CONSIDERATIONS WHEN TOWING YOUR BOAT

If you’re moving your boat on land, chances are you’ve thought a lot about trailers and towing. Luckily, most trailerable boats are sold hand-in-hand with an appropriate trailer. But it’s a good idea to understand your boat’s towing needs and to double-check your set up.

Both your trailer and towing vehicle need to be carefully selected to fit your boat. The size and capacity of the trailer are key. You’ll need to know the combined weight of the boat and its engine. If that combined weight is 90% or more of a trailer’s load capacity, go up to the next size. That extra 10% load weight will easily be eaten up by the boat’s fuel and equipment.

When connecting the trailer to your vehicle, having the proper towing hitch is a must. A frame-mounted hitch will give you better safety than a bumper-mounted one. You’ll want to double-check that the sizes of the coupler and ball hitch match up to keep them from separating while driving.

You’ll also want to make sure your vehicle can handle the weight you’re putting on it. It must be rated to tow the combined weight of the trailer, the boat, and its engine. If you drive a full-size pickup truck or SUV, you’ll likely be able to tow up to 20,000 pounds, depending on the make and model. Any smaller vehicles, including small SUVs and crossovers, will likely have to stick with under 3,500 pounds or even under 2,000 depending on the make and model. Your best bet is to talk to an expert and get confirmation before testing it out.

Whether you’re storing your boat, RV, or other large items, Big Item Storage can accommodate your needs. Both our Rockport and Corpus Christi locations are clean and secure. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).

AVOIDING HUMIDITY DAMAGE IN YOUR UNIT

Big Item Storage’s large units can hold a lot of items, including your furniture and boxes in between moves. However, there are some extra precautions you may need to take when storing certain types of items. There are also certain items that should not be stored in an outdoor storage unit because of damage risk.

The Coastal Bend’s high summer temperatures and high humidity mean that things like electronics, paintings, photographs, software, and film won’t do well in storage. You run the risk of extensive damage to these types of items. Things like files and books will absorb moisture but can withstand short-term storage, especially if you take precautions to limit moisture. Furniture is another thing to carefully consider before storing. Long-term storage of fabric-covered furniture in high humidity can result in mildew without precautions being taken. Leather can crack over time due to high heat exposure.

Purchasing moisture-absorbing goods can help tremendously. Commercial products designed to absorb moisture, such as Damp-Rid, can be used throughout the unit. These should be monitored and changed out frequently. Silica packets can be used inside boxes to absorb moisture. To help ward off mildew and odor, baking soda is a good option. It can be sprinkled on furniture periodically and vacuumed off. You can also put containers of it throughout the unit to absorb moisture and odor. Check with your local hardware store for some suggestions and do some research based on your specific storage needs. Protecting the value of your items is worth some extra digging.

Whether you’re storing your boat, RV, or other large items, Big Item Storage can accommodate your needs. Both our Rockport and Corpus Christi locations are clean and secure. For more information or to reserve your spot, check out our website here or call us at 361-937-2423 (Corpus) or 361-238-7177 (Rockport).