How to Properly Wash a Motorcycle

Summer is here! That means long, exciting bike rides on those sun-kissed roads. The only downside, of course, is that your bike is going to get dirty. If you love your motorcycle as much as we love ours, then we’re sure you’d agree that cleanliness is key.

So, what’s the best way to clean your pride and joy? Everyone thinks that they’ve got some secret method, but in actuality, it’s a pretty simple process. Let’s break it down, shall we?

Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

If you want to clean your motorcycle efficiently, then it’s best to have everything you need in front of you. There’s nothing more annoying than having to run back and forth between the house and driveway everytime you need something.   

Here’s what you’ll need

  • A Rag: To plug exhaust holes
  • Spray Motorcycle Cleaner: For cleaning your bike before rinsing it.
  • Sponges: You’ll use these to remove grime.
  • Brushes: These will be good for areas like spoked wheels that require a bit of elbow grease.
  • Drying Clothes: You’ll need to dry your bike when you’re done. This will help you do that.
  • Microfiber: Great for finishing touches.

Step 2: Bring Your Bike To a Shady Area

Before you do anything, make sure that the engine is cold! Don’t start cleaning your bike the second you park it. This could give you a thermal shock. Furthermore, If at all possible, don’t clean your motorcycle under direct sunlight. This will make the soap dry faster, which will cause streaks and water spots.

Step 3: Cover Your Exhaust Holes

Since you’ll be applying soap and water to your motorcycle, it just makes sense to keep it out of areas that won’t benefit from it. To keep water out of your exhaust holes, use a rag or rubber glove.

Step 4: Apply Motorcycle Spray & Water

Motorcycle spray will help loosen the dirt and grime so that you won’t have to rub and scrub as much. When you scrub vigorously, you end up making things worse; so, go ahead and apply the spray cleaner to your dry bike, and let it sit for the duration stated on the bottle. Once finished, rinse it gently with the hose.

Step 5: Lather & Rinse Your Motorcycle

This part is pretty self-explanatory. To make the process go smoothly, start at the top of your bike, and work your way down. Moreover, it’s a good idea to use 2 separate buckets: One for soap, and one for rinsing. Doing this will help keep most of the dirt in the rinse bucket. Once you’ve thoroughly lathered your bike, apply the hose again. It’s important to rinse quickly after sudsing; the longer you wait, the more likely you are to see hard-to-remove streaks.

Step 6: Dry Your Motorcycle

Use an air blower together with a soft cloth. The air blower will help you cast a wide net, which will reach tiny crevices that your hands can’t easily reach. While the air blower will handle most of the drying process, it’s good to use the cloth on specific areas that didn’t get enough air attention.

Bonus: Keep Your Motorcycle Clean With a Pop Up Shed

Not everyone owns a garage. If this sounds like you, then consider a pop up shed for your motorcycle, like these from Portable Garage Depot

 

Portable Garage Cover Damaged by Storms? Order a Replacement

Portable garages are meant to be durable enough to stand up to harsh weather. They can often withstand rain, snow, and strong winds, but particularly fierce storms can take a toll. If you have a portable garage, now is a good time to inspect the cover and see if it has been damaged by winter and spring storms and needs to be replaced.

How Storms Can Damage a Portable Garage Cover

Heavy snow can accumulate on top of a portable garage if the angle of the roof is not sharp enough for snow to slide down. The weight of several inches of snow can cause a cover to sink down or separate from the support beams, which can tear the cover and lead to leaks that can damage the contents of the garage.

Wind is another frequent cause of damage to portable garage covers. One strong gust can loosen a cover or even blow down an entire structure if it isn’t securely anchored. A cover that has come loose and blown around may have large tears that can’t be mended. In that case, the cover will need to be replaced.

Wind can cause damage to a portable garage cover in another way. Blowing objects, such as sticks, tree branches, stones, and even lawn furniture, can tear a portable garage cover or cause the entire structure to collapse.

Check Your Portable Garage Cover for Damage

Winter and spring storms are common. Even though portable garages are built strong, sometimes Mother Nature is stronger. If you have a portable garage in your yard, take the time to inspect it carefully for damage.

Even small tears or holes should be taken seriously. Damage might not seem significant now, but another storm could make it much worse. If you don’t replace the cover now, after the next storm you might find your car or lawn and garden equipment covered with water, leaves, tree branches, or other debris that could cause all sorts of damage that would be expensive to repair.

How to Replace a Portable Garage Cover

You can order a new cover for your portable garage online and switch the covers yourself. Shelters of America sells storage buildings in a wide range of sizes and styles, and we have replacement covers to match. Our covers are made from heavy-duty polyethylene that is manufactured to stand up to rain, snow, wind, and the sun’s UV rays. Order a replacement cover today!!

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.

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.

 

 

6 Reasons to Get a Portable Garage

Portable garages have been around for a long time. They’re a great, cost sensible alternative to building a structure for storage purposes and they can be moved, taken down and rebuilt whenever and wherever needed.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a portable garage but don’t have any extra cars to store or thought they were just for lawn equipment, this list will give you some additional ideas that make getting a portable garage worth it.

Keep reading to learn why!

1. Store Your Lawn Clutter

There’s no homeowner or passerby who likes to look at a messy lawn. Backyards filled with equipment, kid’s toys and stacks of stuff aren’t typically easy on the eye. To avoid annoying neighbors and to keep your valuables out of the wrong person’s sight, use a portable garage. It doesn’t have to be too big and you can still fit your leaf blower, push mower and your kid’s bikes and sports equipment in there for safe keeping.

2. Economical

One of the greatest benefits of a portable garage is that is costs significantly less than having to build a brick and mortar structure on your property. While cheaper isn’t necessarily the best tactic when buying, investing the extra savings in a quality portable garage made of galvanized steel and polyethylene cover will give you the best bang for your buck.

3. Hobby / She-Shed

She Sheds is a trending topic these days. What was once a place for men to get away for some peace of mind, portable garages are now becoming crafting spaces and places, where even women can step away from the days, stresses to unwind.

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4. Extra Cars and Toys

If you’re someone who likes toys and owns your fair share of weekend cars, bikes and boats then you need somewhere safe to keep these in the off-season so they don’t endure the harsh outdoor elements and become damaged.

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5. Greenhouse/Gardening

Depending on where you live, you can invest in a portable garage for extra protection of your flowers, plants, and trees. They work great as small greenhouse kits and can even have lighting added to them as a method to aid in their growth and care.

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6. Livestock

In addition to better management of your “things” portable garages can even help you with livestock and animals. Keep your horses and other outdoor animals and their food safe from heavy wind, rain, snow, heat, and other potentially damaging elements.

Portable Garage Depot provides everything you need to protect your valuables. From custom garage and carport frames to covers in a variety of colors and surface anchors that accommodate all applications.

Check out the video below to hear more about why our Portable Garages are the way to go!

An Insider Guide to Picking the Right Portable Garage

If you need space to store one or more vehicles, tools, or livestock, but you don’t have the time or money to build a permanent structure, a portable garage is an excellent alternative. You can find many options online in a variety of sizes and materials. Here are some things to consider so you can make the right choice.

What Will You Store?

The first thing you need to think about is what you want to store in a portable garage. If you want a garage to shelter a car, truck, RV, or boat, measure the length and height of the vehicle so you can choose a large enough portable garage.

If you want to shelter two vehicles, make sure there will be enough room to park them with space for people to walk around and open the doors. Choose a portable garage with one large door or two smaller doors so you can move both vehicles in and out easily.

If you need to store landscaping tools and equipment, such as a lawnmower, rakes, and garden shears, you can go with a smaller portable garage. If you need a place to house animals, such as horses and livestock, you can put a portable garage in a pasture and leave the door open so the animals can come and go as they please to escape the sun, rain, and cold temperatures.

Where Will You Put Your Portable Garage?

Consider the size and layout of your property. You might want to buy a portable garage to store two vehicles, but if your yard isn’t big enough, or if there is no way to maneuver the vehicles in and out because of another structure in the way, it simply won’t work. You might need to choose a different size or location for a portable garage or move another structure in your yard, or you might be able to find a way to fit two smaller garages in different areas on your property.

Pay for a Quality Garage

Be sure to pick a portable garage made from durable materials. A steel frame can help the garage stand up to strong winds, and a polyethylene cover can protect whatever you store inside from rain, snow, and the sun’s UV rays.

Portable garages vary in price depending on several factors, such as size, height, and materials. Think of a portable garage as an investment. You are better off paying more up front to purchase a shelter that can stand up to the elements for several years than to buy a cheaper one and worry about it falling down.

Order a Portable Garage

A portable garage can keep your vehicles, tools, or animals safe. Before you buy one, think carefully about how and where you will use it and select the one that best suits your needs. Portable Garage Depot offers a wide selection of shelters in many sizes and styles that are made with quality materials. Place your order today.

Prepping Your Boat and Bike for Storage

With the cooler weather quickly approaching, you’ll most likely find that you don’t need your boat or bike anymore and you’ll need to place it in storage. Having a storage spot will not only help ensure that the boat or bike stays dry and warm but it’ll also give you the peace of mind until you’re ready to break the toys out once again in the spring. Here’s why a portable shelter is the best option for you and how you can prep your boat and bike for the treacherous winter conditions.

Why a portable shelter?

Unlike other storage options, portable shelters are not only moveable but they are also able to fit any shape or size of the toy, whether it be a rowboat or a fishing boat. You can also select a portable shelter made of galvanized steel which has a much longer lifespan than those made of powder coated steel if you desire. Other storage options can also be extremely expensive and will not be able to fit larger boats and toys. Portable shelters come in a variety of shapes and sizes to help avoid this.

Prepping your boat

Both winter weather conditions and long periods of storage can affect your boat meaning costly repairs and a lot of maintenance in the spring. Before storing your boat in your shelter, you will want to change the oil, fill the tank with gas, and refresh the coolant system. This will help prevent the corrosion of your engine as well as help the engine parts from freezing.

You will also want to disconnect the battery. Leaving the battery in will most likely cause it to drain and die. Instead, take it out and charge it every so often so that when it’s time to start boating again, it will be fully charged and ready to go.

Prepping your motorcycle

Much like a boat and RV, a motorcycle requires some maintenance before storage to help ensure that come warmer weather, it will be in drivable condition. You will want to top of the tank, get an oil change, and remove the battery but you will also want to fill your tires to the maximum recommended volume and rotate the front tire once a week. This will help prevent flat spots.

If you’re not sure what kind of portable shelter is right for you, we have a custom quote form that allows us to get a sense of what storage shelter you need. You can also contact us at Shelters of America and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

3 Tips to Get Your Portable Garage Organized Before Fall

New seasons represent weather changes for many. Depending on where you live, the end of summer means colder temps, adverse weather conditions and protecting your valuables from the elements is a must. The change from summer to fall is a move from cruising around on your motorcycle, in your classic car, boat or your RV and storing those items until next year.

Portable garages make terrific additions to your property for this purpose of safe storage. They shield your valuables from damaging wind, ice and more and help you preserve them until you can use them again.

Before your toys into the portable garage for safekeeping, it’s a good idea to clean and clear the space for optimal storage conditions. Here are 3 tips to get your carport organized before fall.

Make Ample Time

If you’re someone who waits until the last minute to get things done and works well under pressure, this isn’t the time to use those skills. You want to set aside ample time to get your portable garage situation cleaned up and ready for winter storage. Starting now, a few months in advance of those weather conditions makes the most sense.

Clear Clutter

The first thing you should do before stuffing any more things into the already crowded storage space is to clean it up. Clear the clutter, discard what is no longer needed or used and spend some time raking, leaf blowing and getting rid of loose dirt and debris that can cause issues to the cosmetic integrity of your valuables when stored. A good rule of thumb is to create a pile for the items you’re sorting. Categorize them by “Keep”, “Toss” and “Sell/Donate” and you may even make some pocket change in the process. A clean and cleared portable garage can also be easily inspected for any rips or tear or issues with the frame that should be addressed before heavy snowfalls and bad weather come around.

Plan a Layout

With a cleared and cleaned portable garage space, you can also take the necessary time to plan a layout for the items you’ll need to store over the winter months. Getting your car, motorcycle and lawn equipment into the portable garage space isn’t a hassle when you’ve take the time to carefully plan.

Shopping for a portable garage? Our custom, instant portable shelters and carport building kits offer all weather protection.  We also have the lowest prices and will ship all buildings nationwide.

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