Lack of space at home should not be a deterrent to getting those big toys with wheels. Self-storage facilities can provide a home to these vehicles such as ATVs, jet skis, snowmobiles, and motorcycles whenever they need to hibernate. No matter how many small-engine vehicles you own, it is always best to store them properly so they are kept in tip-top condition. Here are some tips on how to prepare your vehicles for self-storage:
- Clean your vehicle thoroughly before putting it in storage. Doing this will help protect its rubber, paint, electrical wiring, and furniture.
- Use a cover to shield it from dust.
- Remove the battery and get a battery “trickle” charger to keep your battery charged while it is not in use.
- In certain states, ATV’s and similar vehicles are required to have current license plates. You need to make sure that these are renewed even when the vehicles are in storage. You will also need to have a copy of your vehicle’s insurance and registration when putting them into storage.
- Fill up your tires and watch for potential damage. Tires can deflate or rot during storage so before storing your vehicle, make sure that you fill the tires up to their highest level.
- Check your vehicle prior to storage and make sure that you perform the necessary repairs before you move them to their storage unit as most self-storage facilities do not allow repairs and maintenance to be done within the units.
- Check the fuel lines and gaskets. If the gas tank of your vehicle is made out of plastic, you will need to remove most of the gas from the engine. If the gas tank is made out of metal, fill up the tank as much as possible to avoid rust from forming. If you intend to store your vehicle for a long period of time, add a fuel additive. Lay down cardboard or plastic sheets on the floor of the self-storage unit to protect it in case the vehicle leaks.
Properly preparing your precious toys for their storage will help keep them in great condition so that you will not have to undergo maintenance or repairs when you take them out in the future. Let us know if you have any questions regarding our services. Call us today at (330) 488-0129 or (330) 488-1866, or email us.