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GENERAL STORAGE TIPSHere are a variety of storage suggestions that we think you’ll find helpful. Properly stored items will hold up much better in storage than items not stored properly.
BooksPack books flat, not standing on end. This will protect the spines which will bend and warp over time if stood upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small boxes and don't put them in boxes with other, more fragile, items.
Lawn MowersDrain gasoline and oil from all small engines. This precaution will protect both your stored property and the property of others from the dangers of fire and explosion.
MattressesPlace mattresses in plastic covers to protect them from dirt while moving and from dust and moisture in storage. Do not place mattress up on top of other items that may damage or bend mattress.
Leather ItemsTreat leather items (couches, clothes, etc.) with a leather conditioner prior to storing them. Keep furniture items off the floor by placing them on pallets.
Blankets, Draperies and ClothingHave blankets, draperies and clothing cleaned, then pack them on hangers in wardrobe boxes or enclosed plastic covers. Cedar chips and silicone packets help keep them fresh and dry.
Mirrors and PicturesStore mirrors and pictures inside similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection from scratches and dust. Do not store these items flat. Keep them upright, and mark them as fragile.
Furniture and TablesPlace blankets over furniture to protect from scratches and dust. Use pallets or boards to raise the floor of the unit to protect against flooding; make sure no fabric from furniture or covers is touching the floor. Bags to protect mattresses, sofas and chairs can be purchased at the Fox Farm Storage office, along with other packing materials. Disassemble beds and tables, and wrap table legs in moving blankets or bubble wrap. Use bubble wrap or cardboard to protect corners and edges. On mirrors and framed artwork, use cardboard corner protectors.
PhotosPhotographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place between pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Do not store irreplaceable photos. Photos and negatives take up very little space. Try to keep these items with you.
Dishes and GlasswareWrap breakable items inside bubble wrap and store with linens. Store these items in specially made boxes called dishpacks.
AppliancesClean and dry all appliances prior to storage. Do not leave anything inside of appliances to be stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow ventilation.
Do NOT store the following items:Furs, jewelry and other expensive items, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires, firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste materials of any kind, items that produce odors or any item that will in any way impose upon other tenants.
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ORGANIZING YOUR STORAGE UNIT
- Label boxed items. You'll know what is in each box without opening it. At the very least, label the box with the room it belongs in, so you and your movers will know where to set it down when entering your home.
- Store items that will not be needed to the rear of the storage unit and items you will need access to toward the front of the unit.
- Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation.
- Use wooden pallets or boards underneath furniture and boxes. This will prevent condensation from damaging them.
- Store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
- Store smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the storage unit and large items toward the front of the unit.
- Cover everything with plastic sheeting. Wooden furniture should first be covered with blankets to avoid abrasion and moisture damage. Plastic sheeting will protect your stored goods from both dust and water damage.
- Pack your storage unit as tightly as possible. Tighter packing helps to protect stored items from moisture and dust and reduces the space needed to store you property.
- Use a high quality disc (round) padlock to secure your storage unit. This type of lock is difficult to cut or break and offers maximum protection for very little money.
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RV STORAGEThe following steps can be taken to protect your RV while in storage. Additionally, specific procedures recommended by the RV or boat manufacturer, chassis manufacturer and appliance producers should be closely considered.
- Review owner's manual for engine, LP gas, generator, water heater and sanitation system storage tips
- Remove all perishable food from cabinets.
- Turn off refrigerator, verify all power sources are off by checking 12 volt, 110 volt and LP gas.
- Remove all food from the refrigerator, clean the inside and leave the door open to ventilate.
- Clean rooftop air conditioner filters and cover the outside unit.
- Clean the interior of the RV, pull shades and close blinds.
- Turn off the propane cylinders and cover the regulator.
- Cover or tape vents to the furnace and range hood for long-term storage.
- Ensure all roof vents and windows are closed. Prevent condensation if necessary by using chemical-type dehumidifiers.
- Check tire pressure and cover the tires if they will be exposed to the sun.
- Inspect roof, body, interior, soft molding and caulking.
- Service locks with spray lubricant to prevent rust and freezing.
- Remove batteries, store in an area not subject to freezing and test periodically; charge if necessary.
- In motor homes, check all operating fluid levels under the hood and top off the gasoline tank. Add a fuel stabilizer.
- Empty and thoroughly rinse all holding tanks. In winter, all water tanks, lines and pumps should be drained and filled with non-toxic RV antifreeze to keep any remaining water from freezing the system. (Never use automobile antifreeze of any kind in your water system!)
- Prepare your engine in accordance with the owner’s manual. In winter, this will normally include draining and flushing the cooling system; draining and refilling the crankcase; applying oil to inside of each cylinder through the spark plug holes; and other preservative actions.
- Thoroughly clean the hull, decks, cockpit, bilge, all compartments, lockers and the exterior of engine and coat with an appropriate wax or preservative.
- Drain fuel lines, pumps, carburetor and tanks or fill completely and add fuel stabilizer.
- Leave all floorboards up, doors ajar, ports and skylights open, hatches partly open, drawers and lockers open.
- Carefully fit a well-made cover, provided with ventilation ports. If boat is to be stored outdoors, make sure there are no low spots in the cover that will hold rainwater.
- Place a cover over engine. Do not leave the engine exposed to the sun or rain.
- Don't forget the trailer; check tire pressure and cover tires if they will be exposed to the sun, check and pack wheel hubs if necessary and lubricate jack.
- And finally, note dates of registration, tags, certificates and insurance, etc. and plan for renewal if they expire during your storage term.