Author: Party Barn Boat & RV Storage

What to Do If You Can’t Store Your Camper at Home

If you have a camper, you have the luxury of getting to experience the world in a way many people never do. A camper allows you to have some of the luxuries of home while still getting to explore all over the country.

What to Do If You Can't Store Your Camper at Home

Campgrounds and RV parks all over the country are calling your name for your next adventure. However, what do you do with your camper when you aren’t using it? Some people are able to keep their camper at their home, but for many people that is not a reality. Whether it is a space issue, HOA restrictions, or just that your wife doesn’t like seeing your camper parked in your side-yard all year, there is a place for your camper here at Party Barn Boat & RV Storage.

At Party Barn Boat & RV Storage, we offer covered storage, uncovered storage, and enclosed storage for RVs and campers. Depending on the level of protection you want from the elements you can choose which kind of space you want. Our storage facility is on 5 acres and the ground is 12 inches crushed asphalt so you never have to worry about your tires sinking into the ground. Plus we have convenient gate hours from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. so if your adventures are starting early or ending late, you can still access your space throughout most of the day. Not to mention, we are conveniently located between Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lavon so if your adventures take you to those places frequently, we are perfect for you.

Contact us today at Party Barn Boat & RV Storage to set up storage for your camper, RV, or boat.

4 Tips for Choosing the Best Boat and RV Storage

Looking for a place to store your boat and RV? During the winter or in between vacation times, you need a safe and reliable place to store your vehicle — without taking up your precious backyard or driveway space. Here are four things to look for when choosing a Boat and RV storage facility.

4 Tips for Choosing the Best Boat and RV Storage

Security

Look for a facility that has strong security measures in place that protect your boat. These include strong locks and bright lighting. The facility should have security cameras and gates with access control.

Space

Look for a facility that has enough space so that you can easily move your RV or boat around. Our facility has over five acres of storage. Also, look for a place that has storage units that fit the dimensions of your boat or RV.

Flexibility

Choose a facility that offers various storage options. Depending on your needs and budgets, you can store your RV in uncovered storage, covered storage or indoor storage. Each has its pros and cons.

Uncovered storage is usually cheaper, and is better if you need to store your RV for a short period of time. If you are looking for a long-term rental space, covered and indoor storage protects your boat and is more secure.

Accessibility

Look for a storage facility that makes it easy to access your boat or RV. Choose one that is open from early morning to late at night. Our flexible hours and auto storage services will provide you exactly with what you need.

Looking for a place to store your RV or boat? Contact us today for more information.

I Use My RV Part-Time, Do I Need to Keep It Insured While In Storage?

Recreational Vehicles can be an expensive asset, and most RV and boat enthusiasts take care to research and purchase the right insurance coverage to protect their property and liability, just in case something happens. Most of us think about this risk when we’re maneuvering our beautiful rigs through traffic or pulling our boat into a crowded dock. We know a collision is covered, maybe some medical bills and liability for someone else’s property or injury if we make a mistake and hit them, but what about when the season is over and we store away the RV, trailer or boat for the winter?

I Use My RV Part-Time, Do I Need to Keep It Insured While In Storage?

It’s tempting to cancel your coverage as soon as the door on the storage unit slides shut. But wait: there are ways to reduce your cost of insurance while your rig is in storage and still be protected.

Some carriers allow you to change your insurance to allow for times when you don’t need all that coverage you use on the road, like Collision and Bodily Injury. Of course, insurance coverage varies from company to company, and you should absolutely check with your agent, but here are some phrases you can use to get the conversation started.  Call your agent and ask if they can:

  • Suspend Coverage
  • Switch to Comprehensive Only
  • or Have a “Storage Option”

If your carrier does have this option here is what it means for you: your coverage will be reduced to cover only Comprehensive Perils. In a nutshell, Comprehensive covers physical damage to your property for things that happen off the road, like Fire, Vandalism, or Theft. Because they are reducing, or “suspending”, your other coverages, your insurance premium is often cut in half!

Because you choose to store your vehicle with us, you are more protected than if you stored it at your house. However, keeping Comprehensive coverage on your insurance policy while your unit is parked is inexpensive and keep your history of insurance going. Just remember: call your agent to turn your regular coverages back on before you hit the road again next year!

As always, we’re here to help. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Top 5 Tips to Protect Valuable Classics Using Auto Self Storage

If you are a car enthusiast and live in an apartment or condo, caring for valuable vehicles is challenging. First, you must be careful and watch where you park, and then, there is the fact that your car is often exposed to the elements. Apartment and condo parking facilities are not designed for storing valuable classic cars, but self-storage auto services are. Here are some tips to help store your classic vehicle if you live in an apartment without your own private parking:

Top 5 Tips to Protect Valuable Classics Using Auto Self Storage

Save Your Paint Job from Dings and Scratches with Fresh Wax Job or Protective Auto Wrap 

Your paint job is vulnerable to scratches when storing your car, so it is recommended to wax the finish or apply an auto wrap to protect the body and paint. If you plan on driving your car occasional, auto wraps can be a hassle, so a good wash and fresh wax job will do the trick to protect your paint job. Auto wraps may be ideal for more valuable vehicles or if you plan on storing your car for an extended period.

Treating Fuel and Fill Up with Premium for Long-Term Storage of Cars

The fuel that sits in your tank during the time your car is in storage can begin to break down and degrade. The bad gas causes particles in the tank and can cause engine trouble. Before storing your car, fill it up with premium fuel to minimize the process of the gas degrading. In addition, you may want to use a gas stabilizer treatment when you park the car, which will ensure your car still has a tank of good fuel to turn the engine over when you come for a visit.

Tire Care Before Putting Vehicles in Storage Facilities in Texas

Tire care is important for car storage anywhere, but the extreme weather of the Dallas/Fort Worth area can cause tire pressure to fluctuate and rubber to begin to dry and crack. Before storing your car, make sure that the tires have the manufacturer recommended pressure. In addition, for Texas dry weather, clean the tires with a product designed for dry weather conditions and use covers for the wheels while your vehicle is in storage.

Check Your Fluids and Top Off the Radiator for Storage Through Winter

Before you park your car in storage, check all the fluids to make sure that it has plenty of oil, transmission and brake fluid. In addition, check the antifreeze in the radiator and top it off if you are going to be storing your car through the winter months.

Remove One Battery Terminal and Occasionally Visit to Turn the Motor Over

It is fine to store your car for long periods, but there are a few things that you should do. Make sure you remove the battery terminal, which will prevent the battery from draining while your car is sitting. In addition, occasionally visit the storage facility to turn the engine over to prevent parts from freezing up after months of sitting.

Apartment life may be great if you are single and want a luxury home downtown, but it is not the right place to store valuable cars. Contact us to help with storing valuable cars, boats, and RVs that you do not have space or parking for.

Protect Your Recreational Equipment With Covered Storage

The recreational equipment that you have invested in needs to be properly maintained to ensure it lasts for many years. Part of the maintenance of your recreation toys is ensuring that they are properly stored to protect them from the elements. Protect your toys with covered storage to enjoy them for many years. Here are a few tips to help:

Protect Your Recreational Equipment With Covered Storage

The Maintenance Before Storing Water Recreation Equipment Like Boats

When you get ready to put equipment such as, boats and jet skis away for storage, there is maintenance that needs to be done first. You want to make sure that the machines have no leaks and are full of oil. It is also important to make sure that there is no standing water before packing water recreation equipment away. Here are a few things to check before storing boats and other equipment:

  • Checking All the Fluids
  • Removing All Standing Water
  • Protecting Fragile and Sensitive Parts

Make sure that you check these things and follow other manufacture recommendations for storing water sports equipment.

Properly Preparing RVs For a Long Winter Packed Away in Storage

During the spring and summer, you may take your RV for road trips and even short vacations. Many RVs are stored during the coldest months of the year when people do less traveling. You want to make sure that your RV is properly stored before you put it in covered storage. Check these few things for maintenance before storing your RV for the winter:

  • Fluids and Coolants
  • Removing Food Materials
  • Empty the Waste and Water Tanks
  • Cover the RV To Protect It in Storage

These are some of the things that you will want to check while doing maintenance before you put your RV in storage.

Protecting Personal Off-Road Vehicles with Covered Storage When Not in Use

Other types of recreational toys that you may want to store in covered storage include off-road vehicles like 4-wheelers, dirt bikes or golf carts. Just like other equipment, you will want to do a little maintenance before storing these toys. Here are some things that you should do before storing off-road vehicles:

  • Oil and Fluids
  • Remove Dirt and Debris
  • Cover the vehicles

These are some things that you can do to ensure your recreational off-road vehicles are safe while in storage.

These are a few tips that will help protect your toys with covered storage. Contact us to get the right storage solutions for all your toys.

Getting Boats Ready For Winter: 3 Essential Maintenance Tasks

Soon, it is going to be time to take your boat off the water. Even though the winter weather may be a long way away, preparing your boat for winter storage should be a priority. You will want to do things like prep the engine, remove all water and treat the fluids. Here are the essential maintenance tasks you need to do before you store your boat for the winter this year:

Getting Boats Ready For Winter: 3 Essential Maintenance Tasks

Draining Live-wells and Water Pump Equipment

Boats often have live wells, which are used for fishing to keep fish alive when the catch is in the boat. Live-wells are not the only systems on boats that have pumps and pipes that circulate water; bilge-pumps are used to pump water out of your boat that can get in it will on the water. Before you store your boat for the season, you will need to remove all the water from these systems to prevent damage caused when freezing temperatures come.

Engine Maintenance and Changing All the Fluids

Marine engines are notorious for giving boaters problems when they are out on the water. Some of the problems are due to the boats sitting in storage and lack of maintenance before they are taken out of the water. Do a complete servicing of your engine before you park your boat in storage. In addition, change all the fluids and add treatments to the gas and oil to prevent them from degrading when your boat is in storage for an extended period of time.

Protecting the Interior, Finishes and Exposed Materials

You will also want to protect the exterior of your boat from the elements. Invest in a good cover that fits your boat to keep it covered when in storage. Any materials that are exposed should be cleaned and treated with a protective cleaner. Vinyl should be treated before you put the boat in storage to prevent it from drying out. In addition, clean and wax any paint to protect finishes from damage while your boat is in storage. Make sure you remove personal items from the interior of the boat and do a thorough clean to ensure your boat is safe from damage.

These are some of the essential maintenance tasks that you will need to do before your store your boat for the winter this year. Contact us for help storing and maintaining your boat while you are not on the water this winter.

Long-Term Auto Storage Will Keep Your Boat Safe While You’re Abroad

If you are planning on heading on an exciting, long-term trip abroad or if you are going to be moving to another country for a short period of time, you may be wondering what you should do with your vehicle in the meantime. Obviously, shipping your vehicle overseas might not be a very cost-effective option, particularly if you aren’t going to be staying in one place for very long. However, you may not want to sell your vehicle in the meantime, since you probably want to ensure that it’s there when you return and need it. The perfect solution can be to choose long-term auto storage at a storage company.

Long-Term Auto Storage Will Keep Your Boat Safe While You're Abroad

With long-term auto storage, you will know that your vehicle is safe and sound while you are away. It will be kept in a secure area, so you do not have to worry about it being stolen. You can also avoid it being vandalized or broken into.

Additionally, you will not have to worry about paying for long-term parking, nor will you have to leave it outside in your neighborhood, where your HOA might have complaints about it while it’s not being used. Instead, it will be kept in a dedicated place that is designed specifically for this type of purpose.

As you can see, if you are planning on traveling overseas and own a vehicle that you would like to keep safe in the meantime, you have options. If you contact us at Party Barn Boat & RV Storage, we can tell you more about the options that we offer here.

Flushing Your RV’s Water Tank Before Taking it Out of Storage

The kids are running around in their floaties, your better-half has done some shopping and an epic summer-route has been prepared. Now, you just need to take care of flushing your water tanks to make sure everyone will get safe water before you hit the road.

Flushing Your RV's Water Tank Before Taking it Out of Storage

Don’t worry, it’s a quick job.  Just follow these 3 simple steps to flush out your RVs water System and disinfect your tanks.

  1. Flush your Water Tank. Pull out your clean water house and connect one end to your fresh water intake connection on your RV and the other to a garden tap. Jump inside your rig and turn on all the faucets, come back out and open up your grey tank, turn on your water source and let the system flush with water until the water runs clean. Give it a whiff.  If it still smells of antifreeze, keep flushing. If you want to remove any residual taste or odor of antifreeze, flush once, add a box of baking soda to a full tank of water, let it sit, then come back a few hours later and flush again. Of course, make sure the grey tank is connected to a sewer line or a bucket to catch the grey tank water.
  2. Disenfect. Follow the same process from step number 1 with your holding tank. Just turn the pump on and flush it with fresh water until it runs clean. Then, remove any remaining bacteria or mold by disinfecting the system. Simply, fill the tank with water and add one cup of liquid bleach for each 30 gallons of water. Let the bleach and water mix sit in the tank for no more than two hours (any longer and your seals could be damaged!), then flush it with clean water again.
  3. Keep your water clean and tasty. Every time you fill your water tanks, add a tablespoon of bleach or one of the many available water purification solutions or tablets into your water system. Remember: RV water sits in a hot, dark place and can quickly become undrinkable. If you have any doubts, don’t drink the water!  Repeat these steps.

We’re here to help!  If you have any questions about your RV or boat storage, please contact us.

Enclosed, Covered, or Uncovered: What Type of Trailer Storage is Right For You?

Your tow trailer is one of your most valued assets.  Monetarily, it is an investment that you protect and maintain with care.  On a sentimental note, it is your home away from home – your refuge made for adventures, memories, and experiences that you will cherish for life.

Enclosed, Covered, or Uncovered: What Type of Trailer Storage is Right For You?

Your tow trailer is built tough – it’s made to withstand all types of inclement weather and the elements of nature.  Despite its heavy-duty exterior, however, it is not exempt from wear and tears over time.

Having your tow trailer stored securely is essential to its care and is just as important as the hands-on upkeep you provide for your rig throughout the year.  The list of trailer storage benefits is lengthy, but a few key points will help you decide whether or not a storage facility is right for you and which options will provide your trailer with the necessary protection to keep it safe while you’re on the road.

Enclosed Storage 

A fully enclosed storage area provides the highest level of protection for your off-season rig.  Not only will you have the benefit of full-weather coverage, the effort you put into the care and maintenance of your trailer will be extended, saving you time and money.  You will also appreciate the comfort of knowing an enclosed and locked unit creates an extra layer of security from unwanted pests and people.

Party Barn Boat and RV Storage offers fully enclosed 12′ x 30′ storage facilities that feature either 9.5′ clearance with concrete foundation or 8′ clearance with gravel foundation, depending on your preference and needs.

Covered Storage

Covered storage is generally desired for tow trailers that are too large for an enclosed unit.  Access to a covered storage area that is not fully enclosed can be faster and more efficient if you use your tow trailer more regularly, allowing you to quickly and easily dock and move your rig.  Heavy duty steel construction ensures that your trailer will be protected from hail, rain, and snow, and the option of electricity with a covered space will allow you to store your rig with little preparation for shorter periods of time.

Party Barn offers various lengths and clearance with our 12′ wide storage areas to suit the needs of your tow trailer.  Our covered parking is secure and easily accessible to clients and allows the option of spaces with and without electricity.

Uncovered Storage

Uncovered storage areas are ideal for those with multiple rigs they wish to rotate throughout the year. You have the advantage of easiest access to your tow trailer and plenty of room for winterizing and maintenance before storing your trailer for long periods of time.  Uncovered parking is a secure and safe way to store your tow trailer and provides ultimate accessibility to your rig.

Party Barn Boat and RV Storage offers 12′ x 30′ uncovered, secure parking for your tow trailer.  Our five-acre lot is located only three miles from both Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard, making our uncovered storage spaces ideal for those who use their tow trailers regularly.

Give Us a Call

Party Barn Boat and RV Storage understands the importance of safely and properly storing your tow trailer.  We will assist you in finding the appropriate space to fit your needs and protect your valuable asset.

Give us a call today and Party Barn will get you covered!

Three Reasons You Need Camper Storage Year Round

Many people think of camper storage as being something that is only required during the winter. That’s not necessarily the case, as there are plenty of reasons to utilize a storage facility year round. Here are three benefits to doing so you may not have thought about.

Three Reasons You Need Camper Storage Year Round#1. Protects your vehicle from theft and vandalism

You have a lot of money invested in your camper, so the last thing you want is for criminals to target it. When it is parked inside our secure storage area, the odds of it being stolen or vandalized are greatly diminished. Leave it with us whenever you are not using it, and you can have peace of mind knowing it is in great condition when you are ready to pick it up again.

#2. Prevents your driveway from becoming too crowded

Let’s face it-campers take up a lot of room in your driveway. Having an extra vehicle parked there could make coming and going a hassle, and might even create an eyesore for your neighbors. It could be an especially big problem if you are expecting company and find your guests now have to park on the street. The best way to regain full use of your driveway is to move your camper into one of our secure storage spaces.

#3. Ensures you maintain your storage slot

Many recreational vehicle owners do not even think about storage rental until the end of summer. By that time, there is often a rush to secure storage spaces before they are all taken. This is something you won’t have to worry about if you maintain your storage spot year round.

Year-round camper storage allows you to enjoy your vehicle whenever you choose, while still having the peace of mind that comes from knowing it is protected when not in use. Here at Party Barn Self Storage, we have covered, uncovered, and enclosed units that are suitable for a variety of purposes, and invite you to contact us today to find out more.