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September 06: Failing To Properly Store Your RV Could Cost You Thousands In Damages

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    2.  Tip #1: Scrub the interior and vacuumthe entire vehicle. Food attracts pests and if you leave it in there, you’ll be surprised later to find out that parts of the interior were damaged.

      Tip #2: Make sure you empty out all the cabinets. It’s important that when you’re going to store your RV for a long term that you go cabinet by cabinet through the entire vehicle and make sure that you’ve removed any and all food.

      Tip #3: Defrost and clean both the refrigerator and freezer. Make sure all the food is removed. It’s important that you make sure that the refrigerator is thoroughly cleaned from the top to bottom and the freezer. Defrost the freezer. We also recommend that you insert a box of baking soda to eliminate moisture and odor. And then finally we recommend that you leave the door a jar.

      Tip #4: Close the windows, vents and blinds. Make sure all the windows and roof vents are closed. Sun exposure is rough on RV interiors but closing the blinds helps.

      Tip #5Reduce battery drain. We recommend that you disconnect the auxiliary battery before you store the vehicle so the appliances don’t drain it overtime while it’s in storage.

      Tip #6: Winterize your water system. If you don’t winterize the water system and it freezes over, it could cause damage to all the different water systems in the vehicle. You can take it to your RV dealer and they can winterize it for you or refer to your owner’s manual to do it yourself.

      Tip #7:  Clean and completely dry the exterior of the RV. Cleaning the RV will remove all dirt andgrime that can damage the exterior of the RV over time. If your RV has anawning, be sure it’s completely dry before you store it. Failing to do so willcause the awning to mold.

      Tip #8: Wash the undercarriage. As you’re driving around with your RV,the tires are constantly throwing up dirt, grime, salt and other chemicals from the road. These cause the undercarriage of the RV to corrode overtime. It’s important that you get the undercarriage washed. We recommend that you take it to a professional RV wash where they can do a thorough job of washing the undercarriage.

      Tip #9: Fill the gaps and holes. Rodents are the enemy when it comes to storing an RV. We recommend that you use silicone or an expanding foam to fill in all gaps and holes to prevent rodents from getting in and damaging wiring and other parts o of your RV.

      Tip #10: Inflate and cover the tires. You want to avoid getting flat spots in your tires by keeping the tires inflated to recommended pressures. But I also recommend that you cover the tires to protect them from sun damage and sun exposure.

      Tip #11: Condition the engine. Change the oil and maintain all operating fluids. We also recommend that you add a fuel stabilizer. If you leave your fuel without astabilizer for months, it will start to varnish and that could damage the engine.

       Tip #12: Disconnect the propane. We recommend that you shut off the propane to live valves. If there is a propane leak, even a small leak, you will end up not having any propane in the best scenario and in the worst case scenario it could be a hazard.

      Tip #13: Cover the RV. If you want your RV to last and look good for a long time,it’s important you cover it. It will protect it from the sun, the wind, therain and winter weather. If you don’t have a full RV cover, we recommend thatyou at least wrap and cover the air conditioning unit.




September 11: Is Your Self Storage Unit Ready for Fall?

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    2. Is Your Self Storage Unit Ready for Fall?

      Before you know it, summer will be over and the cool, crisp feeling of fall will be upon us. If you already store with us, now is the perfect time of year to get into your self storage unit and give it a check-up to make sure it is ready for fall. If you are planning to start using self storage this fall, it’s a great time of year to move things into storage with the cooler temps and lower humidity.

      Here a few steps we recommend you take to ensure that your valuables are in good shape after surviving the hot summer months, and while in storage during the fall and winter months. 

      Give Your Storage Unit a Check-Up!

      After the heat and humidity of the summer, and, if you used a drive-up storage unit all summer long, you really need to get in there and check that everything is in good shape – especially if you rarely visited. No matter what type of storage unit you have, be it drive-up, inside access or temperature controlled, this is an important step to take when the seasons change.

      Everyone knows the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” That can be the case quite often when using storage. Come visit your unit and re-familiarize yourself with is contents. If you haven’t visited in a while, it’s easy to forget what you have tucked away in there. Now is the time to replace the container of Damp-Rid you placed in there during the spring. This will help keep the moisture levels inside your storage unit as low as possible and help prevent mold or mildew. If you simply gathered free boxes from the grocery store to pack away your stuff and they are falling apart now, you may need to purchase some new ones. Oakland Self Storage is fully stocked packing and moving supplies, including a variety of boxes that resist crushing, will stack nicely and are specially treated to help prevent mold and mildew.

      We suggest that you use a disc lock to provide the most efficient security for your unit.Disc Locks have been created specifically for the storage industry and will provide your valuables the most protection and keep your mind at ease. 

      Is your door bulging, drooping or squeaking when you open and close it? This is very unlikely, but if you do notice anything of this nature, please stop in the office and notify the property manager in our business office. We can then have our maintenance team take a look and keep everything in tip-top shape. 

      Pack Away the Summer Gear 

      If you store with us all year long, the fall months are the ideal time to pack away your patio furniture, pool accessories, and, summer gear in preparation for winter.You can also move your lawnmower and other yard equipment and tools into storage since you won’t be mowing the grass in November (well, let’s hope not!). Just remember that you need to drain the tanks of gas, oil and other flammable liquids before placing them into storage.

      While you are packing away the summer gear, be sure to unpack the winter gear and take itwith you. Make sure your sweatshirts and comfy jeans are pulled from storage and placed into rotation in your closet; and you move the tank tops, sandals and swimwear into storage. Don’t forget to take everything you plan to use frequently during the cold months that should either go with you, or, be moved close to the door so it is ready when you need it.

      Call the experts at Oakland Self Storage for more tips and advice to help with your Fall storage!

       

September 21: Summer Items You Should Store This Fall: Which Will You Choose?

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      Fall is upon us – and if those cooler temps will tell us anything it’s that winter is not far behind. Before the winter sets in, take some time to pack away some of your summer items to clear up more space for living.

      Tell us which of these items are you planning on storing this fall? Visit our website at www.oaklandselfstoragellc.com, click on the events page, and, our top 10 must-store items for the winter are listed. Keep a tab in your head as you run down our list. 

      1. Patio Furniture. Your lawn chairs and outdoor furniture aren’t meant to withstand the cold of winter. In fact, snow and ice can shatter your glass-top table. Store these in a safe location, out of the elements to keep them safe. 

      2. Camping gear. Unless you’re planning on making a chilly winter excursion, you won’t need that tent and sleeping bag until next spring. Store your camping gear away from the elements – and free from mold and mildew – for the winter.

       3. Gardening equipment. Your lawnmower, hedger, and even your smaller tools like your spade and clippers won’t be getting use for a while. Pack them away to make room for all your winter supplies. 

      4. Summer clothes. Pack away all your t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops until warmer weather arrives again. Meanwhile, you will have more room for all of your winter sweaters, coats and boots. 

      5. Barbecue grill. Don’t risk wind and freezing temps breaking your prized barbecue grill. Store it indoors to keep it free of snow and ice until Memorial Day hits. 

      6. Pool equipment. You winterize your pool each year, but do you take steps to ensure your pricy equipment (like nets, hoses or vacuums) stay safe throughout the winter? Store these items out of the elements until you open your pool again next summer.

       7. Sand and pool toys. If your kids are like most, they accumulate a lot of sand toys. Store them all in one big container until next year.

       8. Kayaks and boats. Nothing is more fun than water sports in the summer, but the enjoyment runs out once the water temp drops to freezing. Store all your watercrafts safely so they’re in tip top condition come spring.

       9. Bikes. We all love going on family bike rides when the weather is mild, but all that biking equipment gets a big break once the weather turns chilly. Store your bikes, helmets, and even your bike rack out of the elements for the winter. 

      10. Camper/RV. Did you know that storing your RV improperly could cost you $5,000 in damage? Be sure to winterize your camper or RV correctly so it withstands the harsh winter weather until spring.

       Now that you know what items you need to store, give the experts at Oakland Self Storage a call at 256-216-5707 stop in for a visit, 29355 Huntsville Brown Ferry Road, Madison, AL 35756.

October 11: LOCKS - Does it really make a difference?

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    2. 10/11/2017 at 9:00 am
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    2. Even after you’ve chosen a secure storage facility, you still can take steps to make sure your belongings are safe.

      Many storage facilities let you choose your own lock for your unit’s door. Taking the time to choose a lock that will hold up against bolt cutters is highly recommended. You should avoid buying a lock with a long shackle, which is the loop that passes through or around the object you’re locking.

      Disc locks are the most popular self-storage locks. We recommend purchasing a disc lock which is difficult to cut making it much more burglar-proof.  For starters, it can’t be snapped with bolt cutters because of the way in which they’re designed. What’s more is that other tools, like hammers and lock picks, are also largely ineffective. It can be manipulated and picked, yes, but it will take a considerable amount of time to do so compared to other types of locks. That’s notable considering that most thieves are looking for a quick, easy in and out. In fact, to manipulate a disc lock, most thieves would have to turn to grinding it, which is messy, loud and time consuming. Disc locks actually originated for the sole purpose of securing self-storage units. They’re typically made of stainless steel, so they are able to thrive in year-round weather. Perhaps the lone disadvantage of going the disc lock route is that these locks will cost you more than the padlock or the combination lock. But when it comes to your personal belongings, it’s better to spend a little bit more money upfront than have to spend a lot of money replacing your valuables later on.

      HELPFUL TIP:

      If you have a few high-value items among your stored possessions, it is recommended that you place those valuables in the back of your unit. Doing so can protect your most important belongings from what is referred to as a “crash and grab” theft. In this type of burglary, thieves break into several units and quickly seize whatever looks like it holds the most value. Because these burglaries often happen so quickly–usually in a matter of minutes–crooks will be less likely to snatch important items if you’ve made them more difficult to grab.