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Self Storage for Small Vehicles

Many small engine vehicles are seasonal, so it can be helpful to put them into storage for the time of year when they aren’t in use. By using a storage unit, you can maintain usable space at home in your garage and driveway.

When storing seasonal small engine vehicles, there are several things to keep in mind.

Choosing an appropriate storage unit size

Before renting a storage unit, you’ll need to figure out the right size for your storage needs. After all, a jet ski on a trailer takes up a little more space than a motorcycle that’s simply parked inside a storage unit by itself. Here are some tips for choosing the right size storage unit for your small engine vehicle.

  • 5x5 or 5x10 storage units are a great place to start and will fit most small vehicles.
  • Make sure to measure all dimensions of your vehicle to ensure it will fit. This includes the trailer if you plan to store that as well.
  • Determine if you’re storing the vehicle by itself or if you will use the space to store additional items. If you store more than just the vehicle, plan ahead and rent a larger storage unit.

Recommended amenities

Finding the right size is just the beginning of your options when it comes to self storage. When storing a small engine vehicle, you’ll also want to find a storage unit that offers the appropriate amenities in order to make storage both easy and safe.

  • Drive-up access will be necessary in order to make it easy to get your vehicle in and out of the storage unit.
  • If you plan on leaving the battery in the storage unit as well, you’ll want to find a climate-controlled storage unit so the battery won’t freeze in the winter.
  • Since your small vehicle is likely very valuable, you’ll want to search for a storage facility that offers advanced security measures, like alarmed units and video surveillance.

Proper preparation

Before placing any motorized vehicle into long-term storage, you need to properly prepare it in order to avoid costly damage. This is especially true when storing vehicles during the cold winter months. Here are some general tips that apply to most small engine vehicles.

  • Clean the vehicle thoroughly prior to storage to avoid pest and rust issues.
  • Keep the fuel tank full so moisture cannot enter the tank.
  • When storing a vehicle with fuel inside, you’ll need a fuel stabilizer to prevent corrosion.
  • Remove the battery and place it on trickle charger. You can also store the battery at home to prevent temperature damage.

Different small engine vehicles

Preparing for storage will depend on what type of small engine vehicle you’re storing. Take a look at more in-depth advice for the following vehicles courtesy of