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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.

4 Tips for Keeping Your RV In Shape

When your RV is not being used, it’s important that you keep it well maintained during those times. Without doing so, parts can break down and lose their functionality. Here are a few tips to help you out.

4 Tips for Keeping Your RV In Shape

Make Sure Your Seals Are Working

In order to keep your RV nice and dry, the seals on your roof and around your doors and windows need to be able to keep out any moisture. Over time, however, seals can start to crack and loosen. It’s a good idea to check your seals every few months, or even replace your seals and reseal your doors and windows for good measure.

Look Underneath

Take a look underneath your RV every now and then. Check out all the parts. Make sure nothing seems out of the ordinary or broken.

Keep It Cool

If you’re storing your RV outside, it can heat up during the summer months. Temperatures inside your RV can reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This can cause damage to inside parts and accessories. To prevent this from happening, open the vents. An even better solution is to store your RV in an indoor self-storage facility.

Keep the Roof Covered

Rain, heat, snow, hail, falling branches, cold weather, hot weather, and more can damage your RV. Keeping your RV’s roof covered can help prevent a lot of this damage. Use an indoor or covered RV storage facility to store your RV while you are away.

Need a place to store your RV? Contact us today!

Indoor or Enclosed Storage: What’s Right for You?

Here in Texas, we like to hold on to warm weather thoughts as long as we can. But now that winter has officially been ushered in, you might find yourself scrambling for where and how to store your RV during these chillier months. You know you don’t want it sitting in your driveway, but what are your options?

Indoor or Enclosed Storage: What's Right for You?

When you work with an RV storage facility like ours, you’ll find a variety of safe and affordable options as your biggest decision is choosing whether to choose outdoor or in enclosed storage. Here are some things to consider as you look at your options:

Outdoor Storage

This is the lowest priced option — and hence the most popular option — for storing RVs, trailers, and boats on a storage facility. You’ll enjoy state-of-the-art security and assurances that your RV will be kept safe and in good condition. You can choose either:

  • Open parking.  Here, your RV gets parked in a designated parking space in an uncovered area.
  • Covered parking.  Here, your RV gets parked in a covered space similar to a massive carport. This protects it from the worst of rain and UV damage, as well as the rare hail storm.

However, with both outdoor storage options, there are no walls to protect vehicles from all types of elemental damages. Even prolonged sun exposure can have negative impacts on your RV.

Enclosed Storage

While it is a bit more expensive, more people than ever are requesting enclosed storage facilities. That’s because here your recreational investment enjoys the highest amount of protection in a fully enclosed parking space. This adds an extra layer of security while climate-controlled facilities further protect sensitive electronic and piping components and four walls + a roof keeps out all of the elemental damage.

For more information about enclosed storage and why it is the hot trending storage pick for boats, and trailers, contact us today.

What RV Storage Can Do for You

For those who enjoy recreational vehicles, RV storage is a common concern. Proper storage is part of taking good care of your RV. Should you park it at home? Can you park it at home? Instead of wrestling with neighbors, the law, and your own worry, consider a dedicated storage spot in a secure facility. Here are a couple of major benefits of RV storage.

What RV Storage Can Do for You

Provides Protection

RVs are large investments that provide you with the comforts of home while on the road. A dedicated storage space provides security for your home away from home and relieves you of worry. By storing your RV safely and securely, you’ll have no fear of vandalism or theft. Your batteries, propane, and entire unit remain intact and untouched.

Saves Space

If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association or residential regulations on RV parking in streets, driveways, or on the side of our home, RV storage is for you. Perhaps you would simply rather not take up valuable space around your home. RV storage allows you to have the freedom to enjoy your vehicle at any time while keeping it out of your way when you’re not using it.

When you own an RV, you want to spend time enjoying it, not worrying about it. To solve the problem of space and security, store it in a safe place. At Party Barn Boat & RV Storage, we offer that secure space for your RV at an affordable price.

Feel free to contact us today to inquire about our spaces and availability.

When Vacation Comes To An End

Life on the open road is full of adventure and mystery.  Each day holds infinite possibility because there is nothing stopping you from taking a detour, discovering new incredible sights and sleeping in a new location every night. With summer ending, we hope you carved out time over the last few months to experience new adventures in your RV with people who you love.

When Vacation Comes To An End

If you’re like us, you’d never leave your RV if it weren’t for the responsibilities of work, family and other commitments. Since you can’t spend all of your time in your RV, and your neighbors won’t tolerate you leaving it out on the street (and sneaking out for impromptu RV slumber parties whenever you get a hankering for a trip) we offer RV storage you can trust.

We’re conveniently located in Wylie, Texas, just 3 miles from Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard, so if you do decide to take a spontaneous night or two away at the lake, it won’t be a complicated ordeal.

We offer a gated location to store your RV anytime that you’re not using it. We have an option for every budget, including uncovered storage for your no frills RV, covered storage for added protection from hail and weather, as well as fully enclosed storage spaces.

If you have questions about which type of RV storage is right for you, please contact us. We would be happy to talk to you about our pricing and security.

Tips For Choosing The Best RV Storage Facility

Are you looking for an RV storage facility? Aside from location, it’s important to consider all of your personal storage requirements. When storing your expensive investment don’t just settle. To find exactly what will work for your RV storage needs we’ve compiled a list to get you started.

Tips For Choosing The Best RV Storage Facility

 

Ask Around

Ask RV dealerships in your area for unbiased opinions on local RV storage facilities. As they’re in the RV business, they’re likely familiar with all RV storage companies in the area.

Ask trusted individuals who own an RV. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who also has an RV stored locally. Find out that person’s experience with the company they use.

Security is a Must

Find out what type of security each RV storage facility uses. An electronically controlled access gate, a secure perimeter, and some type of video surveillance.

Company’s Credentials Matter

Check to see how long the company has been in business and reviews from their customers. Word of mouth reputation is always helpful.

 

Pick the Best Spot For Your Needs

If you plan to access your RV often, choose a facility that has available spots near the entrance gate. This will save you the hassle of navigating a large RV around in a storage property.

Party Barn Boat & RV Storage offers covered, and uncovered storage options specifically for RVs. If you have any questions or concerns regarding RV storage, please contact us.

4 Important Tips for Boat Storage

4 Important Tips for Boat Storage

What you do in the process of preparing your boat for storage is just as important as storing your boat in the first place. Like with an RV, your boat is an investment and not just of your money but also of your time in making priceless memories. Like with all investments, regardless of the monetary value, we all want to protect those items. Your boat is no different. Taking the time to carefully prep your expensive toy will ensure nothing goes wrong during its stint in boat storage. Below are 4 important tips to consider for storing your boat.

  • Tip 1: Proper Support: This is highly important in regards to the structural integrity of your boat’s hull and frame. Just placing your boat, whatever its size, anywhere on dryland without proper support will only lead to distortion and warping of the hull. This will leave you with an unusable boat. There are several different ways to support your boat which include but are not limited to: Blocks, a custom boat cradle, or jack stands. There are a few areas to keep in mind when placing these supports such as the engines and keel.
  • Tip 2: Water Drainage: When your boat is not in storage, it’s most often in water as such, when it’s time to prep it for storage and you pull it out of the water, pull your bilge plugs. If you do this first and get it set up on your supports you can angle the bow upwards to allow as much water to drain out as possible. In doing this first, you’ll save yourself a lot of time. While the water is draining, you can then clean it out as well as perform any maintenance that needs to be handled.
  • Tip 3: Thoroughly Clean and Dry: Now that your boat is set up to drain water, you should make the most of your time by giving your boat a thorough scrub down as well as clearing out any and all food. Open every drawer, cabinet and compartment then take out every food item. Doing this will ensure your boat is free from any infestations while it is in storage. Also, scrub down every surface to clear it of bacteria and allow it to completely dry. Letting everything you have cleaned dry out will make sure that mildew and mold will not grow during the time your boat is in storage.
  • Tip 4: Maintenance: Take the time to go over every surface both inside and outside of your boat, check in every nook and cranny for any maintenance you can perform. Taking care of torn sails, surface cracks or tarnish will give you more time to enjoy your boat when you’re ready to pull it out of storage. Also, fixing those cracks will make sure they don’t expand while in storage.

The above tips are only a few of many that are out there in regards to boat storage. These four will help ensure your boat is ready to go into storage as well as make sure you can be out sailing when other’s are fixing up their own boats after you’ve pulled yours out of storage. If you would like more information or you have any questions in regards to boat storage, please, feel free to contact us.

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.

Accessibility

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.