Save Time by Preparing for Drop-Off with Boat Storage

Save Time by Preparing for Drop-Off with Boat StorageStoring your boat can be an inexpensive way to get your boat stored somewhere when it is not in use, along with providing you with the peace of mind that it is going to remain in good condition for the length of storage. While towing to the boat storage facility and dropping it off seems easy enough, you can avoid any complications later on by taking the time to prepare your boat for storage.

Top Off the Fuel Compartment

Similarly to a car, you want to make sure that your boat’s fuel compartment is always left full when it will not be turned on for a long period. Condensation can end up forming in the fuel tank if it is left empty, leading to major problems when it is taken out on the water again.

Use Anti-Corrosion Spray

Any electrical parts need to be protected with the application of anti-corrosion spray that can be used directly on any of the electronics, helping to prevent deterioration that can be expensive to repair later. With the corrosion spray used for every electrical connection, you can store the boat without concerns over anything corroding.

Disconnect the Battery

Lastly, you need to disconnect the boat’s battery to make sure that it does not drain unnecessarily. By removing the battery and storing it elsewhere or in the same storage facility, you can preserve it so that it can be used again once you are back on the water.

If you need to store your boat for a few months or longer due to being out of use temporarily, do not hesitate to contact us about our storage options.


The Do’s and Don’ts of RV Storage

The Do's and Don'ts of RV StorageThe holidays of 2015 are long over and the first month of 2016 is at an end. Storage units are now full to bursting with things new and old. You’re done traveling for the holidays. You’ve packed away all of those holiday decorations. The new gifts you received that are best used in the summer months have also been packed away. There is just one final item to prep and store. You’re RV. Prepping and storing your RV might be old hat to you and for others it may be an entirely new process. Below are a few Do’s and Don’ts for RV storage.

  • Do make sure to winterize your water system: This is especially important in colder climates where snow and rain are a fairly common occurrence. Pouring some non-toxic antifreeze through your water system will prevent freezing and cracking within your water lines.
  • Don’t park your RV just anywhere: Just like Storage Units there are places you can rent to “store” your RV. Some of these places offer enclosed storage and some offer open storage spaces. Many places such as RV Dealerships and Campgrounds offer storage for your RV. That being said it is wholly possible to store your RV on your own premises. If this is the option you prefer then make sure to find a flat piece of ground to avoid unauthorized movement. Also, avoid trees and places where plant life, such as weeds, will overgrow it.
  • Do shut down or turn off any and all appliances within the RV: Making sure you unplug your lamps, that travel coffee maker, the fridge and any other items that need electricity to operate will help ensure your RV’s batteries are not drained when you pull it out of storage. Also, be sure to shut off the main breaker of your RV. Electricity is her own entity and can get up to mischief if not treated with due respect.
  • Don’t forget to give your RV a good thorough cleaning: The last thing anyone wants to have to deal with when they pull their RV out of storage is an infestation of rodents, insects or both. What you’ll want to do is clean out your fridge and defrost it. Clean and dry it thoroughly. Doing this will prevent mold from growing in your fridge. Next, open every drawer, every cabinet and every compartment then clear out any and all food. Even those types of food that come canned or bottled need to exit the RV. Clean and dry every surface from the floor to the ceiling. Like with the fridge, this will keep mold and mildew from building up and becoming prime real estate for bacteria.

The above Do’s and Don’ts are but a few tips for helping you prepare your RV for storage be it long-term or short-term. While there are many other tips and tricks out there, these will certainly put you on track. If you have any questions or you would like more information on RV Storage, please feel free to contact us.

3 Key Considerations When Looking at Storage for Your RV

3 Key Considerations When Looking at Storage for Your RVOwning an RV allows you to travel the country and see all sorts of sights and attractions. However, you need somewhere to store it when the cooler weather hits and you aren’t using it any longer. With RV storage, you can eliminate any hassles and headaches surrounding where you are going to put your unit. However, not all storage facilities are the same. To help ensure you get one that is going to work best for you, here are a couple of things you need to consider beforehand.


While you might not have to worry about getting into your RV during the winter, you need to know whether it is an option or not. Some facilities have restrictions on what time you can access the storage facility while others let you in at any time of the day or night. It is important that you know these things in the event you do have to get something out of the RV at 10pm. You don’t want to have it where you are stuck and cannot access your unit when you need to.

Indoor or Outdoor Storage

There are indoor and outdoor storage facilities for storing your RV. You need to determine which one is going to work better for your individual needs. While indoor units do cost a little more, it might be worth it to someone with a fairly new unit who doesn’t want the snow to cause rust to form earlier than it should. Only you can determine which option is going to work for you. Look at both and make an informed decision.

Time Commitment

Make sure there aren’t any time commitments required when securing your storage facility. You don’t want to sign paperwork that says you are going to end up storing your unit for six months when in fact you only planned on storing it for three. This could wind up costing you penalties and fees for terminating the contract early. It is important that you have a solid understanding of the rental agreement. Is it month to month or for a specified amount of time?

In knowing the three things above, you can better make an informed decision about where you want to store your RV. Contact us for additional information on storage for your RV.

How to Get Ready for Boat & RV Storage This Winter

How to Get Ready for Boat & RV Storage This WinterIf you are lucky enough to own a boat and RV, you may have enjoyed using them for most of the year, but are now planning on putting them in boat & RV storage during the winter months. If you plan on staying home and would like your boat and RV to be stored securely, it is vital that you make some preparations first so that they stay in good condition until you return.

Make Sure All the Contents of the Boat and RV Are Dry

While this is especially important for your boat, you need to check that all the contents of the boat and RV are dry. Moisture inside an enclosed space can quickly lead to mildew and mold, making it important that this is avoided by drying everything off and removing any wet items before storing.

Remove Any Valuables from the RV

Even at a storage facility with plenty of security features, it is vital that you don’t leave valuable items behind. While it can be easy to simply pull up to the storage facility and leave the RV and boat, you need to remove valuables such as jewelry, art, kitchenware, and other items that are valuable to you.

Consider Insuring Your Boat, RV, or Both

Although some storage facilities offer insurance for their renters, you need to check what the limits are for the coverage. In fact, you may find that you need to get additional insurance for the value of your RV or boat, making it a good idea to go over the paperwork before settling with the coverage.

If you’re interested in boat or RV storage, feel free to contact us anytime to discuss your options.

It’s That Time of Year For Boat and RV Holiday Storage

“See the moonlight sparkle on the snow,  The fireplace in afterglow,  It’s winter, another winter” ~Holiday Harmony

The holidays are in full swing and fall has given way to winter as hinted by the lyrics above. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to prep your boat and RV for storage this holiday season. Below is a list of four tips to help you on your way.

  1. It's That Time of Year For Boat and RV Holiday StorageLeave Doors Open: For both boats and RVs, it’s wise to leave the doors open on refrigerators, certain appliances and cabinets along with leaving any drawers open. Remove all food, cloth and electronics. Be sure to clean and wipe out all surfaces of the fridges, cabinets and drawers. This is to prevent the growth of mold and keep odors to a minimum.
  2. Boat Drive Belts, RV Wheels: For boats, you will want to loosen your drive belts or completely remove them depending on how long you intend to store your boat. Removing or loosening the belt will prevent cracks from ruining the belt. For RVs you will want to chock the wheels to prevent unauthorized movement of your vehicle which can lead to horrible damages. Using store-bought chocks or simply two sturdy pieces of wood on either side of each wheel will keep your RV immobile.
  3. Plug RV Pipes, Wipe Down Boats Surfaces: For RVs you will want to go through your vehicle and plug every pipe entrance and exit with either a cap or something that will be immovable and inedible to rodents. Doing this will prevent any surprise infestations. For boats, you will want to be very thorough in wiping down all of the surfaces of your boat so as to get rid of any salt water. Salt water is very corrosive and can cause damage quickly if not removed properly.
  4. Prevent Freezing: This is highly important in both boats and RVs. For RVs you will need to empty all of your water tanks and use Anti-Freeze just as you would in your car or truck. This will prevent freezing which can lead to cracking and splintering. For Boats, you will want leave all of the drains open to allow all excess water to leave so as to prevent freezing.

The above tips will help you keep your boat and RV adequately protected during a stint in storage this holiday season. Now you can sit back, relax and stay warm with a cup of hot chocolate or egg nog. If you have any questions or would like more information on please contact us.

Why Store Your Boat in a Storage Unit This Winter?

Why Store Your Boat in a Storage Unit This Winter?Now that the weather has cooled down, you probably won’t be using your boat again until the springtime. This means that now is the time to start thinking about boat storage for your vessel.

There are various options, such as keeping your boat at home or leaving it at the marina. These are a few reasons why you should keep it in a storage unit instead.

Avoid Problems With Your Homeowners Association

Before you decide to keep your boat at home, consider your homeowners association rules. You may not be allowed to do so. Plus, keeping your boat on your property can be a pain.

Save Money on Storage Fees

Your marina probably charges to store your boat during the winter. Consider comparing prices with a storage unit company like Party Barn Boat & RV Storage; you might find that it’s cheaper.

Keep Your Boat Safe from the Elements

One of the main reasons to keep your boat in a storage unit is the fact that you can keep it in a protected, climate-controlled environment. This is a great way to protect your boat against the tough winter elements.

Make Working on Your Boat Easy — and Comfortable

You might have ideas of projects that you would like to do for your boat this winter. If your boat is in a storage unit, it’ll be easy for you to work on it without braving the elements.

As you can see, a storage unit can be the perfect spot for storing your boat this winter. To find out more, contact us at Party Barn Boat & RV Storage.

10 Tips to Make Boat & RV Storage Simple

10 Tips to Make Boat & RV Storage SimpleBoat & RV storage doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, we’ve got ten ways to make it simple.

  1. Pick a safe place: You want to make sure the place you have will store your items properly. Check to make sure they have levels of security.
  2. Pick a place easy to access: You want to make sure you will be able to access it when you need to.
  3. Clean: Clean all things that would go bad- food, water, etc. Anything perishable you leave in there could become moldy and rotten, attracting insects and pests, by the time you get back.
  4. Dry: Wet items must be hung or removed before storing.
  5. Lock It: Get a good lock for safety and peace of mind. Many storage places generally require you to buy your own heavy-duty lock, but we provide it for you.
  6. List: Take a list of what you need to take out before storing it so you won’t forget anything.
  7. Winter is Coming: Winterize your boat or RV to protect broken pipes and worse, depending on your storage type.
  8. Valuables: Remove all valuables no matter where you store it. It is always best to store them in a location that you can monitor easily.
  9. Visiting: See how often you can visit if you forget something in there. Remembered that your spare charger is tucked in a cabinet? We provide year-round gate access and good office hours. We have computerized gate access and lighted grounds, making it easier to see if you have to stop by after dark.
  10. Relax: Relax and plan your next trip! Think of repairs and take stock of your RV or boat to prepare any additions over the winter time.

To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.

Store Your RV Safely with Boat & RV Storage

Store Your RV Safely with Boat & RV StorageSpring and summer are ideal seasons to take your RV out for a spin and spend a few months on the road. However, as fall arrives and winter is around the corner, you should probably think about putting your RV in boat & RV storage until the weather becomes clear and manageable again in the following spring. Although you could find your own storage solution, you will find that a storage facility is the best place to keep your RV long-term.

Avoid Using Your Entire Driveway

If you have a large-enough driveway to store your RV, you still might not want to use it for storage as it could consume the entire space. Also, a large RV can be quite the eyesore in your driveway. It is simply easier to take it to a storage facility, especially when you do not need to use your RV for any reason through fall and winter.

Enjoy Weather Protection

One of the best qualities of RV storage is that you get to enjoy weather protection. Although RVs are quite resilient and can handle the most severe of weather conditions, you can never go wrong with complimentary protection. Your RV will easily avoid the negative impacts that heavy rainstorms, windstorms, and snowstorms can have.

Safer than in a Driveway

Although your RV is generally pretty safe in your driveway, you never know when someone might run off the road and hit your RV. Instead of having to worry about filing an insurance claim and going through repairs, or even worse, dealing with a totaled vehicle, you can enjoy a worry-free experience by using a storage facility.

If you have any questions about storing your RV in our complex, contact us today.

A Safe, Economical Option For RV Storage

A Safe, Economical Option For RV Storage“There are 52,952 self storage facilities in the United States. And 8.96% of U.S. households rent a self-storage unit.” These statistics are according to Some people need the extra space because they are outgrowing their home and have an overflow of items that they need stored. Sometimes people utilize one of these facilities temporarily as they are moving or relocating and need some place for storage until they get settled into their new home.

Now, a different wave is hitting the market. With the many outdoor enthusiasts owning camping equipment and RVs, they are utilizing these spaces to house their recreational vehicles. This is a great option to get your RV off of your own property, especially if you do not have a proper place to store it. While investing in one of these machines, it’s vital to keep it in the best working order possible. You can do this by choosing a self storage facility for your RV Storage.

Party Barn Boat & RV Storage, situated in Wylie, Texas, is committed to providing exceptionally clean and competitively priced self storage. A few benefits that Party Barn Boat & RV Storage offers are as follows:

  • They are located within 3 miles of both Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard. This is a convenient location for any RV or boat storage needs you may have as this is an attractive destination for those utilizing these types of recreational vehicles.
  • They own over 5 acres of storage on a 12 inch crushed asphalt surface. This allows for your RV to stay stationary on level ground.
  • They have the options of covered, enclosed or uncovered storage.

If you have any questions about your own RV storage, please do not hesitate to contact us. Or, hop on over to the blog for some more great storage tips and information!

Boat & RV Storage to Keep Your Boat Safe Until Next Year

Boat & RV Storage to Keep Your Boat Safe Until Next YearAlthough it depends on what you use your boat for, many boat owners take their boat out of storage in late spring or early summer and put it away in fall, before it gets exceedingly cold outside. While long-time boat owners generally have a place to store their boat already, those who have recently bought a boat or moved and no longer have a predetermined location to store their boat may be looking for a storage solution.

Businesses that offer boat & RV storage are worth considering because they specifically cater to boats.

Optimal Conditions are Dwindling

Finding great outdoor conditions for boat usage is possible in the fall, but the optimal conditions are minimal. Instead of trying to stretch your boating experience, you should invest time and effort into proper storage, with the intention to come back next year and take advantage of outstanding conditions on a routine basis.

Take Care of the Essentials

When you store your boat, you cannot just take it out of the water and put it into storage. You need to take care of some essentials such as removing all electronics, disconnecting the battery, and drying the boat completely.

Keep the Gas Tank Full

Since you are likely going to store your boat at least through the wintertime, you should keep the gas tank full, which will prevent the tank from experiencing phase separation from moisture getting inside.

Although it might take a good few hours to prepare your boat for storage, you will feel better knowing that you can safely put it into storage and have a completely operational boat when you take it out of storage.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about boat storage, contact us.