Should You Store Your Motorcycle Under a Canopy in the Summer?

While we like to think of our motorcycles when we’re out in the summer having fun riding them, we probably give less consideration to them when we’re not using them. Many people leave their motorcycles out in the summer. After all, it’s not winter…right? After all, the weather is mild.

Leaving motorcycles out in the open, however, leaves them exposed to dirt, dust, rain and UV radiation. If you care for your bike, you’ll want to protect it, even in the summer. If you don’t have space in the garage (or don’t have a garage at all), you can find portable solutions that will protect the investment you have made in your motorcycle and the enjoyment you get from it. It will also save you time having to clean your bike.

Portable canopies are a great solution for protecting motorcycles as well as ATVs from summer’s hazards. These canopies are affordable, sturdy, protective and come in a variety of colors and sizes. They blend easily into your yard and look attractive, and their bright interiors help with visibility inside. The fabric canopies are easy to assemble (so you can put them up and take them down easily or move them to another part of the yard).

During the winter when your motorcycle is in deep storage, you can use the canopy for seasonal equipment, snowblowers, furniture, household items, workshop materials or anything else you need quick access to. Alternatively, if you have no deep storage, a portable shelter can also protect your bike from damage from winter weather conditions.

In Connecticut, Portable Garage Depot is a leading provider of all manner of portable shelters for motorcycles as well as other vehicles. The shelters and their covers are easy to assemble and use thanks to an easy bolt design that allows you to assemble your shelter with minimum tools in minimal time, without compromising the strength of your new temporary motorcycle cover or shed. View our wide variety of motorcycle shelters on our web site, or call us at 800-984-7657 to discuss your motorcycle storage needs.

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

 

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.

Ready to shop for a portable garage? GO HERE.

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!!

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.

Order a portable garage today!

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.

SHOP NOW

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!