Getting Ready to Store Your RV for the Winter

As the end of summer approaches, you may be planning to take one last camping trip with your RV. Then you’ll have to get it ready to go into storage for the winter. An RV can experience several types of damage during the colder months, but a handful of simple steps can help you avoid problems.

Clean the RV Inside and Out

Before you put your RV into storage, go through it and remove any perishable food. Clean out the refrigerator and freezer and leave them, as well as cabinets and drawers, open. You should also clean the A/C filter as you prepare your RV for winter.

The sun’s UV rays can cause your RV’s paint to fade and can make exterior materials dry out and crack. Wash and wax the RV’s exterior to prevent damage.

Protect Your RV’s Interior

Vents and spaces around windows are potential access points for insects and small animals, such as rodents. If they get into your RV, they can cause significant damage. Cover vents and seal any gaps to keep critters out.

You should also lubricate any hinges and locks on doors and windows. That way, they will be easy to open and close in the spring.

Your RV’s interior can be damaged by exposure to sunlight. Closing the blinds is a simple way to avoid that.

Protect Your Vehicle’s Vital Components

Turn off any gas appliances, the supply of gas, and the main breaker that supplies electricity to the RV. Remove dry cell batteries from appliances.

Before you put the RV into winter storage, remove the batteries. Keep them charged in a safe, temperature-controlled location so they don’t freeze.

Fill up the RV’s gas tank and add a fuel stabilizer. Let the engine and generator run long enough for the fuel stabilizer to work its way through the fuel system. Change the oil and oil filter for both the engine and generator.

Check the tires and make sure that they’re inflated to the recommended pressure. Put wood underneath the tires so they’re not in direct contact with the ground. That can prevent damage to the tires if the ground freezes.

Look for Issues and Make Repairs

As you go through the process of preparing your RV for winter, check for signs of problems. Cracks and gaps around windows damaged electrical components, and other issues can get worse if they’re not addressed before winter and the RV is exposed to harsh weather and animals. Get any problems taken care of before you put your RV into winter storage.

Order a Portable Shelter to Protect Your RV This Winter

Many problems, such as sun and animal damage, can be avoided by keeping your vehicle covered. Portable Garage Depot sells storage shelters in a wide range of sizes, including ones that are tall enough to cover an RV. Order a shelter today to keep your RV safe this winter.

Consider Firewood Racks Early in the Season to Avoid Availability Problems This Coming Winter

If your home has a fireplace or a wood stove, you probably use it often during the winter to limit the amount that you rely on the furnace. A fire can also create a cozy atmosphere for family members to relax while sharing conversations or watching TV.

Reasons to Store Firewood in a Rack

If you plan to use firewood this winter, you will need a place to store it where it will be kept dry and protected from pests. It’s also important to allow firewood to breathe. A firewood rack can serve those purposes.

Firewood needs to be stored in a way that lets air circulate so the wood can season, or dry out thoroughly. Wood that contains moisture won’t burn well.

For firewood to dry completely, it has to be stored so that it’s not in contact with the ground. Stacking wood directly on the ground can expose it to moisture, as well as insects and other pests.

If you intend to use a fireplace or wood stove frequently during the winter months, you’ll need a large quantity of wood. Firewood racks come in a variety of sizes. You can find one that will allow you to conveniently store the amount of wood you’ll need as you prepare for winter.

Keep Firewood a Safe Distance from Your House

Sometimes homeowners store firewood in a garage or on a porch so it’s easily accessible. That can create serious problems. First, wood attracts insects and snakes. If you store firewood near your house, you may find pests inside your home.

Also, if a fire starts in your house or yard or at a neighbor’s home, wood that is stored in or near your house can go up in flames. The fire may quickly spread, and your entire home may be engulfed.

Firewood should be stored at a safe distance from your house to prevent these types of problems. It may make sense to keep a small quantity of firewood on a rack inside your house for convenience, but the bulk of your supply should be kept outdoors, away from your home.

Order a Firewood Rack to Prepare for Winter

Portable Garage Depot offers firewood racks with steel frames in a variety of sizes. Our firewood racks come with polyester covers that can protect wood that’s stored outside from rain and snow while allowing it to breathe.

Demand for firewood racks naturally increases as fall approaches. Products may be sold out or on backorder, which can lead to delays in delivery times. If you’re planning to use a fireplace or woodstove this winter, estimate how much firewood you’ll need for the season and order a rack that’s the right size as soon as possible so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare for the colder months.

 

Supply Shortage: Order a Portable Garage Now!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a portable shelter to store a vehicle or to keep your lawn and garden equipment or other supplies safe when the weather turns colder, you should place your order as soon as possible. COVID-19 has impacted supply chains, and the lead times for portable garages and replacement covers are around eight weeks.

How COVID-19 Has Affected the Portable Garage Industry

The pandemic has impacted several aspects of the economy. A worldwide shortage of shipping containers and shipping pallets has complicated logistics for the transportation of all sorts of products.

In the portable garage industry specifically, high demand has led to a shortage of materials used to manufacture covers. Companies that produce portable shelters are also facing a shortage of workers and struggling to fill open positions.

All of this has impacted the availability of portable garages and replacement covers. Manufacturers are struggling to produce enough covers to keep pace with demand, and even when garages and covers are available, it’s more difficult than usual to get them to distributors and on to customers.

What This Means for You

If you want to buy a portable shelter to protect your belongings from winter snow, ice, and extreme temperatures and to keep animals away, don’t wait. Figure out which type of shelter you want, choose a size, and place your order. If you act quickly, you should be able to receive the portable garage you need and get it set up before the temperature drops and snow starts to fall.

Order a Shelter from Portable Garage Depot

Consumers choose portable storage shelters for a variety of reasons. Some don’t have a garage and need an inexpensive alternative. Others have a garage, but vehicles and other items take up the bulk of the space. They, therefore, need another location to store another vehicle or a lawnmower, leaf blower, rakes, and boxes filled with holiday decorations or other things that they don’t use frequently.

Portable Garage Depot sells shelters that are designed with a wide range of needs in mind. You can select a small shelter that you can tuck in a corner of your yard and use to store odds and ends or a larger garage that can house one or more vehicles. If you have a tall vehicle, such as an RV, you can find a shelter at an appropriate height.

Some of our shelters have openings at both ends to make it easy to get a large vehicle in and out safely. You can customize your portable shelter with vents, anchors, and other accessories so that it perfectly suits your needs. Look through the shelters and accessories we offer and place your order today.

What to Do If Your Garage Is Full of Stuff

 

Garages tend to accumulate all sorts of things that may or may not be important and useful. Your garage may be filled with tools, supplies for household projects, boxes with odds and ends, and perhaps an extra refrigerator or freezer. That can leave you with little free space. 

If your garage is packed with stuff, you can clean it out and make room for a car or truck, but you may not have the time or energy to do that, or you may believe that everything in your garage is important and should stay where it is. In that case, you can set up a portable garage in your yard to shield your vehicle from harsh weather.

How a Portable Garage Can Protect Your Car or Truck

A storage shelter is constructed with a steel frame that can stand up to strong winds and has a polyethylene cover that can resist damage from the sun’s UV rays and moisture. If you keep your vehicle in a portable garage, you won’t have to worry about damage from the sun, rain, or snow. A portable shelter should be well ventilated to allow air to circulate and to keep mold from growing.

A portable garage can protect your car or truck from other hazards, such as objects that might get blown around by a strong gust of wind. The durable fabric can also keep animals and insects away from your vehicle.

Where to Put a Portable Shelter

Storage buildings can be set up virtually anywhere, as long as the ground is level and free of obstructions, such as tree roots, bushes, and large rocks. An anchor kit can keep your portable garage securely in place, whether you decide to set it up on firm or sandy soil, asphalt, or another type of surface. 

When selecting a location for your portable garage, consider the overall layout of your property. You need to put the shelter in a place where you will be able to get a vehicle in and out without too much difficulty. A garage with doors at either end can make it easier to maneuver a car or truck in and out.

Order a Storage Shelter

The idea of cleaning out your garage may seem overwhelming. Setting up a portable garage in your yard is a simpler solution that will take much less time. It also means you won’t have to sort through all your stuff and decide what to keep and what to sell or donate. If your goal is to get your car or truck protected from the hot summer sun as soon as possible, a portable garage is a quick and convenient solution.

Portable Garage Depot offers shelters in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit all sorts of needs. Whether you need a space to store a car, a truck, or multiple vehicles, you can find a shelter that’s right for you. Order a portable garage today.

Protecting Your Car’s Paint from the Blistering Summer Sun in 2021

The sun’s UV rays can harm more than your skin. If you park a vehicle outside in an area that isn’t shaded, sunlight can damage the car’s paint. With summer 2021 fast approaching, think about how you can shield your vehicle from the sun and protect its paint.

How the Sun Can Affect Vehicle Paint

Sunlight transfers energy to an object. That energy can cause molecular bonds to break. In the case of a vehicle, the breakdown of molecular bonds can cause the paint to fade. Some colors, such as red, tend to fade more than others.

Leaving a car parked out in direct sunlight can also cause paint to flake and peel over time. If things get bad enough, it may become necessary to repaint the entire vehicle, which can be costly.

How to Prevent Sun Damage to Your Car’s Paint

Preventing a problem is generally much less expensive than making repairs to undo the damage. That’s especially true when it comes to protecting your vehicle’s paint job from the effects of the sun.

The simplest way to shield your car from the sun is to park it in a shaded area. If you don’t have a garage, or if other vehicles are already taking up all the available space, you will have to store your car somewhere else.

Building a new garage is an expensive project that can take several weeks or months. In addition, you may not have enough free space in your yard to construct a garage.

Purchasing a portable garage is a simple solution that can save you a good deal of time and money. A portable storage building can be set up quickly in a part of your yard where you have some free space. Just be sure to put it in an area where you will be able to get your car in and out easily.

How to Choose a Portable Shelter

Portable Garage Depot sells storage buildings in a variety of sizes to suit our customers’ wide range of needs. You can purchase a small garage to store one vehicle, or you can select a building that’s large enough for multiple cars. If you have a taller vehicle, such as a truck or an RV, you can choose a garage with a high ceiling so you’ll have plenty of clearance.

Our portable garages are constructed with steel frames and durable polyethylene covers. We also sell accessories, such as anchors that can allow you to set up a shelter on a variety of surfaces and keep it secure.

Summer is almost here, and that means the sun will soon be blazing. Act now to get ready so your vehicle won’t be exposed to harsh conditions that can damage its paint. Order a shelter from Portable Garage Depot today.

Why a Durable Metal Carport Can Protect Your Vehicle’s Paint from the Blistering Sun in the Southern States

Anyone who lives in the southern part of the United States knows that the sun can be scorching. That brutal sunlight can cause sunburn on people, as well as damage to vehicles. If you live in the South and you don’t have a garage where you can park your car or truck, a durable metal carport is a good alternative.

How the Sun Can Damage a Vehicle’s Paint

The sun’s ultraviolet rays can gradually break down the pigment in vehicle paint. An oxidation process can cause the paint to gradually dull in color. In some cases, the paint may even peel and flake off.

When a vehicle’s paint is seriously damaged, it may be necessary to repaint the entire vehicle. A new paint job can be expensive, and if you don’t take action to protect your car or truck from sun exposure after getting it repainted, you will wind up facing the same problem again sooner or later. Repeated exposure to harsh sunlight can also damage other parts of your vehicle.

How a Metal Carport Can Protect Your Car’s Paint Job

Many homeowners don’t own a house with a garage, or they own several vehicles and don’t have enough space for all of them in a garage. If you don’t currently have a place to store your car or truck out of direct sunlight, you don’t have to move or spend thousands of dollars to build a garage.

There is an effective alternative that’s much simpler and more affordable. You can purchase a metal carport and set it up on your property. Parking your vehicle in a carport will allow you to quickly take care of the problem of exposure to harsh sunlight, at a fraction of the cost to build a traditional garage.

Where to Order a Metal Carport

Portable Garage Depot sells a variety of outdoor storage shelters to suit a wide range of needs. Our metal carports have all-steel frames that can withstand rain, accumulated snow, and strong winds. They are also resistant to rust, fire, rot, and termites.

We offer metal carports in a range of sizes to accommodate all types of vehicles, including cars, trucks, and SUVs. You can simply choose an appropriate location with a flat surface and set up a carport in minutes, using ground anchors to secure it in place. Look through our selection and order a metal carport that best suits your needs so you won’t have to worry about the sun damaging your vehicle’s paint.

Protecting Your Vehicle’s Paint from Weather Elements and Sap with a Portable Garage

Whether you own a classic car or a vehicle that you use to commute to work and run errands, it’s a valuable possession that you want to last. Rain, extreme temperatures, sunlight, wind, and tree sap can all damage a vehicle’s paint. 

Parking your car in a garage is a simple solution, but perhaps you don’t have a garage, or you have more vehicles than available spaces. Building a new garage or expanding your existing one can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. A simpler, more affordable solution is to set up a portable garage in your yard.

How Weather and Sap Can Affect Your Vehicle’s Paint

Rain and high levels of humidity can damage the exterior of your car and make it susceptible to rust. Damage caused by rust can be expensive to repair.

Cold weather can cause a vehicle’s paint to peel, chip, bubble, or crack. Also, hail from a winter storm can cause dents. 

If your car is parked in an area that receives direct sunlight, the paint can fade. Sunlight can also cause oxidation, which can make the paint peel. Without adequate protection from paint, your car can become vulnerable to damage from moisture.

Wind can send all sorts of debris flying. If your vehicle isn’t protected, sticks, small stones, and other odds and ends can get blown against the car and cause dents, dings, and scratches. Blowing soil can damage the paint and can also get into the area under the hood, where it can cause mechanical damage. 

Sap can make the paint on a vehicle gradually become discolored. The amount of damage and the timeframe may depend in part on the weather conditions. If a vehicle sits under a tree and has damage from sap in multiple areas, it may eventually be necessary to repaint the entire car, which can be expensive. 

A Portable Garage Can Protect Your Vehicle

The best way to prevent damage to your car’s paint is to shield it from weather conditions and sap that could cause harm. If you don’t have space in a garage, a portable storage building can provide the protection that you need. 

Portable Garage Depot sells shelters in a wide range of designs to suit a variety of needs. Whether you need a place to store one or two cars or trucks, a motorcycle, or an RV, we have a shelter that’s the right size and height. 

Our portable garages have frames made from either galvanized or powder-coated steel that are durable enough to stand up to harsh weather. The covers are crafted with polyethylene designed to resist damage from tearing, moisture, and sunlight. Look through our selection of portable garages and order one today.

Spring Buying Guide: Best Portable Garages to Help Keep Your Yard Tidy

Homeowners tend to accumulate a lot of things over the years without giving much thought to where and how to store them. That can cause a yard to become crowded with furniture, children’s and pets’ toys, gardening tools, and various other objects.

In addition to creating a cluttered and untidy appearance, leaving objects outside can expose them to weather conditions and animals that can cause damage. Storing belongings in a portable garage can help you keep your yard neat and organized, protect those items from damage, and make them last longer.

Why Choose a Portable Garage?

When homeowners realize that they need additional storage space, they typically think about building or buying a shed. That can be expensive, and a permit may be required.

Setting up a portable garage is a much simpler and more affordable option. A portable storage shelter costs a fraction of what it would cost to buy or build a shed, and it can be set up quickly with simple tools. If you later realize that the location that you chose is less than ideal, you can simply move the shelter to another part of your yard.

Which Type of Storage Shelter Should You Choose?

Many companies offer portable garages, but they vary in terms of materials and quality. Look for a shelter made of durable materials that will last. A portable garage with a metal frame will be able to stand up to strong winds and won’t fall down if a few inches of snow pile up on top of it. The cover on a portable garage should be strong enough to resist tearing if an animal tries to get in or a branch scrapes against the building.

If you have a lot of things to put in a portable garage, choose a shelter with doors at both ends. That will make it easy to access your belongings when you need them, without having to pull things out to find what you want.

Where Can You Find a Well-Built Portable Garage?

Choosing a storage shelter that is well designed and crafted with quality materials can help you have confidence that you’re making a wise investment. Portable Garage Depot sells storage buildings made with powder-coated steel frames and polyethylene covers that can block the sun’s UV rays to protect the items inside from damage. The covers also block moisture to prevent mold and mildew.

We realize that customers have a wide variety of storage needs, which is why we offer shelters with numerous designs. You can choose from various heights, lengths, and widths, as well as round and peak roofs. Look through our selection of portable garages and place your order today.

How to Quickly Set up More Outdoor Storage

For many people, storage space is at a premium. If you have one or more vehicles, lawn and garden equipment, or other belongings that you can’t fit in your garage, you may be struggling to figure out how to protect them from weather and animals. 

Building a shed is one option, but that can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Depending on where you live, you may also have to get a permit from your local government before you can begin work, which can add to the total cost and timeframe. 

Setting up a portable garage is a much simpler and more cost-effective solution. A portable garage can be set up in a matter of hours using simple tools. That beats the long and complex process of finding a contractor, getting approval for a shed, and having it built.

What Can Be Stored in a Portable Garage?

Temporary storage buildings are popular because of their versatility. They come in a variety of sizes and designs so they can be used to meet a wide range of needs. 

You can select a portable garage that is large enough to store one or more cars, or even a taller vehicle, such as an RV or a boat. If you enjoy gardening and landscaping and can’t fit all your tools and equipment in your garage, a portable storage building can be an ideal place to keep them protected from harm and to keep them organized. A portable garage can also be used to store seasonal items, such as holiday decorations, as well as odds and ends that you don’t want to get rid of but don’t want taking up space in your garage, basement, or attic.

What Makes Portable Buildings So Durable?

Portable Garage Depot sells storage shelters that have frames made with powder-coated or galvanized steel tubing and an anchoring system to hold them in place, even in strong winds. Our polyethylene covers are made with rip-stop material to help them stand up to harsh weather. The covers are also waterproof and UV resistant. 

Order an Outdoor Storage Shelter

If you need a place to store your valuable possessions and protect them from harm, a portable garage may be the ideal solution. It can shield your belongings from rain, snow, and the sun’s UV rays. It can also be constructed in a fraction of the time it would take to build a shed. Setting up a portable garage can help you avoid a hassle and save money. Order a shelter from Portable Garage Depot today.

 

Portable Garages Provide Better Livestock Protection for All Weather

As any farmer across the U.S. can tell you, the way you care for your livestock throughout the year has a significant impact on the return on investment you can yield throughout the year. During the winter months especially, where extreme cold conditions and heavy snow occur, protecting your animals is critical.

A portable garage is a terrific way to quickly offer storage and shelter in these conditions. If you don’t have enough room in your barn or don’t have a physical dwelling, portable garages are a great option. 

Portable garages and run-in sheds keep animals and food stock safe from heavy wind, rain, snow, heat and other potentially damaging elements.


Here are some more of the ways they can help with livestock and protection throughout the various seasons.

Dry, Cool Storage

In both extreme cold and hot temperatures, there are dangers for farm animals so protecting them is key. A portable garage provides a dry place and somewhere to keep cool from the beaming sun rays. It’s also cover when it’s rainy and when enclosed, and can provide protection during snow storms.  Consider also feed and other supplies and equipment that you must protect. Portable garages can do the job of keeping them safe from the elements too.

Portability and Versatility 

One of the biggest benefits when it comes to portable garages is their portability. The fact that they can be set in any desired location and then taken down and moved if needed or not in use, is an incredible way to maximize land use and ensure you’re also moving and flexible to meet your livestock’s needs. 

Durable, Dependable Construction 

Perhaps the best thing however, when it comes to portable garages is choosing a quality construction that will outlast extreme weather conditions. Those made with heavy-duty materials such as powder coated or double galvanized steel framing, are built to last. Also UV resistant, fire retardant, polyethylene covers with rip stop material protect against rain, sleet, snow, and wind.

Portable Garage Depot offers easy to assemble portable garage/shelter building kits. Pre-drilled and cut to specs with an easy bolt together design! Order one today!