How to winterize your wheelers

As we gear up for the fall season, its time to start thinking about the best way to store your summer favorite toys – Motorcycle and ATV. Contrary to popular belief, you certainly do not want to leave your wheeler outside, exposing them to harmful elements. By putting your recreational wheeler into winter self storage, you have a better chance of keeping it protected. However storing your wheeler, requires preventative maintenance to keep it in top condition for the next warm season.

Motorcycles

  • Wash motorcycle to remove any dirt and insects, wax bike to protect paint.
  • Ensure that you clean and condition the bike’s leather
  • Make sure you keep engine in check; do an oil change and a oil filter change. Add fresh fluids to your motorcycle like fuel stabilizer, antifreeze e.t.c
  • Make sure the battery is fully charged before storage
  • Finally, cover your motorcycle with a breathable fabric covers

 

ATV

Atv Bike Prepped for storage

  • Preparing your ATV for the winter is dependent on the type of engine it has. Be sure to check specific manuals for storage instructions
  • However if your engine has a carburetor, drain the fuel out. Make sure to also unplug the battery before storing.
  • ATV with fuel engines do not need fuel drained but a fuel stabilizer is highly recommended before winter storage

 

Choosing the right storage for your wheeler is essential in keeping your wheeler intact throughout the winter. Do your research, prepare your motorcycle or ATV and use a self storage with appropriate climate control and security. Not sure how much storage your wheeler would need? Check out our seasonal storage deals and we can recommend the right size unit for your wheeler.

 

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Complete guide to Boat Storage

With winter season just in the nearby corner, it is important to start thinking of storing your boat before it starts freezing over. It is necessary to prep your boat before storage, but also essential to determine the right storage method.  Before putting your boat away there must be proper safeguards put in place to protect your boat from elements such as several months of corrosion and mildew build up.

Boat-prepped-for-storage

 

In preparing your boat you must make sure all items in the boat are properly extracted and emptied.

  • Remove all fabrics including leather, and use moisture absorbent products to avoid mould build up.
  • Empty the water tank in the boat and dry out all areas to discourage mildew.
  • All electronics should  be removed from the boat.
  • The boat’s engine and other components must also be properly checked and  lubricated.
  • Start by spraying the engine interior with oil for rust protection.
  • Make sure that the fuel tank is full before storage and perform any oil change to eliminate rust impurities.
  • All batteries and drive belts must be removed to avoid a dead battery and cracked belt while in storage
  • The exterior of the boat must be properly waxed to avoid potential rust during storage.
  • Finally, seal off all openings, and cover your boat with a snug fitting fabric to protect from moisture and dirt.

No matter your location, the best method to keeping your boat protected through winter is through self storage. By investing in a self storage unit to store your boat you are guaranteed several comforts including security and convenience. At Hanover storage, we have the right sized spaces available for your boat. Our seasonal storage facility gives you the comfort of security for your watercraft. You also have access to your boat at anytime during the winter while in storage, either to perform maintenance or take it out during a rare warm day.

By prepping your boat and investing in a safe secure storage unit, your boat will be ready for the next warm season to hit the water!

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4 tips to maximizing your garage space

Practical tips to transform your cluttered garage to self storage help

There never seems to be enough space in our homes and when we exhaust storage space inside, the garage fills the void. With limited amount of space, the garage can very easily becoming a cluttered dumping ground. Essentially, if it doesn’t fit in the house, it goes to the garage. Here at Hanover Storage, we recognize the importance of maximizing all spaces. Garages are used to store important items like tools, seasonal sport gear, and garden supplies, which when cluttered can be very frustrating.

These practical tips below will allow you turn your garage space from junk hell to storage heaven:

 

Keep, Dispose or Recycle

The first step in maximizing your garage space is deciding what your garage needs are. How would you like to use your garage? Do you intend to park your car in there during winter months then turn it into a workshop for summer? A good starting point in clarifying the needs of your garage is to figure out the items you need. Most importantly create an accurate inventory of items to be kept, thrown away and items that can be recycled.

Categorize and compartmentalize

Catgorized-storage-box-in-garageA great method in maximizing your  garage is designating space to all items with definite categories in mind. A great example, for sports lover, is store all sports equipment on one side of the garage and lawn care items on another side, allows items to be easily located when needed. Furthermore, you can use this method to structure your space with your current floor plan. We suggest that household items, should be closer the home doorway; items that are used more often should be easily accessed from outside. Seasonal bulky items such as ski equipment should be placed in hidden spaces within garage, that doesn’t take up primary space.

Send the Big stuff to self-storage

The most convenient and easily available method to maximizing your garage space is using self storage facility to store larger items.  Larger items such as sports gear, seasonal equipment and gas powered items are best kept out of the way till needed. At Hanover, seasonal storage is provided for items such as motorcycles, RV trucks and mid size cars for as little as $20 a month. In taking out larger items, you have more space to design and renovate your garage if you so wish.

Use every available corner

Kayak stored in garageThinking vertically saves enormous space in the garage. Garage walls can be useful when storing and inexpensive to utilize. A great start is recording the dimensions of the garage to determine use of space. An important way to maximize garage space is through overhead shelving which reserves premium floor space and keeps items out of sight from pets and children. Overhead shelves can be used to also store seasonal sporting gears such as skis. fishing poles, kayaks and snow boards. Open shelving and racks on the wall,  are also another great use of space in the garage instead of cabinets. Open shelves are easy to mount and can be multilayered to fit your desired categories.

Garages are untapped storage jackpot that most people ignore due to disorganization. Maximizing your space by determining the use of your space plus vertical arrangements may just be the key to using your garage for more than you can imagine. If the items are too bulky and need to be relocated for premium space use a self storage unit.

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