Self Storage Tips
Gather Materials Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need as well as tape, markers, and packing material (e.g., foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels)
Uniform Sizes If possible, try to use uniformly sized boxes for easy stacking.Inventory Make up an inventory list of your items and keep it in a safe place (at home or in a safe deposit box) away from the unit.
Prepare Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
Keep Dry Place your storage items on 2×4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.
Access Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
CAUTION Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g., paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, or paint).
Easier Access Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
Stack Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Strong Boxes Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds (although we suggest not putting too much in each box).
List Contents List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
Stored Together Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.
Removable Legs Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Sofas and Loveseats Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Sharp or Heavy Objects Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
Stuffed Furniture Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
Mattresses If you stand mattresses on their sides, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise, they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy. Metal Items Wipe any items made of metal – bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. – with machine oil to prevent rusting.
Boat & RV Storage Tips
We offer a variety of sizes to accommodate your storage needs. For vehicle storage parking units range in size from 30 feet to 50 feet in length and 8 feet to 14 feet in width. To measure your trailer for the size parking unit you need, measure your trailer from front to back (end to end) including the tongue.
Class A Motorhome – An RV with the living accommodations built on or as an integral part of a self-propelled motor vehicle. Models range from 24 to 45 feet in length and 8 1/2 feet in width.
Class B Motorhome – Also known as a camping van conversion. These RVs are built within the dimensions of a van, but with a raised roof to provide additional headroom. Basic living accommodations inside are ideal for short vacations or weekend trips. Models range from 16 to 21 feet in length and 6-8 feet in width.
Class C Motorhome – An RV with the living accommodations built on a cutaway van chassis. A full-size bed in the cab-over section allows for ample seating, galley and bathroom facilities in the coach. Models range from approximately 16 to 32 feet in length and 8 to 8 1/2 feet in width.
Fifth-Wheel Trailers – Fifth-wheel trailers are designed to be coupled to a special hitch that is mounted over the rear axle in the bed of a pickup truck. These trailers can have one, two or three axles and are the largest type of trailer built. Models range from 22 to 40 feet in length and 8 to 8 1/2 feet in width.
Boat Trailers – Boat trailers models range from 4 to 30 feet in length and 4 to10 feet in width. An average boat trailer is 8 feet in width and 16 feet in length.
Backing Up Tips
- Turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction that you want the trailer to go. Some people like to place a hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and move it in the direction they want the trailer to turn towards.
- Take your time. Get out and survey the situation. Plan how you want to back the trailer in. Look for obstacles and move anything that is in the way. Don’t forget to look up.
- Have a good spotter. A spotter can help guide you into your space and let you know if you are getting too close to an object or another trailer.
- Have clean and properly adjusted mirrors and use them. Make sure you can see your spotter in your mirrors and monitor them every few seconds.
- Pay attention to the front. It’s very easy to get all caught up in backing and forget what is right in front of the truck.
- Try to always back into spots on the driver’s side. Backing into a spot on the passenger
Storage Tips in Vancouver WA
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