Tag: Boat Storage

Uncovered storage – Get your boat looking its best

All good things must come to an end. But all good things deserve to look their best even if they have to wait to be used again until next season. Whether you are planning on taking your boat out of the water or merely wanting to use this time of year to spruce it up, Party Barn Boat and RV Storage can serve your needs.

Uncovered storage - Get your boat looking its best

A prime activity to undertake at this time of year is waxing your boat. It is obviously incredibly easier to wax on a stable surface, where you can reach all important parts – than teetering over the side, trying not to fall in the water. Enter uncovered storage.

Party Barn’s standalone boat facility offers customers a safe protective option out of the water. And our uncovered storage spaces can give you a chance to spruce up your boat before loading it back up for some more fun or putting it to sleep for a few months. With a few rags and a few polishing supplies (color restorer, wax, and polish), your cozy boat spot gives you access to all important parts of the boat. Then, shiny and new, hook her back up and boat in style.

With a gate and code entry system, your prized possession is safe with us. If you are looking for secure uncovered storage for your boat, consider Party Barn Boat and RV Storage. If your needs change, we can also offer you an array of covered and enclosed options, as well as electrical hookups. Contact us to find the perfect storage choice for your boat!

Top 3 Boat Storage Needs To Consider

Having a boat is such an amazing opportunity. You can make all sorts of memories and pass hours upon hours enjoying your favorite pastimes if you have one. But what can you do with your boat when you aren’t on the water. If you aren’t able to or don’t want to store your boat at your home you will need to find storage for it. Here are our top three features to look for in a boat storage unit.

Top 3 Boat Storage Needs To Consider

  1. Location, Location, Location. This popular adage is important to consider when looking for boat storage. You want to store your boat close to your home, or even better, to where you play. Imagine driving towards your local lake or reservoir and stopping only a few miles away to pick up your boat.
  2. Indoor and Outdoor Options. The amount of money you want to spend on storage if you want to winterize your boat and the value of your boat are all factors that determine whether you want indoor or outdoor storage. Read here for an article about winterizing boats in Texas.
  3. Security You Can Trust. Many storage units have keypad entry, but you want to look for one that has individual codes for each customer instead of a universal code. A universal code is more easily dispersed and easier for intruders to figure out.

Party Barn Boat and RV Storage, located miles from Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard, is an excellent choice for boat storage. The location couldn’t be better for those who like to play at these picturesque lakes. Our security is top-notch and we have indoor and outdoor storage options. For more information on storing your boat here, contact us today.

Keeping Cold Weather Tip-Ups and More at the Ready

The summer season is winding down at Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lavon. Anglers are abandoning the submerged brush and looking for those picture-worthy bass closer to the surface. Then in a few more weeks, they’ll be looking for them in the deep water as fish become increasingly harder to find. Good thing enclosed storage for the colder months isn’t as elusive as the region’s fish. Anglers can find it right here, in Wylie. Here how are our cold weather tip-ups can help you this season.

Keeping Cold Weather Tip-Ups and More at the Ready

Tackling the Hardest Storage Problems

At Party Barn Boat & RV Storage, we free anglers up from having to worry about where to store their fall and winter gear. Our well-maintained acreage is close to the lake and is suitable for storing everything a Texas angler needs to continue fishing well into the New Year. For instance, night fishing for stripers and white bass in January is definitely a possibility. Just store those twister tail jigs in a winter tackle box and place it in our enclosed storage units. They’re large enough to hold the biggest tackle boxes on the market.

Jigging Your Way, Every Day or Night

Furthermore, our secure, enclosed storage facility is accessible 24/7. So with a few pushes of the keypad’s buttons, nighttime anglers can grab their jigs and be on their way. The same is true of boats, rods, and reels. The only thing we wouldn’t recommend placing in enclosed storage is live bait. After all, that has to stay fresh in order for the fish to bite. No worries, though, anglers! There are plenty of year-round bait shops nearby. For example, Leroy’s Bait & Tackle is just 5 minutes away from our enclosed storage facility and he’s typically got minnows. We all know how much the fish overwintering in Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard love minnows.

To learn more about putting fishing gear in enclosed storage near the best angling spots in Texas, please contact us today.

Spring Check List Before Pulling Your Boat From Storage

Spring Check List Before Pulling Your Boat From Storage

Spring is here which means it is time to get back out on the water. If your boat has been in boat storage for the winter, there are a few things you should do before getting your boat back out on the lake.

  • Change the Oil. If you didn’t change your oil in the fall before you stored your boat for the winter, now is the time to get it done. Check all your filters and fluid  levels.
  • Check the Battery. Don’t take your chances on the water, make sure your battery is in great shape before heading to the lake. Boat batteries tend to be a little more temperamental than car and truck batteries.
  • Test Your Safety Features. Check out your horn and lights to make sure everything is operational. Make sure you have life jackets on board.
  • Clean Your Boat. Hopefully you left the boat clean before you put it away for the winter, but it is worth going over it one more time. Be sure to clean all the terminals.
  • Check Seals, Pumps and Gas Lines. These items are worth checking at least once a year, so spring is the perfect time to give everything a thorough inspection.
  • Run Your Boat On Land. The last thing you want is to discover a problem with your boat when you are already in the water. So, it is a good idea to turn it on while you are still on land to make sure everything is running smoothly.

If you’re looking for a convenient location to store your boat anytime you’re not using it, please contact us. We’re close to the lakes and offer options in every price range.

Before Buying a Boat, Find Convenient Boat Storage

The warm weather has all of us looking forward to a summer full of fun and excitement. If you can’t wait to start planning your summer weekends and little trips away with friends and family, there is no time like the present.

Before Buying a Boat, Find Convenient Boat Storage

Start filling your calendar with all the activities you know you want to get to this summer. You should definitely plan at least one weekend on the lake. Of course, if you owned a boat, you could just clear your calendar and make every single weekend a lake weekend.

However, before you buy your boat, you need to look into a few practical considerations.  For example, where will  you store your boat while you’re not using it?  If you happen to have an oversized garage, then you’re all set, but most neighborhood HOAs won’t let you leave a boat parked in your driveway, and you definitely can’t leave it parked on the street.

Don’t let these small concerns keep you from realizing your dream of owning a boat, because boat storage is available in every price range. You can choose open boat storage, covered boat storage or a enclosed storage. If you live near Wylie Texas we offer boat storage that is just three miles from Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard so storing your boat with us may actually be more convenient than keeping it at your house.

If you have any questions about boat 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.

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.