Storing Vehicles and Boats at a Self Storage Facility
Self-storing a vehicle that’s only used seasonally or periodically is a smart idea. Studies show that far more accidents occur in your driveway or out on the street than in a secure storage facility. And if you live in an urban area or apartment, finding space to park your vehicle for extended periods of time can be difficult or even impossible.
There are many good reasons for renting self-storage space for your recreation vehicle:
1.You can rent the space for as long or as short as you need it. If you are storing a boat or classic car, for instance, you may wish to keep it at your home during the summer months, but need to store it for the rest of the year. You may only need to rent the space for nine months, then.
2.Unless you happen to live in a gated community, storing expensive vehicles in a self-storage facility is much safer than storing them at your home. Most facilities are surrounded by security fencing, and are accessible through a code-protected front gate. Security lights and cameras are also a regular feature of better storage yards.
3.Storing a vehicle in a secure facility like a self-storage yard often saves you money because it lowers your insurance premium on the vehicle.
4.Not only is self-storage safer from theft than leaving the vehicle in your driveway or in front of your house, it’s also safer from falling tree limbs and daily traffic that goes by.
5.Self storage facilities typically offer the option of outdoor, covered or indoor space for rental.
6.Self storing your larger vehicle gives you more space at home for things like swing sets and play equipment for the kids. Plus, a luxury vehicle like a yacht sitting in your driveway is an invitation for criminals.
It’s important to plan ahead of time for the type of space and features you’ll need. For instance, a classic sports car is best kept inside a garage, while a boat with a good tarp cover can easily be stored outside. Some vehicles like campers can also be stored outside.
Do you have a plastic cover or tarp to wrap over your vehicle? This will help further protect it from sun, rain, snow and dust. Ask your storage manager for help with protecting your vehicle.
It’s important to know the exact measurements of your vehicle before you rent a storage unit. These measurements should include any trailer or platform you will be storing the vehicle on. For instance, your boat will most likely be delivered and stored on a trailer. Your measurements, therefore, should include the length and width of the trailer, and the height from the ground to the top of the vehicle boat when it is on the trailer.
If you’ll be taking and keeping your vehicle out of storage for an entire season, then it’s best to rent a space at the back of the facility. But if you need to bring it in and out numerous times, consider renting space closer to the main gate.
Many facilities will have certain requirements for vehicle storage. They request them for liability purposes, and to protect you as well: Any vehicle with wheels needs to be in drivable condition, unless it is always kept on a trailer. Vehicles that are not drivable may not be stored off-trailer. Tires can not be flat; they must be kept properly inflated. You will have to provide proof of active registration and insurance for your stored vehicle; and
You may not use your storage unit as a garage or workshop to repair or maintain your vehicle. Storage yards are not set up for disposing of hazardous waste like engine oil and tires. The facility does not provide hookups for gas, electricity or water, either.
Your next move should be to call your local self storage facility to discuss your vehicle storage needs. They’ll help you save money while at the same time figuring out the best storage scenario for you.