How to Properly Winterize a Tractor

If you own a tractor, then you know that they’re not cheap investments. As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall again, it’s a good time to start thinking about how best to protect your tractor during the winter months. If you don’t want to have to worry about purchasing a new tractor come springtime, then listen up: we’re going to explain how to winterize your tractor the right way.

Change the Oil

First, Make sure your tractor goes into storage with fresh oil. Used engine oil condenses in cold weather, and when that happens, corrosion is likely to ensue. When changing the oil, remember to drain all of the used oil out before filling the engine with fresh oil. This will ensure that that there won’t be any moisture left in the engine.  

Change the Fuel & Add Fuel Stabilizer

If you’re storing your tractor inside, you should fill it with fresh gas and fuel stabilizer. This will protect the tank from corrosion, clogs, and condensation. Be sure to run the engine for a few minutes after you fill the tank with gas / stabilizer to allow the fuel to work its way through the engine. 

Inflate The Tires

Many tractor owners make the mistake of elevating their tires on blocks. While this isn’t a terrible alternative, full inflation is better. Why? The cold winter air is sure to deflate the tires. If the tires are on blocks while this happens, it can put unnecessary stress on them, causing cracks as a result. When you fully inflate the tires on the other hand, you won’t have to worry about this at all. The best part? You can leave the tires attached to the tractor: all you have to do is inflate them. 

Remove the Battery & Top Off Coolant

If you can, remove the battery and keep it in a dry, safe place. In addition, top off your tractor’s coolant levels. With fresh coolant, your tractor will be better equipped to withstand the coming cold. 

Get The Right Shelter For Your Tractor

If indoor storage isn’t an option, then consider investing in a portable garage for your tractor. Shelters of America offers a variety of sturdy solutions that are sure to give your tractor reliable shelter during the cold winter months. 

Time to Put the Motorcycle Away!

Winter in many parts of the nation is starting early this year. Weather forecasters on the east coast are calling for the chance of snow in many states. Just one week into the month of November.

If you enjoy riding the open roads on two wheels then this news may come with some sadness. Inclement weather also means it’s time to put the bike away for the season.

Here are some storage tips to consider for your motorcycle.

Winter Motorcycle Storage

Whether you’re worried there won’t be enough room in your garage this winter for the car, bike and other boxes of junk, or would rather not risk the dings your toy may get, you might want to consider other storage options for the winter.

Portable Garages can be used to protect the bike from the elements, and when properly secured, also deter thieves.

Choose a shelter with a durable, tear-proof polyurethane cover to keep the bikes paint and other elements clean and free of damage.

Since winters can get pretty rough, be sure to also choose a durable steel frame that can withstand strong winds or any heavy snow loads.

Get easy, mobile protection for both cruising and racing bikes as well as ATV’s, snowmobiles, jet skis, and other recreational equipment so you don’t have to worry about cluttering the garage.

At Portable Garage Depot we offer storage models with double zipper front and rear doors and an anchoring system that make terrific choices for motorcycle storage over the winter.

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Equine Hay Storage Tips for Winter

Horses benefit from spending time outdoors and getting plenty of exercises and fresh air, but weather conditions can change significantly throughout the day. Like other animals, horses can suffer heatstroke and frostbite if they are outside in extreme weather without protection.

Horses consume large quantities of hay each day. If you have several horses, you may have hundreds of bails of hay delivered at one time. You need a place to store hay to keep it dry and to protect it from mold, rot, and insects.

Protect Your Horses and Hay

You don’t want to keep your horses cooped up in a barn all day if it will be hot or rainy for a few hours, and it can be difficult and time-consuming to round them up and bring them from a pasture into the barn when the weather becomes unpleasant. Setting up a portable shelter in the field to provide your horses with protection from harsh weather whenever they need it is a simple solution.

With a portable garage in a pasture, horses can decide on their own when to go inside to seek out shelter and when to return to the fresh air outside. If the temperature drops, horses can gather inside the shelter and keep each other warm by sharing body heat.

A portable shelter can also be used elsewhere on your farm to store hay. If your barn doesn’t have a hayloft, you don’t have to spend money to add one or build a large storage shed. A portable garage can provide plenty of space and protection for hay bails at a fraction of the cost of building a loft or shed.

Choose the Right Shelter for Your Farm

Portable Garage Depot offers durable shelters in a range of sizes that are ideal for use on a horse farm. We offer run-in sheds with sturdy steel tubing frames and fitted covers. A run-in shed can be placed in a field to protect your horses from rain, snow, and heat. A white interior provides plenty of ambient lighting. These shelters can also be used to store hay.

Portable Garage Depot’s corral shelters can be used to shield horses from the weather or to store hay or farm equipment. A shelter can attach to your existing corral gate or fence to create a space to protect your horses. Our corral shelters have a universal cover that fits most round, square, and oval panel tube profiles and is fade- and moisture-resistant. The frame has a powder-coated finish to resist rust.

Protecting your horses from extreme weather and shielding the hay they eat from moisture and insects is essential to keep your animals healthy. Order one or more portable shelters for your horse farm from Portable Garage Depot today.

3 Tips For Preparing Your Boat For Winter Storage

Temperatures are dropping once again. That means it’s time to say goodbye shorts and tank-tops, and hello to pants, long sleeves and jackets. While the change is somewhat refreshing, it comes with one major drawback: we must put our boats into hibernation. To start, you should certainly check all the components we recommended in our pre-spring boating guide, Once you’re done with that, you should perform the following 3 maintenance tasks:

Change Your Oil 

If you’ve ever stored a car before, then you know how important it is for the car to have fresh oil during the duration of its isolation. While they may be much bigger, boats are no different. When water or acid gets into your oil, the engine could get corroded. Make sure to change and flush out the filter before adding the new oil.

Disconnect the Battery & Remove Drive Belts

If you leave your battery connected, it will likely drain and die over the winter. Once you disconnect it, top it off with distilled water. For good measure, charge it once a month; doing this will ensure that it’s good to go when you connect it again. 

In addition, remove your drive belts too. If you leave them connected, there’s a good chance that they will crack when you come to take the boat out again. To avoid this, loosen or remove them entirely before the boat goes into storage.

Grease The Steering Mechanism & Fill The Gas Tank

You know that sound metal doors make when they’re in desperate need of some WB 40? Don’t let that happen to your boat! Greasing the steering mechanisms will help to ensure that nothing dries out; if properly greased, you won’t experience any issues when it’s time to take the boat out again.

In addition, make sure to both fill your gas tank and add gasoline stabilizer. Now you might be thinking: why should I fill it now if I won’t be using it for the next 3 months? Well, an empty tank encourages condensation, which in turn, causes corrosion. To prevent the potentially severe damage that comes with this, do the right thing and fill up your tank. 

Last but not least….

Choose The RIght Storage Solution For Your Boat

Not everyone can afford to rent out a garage for your boat. Fortunately, Shelters of America offers many affordable pop up boat shelters and carports. Treat your boat right this winter, and order one today!

Cleaning Your Boat for Winter Storage

Now that summer is over, you need to prepare your boat for winter storage. Spending months out of the water can put a boat at risk of damage. Taking some important steps now can help you prevent problems so your vessel will be ready to go next year.

How to Clean Your Boat’s Exterior and Interior

Clean the outside of your boat with a power washer to keep any contaminants on the surface from damaging the paint and to prevent oxidation, which can cause damage. Then cover the exterior with wax to keep the body from rusting.

Remove electronics and any fabrics that could be damaged by cold weather or moisture before you clean the interior. Vacuum the inside and clean interior surfaces with the appropriate products and tools for each material. Refer to the owner’s manual for cleaning recommendations.

Make sure the entire boat is completely dry before you put it into storage. If there is any moisture present when you put your boat away for the winter, it may be filled with mold when you take it out in the spring.

How to Prepare Mechanical Components for Winter Storage

You also need to clean some of the internal components of your boat to get it ready for storage. Water and contaminants in the oil can cause corrosion, which can make the engine fail when the boat is taken out of storage. These problems can be prevented by changing the oil and filter.

Cold temperatures can cause the engine to freeze. Before you store your boat for the winter, remove the coolant, flush with water, and fill the coolant system with antifreeze diluted as recommended by your boat’s manufacturer.

For an outbound engine, flush the engine with freshwater, spray fogging solution in the engine while it is running, and remove the fuel line. Then grease the propeller shaft and threads, change the gear oil in the engine’s lower unit, apply a light layer of lubricant or wax to the exterior of the engine, and wash the engine with soap and water.

Where to Store Your Boat in the Winter

Once you have cleaned your boat and checked to make sure it is completely dry, you can put it into winter storage. If you don’t want to pay to keep it in a boat storage unit or a dry stack storage facility, you can store it in your yard inside a portable storage shelter. This is a much less expensive option, and if you purchase a quality storage shelter that will last for many years, you can pay once, instead of paying storage facility fees each year.

Portable Garage Depot sells a variety of storage buildings in a wide range of sizes. Many of our shelters are large enough to accommodate boats. A shelter can protect your vessel from snow, wind, and extreme temperatures so it will be ready when you want to take it out on the water again next year. Order today!

Consider Doing a Pre-Winter Check on Your Portable Garage

While it may not feel much like fall yet, wintry weather isn’t far off. If you use a portable garage for your vehicle, your motorcycle or simply household items, it’s a good time to check that the unit is in good condition so it continues to protect your valuable property through the winter months.

Portable garages are great solutions for storage needs. They’re quick and easy to put up, durable, affordable, and can be located nearly anywhere on your property you require storage. With proper care, they can last for many years. If you have one already, take a moment to examine its operating condition.

What to Look for In a Portable Garage Inspection

The first thing you want to look for is how well the cover is holding up and whether it’s properly fitted. It should be tight to reduce the risk of tears. The roof should be free of debris. During the fall and winter, ensure that you remove autumn leaves and snow from your portable garage. To avoid damaging it, be sure to use soft instruments such as a dull edged broom or mop, and avoid shovels, rakes or other implements that could accidentally puncture the cover.

Engage in a Little Gentle Elbow Grease

It’s worth taking a moment to clean your portable garage before bad weather begins. To do so, use mild soap and water, and avoid anything harsh (like bleach) or abrasive cleaners, which could damage cover. During the fall and winter, remove leaves and snow from the base of your portable garage to discourage a build-up of moisture that could lead to mold and mildew, or water leaking in and damaging the items you store there.

If your portable garage is in less-than-optimal condition, you can consider replacing the cover (rather than the whole set-up).

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We’ve Updated Our Look!

At Shelters of America, we’ve been in the business of offering you trusted shelters and accessories that protect your treasured assets for years. From custom color options to replacement covers and sheds, canopies and equipment storage, there’s nothing we don’t offer to bring protection to your yard.

If you’ve been on the website recently you may have noticed that we updated our look. We recently completed a total revamp of the site to make it easier to navigate and to better show the array of offerings we provide.

From better, bigger images to enhanced functionality, we’ve kept all of our customer’s needs in mind.

You can now start at the homepage and easily customize a portable garage option that meets your needs. Choose from a peak style, barn or round. Next select the length, width and height options for your specific needs.

You can also find new menu options to see and select color options for your portable shelter or reach out for a custom quote if you’re not quite sure what you need yet.

We sell ShelterLogic, a trusted brand with over 70 years of experience and a global innovator in outdoor shade and shelter products.

If you’re looking for the ultimate storage and protection, we have what you need. From protection for cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, RVs, farm equipment and so much more!

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Portable Garage Accessories You Need

If you’ve made the decision to buy a portable garage for your property, or have had one for a while and want to get the most use out of it, considering additional accessories can add more bang for your buck.

In this post, we’ll look over some of the best options when it comes to adding accessories to your portable shelter. Whether you’re storing your favorite classic car or using it as a greenhouse – we’ve got you covered!

Think Practical

For all the new important items you’re thinking about keeping secured in your portable garage, it makes sense to think about how to best protect them while they’re there. Could you benefit from a fan or vents that stop moisture build-up? Will you need access to electricity inside the portable garage? How about anchors to keep it grounded if there’s rough weather where you live?

If you can think of these practical must-haves in advance it will only mean you’re setting up a portable garage that’s going to beneficial for the long run.

Don’t Forget the Door

One thing we don’t think about when putting up a portable garage is how you’ll get in and out of it with ease. While it’s not your standard garage with an automated opener to provide you access, if you’ll be frequenting it quite often it’s far better to have a door added to your portable garage. Choose from roll-up or zipper door kits.

Go Big

Not all portable garages are meant to just store stuff. If you’ve got major plans to turn the portable shelter into a highly-functional space then additional accessories like windows, flooring and more might be on your shopping list. These giant spaces can double as covered party areas or even be converted into a workshop. The possibilities are endless!

Tips to Keep Your Portable Shelter Cool in Summer and Warm in Winter

A portable garage is an excellent storage solution, but it can be affected by outside temperatures more than a traditional garage. There are, however, several things you can do to control the temperature inside your portable shelter during both the summer and winter.

How to Keep Your Storage Shelter Cool in Summer

If you haven’t yet purchased a portable garage, you can make some decisions now to help control the interior temperature. A light-colored garage will absorb less heat than a darker-colored one. That can be a big help if you live in an area where summers get oppressively hot. You can also set up your shelter in a part of your yard that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight.

A fan positioned in the doorway is a simple and effective way to improve air circulation and make the inside of your portable garage more comfortable. Even if a fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature, a breeze can make it feel cooler if you need to repair a vehicle or work on some other type of project in the garage.

Clutter in a portable garage can obstruct airflow. If your storage shelter is filled with boxes, tools, or lawn and garden equipment, clear some space so a fan can do its job.

Ventilating your portable garage can also help keep it cool in the summer. Vents can improve airflow without using electricity and raising your utility bills.

How to Keep Your Portable Garage Warm in Winter

Your car will continue to give off heat long after you park it in the garage. If you use your car most days, parking it in the storage shelter when you get home can be a simple way to maintain a relatively warm inside temperature during the winter.

If you don’t store a vehicle in your garage or don’t drive it frequently enough to use it as a heat source, you can use a space heater to warm the garage, but you will have to be careful. Only use a heater when you will be in the garage. Don’t put it on or near anything combustible. Make sure the garage is well ventilated to prevent a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide. Regularly check the heater and make sure it and an extension cord, if you use one, are in good condition.

Invest in a Portable Storage Shelter

A portable garage can be a good place to store a vehicle or other valuable belongings without spending money to build a traditional garage. With some strategic decisions and minor modifications, you can keep your portable garage comfortable in every season. Shelters of America offers portable garages in a wide range of sizes, styles, and colors to suit any need and preference. Order a portable garage today.

Garage Organization Tips You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Most homeowners think of their garage in one of 2 ways: As a place to keep the cars or somewhere to store all the junk that you don’t know what to do with.

It’s just been this way for many years for many, but today, with people like Marie Kondo and other mindfulness practices gaining ground, there’s a push to clear out our physical spaces and make room for more joy in our lives.

Getting rid of all of our things isn’t always that easy. Sometimes the boxes in the garage contain sentimental items like your child’s art projects. They’ve since gone off to college and you want to keep them to share with your grandchildren. Or, perhaps holiday decorations are kept here.

Either way, when it comes time to organizing and tidying up the area so it can be used for better things and walked through without fear of everything coming tumbling down, we’ve got some tips for you.

Here are some garage organization tips you probably haven’t thought of.

Consider Display and Layout

Thanks to the Internet, there are a plethora of research and inspiration photos to use for coming up with an idea for your garage. Clearing the clutter for goodwill requires an idea of how you’d like to use the space and what it will look like. When you’re motivated by the functionality of use of the space it will be easier to get out there and get organized.

Hang Everything

Nothing makes a room look smaller and messier than clutter all over the floor. Even if you’ve been stacking boxes around the outer perimeter of the garage floors, chances are those boxes haven’t been touched for a while. You’re not just losing valuable walking space, moisture from the ground could also be damaging items inside the box. The solution? Hang everything. Invest in shelving, get bike hooks and storage racks. Take everything and hang it up and away from the floor for an instant transformation.

Get a Portable Garage

If you’ve done all of the above and still have stuff you don’t know what to do with but aren’t ready to toss, it’s time to consider a portable garage. This is a cost-efficient option that allows you to add more storage space on your property that isn’t permanent. Just move it or take it down when it’s no longer needed.

Portable Garage Depot is your trusted resource for all-weather protection for your investments against weather elements. Our custom portable garage frames are made from powder-coated or galvanized steel tubing and the durable covers come in a variety of colors made of layered Polyethylene to stop rips from happening. We also offer a variety of surface anchors to accommodate all surface applications. SHOP NOW!