Kick-off Picnic Season with a Portable Canopy

In just another week we’ll be celebrating Memorial Day 2019 and if your neighborhood is anything like thousands of others around the U.S., then perhaps it also means the start to another wonderful summer season. Picnics and cookouts as well as block parties, and time for the kids to get together and the parents to relax, all while enjoying the comfort of the outdoors.

But there’s one thing that can put a damper on any good cookout, and that’s rain! Most people would agree that standing out the in rain with a soggy hot dog bun and trying to hold a conversation with the neighbor isn’t exactly a good time.

This upcoming picnic season, don’t get caught in the rain or plan your picnics around the weather at all. Instead, get yourself a portable canopy! Then you’ll always have a shelter for people to convene under and never have to worry what the meteorologists are predicting on the morning broadcast.

Plus, your home will be the hotspot. Everyone will want to come gather where you are because there’s shelter and their drinking aren’t getting watered down by the rainfall.

As an added bonus, portable canopies can move with you when needed. Easy set-up and tear down and quality materials make choosing a canopy from Portable Garage Depot a no brainer. Simply roll up the tarps and transport as needed!

Our canopies are made to last and durable. They feature repellant polyester fabric and are also treated to resist UV rays as well as mildew.

Shop our selection of options and styles and pick one that will keep the party going at your house all night long.

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Using a Portable Shelter for Summer Storage

The summer months present a perfect opportunity to enjoy the yard again. To get outside and spend time with your children, pets, and friends in the fresh air. As any homeowner knows, this can also be a lot of work. There’s lawn to mow, weeds to pull and patio furniture to clean if you want your backyard to be an inviting oasis.

Then there’s the fact that you have to store all of these extra tools and items you have out in the yard somewhere else so you have access and can actually use the space. In these situation, the perfect solution is a portable shelter.

While portable shelters are terrific to have year-round they’re especially beneficial in the summer months for storage because it means less clutter in the year, somewhere safe to keep tools and equipment and more importantly, a lower cost to do so.

Portable shelters are the affordable and mobile alternative to having to construct a dedicated garage or barn on your property. Those require permits and construction crews to assemble, but a portable shed can be put up with a few people and taken down and stored away when not in use.

If you live in an area that only gets a few months of nice summer weather a year, then it’s especially important that you can enjoy that time to the fullest. Don’t spend another summer avoiding going outdoors because you can’t stand the site of your lawn.

Shelters Of America offers both temporary and permanent portable garage and carport buildings. Made of the highest quality galvanized steel frames and long lasting polyethylene covers – it will last for years.

Get a portable shelter, clean and organize and get out there to enjoy!

Tips for Storing Your RV During Usage Season

Summer is almost here, and many families will be setting out on vacation in an RV. Those trips may only last a week or two, and during the rest of the season, the RV will need to be kept in storage. Here are some tips to protect your camper when you aren’t using it.

Keep Moisture out to Prevent Mold

If moisture accumulates inside an RV in storage, it can lead to mold. The presence of mold could create a health hazard for your family and could make the RV unusable for the remainder of the summer. The best way to ventilate the interior of an RV and keep it dry is to leave the vents in the roof open while the vehicle is not being used. Don’t completely seal off the windows because if water leaks into the RV, the lack of ventilation and air circulation can lead to mold.

Keep Pests out of Your RV

Insects and rodents can enter an RV in storage through tiny holes. Once inside, they can chew through the interior, including electrical wires, which can cause major damage and may render the RV inoperable. They can also leave urine and feces, which can affect human health.

Walk around the RV and cover or screen any openings on the outside. Pay particular attention to the plumbing vents, refrigerator vents, furnace exhaust, and air intake piping. Remove any potential food sources from the RV after you return home from your trip and before you put the vehicle in storage to avoid attracting pests.

Where to Store Your RV This Summer

An RV should be stored in a secure location. A garage is ideal, but most people don’t have a space large enough for a vehicle of that size. If you don’t want to pay to keep your RV at a storage yard, you can store it on your property.

A portable shelter is a good alternative to a traditional garage. It can be set up on a level surface and can protect your RV from rain, wind, rodents, and insects so it will be in excellent condition the next time you decide to take a family trip this summer.

Shelters of America offers portable garages in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit virtually every need. We even have shelters that are large enough to accommodate an RV. Our portable storage buildings have steel support frames and polyethylene covers to protect vehicles from the elements. Order a portable garage from Shelters of America today to keep your RV safe.

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.

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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.