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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Long-Term Storage

It can be confusing if you're new to preparing your vehicle, car, RV, camper, motorhome, semi truck & trailer, etc. for long-term storage. Long-term vehicle storage is not the same as short-term storage, and there are several factors to consider, such as how long to rent outdoor storage parking. Elyria Storage Park aims to ease your concerns about long-term vehicle storage. Follow this guide, and you'll feel reassured about your decision in the end.
Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Long-Term Storage

Maintenance Necessary for Long-Term Car Storage

Before storing your vehicle, car, RV, camper, motorhome, semi truck & trailer at Elyria Storage Park, ensure it's in good condition. This applies to anything you store long-term, such as furniture. If you return to find your vehicle struggling to start or facing other issues, you'll have additional problems. Here are some tips to prevent this situation.
  1. Let's start with the most important step: changing the oil and filter. First, make sure the vehicle is parked on a flat surface and the engine is cool. Then, remove the plug under the engine to drain the old oil into a pan. Once it's drained, put the plug back and apply fresh oil to the rubber gasket before putting on a new filter. Next, use a funnel to pour the right amount of oil into the oil tank at the top of the engine. Finally, start the engine for a few minutes, check for leaks, and make sure the oil level is correct using the dipstick.
  2. Make sure your vehicle stays in good shape for the long term by checking your fluids regularly. This means filling up the fuel tank to stop moisture from building up and using a fuel stabilizer. Also, don't forget to refill the engine coolant, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluids.
  3. Check the recommended air pressure for your tires, usually between 30 and 35 psi, but it may vary depending on the tire type. Adjust the air pressure accordingly before storing your vehicle long-term.
  4. Give your car a good cleaning. If there's any dirt in your car, it will get worse over time. Vacuum up all the crumbs, dirt, contaminants, and pet hair. Then, throw away any wrappers and cups. Also, shampoo the seats, wipe the windows, and clean the cup holders.
  5. Put on New Wiper Blades. Even though it might not seem like a big deal, it's smart to do it now to prevent problems later. Here's why: imagine you don't replace old wiper blades before storing your car, and then when you need them on a rainy day months later, they hardly work. To avoid this, make sure to replace the blades every 6-12 months.

Long-Term Vehicle Storage: Duration of Storage

If you're considering long-term outdoor storage for your vehicle, car, RV, camper, motorhome, semi truck & trailer at Elyria Storage Park, it's best not to leave your vehicle parked for more than a year. Even if you take good care of it, leaving it unused for too long can cause problems like the battery going bad, fluids getting old, or tires developing flat spots. Although the steps mentioned above might cover you for up to a year, we suggest checking on your vehicle every 3-6 months to make sure everything's okay. You could even take it for a short drive to keep everything running smoothly. Once you're sure it's doing fine, you can put it back in our outdoor storage for another stretch of time.

Long-Term Vehicle Storage: Getting Seals & Covers

Check your car for any openings that pests could use to get inside. Seal them tightly to keep bugs and rodents out. Cover your vehicle with a waterproof car cover to shield it from harsh weather conditions, including UV rays. This will help prevent damage from sunlight and other elements while your car is stored for an extended period.

Long-Term Vehicle Storage for Your Vehicle

Leaving your vehicle in someone else's care, especially for a long time, is a big decision. At Elyria Storage Park, we take this responsibility seriously. We prioritize security with fencing, good lighting, 24/7 surveillance, and coded gate entry. We have outdoor storage options from 25 ft., 45 ft., 50 ft., 55 ft., and 60 ft. up to 70 ft for boats, RV, campers, motorhomes, semi-truck, tractor or trailer. If you have questions about our policies, prices, and availability, feel free to reach out online or contact us at (440) 468-6480. We're here to offer you safe and affordable outdoor storage for your long-term needs.

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Elyria Storage Park
42208 Albrecht Rd
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 468-6480

Office Hours

Sunday - Thursday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SaturdayClosed

Access Hours

Sunday - SaturdayOpen 24 Hours

ELYRIA STORAGE PARK IS LOCATED AT 42208 ALBRECHT RD, ELYRIA, OH 44035. SERVING LORAIN, AMHERST, AVON, NORTH RIDGEVILLE, BRENTWOOD LAKE, AND SURROUND COMMUNITIES. ELYRIA STORAGE PARK IS FULLY FENCED, SECURED WITH 24/7 GATE ACCESS AND SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS. CALL OR TEXT US AT (440) 468-6480.