BRING OUT YOUR COMPETITIVE SIDE

The Coastal Bend provides year-round opportunities to fish. As part of that, the area holds a lot of tournaments throughout the year. This lets anglers of all ages and experience levels challenge themselves.

Participating in a tournament is a great way to shake up your fishing routine! The more you fish, the better you get at it, and tournaments are a fun way to measure your improvement. With multiple divisions to choose from, you’ll have appropriate competition for your level. You can even compete as a team or as a family in many tournaments.

Weekend tournaments are a great challenge and bring fun prizes for placing in your division. They also tend to have a festival atmosphere, letting even non-anglers enjoy the event. But you’ll also find seasonal tournaments in the Coastal Bend. These tournaments are composed of multiple events, with results tallied over time. They’re a great way to track your progress and get to know other anglers who share your experience level.

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).

KEEPING HUMIDITY AT BAY

Whether you’re using a small storage unit for a few household items or a larger one such as those at Big Item Storage, humidity is always a concern. The hot, humid Coastal Bend summers mean that precautions should be taken to minimize humidity in your unit. This will ensure that your items stay in great shape for a long time.

Avoiding items that can be easily affected by heat and humidity is obviously the first step. Remove things like sensitive electronics, paintings, and photographs from boxes and even from your RV or boat. Books, papers, and the like can handle the humidity short-term, even though they will absorb moisture, as long as its not excessive and there’s decent ventilation. Fabric-covered items require some care to keep mildew from forming.

There are many products that are designed to absorb moisture. Placing these in your unit will help tremendously. Containers of Damp-Rid or similar moisture-absorbing products can be placed in various spots in the unit. Make sure to monitor and change them out frequently. Inside boxes, you can place packets of silica. Make sure to order larger-size packets to make it easier to monitor and replace them.

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).

TIPS FOR PREPPING YOUR BOAT FOR STORAGE

There are many reasons why you might find yourself in need of a storage facility for your boat. Maybe you have deed restrictions on your property or are temporarily relocating. Whatever the reason, at Big Item Storage, we know you want your boat to be in the same shape when you remove it from storage as it was when you put it there. Our units are perfect for keeping your boat protected on the outside, but taking a few precautions can help protect it inside as well.

Removing the battery is standard for many different vehicles, and your boat is no exception. But new boat owners might not realize that you also need to remove the bilge drain plug to get rid of excess water from your boat. The gas tank is another component that needs some extra care. Make sure to completely fill the tank and add a gas stabilizer. Afterwards, run the engine for about 15 minutes.

If there is any damage to the hull from sun, water, or other causes, you should have that repaired before storing your boat. Left unattended, these problems can worsen while your boat is unattended. You should also check to make sure your trailer is in good condition. Replace any corroded pieces and ensure that the lights function properly. Finally, it’s a good idea to go ahead and restock supplies, from first aid items to life vests so you won’t be caught unprepared when you remove your boat for use. Just make sure that these items are stored in completely dry areas.

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).

CONSIDERATIONS WHEN STORING YOUR BOAT

A boat is a large investment, so where and how you store it is an important decision. Many people assume a marina is the best option, but that can be pricey. Also, the constant exposure to the elements can make the boat old before its time.

Choosing to store your boat on land helps preserve its value, but storing it at home can be problematic. Covering it with a tarp or overhang will not completely protect it from the elements. Your insurance might have restrictions governing the place and type of storage. Many Home Owner Associations and some municipalities also regulate storage of vehicles and boats. If you violate these restrictions, you’ll be subject to hefty fines, attorney fees, and court costs.

Large unit storage provides the perfect solution. Your boat will be shielded from the elements. You’ll have access to it when you need it. You can even back your trailer into the unit to make removing the boat easier. It’s the best way to protect your investment.

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).

WHY NOT TAKE YOUR BOAT OUT THIS WINTER?

Big Item Storage provides secure storage for your boat away from the elements. This is especially important when the Coastal Bend gets one of its infrequent bouts of extreme winter weather. But our normally mild temperatures mean that you can still enjoy a day on the water while most of the country shovels snow. Winter is an especially good time of year to fish in the Coastal Bend. Here are some tips for making the most of it.

Many fish species make their home in the Coastal Bend year-round. Redfish are easy to spot because they congregate in shallow water. Head to the edge of the shallows where the water deepens, and you’re likely to find flounder. Female speckled trout are loading up on food this time of year to prepare for spawning season. Your bait and lures will be more attractive to them right now. This gives you a great opportunity to catch larger fish.

After you bring in your haul, don’t forget that Big Item has a cleaning station to wash down your boat. Cleaning and then storing it away from the elements means your boat will be ready for your next adventure!

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).

GET YOUR BOAT READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON

After going through Hurricane Harvey in 2017, many residents of the Gulf Coast are looking for ways to be better prepared for this season. For boat owners, there is an added urgency to make plans for protecting boats from the elements. Big Item Storage is a great option for short-term or long-term storage of your boat. We have the space you need to secure your boat inland, which minimizes the risk of damage.

Some boat owners play the odds when it comes to storms. But if your boat isn’t properly secured, you can face extensive damage later, or even a total loss. It doesn’t take a strong storm either—even a relatively minor storm can do heavy damage. With tropical storms and hurricanes, the continued high winds put strain on the boat and the dock. If you’re docked in a crowded marina, chances are you’ll have damages from debris and other boats.

Waiting to move your boat until the storm approaches is the worst thing you can do. You’ll have a hard time finding a spot at the last minute. It’s also very difficult to transport a boat out of town in traffic ahead of a storm. Not to mention, if you are forced to evacuate, you will likely have to leave your boat behind. But doing so can also make things worse. Storing your boat at home means having an item that can not only be damaged but also cause damage.

Instead, bring your boat to Big Item Storage. It will be protected from the elements in our storage units, yet you’ll have access to it at your convenience. You’ll know that you’ve protected your boat as much as possible, no matter the severity of the storm.

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).

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).

PROTECTING YOUR BOAT FROM THE ELEMENTS

Texas winters are mild enough that boating really doesn’t have an “off season.” But you probably use your boat infrequently during the winter. Our mild weather means “wet” storage at a marina doesn’t have the issues they have up north. However, there are a lot of reasons to consider “dry” storage on land, especially enclosed storage. Using one of Big Item Storage’s large units can protect your investment and extend its life. Continue reading “PROTECTING YOUR BOAT FROM THE ELEMENTS”

REASONS TO CONSIDER A LARGE STORAGE UNIT

boatstop_bannerBig Item Storage prides itself on making it easy for RV and boat owners to store their property easily and securely. But RVs and boats aren’t the only things you can store with us! Large storage units are great options for many situations and items that just won’t fit in a traditional storage unit or take up too much space in your garage.

Our drive-up units are perfect for storing vehicles, motorcycles, and even farm equipment. Have an old vehicle you want to work on? Many homeowners’ associations frown on having it on your property, but our large storage units can handle it!

Horse owners will love being able to easily store their trailers. You can drive up to the storage unit and back the trailer right in. You can do the same with open trailers full of equipment. For example, landscapers can store all their equipment and their trailer quickly and securely without having to load and unload items. Vendors who have enclosed trailers to take their merchandise to festivals and markets would also benefit from our easy-access units.

Remodeling your home? Instead of renting multiple storage units or storage pods, why not get a large unit from Big Item? You can fit all your furniture and boxes into the unit and pay one monthly rate, knowing your possessions are secure.

Of course, you can store boats at Big Item, but there’s also plenty of space for other water vehicles like jet skis, kayaks, and other equipment. Why take up space in your garage for items you only use seasonally?

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).

SELECTING DRY STORAGE FOR YOUR BOAT

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With school back in session and summer coming to an end, you may find yourself using your boat less frequently. It might make sense to use “wet” storage at a marina if you continue to take your boat out often, but even then, there are many reasons to consider “dry” storage on land. Whether or not you choose Big Item Storage to protect your boat, you should carefully consider the benefits to storing your boat on dry land.

Boats left in the water can often take damage to the outer hull, especially if not carefully monitored. Even the smallest crack in the fiberglass can allow water to seep in, which can cause severe damage. This can result in costly repairs or replacement of parts long before their time. You cannot be on your boat 24-7, so you might not even be aware of any damage to the hull until it’s too late.

Damage from storms can also result in unexpected repair or replacement to other parts of the boat. It can even lead to your boat sinking. Living on the Gulf Coast, we get used to preparing for hurricanes and tropical storms, but even a strong thunderstorm can affect your boat. Things like debris, strong winds, and hail can cause a large amount of harm to your boat, leaving you with expensive and time-consuming repairs.

Leaving your boat in the water also exposes it to the merciless Texas sun. But storing your boat on land at Big Item Storage means you have a dedicated storage space that protects your boat from the elements. You’ll know your boat is safe and secure, without the large marina fees.

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).