5 RV Components To Check Before Driving It This Spring

We know you’re excited that spring is finally here—so are we–but before you embark on the 1st camping trip of the season, it’s important to make sure you dewinterize your RV the right way. If you don’t, you could find yourself in a tough spot. Don’t risk it; It won’t take that long, we promise. Ready? Inspect these 5 essential parts of your RV before you do anything.

1. Batteries: Are They Fully Charged?

If your RV has been in hibernation for awhile, then there’s a good chance that they’ve lost a considerable amount of juice. In fact, batteries tend to discharge up to 10% a month while in storage. If you did not check your RV’s batteries regularly while it was in storage, don’t sweat it. Just make sure to charge it fully now. If you’re using lead acid batteries, add distilled water. Remember that this rule only applies to acid lead batteries;if you are adding distilled water, only do so after the batteries are fully charged.

2. Water System: How Clean Is Your Water?

Whether your RV was dewinterized with non-toxic antifreeze or not, you should empty the fresh water holding tank and flush the entire system with clean water. To do this, bring a bucket of water from your house, add it to the fresh water holding tank, turn the water pump on, and open all of the fixtures. Let the water run for 15 – 20 minutes. This will ensure that your system gets a thorough cleaning.

3. Plumbing: Got Any Leaks?

The last thing you need on your upcoming road or camping trip is an annoying leak. That’s why before heading out for the spring, you should pressurize the water system by letting your pump run until it shuts off. If the water pump automatically turns back on, there is a leak somewhere.

4. Exhaust System: Is Your Generator Working Properly?

We recommend running your generator periodically while its in storage, but if you didn’t do that this time around, don’t worry. The goal here is to see if your exhaust system has suffered any damages. Check for damages before starting the generator; never run a generator with a broken exhaust system. If you don’t see any glaring issues, start the generator for about 2 hours with at least a half-rated load. Consult your generator’s owner’s manual for load ratings. If the generator won’t start, or you hear any kind of knocking noises, shut it down immediately, and contact a repair professional.

5. Tires & Safety Devices: Are You Prepared For The Worst?

Your tires will have lost a considerable amount of pressure when you remove it from storage. Before driving anywhere, make sure that all tires–including the spare–are filled to the correct PSI. Similarly, you should check to ensure that your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detector, and fire extinguishers are working properly.

Daylight Savings is Here! Time to Clean Up the Yard

March 10th is daylight savings. That means more time to spend outdoors. Longer daylight and, yes you guessed it, spring cleaning! While you’re enjoying the few more hours outdoors, pick up a rake, clean up the fallen debris from winter storms and create a plan for keeping your yard clean and neat this season.

If you love heading outside but can’t stand the sight of lawn equipment scattered about and the kid’s toys taking over what was once your oasis, then it’s time to think about investing in a portable shelter.

The spring season is a great time to set up a portable garage because the ground is starting to soften and there’s still time to tidy things up before the summer barbecues and outdoor relaxing happens.

Here are some tips for what you can store in the shelter and how.

Portable Shelter for Equipment

Pick a location in your yard that’s set back and utilize it to store lawn equipment and other clutter so it’s not out under the patio where you’re trying to relax. Not only will it be sheltered from the hard weather, but it will also be covered and less of an eyesore.

Covered Canopy for Patio Furniture and Parties

You can also utilize a covered canopy to host parties and keep guests comfortable without the sun beaming down on them or the possibility of rain throwing a wrench in your plans.

Seasonal Toy Coverage

If you have toys that you don’t use all year round – like ATVs or snowmobiles and need somewhere to store them, a portable garage is an economical and great way to shelter them from the elements and keep them safe when not in use.

Portable Garage Depot carries garage and carport products in a myriad of sizes from temporary or permanent all weather protection. Shop our inventory now!

Order a Boat Shelter in Time for the Spring Season

The winter months have covered much of the nation in cold blankets of snow. However, in less than 30 days, the first day of spring will be here and for many outdoor enthusiasts, it means getting the spring and summer toys ready to use.

For boat lovers, taking them out of storage, cleaning and prepping them for the first outing on the water is an important early step in the season. With just 4 short weeks until the season rolls around for many, now’s the time to order a portable shelter for your boat.

Easily set up the portable shelter in your yard and get to work. Protect your boat and get it in clean and working condition and keep it somewhere that you don’t have to worry about passing eyes, weather ruining the interiors and to keep you warm while you sneak outdoors to give it some updates even with the cold temps still hitting much of the nation.

Shelters of America offers portable boat shelters made of high-grade steel frames and covers that attach to the frame. The triple-layer polyethylene and rip-stop fabric have fade blockers and anti-fungal agents so your shelter always looks great while protecting your boat.

Keep it up for the season to place your boat when you return home after a day on the water and take it down when you no longer need it. That’s the beauty of portable shelters.

The shelters can also be used for other storage needs, a covered area to have a party and more – the uses are versatile and endless.

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When to Consider a Heavy-Duty Portable Garage

A portable garage is a simple and convenient solution when you need additional storage space but don’t have room in a traditional garage. Portable garages are designed to be durable, but in some cases, it’s better to choose a heavy-duty portable garage than a standard model.

Reasons to Buy a Heavy-Duty Portable Garage

If you live in a region that tends to get winter storms that bring several inches or feet of snow and strong winds, a heavy-duty portable garage is a good investment. A typical portable garage might not be able to stand up to the weight of heavy snow and fierce winds.

A heavy-duty portable shelter is made from stronger materials than standard versions. Most are constructed with steel that is chosen for its style and resistance to rust. Be sure to choose a garage with thick poles that are designed to withstand severe weather. A polyethylene or PVC cover can protect the garage’s contents from snow, as well as mold or mildew caused by moisture.

How to Choose the Right Portable Garage

If you are shopping for a portable garage, choose one that is the right size for whatever you want to store inside it. If you want to use your garage to shelter a vehicle, make sure you have enough room to open the doors and trunk. If you want to keep two vehicles in the garage, be sure that you have enough space to open the doors, walk around, and maneuver the vehicles in and out without too much trouble.

Think about the layout of your property when choosing a portable garage. Make sure that you have enough space for the portable garage and a way to easily access it. Look for a level area that is free of trees, bushes, and other obstructions.

Avoid choosing a portable garage that would make your yard feel cramped. Even if a garage would fit, squeezing it into a tight area could make the yard seem smaller and could prevent you from using it for other purposes.

You might want to add sidewalls to your portable garage to keep snow out and provide additional protection for your vehicle or other belongings. If you want to include sidewalls, make sure the portable garage you choose is compatible.

Be sure to anchor your portable garage securely to the ground to keep it from blowing away in heavy winds. Choose anchors that are designed for the type of surface where you plan to set up your shelter. Anchors are made for soil, sand, cement, or concrete.

Order a Heavy-Duty Portable Garage

Portable Garage Depot has a wide selection of shelters that can protect your vehicle or other prized possessions from the elements. If you live in a region that experiences harsh winter weather, choose a heavy-duty garage to keep your belongings safe. Look through our inventory and place your order today.

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.

 

 

Tips for Keeping Your Portable Garage Sturdy this Winter

Depending on where you live in the nation you may currently be dealing with some intense winter weather. If the cold season is just beginning for you, then you likely have winter precautions on the mind.

Along with cold temps and fierce winds, snow storm brings in the potential for ice, flying debris and heavy layers of precipitation – all of which can do serious damage to property.

If you own a portable garage to help you keep the valuables in your yard protected it’s important to pay attention to heavy loads and use proper skills when setting up the portable garage to ensure it can withstand winter weather.

Check out these tips for keeping your portable garage sturdy this winter.

Choose the Appropriate Style

If you live in an area that’s hit pretty severely by winter weather, it makes sense to purchase a portable garage that’s designed specifically with withstand snow rain and heavy loads.  A round or barn-style portable garage for example, is a good choice because it allows for snow to slide more easily off the roof.

Consider Materials

The fabric and materials used are also important. Don’t skimp and purchase the lowest price portable garage if you know it’s going to be doing some work in the winter. Choose a portable garage made to handle the elements so that it won’t collapse under the weight of a heavy snow storm.

Install with Winter in Mind

You might be setting your portable garage up in the summer months and not thinking about snow, but if you don’t plan to take it down and move it later on in the season, then you’ll want to think about it as you’re planning the location and method of installation. Don’t wait until the ground is frozen to try an anchor it into the ground and be sure you have the appropriate permits if required by your town.

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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.

horses canopy

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.