Portable Garages: Storage Solutions as Spring Approaches

Motorcycle GarageSpring is on its way, and as winter bids farewell, it’s time to think about spring cleaning. This is a time not only to clean indoors, because your yard requires some seasonal attention as well. Plenty of yard work and landscaping preparations are in order. Portable garages make transitioning from winter to spring a more organized and hassle-free time.

The accoutrements of winter include some fun items such as snowmobiles, sleds, skis, snowboards, snowshoes, and snow tubes. Along with these are the standard snow shovels, snow blowers, and ice choppers/scrapers. A great way to put winter behind you is to store winter items in a portable garage.

Winter toys and equipment are expensive and keeping them covered with a portable garage protects them. Portable garages come in sizes to suit various needs. From a smaller shed to a multi-port garage to a very large truss building, portable buildings are available to suit your storage requirements.

Ah springtime! Along with the warming temperatures, spring is a time to look forward to getting outdoors. Lawn equipment, pool supplies, motorcycles, RVs, ATVs, antique cars, and more will get some time in the sunshine. To properly store and protect these items, portable garages are a wonderful solution.

You may use a portable garage to seasonally rotate the items you store. For example, looking ahead to spring you may take out your spring and summer items such as your lawnmower, boat, RV or camper, jet skis and lawn equipment, and you can store your winter toys and equipment in their place.

Instead of one portable building, you may find it practical to have a couple of storage buildings dedicated to each season’s supplies. A pool shed, for example, could house all of the necessary equipment and items to keep your pool running in the warmer months and neatly secured in the colder seasons. Winter storage could be used exclusively for snow blowers, snowmobiles, and the like, in order to keep these items protected from the elements and organized. Likewise, spring supplies and lawn equipment can be housed in a purpose-minded storage building.

A portable garage for vehicles is always a good storage solution. Keeping antique cars, motorcycles, RV’s, and campers under cover protect these investments. Depending where you live, seasonal vehicles such as motorcycles, boats, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, and dirt bikes find safe accommodation under a portable garage.

Carports Protect Vehicles

Masked BurglarCarports are designed to protect vehicles. If you have invested in a car, truck, or valuable piece of machinery, storing your vehicle under a carport or portable garage can be an effective way to protect your investment. Reduce the wrath of Mother Nature by securing your valuables under a carport and minimize your chance of theft.

If you currently store your primary means of transportation in the open, installing a carport may be a way to conceal your vehicle. If you drive a car that ranks among the most stolen vehicles, don’t be kept awake at night worrying about your risk. Keep your investments out of sight and rest a little easier by installing a carport or portable garage. If a thief can’t see your valuables, it stands to reason that a thief won’t know to steal them.

A potentially greater threat to your unsheltered vehicle that a carport or portable garage easily averts is the onslaught of bad weather. Acid rain, hail, snow, sleet, and bird droppings will not reach your investment tucked safely within a carport. This will diminish paint damage and risk of rust. If your boat or other vehicle is susceptible to rust or has a custom paint job or finish you want to protect, a carport or portable garage may be the best investment you can make to keep your valuables in pristine condition.

Mother Nature is not quite finished with your exposed vehicle. Ultraviolet radiation causes serious damage to rubber, upholstery, paint finishes and more. Keeping your vehicle under a carport or portable garage is a sure way to thwart this environmental aggression.

Carports and garages come in a variety of sizes, materials, and designs. Take some time to evaluate your available space and storage requirements. Consult with your town hall’s zoning office to find out if you will need a permit to install a portable garage or carport, and find an economical solution to keep your assets protected.

Portable Garage Depot Returns to the Big E

In two days, the Eastern States Exposition will begin once again, as it has since its first inception in 1917. More popularly known as the Big E, this agricultural trade fair is an extremely large tribute to the things that make New England great. With various fair areas representing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, the Big E shows a broad cross-section of the many things that make New England great!

Another major draw of the Big E is the entertainment, which ranges from parades to horse shows and major concerts. This year, there are a number of wildly popular musicians coming to perform at the fair, including country songstress Reba, classic rock band Cheap Trick and country star Blake Shelton. Don’t miss out on the The Big E Super Circus either – it’s a blast for the whole family!

However, the Avenues of States and various concerts are not the only part of the Big E that people come out for – let’s not forget all of the vendors who come to the exposition to show off their wares! One such vendor is Portable Garage Depot, a world leader in the sale of portable garages, shelters and other temporary structures for storage. A wide variety of products from Portable Garage Depot will be on display, including a number of DIY garages for your vehicles, lawnmowers, boats, RVs and other equipment you simply don’t have room for in your house. You are definitely going to want to check them out this year at the Big E.

Throughout the Big E, stay tuned to Portable Garage Depot’s Facebook and Twitter pages for information about the fair – and a secret fans-only contest that will be announced shortly! Make sure to stop by their booth for the best in portable garages, canopies and all of your outdoor storage needs!

The Big E takes place at the Eastern States Exposition from September 16th to October 2nd.


Tips for Buying a Boat

The summer is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to get out onto your local lake or beachfront for some old fashioned summer fun! This could include some simple fishing to fast paced tubing or everything in between! However, you may be someone who is just thinking about getting their first boat this year – for you, here are some things to look for when buying a boat this year:

New vs. Used – Buying a new boat may seem like a great idea, but it doesn’t exempt you from potential problems. To ensure that you won’t have any major issues to deal with once purchased, look into what the boat manufacturer’s warranty is. When buying used, you’re going to have to perform a personal inspection, much like you would with a used car. Look at any cracks, paint problems and get the boat out on the water before purchasing.

Get the Right Boat – You’ll need a different kind of boat for different activities and size always matters in these cases. If you have no clue what size boat you should get, be sure to speak with a professional or a friend who owns a boat – they’ll be able to guide you in the right direction.

Safety First – It is usually not required, but you’ll want to take a safety course regarding boat operation. Since human error is to blame for the majority of boating accidents, learning how to control your boat and interact with others on the water can be a saving grace.

Protect Your Boat – Have a place for your boat when it’s not in use during certain seasons. Since most of us can’t afford large marina fees, I recommend at least a boat cover to protect your craft from the elements. However, the next step is the best protection for your boat – look into putting up a portable garage on your property.  This way, you can ensure that your boat is absolutely shielded from anything the weather and extreme seasons can throw at it.

Portable Garage Depot at The Big E In Springfield, MA

Every year there is a fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, representing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Can you guess which fair it is? It’s the Eastern States Exposition, held every autumn to represent the culture and agriculture of the New England area. Also known as The Big E, this renowned agricultural fair with carnival flair and deep-fried food vendors opens its doors for two weeks and three weekends the second Friday after Labor Day for one of the biggest celebrations and exhibitions of what New England has to offer.

Besides just simply New England, The Big E is known for its amazing selection of vendors and exhibitionists, showing off their various wares and goods ranging from state memorabilia to house wares and appliances. On any given year, The Big E could have Vermonters making apple pie with cheddar cheese to Mainers stuffing baked potatoes with anything you can find. Next to them will be booths selling RVs and portable furnaces for winter.

One such exhibitor is Portable Garage Depot, a leader in the portable shelters and carports industry. Featuring one of the most extensive selections of DIY portable garages for your RV, car, jetski, lawnmower, camper, boats and whatever other vehicles you can think of. These garages can also be used as self storage for any items you have lying around your home in the way of everything. Portable Garage Depot is also a wonderful place to get outdoor canopies and tents for special occasions or just a leisurely backyard barbecue.

Every day of the Big E, Portable Garage Depot is offering a different special deal, including free kitswith purchases and discounts based on your state of origin. Be sure to check the company’s Twitter page (@PGDEPOT) or its Facebook for more information. Better yet, just stop by the Portable Garage Depot booth at The Big E!

Snow and Boat Canopies

Go to any seaside location along the east coast – New London, Connecticut, the Jersey Shore, and even the harbor in Baltimore – and many yachts and sail boats are lines along the docks. In the summer, these boats are often active or at least docked temporarily. When the weather gets colder, however, these boats need to be taken out of the water and protected. One option we’ve seen has been boat shelters or canopies, which can be used at home or on a dock. One issue that arises when using such a structure on a dock, however, is how it will be anchored.

A recent news story shows why such structures need to be anchored. On an average day for most areas of the mid-Atlantic, snow isn’t a problem, unless you live in update New York or Vermont. But, even in these coastal areas, snow can still hit and, as evident by the article, it can lead these structures to collapse onto the boats. Even when the boats are docked, the canopies themselves need to be anchored to give their full protection. If not, they may topple over or collapse onto the boats, as seen in the article.

If you plan to protect your boat by canopy, moving the boat to your home may be a better option. After all, the boat is in the comfort of your yard – assuming this doesn’t violate local building codes or zoning laws – and is fully protected by a canopy that can be anchored in concrete or by metal anchors. If you simply need to keep a boat by a dock, a better alternative is using a boat cover or tarp. Nevertheless, the issue that arises with any boat in a dock is snow. Too much snow accumulating inside will cause the structure to sink or will damage the mast.

Creating Your Own Boat Shelter

Have a large boat that you don’t want to store on a dock during the colder part of the year? One option is to use a larger boat shelter. Shelters of America has several larger-sized boat shelters measuring 34 by 42 square feet. Another option is to build your own boat shelter. If you have the materials to make a frame and a canopy, creating your own shelter is a possibility.

If you’re planning to build your own boat shelter instead of purchasing one, take a few cues from makers of such shelters, like Shelters of America and Portable Garage Depot.

Both of these companies follow 2 major best practices:

Use Galvanized Steel to Make the Frame

First, think of the materials that will be used for the frame. Although the design of the frame in the vehicle looks sturdy enough, having it made from galvanized steel would give even better protection.

Anchor The Frame With Concrete

Also, anchor the frame properly. For a frame that large, the metal should be anchored into the ground with concrete. Additionally, once you add the canopy, make sure it fits over the entire frame, much like a rounded or square tube shelter.

Storage Sites vs. Storing a Seasonal Vehicle Yourself

After watching this commercial, does anything seem wrong to you? If you didn’t catch it, watch it again a second time and check out where and how the RVs are being stored. Yes – you probably saw it for a few seconds on screen. The RVs are being stored in an open parking lot, which is where they stay during the winter. Although Seaport Storage claims to store boats and RVs, the location of the vehicles is outdoors – left unprotected to the elements. In terms of a long lifespan for your seasonal vehicle, is such a place ideal for keeping it in shape?

As we’ve mentioned before here, seasonal vehicles left outdoors for several months at a time are exposed to the elements. The prolonged exposure causes UV damage to the surface of the vehicle, often in faded paint and cracked parks, and the water damage can lead to mildew and dry rot on the surface. The best solution for keeping one of these vehicles is to put it in storage, either with a portable storage shelter like those at Shelters of America or Portable Garage Depot or, if you own one already, a brick-and-mortar garage. Left outdoors for six months of the year, the vehicle won’t give you as much usage as it could.

This ties into the last post, in which residents of DeWitt, New York, will need to store their seasonal vehicles, and their respective, shelters in the backs of their homes. Keeping a boat or RV in a driveway became illegal as of January 1, 2010, although various neighborhoods around the city without large enough backyards have petitioned the local government. Nevertheless, if you plan to use such a storage facility like Seaport Storage or a similar company, check first to see if they’ll let you use a portable shelter.

Property Laws for Boat and RV Storage

Using a portable storage shelter to protect your RV or boats during the winter months is a practical and economical idea but, like carports and portable garages, these shelters may experience some restrictions on where they can be placed. In recent news, DeWitt, New York enacted a law regarding these vehicles being placed in driveways and front yards. For those who own these vehicles, the only viable option to meet these laws is to keep the vehicle stored in the backyard. Like most similar laws, this one in DeWitt became effective January 1, 2010, to keep property values in the city up, as RVs and boats are considered eyesores.

Some neighbors have petitioned the city to make an exception for their area, but, at this moment, such a law is up in the air, according to the article linked above. Those who don’t store their vehicle in an inconspicuous place face a fine of $200. At the moment, RVs, boats, and similar seasonal vehicles like snowmobiles can be left in front of the property for ten days, before the owner is fined for breaking the law. However, not all homes, especially those in a city, are equipped with large enough backyards for an RV or boat and a shelter, and what should someone do in this case?

In some cases, the logical step would be to put the vehicle in storage or, especially for boats, to store it near a water source away from home. Not everyone has this luxury, however, and storing such a vehicle on their property is far more economical than finding a storage facility that won’t keep an RV outdoors. At the moment, those in DeWitt are waiting for updates on this law for their neighborhoods but, even if you don’t live in DeWitt, your city, town, or neighborhood could have such restrictions. Like going to purchase a carport, check your local laws in regards to owning such a vehicle and the shelter needed to protect it.

Fully Storing Your Boat for Winter

Boats are stored best with an outdoor canopy structure. Whether placed near a harbor or on your property, such portable shelters can be used to store a boat during the winter months. Generally, these shelters should be fully enclosed to protect the boat. If left outdoors for a long period of time, boats will experience UV damage, often in the form of discolored paint and cracked plastic, and water damage if snow and rain start to accumulate inside. A portable storage shelter keeps the boat away from these elements and allows your boat a longer lifespan. But, as we explained a few weeks ago, the boat should still be checked during the months in storage.

But boat shelters aren’t the only way to protect your boat. The portable shelter made from galvanized steel and polyethylene keeps the exterior of the boat in good shape, but maintaining the interior is your responsibility. An article from the Augusta Chronicle describes the best ways to maintaining a boat in winter. Some of these suggestions include:

• Lower the water-cooled 90-hp outboard motor and allow its foot to drain. If water is left inside, this can cause ice to form and damage the motor while being stored in winter.
• Similarly, check the battery. If the battery starts to swell, it needs to be replaced, as the cold is affecting it.
• Once the temperature dips into the 30s, the boat should be put in storage and not used on the water. At this point, ice forming inside the interior is more likely.

A combination of these should ensure your boat lasts for many years. The canopy shelter keeps the exterior of the boat from water and UV ray damage, and keeping the interior of the boat clean from water will preserve the interior from any water-related damage.