Request quotes from several companies to get the best rates. Make sure you have high enough liability limits to cover you in the event of a serious accident. Your lender will probably also require you to obtain comprehensive and collision coverage.

How to Protect Your Motorcycle

After you bring your motorcycle home, you will naturally want to keep it safe from theft and damage. Keep it covered to shield it from the elements. You can use wheel locks, rotor locks, and a GPS tracker to protect it from thieves.

A locked garage is the best place to store a motorcycle, but not everyone has a garage available. If you don’t, a portable garage is a good option to protect your motorcycle from rain, snow, blowing debris, and animals. Portable Garage Depot offers storage shelters in a variety of sizes and designs to suit every need. Look through our selection and place your order today.

3 Components to Check Before Boating This Spring

Ah Spring: not too hot, and not too cold. You know what that means? It’s the perfect time of year for boating! As eager as we all are to get our boats out on the water again, it’s important that we get all of our ducks in a row first. Don’t worry, it won’t take that long. You just have to check these 3 major components.

1. The Fuel System, Belts, Cables & Hoses

The goal here is to check for leaks, damages, and parts that need to be replaced. For the fuel system, pay special attention to the hoses, connection, and tank surfaces. If the fuel hose is soft, brittle, or cracked, then it needs to be replaced. When inspecting belts, remember that they should fit tightly around pulleys. If you notice a loose grip or black residue, then you’ve found a red flag. Naturally, you should be on the lookout for corrosion of any kind. If the outer jacked of the throttle, shift, or steering controls are corroded, then do not take your boat out on the water until these issues are resolved.   

2. The Electric System

Before embarking on your first Spring voyage, do yourself a favor and make sure that your battery is fully charged. For added peace of mind, get it tested to ensure that it can hold a charge on its own. Like the belts and cables, you should also check all electrical components for corrosion too. For continued maintenance, clean your electrical terminals with a wire brush often.

3. Propellers & Hulls

Damaged propellers can cause damage to your drive train. One tell-tale sign of a damaged propeller is odd instances of vibration. If you recall moments of vibration during your last outing, then you should check your propeller now. Obviously you’ll want to check for cracks and dings, but you should also make sure that it is secured properly. You should inspect hulls in a similar fashion. For longevity, clean the hull, deck, and topside with an environmentally safe cleaning solution. Lastly, remember to make sure the drain plug is secured before blasting off.

Have You Considered Portable Shelters For Your Boat?

Portable Garage Depot offers portable boat shelters in a variety of sizes. Our shelters are designed to protect your investment from the elements. Even if you pay to dock it somewhere for the spring, having one of these for the winter could be a lifesaver. Check out our collection of boat shelters now!

10 Tips to Clear Clutter in Your Outdoor Space

A yard is a place where family and friends gather, so you naturally want it to be relaxing and inviting. Things that were bought years ago to decorate the yard have likely become damaged, and items that you bought to entertain others may no longer be used. That can lead to clutter that can make it hard to enjoy spending time outdoors.

Take a look around your yard and see what you can do to clean it up.

How to Get Rid of Clutter

  1. The yard furniture you purchased years ago may have become rusty or damaged from exposure to rain, snow, and the sun. Inspect it and see if it can be repaired. If so, fix it yourself, pay someone to repair it, or donate it so someone can fix it and sell it.
  2. Statues and other decorative fixtures that you placed in your yard have likely become damaged by the elements. Sometimes wear can make statues look more appealing, but in other cases, they just look like junk. Discard or recycle any broken or unsightly statues.
  3. If you bought pots to grow flowers but gave up on that hobby, get rid of them. If they are in good condition, you might be able to sell them or donate them to a local agriculture program. If not, recycle them.
  4. Garden tools that aren’t used don’t serve any purpose, and tools that are left outdoors are likely rusted. Sell them, have them repaired, or recycle them.
  5. A leaky hose might be able to be fixed. If you have tried to patch it and it still leaks, recycle it.
  6. If you have paint, primer, or stain left over from projects and no plans to use it, find a local place to recycle it. Don’t dispose of those items in the trash.
  7. Many homeowners collect trimmed tree limbs and scraps of wood left over from projects. If you have a pile that you don’t plan to use as firewood, recycle it. You might be able to light a bonfire but check your local laws.
  8. If you have piles of garden weeds and grass clippings, turn them into compost to use in your garden. You can add household waste for additional nutrients.
  9. Your kids probably loved to play on a swing set when they were young, but if they have grown up, you shouldn’t keep it thinking that you might have grandchildren in five or ten years. It will be too rusty to use long before then. Sell or donate the swing set.
  10. Old toys, such as bikes and trampolines, that are no longer used are just taking up space. Sell them or give them away.

Organize Important Belongings in a Portable Shelter

Once you have cleared out all the clutter in your backyard, you will have space to store things you actually use, such as vehicles and tools. Shelters of America offers portable garages in many sizes and styles to keep your backyard organized. Order one today.

5 RV Components To Check Before Driving It This Spring

We know you’re excited that spring is finally here—so are we–but before you embark on the 1st camping trip of the season, it’s important to make sure you dewinterize your RV the right way. If you don’t, you could find yourself in a tough spot. Don’t risk it; It won’t take that long, we promise. Ready? Inspect these 5 essential parts of your RV before you do anything.

1. Batteries: Are They Fully Charged?

If your RV has been in hibernation for awhile, then there’s a good chance that they’ve lost a considerable amount of juice. In fact, batteries tend to discharge up to 10% a month while in storage. If you did not check your RV’s batteries regularly while it was in storage, don’t sweat it. Just make sure to charge it fully now. If you’re using lead acid batteries, add distilled water. Remember that this rule only applies to acid lead batteries;if you are adding distilled water, only do so after the batteries are fully charged.

2. Water System: How Clean Is Your Water?

Whether your RV was dewinterized with non-toxic antifreeze or not, you should empty the fresh water holding tank and flush the entire system with clean water. To do this, bring a bucket of water from your house, add it to the fresh water holding tank, turn the water pump on, and open all of the fixtures. Let the water run for 15 – 20 minutes. This will ensure that your system gets a thorough cleaning.

3. Plumbing: Got Any Leaks?

The last thing you need on your upcoming road or camping trip is an annoying leak. That’s why before heading out for the spring, you should pressurize the water system by letting your pump run until it shuts off. If the water pump automatically turns back on, there is a leak somewhere.

4. Exhaust System: Is Your Generator Working Properly?

We recommend running your generator periodically while its in storage, but if you didn’t do that this time around, don’t worry. The goal here is to see if your exhaust system has suffered any damages. Check for damages before starting the generator; never run a generator with a broken exhaust system. If you don’t see any glaring issues, start the generator for about 2 hours with at least a half-rated load. Consult your generator’s owner’s manual for load ratings. If the generator won’t start, or you hear any kind of knocking noises, shut it down immediately, and contact a repair professional.

5. Tires & Safety Devices: Are You Prepared For The Worst?

Your tires will have lost a considerable amount of pressure when you remove it from storage. Before driving anywhere, make sure that all tires–including the spare–are filled to the correct PSI. Similarly, you should check to ensure that your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detector, and fire extinguishers are working properly.

Daylight Savings is Here! Time to Clean Up the Yard

March 10th is daylight savings. That means more time to spend outdoors. Longer daylight and, yes you guessed it, spring cleaning! While you’re enjoying the few more hours outdoors, pick up a rake, clean up the fallen debris from winter storms and create a plan for keeping your yard clean and neat this season.

If you love heading outside but can’t stand the sight of lawn equipment scattered about and the kid’s toys taking over what was once your oasis, then it’s time to think about investing in a portable shelter.

The spring season is a great time to set up a portable garage because the ground is starting to soften and there’s still time to tidy things up before the summer barbecues and outdoor relaxing happens.

Here are some tips for what you can store in the shelter and how.

Portable Shelter for Equipment

Pick a location in your yard that’s set back and utilize it to store lawn equipment and other clutter so it’s not out under the patio where you’re trying to relax. Not only will it be sheltered from the hard weather, but it will also be covered and less of an eyesore.

Covered Canopy for Patio Furniture and Parties

You can also utilize a covered canopy to host parties and keep guests comfortable without the sun beaming down on them or the possibility of rain throwing a wrench in your plans.

Seasonal Toy Coverage

If you have toys that you don’t use all year round – like ATVs or snowmobiles and need somewhere to store them, a portable garage is an economical and great way to shelter them from the elements and keep them safe when not in use.

Portable Garage Depot carries garage and carport products in a myriad of sizes from temporary or permanent all weather protection. Shop our inventory now!

Order a Boat Shelter in Time for the Spring Season

The winter months have covered much of the nation in cold blankets of snow. However, in less than 30 days, the first day of spring will be here and for many outdoor enthusiasts, it means getting the spring and summer toys ready to use.

For boat lovers, taking them out of storage, cleaning and prepping them for the first outing on the water is an important early step in the season. With just 4 short weeks until the season rolls around for many, now’s the time to order a portable shelter for your boat.

Easily set up the portable shelter in your yard and get to work. Protect your boat and get it in clean and working condition and keep it somewhere that you don’t have to worry about passing eyes, weather ruining the interiors and to keep you warm while you sneak outdoors to give it some updates even with the cold temps still hitting much of the nation.

Shelters of America offers portable boat shelters made of high-grade steel frames and covers that attach to the frame. The triple-layer polyethylene and rip-stop fabric have fade blockers and anti-fungal agents so your shelter always looks great while protecting your boat.

Keep it up for the season to place your boat when you return home after a day on the water and take it down when you no longer need it. That’s the beauty of portable shelters.

The shelters can also be used for other storage needs, a covered area to have a party and more – the uses are versatile and endless.

Shop our different sizes, shapes, and types on the site today!  

When to Consider a Heavy-Duty Portable Garage

A portable garage is a simple and convenient solution when you need additional storage space but don’t have room in a traditional garage. Portable garages are designed to be durable, but in some cases, it’s better to choose a heavy-duty portable garage than a standard model.

Reasons to Buy a Heavy-Duty Portable Garage

If you live in a region that tends to get winter storms that bring several inches or feet of snow and strong winds, a heavy-duty portable garage is a good investment. A typical portable garage might not be able to stand up to the weight of heavy snow and fierce winds.

A heavy-duty portable shelter is made from stronger materials than standard versions. Most are constructed with steel that is chosen for its style and resistance to rust. Be sure to choose a garage with thick poles that are designed to withstand severe weather. A polyethylene or PVC cover can protect the garage’s contents from snow, as well as mold or mildew caused by moisture.

How to Choose the Right Portable Garage

If you are shopping for a portable garage, choose one that is the right size for whatever you want to store inside it. If you want to use your garage to shelter a vehicle, make sure you have enough room to open the doors and trunk. If you want to keep two vehicles in the garage, be sure that you have enough space to open the doors, walk around, and maneuver the vehicles in and out without too much trouble.

Think about the layout of your property when choosing a portable garage. Make sure that you have enough space for the portable garage and a way to easily access it. Look for a level area that is free of trees, bushes, and other obstructions.

Avoid choosing a portable garage that would make your yard feel cramped. Even if a garage would fit, squeezing it into a tight area could make the yard seem smaller and could prevent you from using it for other purposes.

You might want to add sidewalls to your portable garage to keep snow out and provide additional protection for your vehicle or other belongings. If you want to include sidewalls, make sure the portable garage you choose is compatible.

Be sure to anchor your portable garage securely to the ground to keep it from blowing away in heavy winds. Choose anchors that are designed for the type of surface where you plan to set up your shelter. Anchors are made for soil, sand, cement, or concrete.

Order a Heavy-Duty Portable Garage

Portable Garage Depot has a wide selection of shelters that can protect your vehicle or other prized possessions from the elements. If you live in a region that experiences harsh winter weather, choose a heavy-duty garage to keep your belongings safe. Look through our inventory and place your order today.

Consider a Portable Garage for Storing Your Motorcycle

It’s cold in much of the United States right now, and motorcycle owners are having to settle for dreaming of the spring. In the meantime, they need a safe and secure place to store their motorcycle under the mercury rises until they can ride again. Unfortunately, not every motorcycle owner has access to a garage. Some owners even resort to using tarps, which are cumbersome and can blow away in the wind.

Portable Garages

Portable garages are a great solution to protect your motorcycle from rain, wind, and sun, all of which can cause serious damage to motorcycles over time. A portable garage or carport is a temporary outdoor structure that usually consists of a fabric cover over frames made of either powder-coated or galvanized steel tubing, depending on the model. The garage covers come in a variety of colors and are made of durable, layered polyethylene that includes a rip-stop material for long-lasting durability. A wide variety of surface anchors are available to accommodate all surface applications (asphalt, cement, etc.).

Once installed, portable garages are a good solution for reliable, low-maintenance storage space for motorcycles, cars and other vehicles.

Easy, Affordable and Secure

Compared with the costs that go with a permanent garage or storage solution, portable garages are extremely affordable, and can help keep your valuable motorcycle, car or ATV away from “prying eyes” and theft.

Contact Portable Garage Depot

Portable Garage Depot is a leading manufacturer of portable garages and carports nationwide. It’s a one-stop shop for an instant all weather portable garages and portable carport building kits that help protect your motorcycle, vehicle or other possessions from harsh weather.

Portable Garage Depot offers many universal do-it-yourself garage design buildings to fit your every need, whether it’s vehicle storage or for equipment, tractors, tools, sand and salt piles, hay, portable horse shelters and more. Call 800-984-7657 or visit our web site to discuss your portable garage needs and compare options.

How to Secure a Portable Garage to the Ground

A portable garage is an excellent alternative to a traditional garage. It can keep vehicles, tools, lawn and garden equipment, and other valuable belongings safe from the elements if you don’t have space or money to build a traditional garage. A portable garage has steel support beams and a durable polyethylene cover that can stand up to rain and wind, but for those components to work, the entire structure must be firmly anchored to the ground.

Choose the Right Anchors

If you want to set up a portable garage on a dirt or grass surface, anchoring it should be fairly easy. The portable garage kit should come with a set of anchors that can be driven into the ground at an angle to secure the structure. Be sure to use the anchors that came with your portable garage since they are designed for a building of that particular size. Other anchors from a hardware store might not be able to support the weight of your portable garage or might not extend far enough into the ground to keep the building stable in strong winds.

If you don’t have space in your yard for your portable garage, you might need to set it up in your driveway. Anchoring a shelter to asphalt is more difficult, but it can be done. You will need to use quality, heavy-duty anchors that are specifically designed to be used in asphalt and drill holes into the driveway to secure the anchors. Make sure you have the proper equipment. If you don’t, you might be able to rent the tools you need or hire someone to help you.

Depending on the size and weight of your portable garage, you might need stronger auger anchors. They are designed for larger and heavier portable garages that might be difficult to adequately secure with standard anchors. You can find auger anchors that are designed for grass or dirt surfaces or asphalt.

Protect Your Garage and Other Belongings

A portable garage is a significant financial investment, so you want to make sure that it can stand up to wind without suffering damage. Properly anchoring your shelter can allow it to perform the way it should and protect your valuable possessions inside. If you decide to relocate your portable garage to another part of your property or to move to another house, you can simply remove the anchors from the ground, pack up your portable garage, and transport it to another location.

Portable Garage Depot offers shelters in a wide range of sizes and styles that can be used to protect your vehicles and other prized possessions. No matter which type of shelter you choose and where you set it up, be sure to anchor it securely to the ground.

Order a storage shelter and the appropriate anchors from Portable Garage Depot today.

3 Reasons to Shelter Your RV With a Carport

Unlike a standard SUV or sedan, most RV’s and campers do not act as daily drivers. Primarily designed for road trips and camping, it’s common for these behemoths to stay stationary for extended periods of time. Whether they’re hibernating for the winter, or taking a short summer break, RV’s and campers need to be properly protected from the elements.

Traditional Storage Units Can Be Pricey

One go-to solutions for some people is rent out a storage space specifically designed to house these big vehicles; however, these facilities typically charge a monthly fee. if you want to save money while retaining the benefits of adequate RV storage, then carports offer the best bang for your buck.  Here’s 3 additional reasons why you should protect your RV or camper with a carport

1. Carports Give you Instant Access To Your Vehicle

When you house your RV in a rental space, you have to travel there whenever you need to pick it up; conversely, a carport allows you to store and protect your vehicle on your property. While it may not see as much action as your daily driver, it should still be made accessible to you should you ever need to drive it.

2. Carports Provide Exterior Protection

As with any vehicle, it’s important for your RV or camper to be protected from the elements. When exposed to scorching hot temperatures, the paint will begin to fade. When no barrier exists between your vehicle and the sun’s beating rays, the vinyl or rubber on the outside of your RV will start to crack. Similarly, in the winter time, hail, freezing rain, and falling trees can damage the exterior too.

3. Carports Provide Interior Protection

These same principles apply to the interior as well: the sun’s rays can pierce the exterior, causing the materials inside your RV–your seats, dashboard, and living area–to fade. Both frigid cold and piping hot temperatures will lessen the energy efficiency of the vehicle too. This will make it harder for the RV to maintain a consistent living temperature.

Ready to Protect Your Investment? Check Out Our RV Storage Solutions!

If you’re serious about protecting your RV with a carport, then you’ve come to the right place! Shelters of America offers steel carports specifically designed to house your RV. Available in 3 sizes: 12’x15,’ 18’x28,’ and 30’x42.’ Browse our RV storage shelters today.