PREPPING YOUR MOTORCYCLE FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE

At Big Item Storage, our units can be used for much more than RVs and boats. Motorcycles are many people’s pride and joy, but there may come a time when you’ll have to store it. After making such a large investment, you’ll want to keep it safe and sound. Here are a few tips to keep your bike in top shape until you get riding again.

One thing many might not think about is the battery. It is an extremely important piece of the bike that can cause damage if left unattended. If your battery has screw-on type caps, go ahead and check the battery fluid level. Insufficient battery acid can cause a short between the plates. This is a pretty common failure that generally leads to the need for a replacement battery. Even maintenance-free batteries need to be monitored.

Another thing to monitor is the tires. Tires can lose air while in storage. If they become soft or flat tire, the weight of the bike can cause a permanent flat spot. It can also damage the rims. Using the bike’s center stand or paddock stand can help with this. If that isn’t an option for you, you can slightly over-inflate the tires. Make sure to move the bike from time to time so the tires aren’t always in the same position. These tips will help keep your bike in great shape for your next ride!

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).

PREPPING YOUR RV FOR STORAGE

RVs are a huge investment, so taking precautions before storing them can help you make your investment last. At Big Item Storage, we take pride in the large RV storage units that we offer. Here are a few tips to make sure the process of storing your RV is a breeze.

As much as our storage units protect your RV, they cannot protect from uninvited visitors in the form of insects and vermin. But there are a few things you can do to ensure that these critters can’t invade your RV. Make sure to close all windows and vents and seal any gaps or holes with silicon or expanding foam. Remove all food from the RV, even if it’s non-perishable. Cleaning and vacuuming your RV from top to bottom ensures that no crumbs will be left behind to entice critters. You’ll also want to do a thorough clean of your fridge before shutting down for storage.

For longer storage times, you’ll want to disconnect your battery and propane supply. Even though appliances are turned off, they still use a low level of energy. Simply disconnect the wires to the power supply to provide a longer battery life. Removing the propane supply means you won’t have to worry about damage to the tank or a leak.

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).

STORING LARGE ITEMS WITH EASE

No matter your reason for needing to store large items like appliances or furniture, moving them isn’t fun. But you can make things a lot easier on yourself by storing your items at Big Item Storage. Our large storage units may have been designed for boats or RVs, but they’re the perfect spot for bulky household items too. Our drive-up units let you unload with ease. We can’t help you load your items, but here are a few tips to make your do-it-yourself move easier as well.

Instead of straining your back to lift furniture, make sure you buy or rent appropriate moving tools. With boxes, load a few on a hand truck and save yourself some trips to the moving van. Furniture straps and flat dollies will help get heavier items out of the way but be careful with the straps. You won’t want to use them coming up and down the stairs because they overload the person at the bottom.

You’ll want to make sure your items don’t bump up against each other in transit. Moving blankets can be rented for a short period or purchased if your items will be in storage for more than a few days. Wrap hard surfaces with the blankets to protect both that piece and others from damage. Then use plastic film or wrapping tape to secure the blankets in place. Wrapping prior to taking items out of your house will also protect your doorways and walls from damage. With heirloom pieces, antiques, and more delicate items like mirrors, you may want to go a step further and wrap them with bubble wrap prior to the blankets for added protection.

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).

GIVE YOUR BOAT A REST AND HEAD TO THE PIER INSTEAD

Sometimes the itch to fish strikes, but you don’t have time for a day on the water. No problem! Leave your boat in the safety of Big Item’s storage unit and head to one of the area’s fishing piers instead. Whether you have an hour or a full day, pier fishing is a great way to enjoy your favorite sport.

Bob Hall Pier can take you way out into the Gulf’s waters. This 1,240-foot elevated pier is a joy to fish from. The pier is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. However, on Friday and Saturday it stays lit-up and open 24 hours for all you night fishers.

The Red Dot Pier on the Humble Channel is another local favorite. It stays well-lit at night also, with extended hours until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Regular hours are from 6:00 a.m. to midnight daily.

You’ll need a $2.00 Pier Pass to access either location. Forget anything? Both piers have a shop to rent gear or purchase bait or snacks. For more information on pier fishing in Corpus Christi, stop by the Visitor Information Center at 1590 N. Shoreline Blvd. daily between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or visit their website here. You can learn more about required licenses and obtain them here.

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).

PREPARING YOUR FISHING GEAR FOR STORAGE

If you’re fishing all year, you might not think too much about the best way to store your gear. However, even the most avid anglers don’t fish every day. So keeping your equipment clean and protected is a must.

Fishing rods require a little TLC to maintain. Watch for loose or exposed wraps so you can replace them. You’ll also want to replace any grooved or worn guides. Extreme temperatures can cause the rods to bend. Storing them horizontally can do the same.

The reels are often neglected when cleaning fishing equipment. The best method for caring for them is to completely disassemble them. Clean all of the parts thoroughly, including handles and all hardware. Don’t forget to replace worn or old parts and lubricate everything well before reassembling.

While your rods and reels are your most important equipment, you shouldn’t neglect your accessories either. Lures, hooks, and tackle should be inspected, cleaned, and dried well before storing. Same with any tools you use. Don’t forget to sharpen dull hooks and filet knives. Lastly, inspect your waders and boots for leaks and wear. A flashlight can help you locate tiny holes that might not be visible.

A little time spent before you store your gear makes all the difference.

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).

EVALUATING USED BOATS

If Santa didn’t bring you a boat this year, you may be looking to purchase a boat in the new year. But have you considered buying used instead of new? Just like cars, new boats take a huge depreciation hit as soon as you sign the paperwork. A used boat bypasses that hit in value. However, there are some things you need to look out for when evaluating a used boat.

While many used boats are for sale simply because of finances, damage can be hiding underneath the surface. Even those experienced with sailing don’t have the knowledge to spot all the possible defects. Accordingly, hiring a marine surveyor to evaluate your purchase is a good idea. Their evaluation fee could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you don’t have the extra money for an inspection or if the boat isn’t worth a lot of money, you might want to risk evaluating it yourself. In that case, there are a few things you can do to better protect yourself. Variations in color and texture of the boat’s materials are a red flag. These variations often indicate repairs. Any new items within the boat such as carpet or electronics could also signal repair work. Many owners replace these items after water damage but fail to disclose this to new buyers. Make sure to carefully inspect interior elements such as hardware and system components for hidden corrosion.

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).

NOT YOUR AVERAGE DAY ON THE WATER

During the warmer months, boat owners can’t wait to get out on the water. However, during the cooler months, their boats sit in storage. You’ve made a large investment in your boat, so why not get more use out of it?

With the Coastal Bend’s mild winters, fishing is a year-round activity. One way to make it even more enticing is participating in tournaments. You’ll meet fellow anglers and increase your skills. You’ll also enjoy using your boat for a different experience than you’re used to.

Of course winning a prize is great, but tournaments are more about the challenge, improving your skills, and being around like-minded people. You’ll find tournaments for every age and skill level. Some are single day or weekend events, but others are progressive and tally up the catches from several weeks or months. There are also team events where multiple people participate from one boat or multiple boats count as a team. You’ll be happy to get more use out of your boat and may even find that tournaments become a regular part of your boating life.

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).

GETTING READY FOR OYSTER SEASON

November 1st brings the start of oyster season on the Texas Gulf Coast. If you’re planning on taking your boat out to harvest some this season, there are some things you’ll need to know.

A valid fishing license with saltwater endorsement is required. You can harvest for your own consumption, but if you only hold a recreational license, you cannot sell the oysters. You can harvest by hand, using tongs or using an oyster dredge of no more than 14 inches in width. However, if you elect to use tongs or a dredge, you’ll need to purchase a Sport Oyster Boat commercial fishing license. There are size and volume requirements to consider as well.

There are many areas that are off-limits for oyster harvesting, so make sure to check out the maps on the Texas Department of State Health services website here. You’ll also want to pay close attention to avoid marked private lease areas. Once you have your haul, don’t forget to wash down your boat before storing it. Big Item Storage’s customers can do so conveniently at our washing station.

Oyster season along the Texas Gulf Coast runs Monday through Friday from November 1st through April 30th and from sunrise to 3:30 p.m. For more information on oyster harvesting and to state check regulations and requirements, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission here.

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).