Preparing to Store Your Seasonal Vehicles

Boat canopyAt the end of the summer, most can say that’s it’s been fun. Many engage in various recreational activities during this time of year, and boating and camping are two of the most popular. Once the temperatures start going down, however, these vehicles need to be put into some kind of storage. Although this isn’t often until October – early November, if the weather is still nice – preparation for storage shouldn’t wait until the last minute.

Portable garages are an affordable option for storing either of these seasonal vehicles. The shelter should have dimensions of the vehicle – measure the vehicle before you purchase anything – and should be installed in concrete into the ground. These shelters consist of a galvanized steel frame and an enclosed polyethylene canopy. To protect the vehicle inside, the canopy has been treated to be UV resistant, waterproof, and mold, mildew, and rot resistant. The strength of the frame, additionally, keeps the shelter from collapsing from wind or snow.

After the structure has been installed fully, the vehicle can go inside. For the six or more months the vehicle is in storage, however, it should be checked on occasion for mildew, mold, or dry rot build up – not likely, but it can happen – or animals living inside the shelter.

Tarps are another option for storing a vehicle. Many manufacturers carry tarps large enough to cover seasonal vehicles. Like purchasing a canopy, you should also know the dimensions of the vehicle before you buy. Tarps are draped around the vehicle and secured at the bottom by bungee cords or tie-downs.

In all cases, a tarp or a canopy protects the vehicle from exposure to water and UV rays, both of which can damage the surface of the vehicle. Water, additionally, builds up and attracts mildew and rot. As an option for storing, a canopy or a tarp gives protection and breathability to a boat or RV.

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