Storage Tips

Outdoor Storage Tips

We have outdoor parking spaces at our storage facility at 1641 W Evergreen Drive in Appleton. Space is limited so please plan ahead of time if you are looking to store a vehicle or trailer.

 

Parking Your RV on Gravel or Pavement – Which is Better?

Your tire’s worst enemy is moisture coming out of whatever the rv is parked on. This contributes to the dry rot that everyone attributes to the sun. The sun is a contributor but not nearly as harsh as moisture. If any surface touching your tires retains moisture, dry rot will attack your tires. Some who have poured concrete slabs to park on have laid down plastic and poured over that but that still does not stop moisture from coming up out of the concrete. Be sure as that water cannot puddle around your tires wherever you park and store your RV.

 

Boats and RVs are large items items to store, and you may not have enough space at your home to store them. If you are unable to park them in the street or your driveway you should consider renting outdoor storage.

 

Winterizing Tips

Not familiar with how do you know how to properly winterize and prepare your boat or RV for storage? Here’s a helpful guide listing the items to get done before storing them for the winter.

 

Tips for Properly Storing Your Boat

  • Add a Fuel Stabilizer – Some small engine professionals suggest that you should fill the tank and add a stabilizer to keep condensation from forming inside the engine. Ask your boat mechanic what they recommend.
  • Clean and/or Wax Everything – This can minimize the amount of time you have to spend on it when the weather is nice again.
  • Change the Oil – A common best practice is to change the engine oil as well as the antifreeze.
  • Make Any Necessary Repairs – If your boat needs attention, now is the best time to make repairs. This way, boating next year will happen when you want it to. Pay attention to the hull, engine, electronics, tires and any protective covers.
  • Remove Electronics – You shouldn’t leave any electronics inside the boat over the winter. In Appleton Wisconsin you will want to remove the battery and keep it at home on a trickle charger over the winter.

 

Tips for Properly Storing your RV

  • Clean and/or Wax Everything – This will keep your RV looking brighter the time next season, and provide some protection from the elements.
  • Drain All the Tanks – This includes the fresh, black and grey water holding tanks. A cracked tank in spring is not a welcome event. Drain the water heater.
  • Prop The Fridge Door Open – To prevent stale air and mold.
  • Use Only RV Antifreeze – Automotive antifreeze could poison your water lines. Contact your RV service department for their recommendation.
  • Fix What’s Broken – Save time when the next season arrives and eliminate any spring surprises. This includes the engine, electrical system and roof.

Do I Need Storage Unit Insurance?

Placing your belongings in a storage unit is typically a short term situation. Do you need insurance on your storage unit? The following information can help you decide what’s best for your situation.

 

The Storage Facility Has Insurance So I Don’t Need Any

This statement is half true. We insure every single storage unit we own in Appleton and Neenah, and have coverage for fire, wind, hail, water damage etc. What is actually covered by our insurance carrier are the physical structures, the “storage unit” itself. What is not insured is the “contents” of the storage unit, your stuff.

 

Are You Trying To Scare Me Into Buying Storage Insurance?

No we are not. When you come to our office we are not going to pressure you into insuring your unit. We offer storage insurance as a service to you so that you can have one stop shopping when you need a storage unit. You get to choose if you insure your storage unit, as you know what’s in there and how much value it has to you.

 

Odds are fairly good that nothing will happen, which is also why storage unit insurance is cheap. You can have $2,000 worth of coverage with no deductible for about $10/month. Higher coverage amounts are also available.

 

Has Any Storage Facility In Appleton Or Neenah Had Major Damage?

In the past 5 years we know of a few examples. One facility East of Appleton went up in flames when someone was trying to heat their unit while they were in it in the winter. A facility in Neenah was hit by a tornado and pulled the roofs off of two buildings. Everything inside got soaked.

 

Can I Just Put My Storage Unit on My Renter’s or Homeowner’s Policy

Absolutely! The main difference between the two is that if you file a claim with your primary insurance company they may raise your rates. Our insurance is provided by an exclusive storage insurance company, so your primary carrier won’t have a reason to increase your rates.

 

Our carrier offers a $0 deductible if you use one of our cylinder or disc locks. Your carrier will likely have a deductible of $250 or more if you have a claim.

 

The Choice Is Yours

We are here to make insurance easy to add if you want to insure the contents of your storage unit. If you have questions please text, email or call us at 920-734-1265 and we would be happy to assist you further.

Alternate Contacts

When you rent a storage unit, you are entitled to add an alternate contact to your account. It’s your storage unit and you likely don’t think it’s necessary. Read further to learn more about when an alternate contact for you storage unit comes in handy.

 

What’s The “Real” Definition of An Alternate Contact Anyway?

An alternate contact seems pretty obvious at first glance. To comply with state statutes an alternate contact:

  • Cannot have the same phone number as the person who rented the storage unit
  • Cannot have the same address as the person who rented the storage unit

An alternate contact for your storage unit can live in another state. The most common people that someone uses as an alternate for their unit include:

  • Family member
  • Relative
  • Close personal friend
  • Co worker

 

When Does An Alternate Contact Come In Handy?

An alternate contact is helpful in the following situations:

  • The person renting the storage unit dies
  • The person renting the unit moves, and does not provide us an updated address
  • Their phone number is changed

We get calls monthly from people in the Appleton and Neenah areas. A family member dies and they knew this person was renting a storage unit somewhere in the Fox Valley. They just make random calls trying to locate their unit. If the unit has gone delinquent for several months it may be too last as the contents may have already been auctioned off. Without an alternate, items important to your family can be forfeited and never recovered.

In some cases a person moves and all of their contact information changes, or there are incarcerated. Several months pass without a payment being received at our office. The storage unit reaches the lien stage and the contents of the unit are auctioned to recover some of the lost income. In both of the above cases an alternate contact for your storage unit could easily help our attempts to reach out to you to be more effective.

 

You now know exactly what an alternate contact is, and how it can help you. It only takes a minute to provide this information when you rent your unit, and we hope you take the time to do this.  If you have further questions, or want to rent a storage unit in Appleton or Neenah give us a call at 920-734-1265.

Storage Unit Auctions

Many of you have seen television shows about storage unit auctions, but what happens in the months prior to the auction? Here is a summary of the process and how it works.

 

I just got a letter that my storage unit is being auctioned, what happened?

 

If you pay your bill, your unit cannot be sold via an auction. If you don’t pay your bill on time, you will start to receive some notices in the mail.

  • First Late Notice (sent around the 7th of month)
  • Second Late Notice (sent just before the middle of the month)

When you receive the second late notice, this is also know as the overlock stage. A storage operator can disable your lock or place another lock on your unit.

 

If your unit is delinquent three consecutive months you will reach the Lien Stage. At this point the steps to auction off the contents of your storage unit will begin. They are as follows:

  • First Notice of Public Auction – delivered via us mail
  • Second Notice of Public Auction – delivered via a letter with a certificate of mailing
  • Your Storage Unit is Inventoried – pictures or a video of the contents
  • The Auction of Your Unit is Placed in the Newspaper – a description of the contents and the unit number/location
  • The Storage Unit Auction Takes Place – auction may be in person on online

Climate Controlled Storage Units

In recent years climate (temperature) controlled storage units have become a more readily available option for consumers.  A well maintained storage unit that is not climate controlled continues to meet the needs of most people shopping for storage. However, for some a climate controlled storage unit is the best way to meet their needs.

The definition of climate controlled storage varies among storage companies, but the most common difference between climate controlled storage and temperature controlled storage is humidity. Temperature controlled facilities usually only manage temperature, while climate controlled facilities may manage both temperature and humidity. Both humidity and temperature work together to control moisture levels in a storage space.

Climate controlled facilities use high quality HVAC systems (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), customizable thermostats and heavy-duty insulation to manage temperature and humidity. Air conditioners are very effective at dropping humidity levels. Our main climate facility utilizes a redundant heating and cooling system for protection against mechanical failure. We have installed two heating and cooling systems to best meet your storage needs.

Air flow is extremely important. Our main storage facility circulates the air within the storage space 24/7. The climate units are also vented to allow optimum airflow.

 

Questions to ask yourself when considering a climate controlled storage unit:

  • Does the air temperature where you are storing items drop below 32 degrees or rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit?
  • Is the storage facility in a high-humidity climate?
  • Do any of your possessions have high sentimental or cash value?
  • Will you need to visit the unit frequently and require comfortable conditions?
  • Can I afford the extra monthly cost for this type of unit?

 

A Climate-controlled storage unit is kept at a temperature between 55 and 85 degrees (F). In general, climate-controlled storage is beneficial for storing valuable or environmentally-sensitive items. Climate-controlled storage units are almost always indoor, and with stable temperatures and humidity levels, your valuables will be better protected from damage in long-term storage.

 

What kinds of belongings are typically kept in a climate controlled storage unit?

  • Product samples that a corporate sales representative needs to properly store
  • Medical equipment
  • Sensitive electronics
  • Heirloom furniture that cannot be replaced
  • Items of extreme sentimental value
  • Important financial or legal documents
  • Vinyl records
  • Wine

 

Our climate controlled storage facilities are located in Appleton. If you are in the market for a climate controlled storage unit (or storage in Appleton or Neenah), please give us a call to find out our current availability at 920-734-1265.