Customer Benefits Of AutoPay

Have you ever wanted to set up an automatic payment plan but have been hesitant because you have never done it before? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Anyone who has set up an AutoPay plan can tell you that it can be scary the first time, but in reality, it’s extremely beneficial and secure. Here are 4 reasons why:

  1. Reduced risk of identity theft. Many people believe paper bills are safer than electronic payments. However, experts say a paper bill sitting in a mailbox with your name and account number is actually putting yourself at a higher risk for identity theft than electronic payment.
  2. Lower cost. Checks, stamps, ATMS and your time – four things that are not free. However, AutoPay is. Paper billing is spending more money for less convenience.
  3. Stay on time. Late payments occasionally decrease your credit score and late fees are no fun either. Autopay allows effortless and timely payments.
  4. Peace of mind. You never have to miss a payment and you can add ‘stress’ to the list of things you won’t miss when you set up automatic payments. Your amount that you have to pay will automatically come out on the same day of your choice each month.

Setting up automatic payments at your storage facility will allow you to worry less and keep you from jolting out of bed in the morning when you realize you forgot to pay for your storage unit.

Although AutoPay is convenient and secure, it may not be for everyone. If you don’t have a bank account or your income is very irregular, it may not be the ideal payment system for you. Consider these things before setting up an AutoPay plan.

Know Your Stuff is Safe

Whether you’re a veteran in the business or a first-timer, it can be rather easy to overlook important factors when it comes to renting storage. One thing that should be priority when searching for the reasonably-priced and most conveniently located units is the security of the facility you are renting from. Of all the things that happen in daily life, it will alleviate a lot of stress not having to worry about the wellbeing of your belongings.

So how do you know if a storage facility is safe and secure? The most ideal way would be to go and actually tour the facility before you commit to renting. Look around the grounds to see what kind of lighting there will be at night and ask about security features that are in place such as fences and video surveillance. If there is a gate system, talk to the manager and understand thoroughly how it works. Although these electronic features are important, location is also big factor to take into consideration so keep in mind what kind of neighborhoods are nearby.

Certainly life doesn’t always cooperate and you might not be able to tour the facility beforehand; however, you can do a lot of the research online by searching for testimonials and reviews on facilities in your area. Doing so may make aware of incidents in some areas you may want to avoid, while also informing you of which facility owners you will have a better experience working with.

For some people, these type of features might be the deciding factor. Some might even pay a little more or drive further to have the satisfaction of knowing their valuables are secure. These are just a couple factors to consider while choosing which storage is right for you!

If you have any questions about storage security, contact us now!

Where Should I Store My Boat Or RV?

There really isn’t a question of whether or not you should store your boat or RV—we all know storage can extend the life of your vehicle. However, should you store your RV or boat closer to the water/vacation site, or closer to home?

Storing Close to the Vacation Site
The gas required to drive or pull an RV or boat is usually enough incentive alone to store close to the recreation site. Some storage facilities will clean your vehicle as well, which is an extra bonus.

Storing Close to Home
RV’s especially can be difficult to store in a location far away if you tend to take supplies to and from the RV and your house. If you have a full set of all living supplies both in your RV and at home, it is not a big deal to store it closer to a vacation spot. However, if you find yourself needing to empty your RV, it might be easier to store it closer to home where it is easily accessible. It also solves the problem of carrying perishables a long distance.

Another thing to consider is whether you go to the same location to “play” or if you find yourself traveling to different lakes or vacation sites. It is a hassle to have to travel in an opposite direction to pick up your RV or boat and then backtrack to the other location.

Ultimately the choice is up to you, but there are pros and cons to each side of the decision.

3 Tips To Overcoming The Fear Of Towing

Three Tips To Overcoming The Fear Of Towing An RV
Don’t let the fear of towing stop you from enjoying the RV experience. Every year over one million RV’s take to the road. Towing an RV is doable! Here are three tips for overcoming your fear of towing an RV.

Step One: Get in the right headspace
RV towing can be intimidating. However, it’s not only for people with specialized skills. Like we said before, over one million RV’s take to the road every year. Towing is just a skill you need to learn, and in no time you’ll be comfortable towing on your own.

Step Two: Start your training online
There are plenty of resources available online to get you started. A great resource is looking up “How to tow a travel trailer” on Youtube. It’s important to learn the components of a hitch and the principles of towing before you hit the road. Learn things like, how far to pull out before pivoting so you don’t jump the curb when pulling out of a gas station. By researching ahead of time you’ll calm nerves and have a better idea of what you’re doing.

Step Three: Be prepared
When you’re ready to hit the road, make sure you are prepared. It’s important to get a reputable RV dealer that will make sure your RV and tow vehicle are a good match. A reputable RV dealer will also make sure your hitch is properly installed. This ensures your safety and that your towing experience will run smoothly.

To learn more about overcoming the fear of towing and RV, make sure to watch this video from Janine Pettit:

Janine is the founder of Girl Camper and Camper-in-Chief of Girl Camper magazine. She has been training both experienced and novice campers for years with a focus on inviting more women into the wonderful world of camping and RVing. For more tips on RVing, check out Go RVing on Youtube.

How To Protect Your RV From The Sun

Summer is here and so is the need to protect your RV from the exposure of the sun. Having your RV exposed to the beating sun for too long will eventually cause damage and can be costly. It is important to protect your RV or travel trailer, here are 3 quick things you can do to help protect it.

  1. Check to see if your current RV roof still has some life in it or if it needs to be replaced. If the roof is not too damaged, continue to protect it and watch over it. The roof of your RV is exposed to the sun almost all of the time and harmful UV rays will cause it to degrade over time. Failure to keep a close eye on it can be detrimental and the roof could develop rotting wood in the ceiling which in turn could cause leakage and other damage on the inside as well.
  2. Keep the roof as clean as possible to help it last over time. Dirt is more than just soil and has harmful acids from pollution that will cause the rubberized material your RV roof is made of to crack. Use a mild soap and spend some time cleaning in the cracks and caulking next to roof vents and skylights. When washing the roof of your RV, be careful not to step on the fragile plastic skylights or other areas that might cause damage to the RV.
  3. After you have washed the roof and it has dried, it is time to seal it to protect it from the Sun. There are several options of silicone based products that you can purchase at your local store. The higher the silicone content, the greater the UV protection. If you keep your RV or travel trailer roof clean and sealed it will last for many years and get you to where you need to go!

Benefits of Covered RV Storage

After an unforgettable day out on the lake or a weekend road trip, we all dread the fact that it’s again time to park our boat, RV and any other toys and step back to reality.

The only thing that could possibly make you feel any better, is the fact that you know your recreational vehicle or boat is in good hands.

There are many reasons why covered RV storage at a facility near you could save you money, time and space.

Here are a few we thought of;

  • Preventable Weather Damage: Of course RVS and boats have been built to withstand jarring weather conditions. However, did you know that your RV interior can reach temperatures up to 144°? Or that the sun’s damaging UV rays can beat down on your vehicle causing high heat-build up on the surface, resulting in seal damage? I don’t think anyone would want their paint and trim on their RV cracking and fading over time either?

    Renting a covered space can put your mind to ease knowing your RV or boat will remain as strong and durable as it was when you last left it.

  • Added Security: Owners know that their recreational vehicles and boats were not cheap. This is why facilities go above and beyond to make sure their tenants property will be safe and protected.Most storage facilities use a layered security system, with a pass-code entry gate, fencing, lights and cameras. Doing all they can to make sure you feel safe and secure.
  • More room at home: Storing your RV at home might not be the easiest thing. Most people don’t have room in their driveway nor do they have the patience to pull around it everyday while they come and go.Renting a covered space can help you have easy access and a quick get away when you’re embarking on a spontaneous trip to hills.
  • Lastly, Cost: There are not many locations to store your recreational vehicle that would be cheaper than renting a covered, outdoor, parking space. Especially, if they’re parked in front of your home in your subdivision? Those HOA fines can be hefty!Most facilities have low, affordable monthly costs and flexible leases that allow you to pick your storage needs exactly fit for you.

These are just a few of the many benefits to leasing a storage space for your RV and boat, I am sure you can find some benefits yourself once you rent a space of your own. Spend your summers out on the open road or the open water and when the time comes that you have to go home, never worry about logistics again!