Prepare Your Vehicles for Winter with These Storage Tips

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The end of summer means our Chicagoland sizzle is almost over, but it also means our seasonal snows are just a few calendar pages away. Start thinking about winterizing your favorite rides now, and you'll be ready to roll everything into self storage before Bridgeview, IL freezes over.

Move the Motorcycle Inside

The Veteran's Run from our Bridgeview Courthouse doesn't signal the end of summer, but plenty of area cycles will head for nearby storage units over the next few months. Don't put your bike at risk by leaving it outside all winter.

  • Get the bike ready for storage by removing oil, brake fluid and antifreeze.
  • Disconnect the battery, and store it on shelving in your storage unit.
  • Keep motorcycle wheels off concrete flooring with a wooden pallet.
  • Invest in a quality cover to protect engine components from dust.

Secure the Boat From Snow

When the chill off Lake Michigan chases you in for the winter, say goodbye to stalking largemouth bass. Say hello to staking out self storage that keeps your boat shipshape until spring.

  • Clean your watercraft inside and out, and make sure everything's dry to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Change out antifreeze and oil, and use fogging oil to protect engine components.
  • Remove the battery, and keep it dry and off the ground.
  • Support the hull with a cradle, jack stands or blocks.
  • Pamper your boat with a final waxing and a ventilated canvas cover.

Keep the Car Warm This Winter

If you have an extra car that needs to hibernate away from home, you can go with outdoor parking options at a fully gated storage facility. If the city turns into Chiberia (Chicago + Siberia) again this winter, you might prefer a drive-up indoor unit. In or out, give your wheels a little love and attention before long-term storage.

  • Change the oil, top off the tank, and add fuel stabilizer. (Outdoor Storage Only)
  • Flush and replace brake fluid with a silicone-based fluid.
  • Inflate tires to maximum PSI, and disconnect the battery.
  • Clean and detail the car from roof to undercarriage.
  • Protect it with a quality car cover that breathes.

Stay Ready to Roll

It doesn't take a snowpocalypse to make storage units your best choice for protecting vehicles from winter weather. Safeguard Self Storage offers harbor for boats, cycles, and wheels with drive-up units and outdoor parking in Bridgeview, IL. Store your favorite rides with us, and you'll be ready to roll come spring.

Winter Boat Self Storage in Bridgeview

If you're an aspiring sailor, Bridgeview, IL, is the perfect place to call home. It's just a 30-minute drive from the Chicago Park District 59th Street Harbor, and it's equally close to the Chicago Yacht Club. Bridgeview offers a friendly environment and a great community to help you get the most from your seafaring adventures. However, when winter winds start to blow, you'll need to find an overwinter home for your boat. Your driveway isn't the ideal place, and if you live in an apartment, it's not even an option. In most cases, self storage is the best solution. Obtaining a storage space is simple and affordable, and your boat will be in a comfortable place.

How to Prepare Your Boat for Winter Storage

Careful preparation of your boat before winter storage ensures that it's in perfect condition when you're ready to sail again. Here are a few tips to help you get your prized vehicle ready for its winter nap.

  • Top off your gas tank, and add gas stabilizer to reduce the risk of condensation. Operate your boat in water for 15 minutes to allow the treated fuel to reach the engine.
  • After removing your boat from the water, immediately remove the bilge drain plug.
  • Clean your boat thoroughly. Wash the topside, bottom and deck, and add a coat of protective wax. Clean all windscreens, spray hoods and Bimini tops. Be sure all surfaces are completely dry before storing; this will help prevent mildew growth.
  • Clean refrigerator lockers, and leave all interior lockers open to increase ventilation.
  • Repair any paint blisters and other visible signs of damage. Untreated cracks can get worse during the storage period.
  • Change your engine oil, and replace all filters.
  • Check all hoses, clamps and belts. Clean strainers, and leave thru-hulls open.
  • Flush your coolant system with water. Add antifreeze if needed.
  • Treat the propeller shaft with corrosion-resistant metal protectant.
  • Drain your water heater and fresh water tanks.
  • Seal exhaust flaps with duct tape.
  • Remove your boat's battery, and clean all battery terminals.
  • Cover your boat with a tarp or boat cover and throw in some moisture-control sheets.

Trust Safeguard Self Storage with Your Summer Vehicles

Safeguard has been storage boats, RVs and other sporting vehicles since 1989. With help from easy online tools, you'll be able to determine your needs find the perfect size space unit in minutes. To learn more about storage options in Bridgeview, IL, contact Safeguard Self Storage today.