3 Top Features to Look for in a Portable Garage

If you’ve been shopping around for a portable garage or thinking about solutions to clean up your backyard and finally store away all those tools and equipment blocking your vision for a backyard oasis, we’re here to tell you that portable garages offer a terrific option. Not only because they create a shelter to protect your investment in these tools, but also because they can be temporary dwellings and move to a different location when needed or be taken down for different seasons.

Choosing the right portable garage for your needs will optimize the benefits you receive from your purchase. Here are the top 3 features to look for in a portable garage.

1.      Remember Size Matters

Before you purchase a portable garage, you’ll need to ensure you can fit everything in it, and leave some room for growth (let’s be honest you’ll probably buy another tool or two.) Packing the portable garage so full you can’t get around inside of it is the incorrect way to go about enjoying the additional storage space. Account for your current clutter and then leave room for more when selecting a size and save yourself money and hassles down the road.

2.      Check Materials Constructed From

While there are a ton of portable garage options on the market – and even some available at local hardware stores, they are not all created equally. When it comes to protecting your investment in expensive tools, equipment or other items you plan to store there, think seriously about the material the portable garage is constructed from. Think polyethylene covers are a must. They keep damaging sun rays out and are durable so they won’t rip or tear easily.

3.      Add the Perks Now

When going out to purchase a portable garage, you likely have an idea in your mind of what purpose you’d like it to serve. Consider the necessary additions in advance. Worried about mold and need proper ventilation or flooring? Will you be storing items that require sunlight (like plants)? Do you need electricity inside or want to go the solar route? Thinking of all of these in advance will give you a chance to purchase the extras from the start of the process.

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Keep Your Portable Garage Safe from Falling Trees

A portable garage can be an excellent storage solution if you don’t have enough space in a traditional garage and don’t want to spend the time or money to build or buy a shed. Portable garages are strong and sturdy, but they can be damaged or destroyed by falling trees. Here are some ways to protect your shelter and its contents.

Choosing the Right Location for a Portable Garage

When choosing a site for a portable garage, one that is free of trees is best. If your yard is filled with trees, set up your storage shelter in an area with no overhanging limbs. Tree branches hanging over a portable garage are accidents waiting to happen. In a strong storm, a branch could snap and fall or be blown onto the roof of a storage building and cause it to collapse.

Have Your Trees Inspected and Pruned

Trees can become damaged by stress, disease, or decay, and the signs may not be immediately apparent. Leaves that fall out of season could indicate the presence of a disease. Chewing animals, insects, and mold can cause significant structural damage to trees. Problems with the root system may not be visible, but they can affect the health of an entire tree.

Hire a professional to assess the health of trees on your property. During a routine inspection, an arborist can spot tree limbs that are in danger of falling and prune them or let you know if one or more trees should be uprooted altogether. An arborist who examines your trees each year will be able to spot changes early and recommend corrective action. These may be expenses you would rather not incur, but it’s better than having a tree fall on a portable garage and severely damage an expensive car.

Check Trees after Storms

If a storm with strong winds strikes your area, take a walk around your property after it’s over and inspect the trees. If you notice any branches that are cracked and in danger of falling, they should be removed. If you can do the job safely and fairly easily yourself, do so. If the job would require climbing a ladder or using a chainsaw, pay a professional to do it so you don’t hurt yourself or inadvertently cause damage to the tree, your portable garage, or your house.

Where to Buy a Portable Garage

Portable Garage Depot offers storage shelters in an array of sizes and designs to suit any need. Whether you want to store one or more cars, lawn and garden equipment, or a boat, we have a shelter that fits the bill.

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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!

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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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.

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.

How to Pick The Best Portable Garage Gift This Holiday

If you’ve been thinking about surprising your friend or family member with a portable garage this holiday season, then congratulations: you’ve settled on a gift that is very hard to top!

As it is with most gift purchases, it’s important that you select a portable garage that fits the needs of the person you want to buy it for. For example, you probably shouldn’t buy a portable shed for someone who would get more value out of a portable greenhouse. Consider all the options before you buy.

If you’re a little confused about which portable garage to get, don’t worry–we’re here to help! Here are 3 tips to help you choose a portable garage to gift to your loved one this holiday season.

1. Figure Out What They Need to Protect

Before you even start browsing, think about what it is that this person needs to house. Do they need to protect their car from the elements? Do they have a boat? An impressive collection of tools? Livestock or animals that they want to keep safe? Maybe they throw parties often. Think: do their guests need shelter from unexpected storms?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to at least one of these questions, then you’re off to a good start. If your friend has a boat, then you should be looking at boat shelters. If they have amassed lots of tools, then a portable shed would be ideal. If they have goats or outside cats, then look at portable animal shelters. Get the idea? Good. Now let’s dive a little deeper.

2. Consider Size: How Much Space Do They Have?

Nobody wants to hear that their gift was returned because the recipient didn’t actually have space for it. Be strategic in your approach. If you want to keep this a secret, realize that you don’t have to keep everyone in the dark. For instance, if the gift is for your best friend, then ask their spouse, roommate, or parent to get ballpark measurements of the space you have in mind for it.

3. Be Mindful of Construction Materials

Most portable garages are composed of steel frames. As you browse and compare shelters, consider the diameter of the steel frame. Generally, the thicker the diameter, the sturdier the shelter will be; the drawback, however, is that thicker frames tend to command higher price tags, and are more difficult to transport. If you decided on a portable shed, for example, then chances are that the recipient will not need to transport it often, so it may be beneficial to opt for the more structurally sound option.

Now that you have the knowledge needed to pick the best portable garage for your friend or family member, check out what Portable Garage Depot has to offer for your holiday gift checklist!