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.

Shop our different sizes, shapes, and types on the site 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.

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!

Preventing Fires in Portable Shelters

Portable shelters are terrific because they offer additional storage space on the fly and without the need to break ground or build a permanent building. The uses are also extensive. From storing vehicles, to equipment and even livestock.

A common threat, especially in summer months, are fires. Here are some tips for preventing fires in portable shelters.

Understand the Risks

Depending on what you’ll be using your carport or portable shelter to store, you may have risks present regarding fires. Storing flammable materials for example, should be done safely, and using proper storage vessels. Another common threat such as live electrical wiring should be handled with care. Battery chargers, extension cords and other components should be considered.

The same is true if your storage will be packed with very dry materials like hay that can ignite quickly. All of these factors require proper precautions be taken when using portable storage to maintain them.

Perform Periodic Safety Checks

Even if you’ve properly stored items, it’s not a do it once and forget it thing. The risk of fire is very serious. Tanks can crack, fuel can leak and a spark can fly across a distance. All of these scenarios can pose an issue of fire in your portable shelter. It’s important to perform regular safety checks of the shelter. Ensuring nothing flammable is out of place or that conditions inside haven’t changed.

Choose the Best Shelter for Your Usage

Since there are a number of ways to use portable storage, you should consider what you’ll be storing. If there are highly flammable materials being stored, or if the potential to catch fire is greater you may want to consider a metal carport which can resist flames and is long lasting.

Shelters of America provides truck covers, instant shelters, boat covers, car garages, garage kits, metal carports and more. The instant storage buildings are made of galvanized steel frames to ensure true all-weather protection from sun, wind, rain, ice and snow.

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Tips to Secure Portable Shelters During Windy Conditions

Portable Shelters are a terrific option when you need a quick, affordable storage solution during seasonal weather changes or for other reasons. They help protect your belonging from the elements and can be left erected for long periods of time, or easily taken down and stored away for future use.

If you plan to use your portable shelter during the winter months you may be concerned with extreme weather and the possibility of your shelter becoming damaged. However, there are things you can do to help further strengthen the support and placement of the portable garage to withstand these extreme conditions.

Here are some tips for dealing with extra windy conditions.

The Problem with Wind

While you may not think wind is as serious a threat as a snow storm or heavy rains, it is actually one of the most destructive of the natural elements. Given enough force, wind has the potential to pull trees from their roots or move houses. Even simple winds can become an issue for portable shelters if they are not secured properly.

Flying debris, shelters that tear and break, and worse, are all possible in windy conditions.

How to Secure Your Shelter

The best way to protect your shelter during strong winds is to reinforce it with additional support and ensure it is properly and tightly in place. First, if strong winds are an issue that you’ll encounter frequently, it might make sense to opt for a metal shelter or something with a bit more durability. You should also be checking your structure regularly to ensure anchors and tie-downs are in place. Things can loosen overtime and adjustments may be required. Doing so in advance of a storm or windy forecast can go a long way in keeping your shelter in place.

Another great tip is to opt for the side wall panel additions on a carport. These will enclose the space and leave less room for air to get underneath the structure and potentially lift it from the ground. It will also create a shield from any other flying debris that’s gone airborne and could strike your valuables.

In the market for a portable shelter? Shop our selection now! 

Fabric vs. Metal Carports

If having a brick-and-mortar garage is not financially or physically possible, you don’t have to keep your valuables outside facing the elements and getting damaged. Carports and portable shelters are the perfect, affordable option for storing these items. The best part, they can be moved and taken down as needed so you’re not forced to use the space forever if you don’t want to.

These structures are durable and made of galvanized or powder-coated heavy-duty structural steel. Depending on your needs and how long you’ll be storing items under the carport, you can choose a fabric (polyethylene) or metal cover.

Here’s a closer look at both options.

The Pros and Cons of Fabric Carports

The great thing about polyethylene covers is they can easily be replaced if they are ever torn without having to toss the whole investment you’ve made in the shelter. They also come in a variety of color and style options and replacement covers can also be added if further protection is needed. It’s as easy as getting a full enclosure kit and adding it on.

When Metal Carports Make Sense

If the plans are to keep the carport in place protecting a car, truck, RV or equipment for a long period of time, then you may want to go with a metal carport. These are made out of galvanized steel and created specifically for long-term durability outdoors. Metal is also an environmentally friendly product that’s fully recyclable and performs well in all weather conditions. They are not susceptible to rot, fire or termites like other building materials. Options from 12- to 30-foot wide metal carports and various heights are available.

If you’re looking for top-of-the-line portable shelter options, count on Carport Depot for high-quality buildings at affordable prices. Look through our selection of products to find the right structure for your needs today!

Winter Gardening Made Easy with Greenhouses

Gardening is a hobby many enjoy, especially over the summer months when it’s warm and the temperatures are just right. If you live in a region where winters are cold and snowy however, that hobby is limited only to those few, short months. Thankfully, there are alternatives to outdoor gardening that still make it possible to get your hands in the dirt and planting even if it’s snowing outside.

Greenhouses are a great option for those who love gardening and want to continue to grow flowers and vegetables throughout the winter.

Benefits of Greenhouses

What makes greenhouses great is that they can store things outdoors while still keeping them shielded from the elements. An added heat source also makes these structures perfect for temperature controlled growing or reducing other risk factors from extreme cold temperatures. Portable green houses are also a great way to have an extra shelter built right on your property while still keeping costs low.

Heat & Protection

Greenhouses that are constructed of durable frames and that use the proper covers can help gardens to grow fruitfully because they allow important sun and heat in, while keeping dangerous elements out. Whether you’re looking to start new plants from seedlings or continue to grow already mature crops, you can be sure that setting up a greenhouse can keep them thriving even through the cold seasons.

Shelters of America

Selecting options that allow for sunlight to bath plants and with ventilation options, works best when buying a greenhouse for winter gardening. Shelters of America offers greenhouse options in various sizes. They are easy to set-up and available for various needs and budgets. Also included are triple-layer, heat-bonded, rip-stop translucent covers that are waterproof and UV-treated on the inside and outside. Combined with all-steel frames, the greenhouses can withstand severe winter weather and let you keep your gardening hobby all year long. Check out our greenhouse selection.