Readying Your RV for Storage

Readying Your RV for Storage

Readying Your RV for Storage

We are continuing or series on readying your RV for storage.  Our previous article discussed some tips to consider as you move your motorhome to RV storage. We covered some ways to prepare the inside of your RV, the fact that you should top off your gas tank, and also the importance of checking for leaks and covering holes.  Today, we will look at three more aspects to consider when placing your motorhome in a vehicle storage space. 

Prepare the Exterior

Preparing the exterior of your motorhome before you place it in vehicle storage will help preserve the appearance and integrity of the RV.  Check to make sure all slides are functioning properly and pull them in.  Spray down and/or wash the RV. Consider waxing to protect the exterior from rust and UV light.

Use Chock Blocks

It is not a good idea to set the parking brake for a long period of time as this can cause damage to the brake pads. When parking your motorhome in RV storage, you should always use chock blocks behind the tires to keep the vehicle from moving. 

Cover Tires

RV tires are very expensive. One of the best ways to protect them from UV damage is to purchase covers for them.  This is especially important if you plan to have your RV remain in vehicle storage for long periods of time.

Climate Masters Indoor Storage is proud to serve the Lowcountry with indoor storage facilities in Hanahan, Summerville and Daniel Island. We also have vehicle storage/auto storage/RV storage at our Summerville and Hanahan locations.  Our storage rates are competitive and our storage facilities are clean and secure.  If you are seeking climate controlled storage or vehicle storage, look no further.  Your friends at Climate Masters Indoor Storage are here to help. Give us a call or stop by for a tour of our storage facilities today!

Getting Your RV Ready for Storage

Getting Your RV Ready for Storage

Motorhomes have become a popular form of recreation over the past several years.  However, most homeowners associations do not allow RV storage and/or do not have a designated vehicle storage area for boats, RVs and other equipment.  If you find yourself having a difficult time locating a safe place for your motorhome, keep in mind that Climate Masters Indoor Storage has large, spacious vehicle storage/RV storage/auto storage at our Hanahan and Summerville locations.  If you plan to place your motorhome in RV storage, there are some preparation items to consider. Our next series of articles will cover tips on getting your RV ready for storage.

Prepare the Inside

Before placing your motorhome in a vehicle storage space, you should thoroughly clean the inside.  Be sure the refrigerator and freezer are empty and leave the doors open to avoid musty odors.  Check all drawers and cabinets.  Leave cabinet doors open.  Vacuum and/or sweep all floors.  Clean bathrooms and the kitchen.  Change linens. Close all blinds. Performing these tasks not only helps keep your RV in tip top shape, but ensures it is ready for your next trip.

Top Off Your Gas Tank

If you plan to move your motorhome to RV storage and have it sit for long periods of time, be sure to top off your gas tank to prevent condensation from forming in your fuel lines.

Check for Leaks and Cover Holes

Before leaving your unit in RV storage, do a quick check to make sure there are no leaks in the roof. Vents and exhaust pipes can be covered to prevent bugs and small animals from nesting.

Our next article will cover three more RV storage tips to consider.

If you need to rent storage, look no further. Climate Masters Indoor Storage has clean, reliable and affordable climate controlled storage facilities in Hanahan, Daniel Island, and Summerville.  Our Summerville and Hanahan locations also have vehicle storage/auto storage/RV storage space.  Give us a call or stop by for a tour today!

Storage Space Spring Cleaning

Storage Space Spring Cleaning

Storage Space Spring Cleaning

(part two)

We are continuing our series on spring cleaning your climate controlled storage space. Our previous article covered getting rid of items you no longer need and the importance of rotating and shifting items in your storage space.  Today, we will cover two more tips to consider when spring cleaning your indoor storage unit.

Update Your Inventory List

Since you will likely be purging some items and possibly bringing additional items to your storage space, it would be a good idea to review and update your inventory list.  Your inventory list should include all contents you are keeping in your indoor storage space as well as their location. This not only keeps you organized but helps ensure you can easily access something should you need it.

Assess Your Current Needs

You should assess your storage needs at least once a year. Should you downsize your storage space?  Do you need a larger indoor storage space?  Should you move a car, boat or motorhome that is sitting in your driveway to vehicle storage /RV storage? Now is the perfect time to review your storage space needs and adjust accordingly.

Climate Masters Indoor Storage is proud to provide safe, affordable and clean climate controlled storage facilities in Hanahan, Daniel Island and Summerville.  Our storage rates are competitive and our friendly staff is here to assist you with your indoor storage needs. When you rent storage from us, you enjoy 24/7 access, restroom facilities, cart and hand truck use and no hidden fees.  Many of our commercial customers value the fact that we can accept deliveries and have forklift services as well.  Our Summerville and Hanahan locations feature large auto storage/RV storage space to accommodate all of your vehicle storage needs.  Want to learn more?  Stop by one of our storage facilities for a complimentary tour today!

Spring Cleaning for Your Climate Controlled Storage Space

Spring Cleaning for Your Climate Controlled Storage Space

Spring Cleaning for Your Climate Controlled Storage Space

(part one)

The sweet smell of flowers and sounds of birds chirping are sure signs that the spring season is upon us. Spring is the perfect time to not only clean your home but organize your climate controlled storage space as well.  Are you considering doing some spring cleaning this season?  If so, our next series of articles will cover ideas for spring cleaning your climate controlled storage space.  Let’s take a look:

Get Rid of Items You No Longer Need

You should re-examine the inventory in your climate controlled storage space at least once a year and get rid of items you no longer need. You may be surprised at just how many belongings you are able to donate, sell or pass on to others.

Rotate Boxes and Shift Items

Boxes and other items may benefit from being shifted to a different level or spot in the storage space.  This is especially true of boxes that may be getting pushed in or creased due to pressure of items being stacked on top of them.

Our next article will cover two more storage space spring cleaning tips to consider.

Climate Masters Indoor Storage has premier climate controlled storage facilities in Hanahan, Daniel Island and Summerville. Our Hanahan and Summerville locations also have vehicle storage / RV storage space as well.  If you are looking to rent storage, our storage rates are affordable and our storage facilities are clean and secure.  We invite you to stop by and check us out today!

Humidity and Heat Affect These Items

Humidity and Heat Affect These Items

Humidity and Heat Affect These Items

(part two)

There are certain items that should only be stored in climate controlled storage facilities.  We are continuing our series on items that are adversely affected by heat and humidity.  Our last article discussed paper, audio tapes, video tapes and electronics. This article covers three more categories of items that should not be kept in a storage space that is exposed to heat and humidity.

Some Metals

While most metals aren’t going to melt in the heat, humidity can wreak havoc and cause some types of metals to rust and/or turn color.  Jewelry, metal artwork and items with metal accents should be kept in a climate controlled storage space.

Wood

Wood is extremely susceptible to mildew when stored in a storage space with high humidity levels.  Wood can also expand, crack and warp as a result of heat and humidity, which is why it should always be kept in climate controlled storage.

Artwork and Collections

The heat and humidity of the Lowcountry can be quite damaging to various types of artwork and collections.  Indoor storage is recommended for these items as moisture and humidity can damage paintings, stamp collections, card collections, magazines, etc.  Some types of sculptures may even warp as temperatures fluctuate.

Climate Masters Indoor Storage has safe, secure climate controlled storage facilities to accommodate both your personal and small business needs.  Our storage rates are competitive and we have indoor storage space options in Summerville, Daniel Island and Hanahan. Our Summerville and Hanahan locations also have vehicle storage / auto storage /RV storage available.  When you need to rent storage, call the most trusted climate controlled storage provider in the Lowcountry.  Feel free to stop by for a tour of our storage facilities today!

Items Affected by Humidity and Heat

Items Affected by Humidity and Heat

Items Affected by Humidity and Heat

(part one)

The Lowcountry is known for its hot and humid climate.  While this makes for great beach weather, heat and humidity do not pair well with some items.  Climate controlled storage is designed to protect your sensitive belongings from being damaged due to exposure to extreme heat and humid conditions.  Our next series of articles will highlight different categories of items that should be kept in a climate controlled storage space.

Paper

Heat and humidity will wreak havoc on paper, so keeping your photos, books, magazines, certificates, files, records, etc. in an indoor storage space is a must.  Not only does paper tend to turn yellow and become brittle in extreme temperatures and high humidity, but it is also very susceptible to mold and mildew.

Audio and Video Tapes

If you have any old cassette tapes, VHS tapes, etc. you will want to ensure they are placed in a climate controlled storage space. Heat and humidity can cause cases to warp while the tape itself can become brittle and damaged.

Electronics

Electronics such as computers, televisions, video games, etc. should not be subject to extreme heat or humidity.  Electronic components can easily melt in the heat of the Lowcountry summer while humidity and moisture can cause significant damage to sensitive parts. When storing electronics, always select a climate controlled storage option.

If you plan to rent storage now or in the future, Climate Masters Indoor Storage has affordable storage rates and convenient locations in Summerville, Hanahan, and Daniel Island.  Our Summerville and Hanahan storage facilities also have vehicle storage / RV storage / auto storage space as well. Feel free to give us a call or stop by any of our three Lowcountry locations to learn more today!

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Tips for Storing Furniture

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We have many customers who rent storage for furniture.  Whether you have antique pieces or need an indoor storage space during an interim move, there is a proper way to prepare your furniture for climate controlled storage.  Let’s take a closer look:

Clean

First, be sure to thoroughly clean each piece of furniture you plan to place in indoor storage.  There should be no dust, debris, dirt or anything else on the surface.  Clean all wood with a recommended wood cleaner.  Be sure to polish any metal and wipe down all glass.  And, don’t forget to give fabric, cushions, and decorative pillows a little TLC as well.

Disassemble

Next, disassemble the furniture to make it easier to move and store.  Examples of furniture that people often take apart in preparation for climate controlled storage include bookcases, desks, tables, hutches and more.  Be sure to place any hardware (i.e. bolts, screws, etc.) in labeled plastic bags.  These can be stored with the furniture in your indoor storage space so they can be readily available when you need them. 

Wrap

Wrapping your furniture provides an extra layer of protection, especially when transporting. Some people shrink wrap their furniture before placing it in climate controlled storage.  Others simply securely cover it with sheets or blankets.  Glass tabletops and other items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and securely placed in a box for extra protection.

When it comes to safe and secure storage facilities, Climate Masters Indoor Storage has you covered.  Our storage rates are affordable and we have numerous storage space options in Summerville, Hanahan and Daniel Island to meet your needs.  Our Hanahan and Summerville locations also have auto storage/vehicle storage/RV storage available as well.  If you are seeking to rent storage, look no further.  We invite you to stop by for a tour of our storage facilities today!

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Advantages of Climate Controlled Storage

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If you are looking to rent storage and are exploring the pros and cons of indoor and outdoor storage facilities, then this article will provide you with some important aspects to consider.  Let’s take a look at some of the advantages climate controlled storage has over traditional outdoor storage space options.

Temperature and Humidity

Temperature, especially extreme cold or heat, can wreak havoc on the contents in outdoor storage facilities.  Humidity is also a problem when storing belongings in an outside storage space.  Items especially susceptible to temperatures and humidity include objects and furniture made of wood, electronics, paper such as documents, books, magazines, playing cards, etc., mattresses, artwork, photos and more.  When you store items in a climate controlled storage space, you have peace of mind knowing they are protected from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Better Sealed

Indoor storage spaces are designed to be maintained at a certain temperature, therefore, they are sealed and insulated much better than outdoor storage facilities. An indoor storage space has improved air quality and less dust and debris when compared to outdoor store facilities.

While storage rates for climate controlled storage are higher than outdoor storage facilities, if protecting your belongings is important to you then paying a little more is well worth the investment. Climate Masters Indoor Storage is the premier provider of climate controlled storage solutions with locations in Summerville, Daniel Island and Hanahan.  Additionally, if you need to rent storage for vehicles or equipment, we have extra long auto storage/vehicle storage/RV storage spaces available at our Hanahan and Summerville locations.  Give us a call or stop by to tour our storage facilities today!

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Avoid These Packing and Indoor Storage Pitfalls

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Part Two

We are continuing our series on pitfalls to avoid when packing for your indoor storage space.  Our previous article discussed the importance of using quality packing materials.  We also covered how not following proper packing etiquette can compromise the content in the boxes you pack.  Today, we will take a closer look at two additional pitfalls to avoid when packing items to place in a climate controlled storage space.

Failing to Label and/or Inventory Boxes Being Stored

When you are in the process of packing boxes, it is easy to tell yourself that you will remember what is in each box.  However, as time passes, it can be easy to forget.  Be sure to clearly label what is inside each box on both the top of the box and the side.  This will make it easy to locate items you may need once they are moved to your climate controlled storage space.

Not Organizing Your Storage Space to Access Items Needed

The next pitfall to avoid is not organizing the boxes in your indoor storage space so that items you may need are easily accessible.  The last thing you want to have to do is move box after box after box to get to that one box you need in the back.  When organizing your climate controlled storage space, be sure to place the boxes you likely will not need to access in the foreseeable future in the back of the unit so other more important items can be easily accessible.

When it comes to climate controlled storage, RV storage and auto storage/vehicle storage, your friends at Climate Masters have you covered.  We are the Lowcountry’s premier provider of storage facilities with locations in Hanahan, Daniel Island and Summerville.  If you need to rent storage, it’s important to remember that not all providers are equal.  Not only does Climate Masters Indoor Storage have competitive storage rates, but our storage facilities are secure and we offer 24/7 access.  If you are seeking to rent storage, we can help.  Give your friends at Climate Masters Indoor Storage a call today.

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Pitfalls to Avoid When Packing Boxes for Indoor Storage

Indoor Storage

Part One

We’ve been in the climate controlled storage business for a long time and have witnessed first-hand some of the pitfalls to avoid when packing boxes to be placed in an indoor storage space. Our next series of articles are designed to help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls when packing boxes for indoor storage.  Let’s take a look:

Using Substandard Packing Materials

A common mistake many people make when packing boxes for indoor storage is using substandard packing material.  Boxes that are not sturdy or odd shaped tend to not stack well and can easily be crunched, which compromises the integrity of their contents.  Be sure to use quality, sturdy packing materials to keep your items protected.  Climate Masters Indoor Storage carries a full line of reliable, heavy duty packing materials that you can purchase at any one of our three locations.

Not Following Proper Packing Etiquette

It is important to make sure your boxes are packed to the top and with the heaviest items on the bottom.  Fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap.  If there is extra space in the box, then be sure to fill it up with packing paper or peanuts.  Boxes that are partially empty can easily cave in, destroying their contents. Be sure to properly seal the bottom and top of your boxes with several layers of quality tape. 

Our next article will cover two more pitfalls to avoid when packing items to place in a climate controlled storage space.

Climate Masters Indoor Storage offers premier storage facilities in Hanahan, Daniel Island and Summerville for individuals and small business owners. In addition to climate controlled storage space, we also offer spacious RV storage, auto storage/vehicle storage at our Hanahan and Summerville locations. When it comes to selecting storage facilities for your collectibles, valuables, family heirlooms, business interests, etc., it is important to select a provider that is secure, offers 24/7 access and truly cares about their customers.  Don’t settle for just any climate controlled storage facility.  Give your friends at Climate Masters Indoor Storage a call today!