For guys who work day-in, day-out, there’s no better way to blow off steam than by getting outside to play. “Man-toys” (boats, cars, ATVs) not only help to relieve stress, they make for great exercise and help you to spend more time outdoors.
However, a lot of guys don’t realize just how important it is to store their toys properly and often end up learning the hard way.
The Importance of Storage
It’s not uncommon for men to store their toys on their own property. You’ve seen this before–the tacky ATV wave runner ditched out in the front yard.
When you don’t have room in your garage or would simply like to keep the space clear, it’s often necessary to simply store things in the driveway or behind the home. Take a drive through the coastal region of Maine, for example, and you’re likely to see a boat in in every other driveway. It may seem as if covering your toys and leaving them outside is a sufficient way to store them in the off-season, but it very rarely is.
Every part of the country sees inclement weather at one time of the year or another. Whether it be the cold, snowy winters of the northeast or the blistering heat and arid conditions typical of the southwest–all of these things can cause damage to your toys.
Also take into consideration the fact that your vehicles are susceptible to theft when left out in the open, and it makes perfect sense why this is one of the worst ways to go about storing your toys.
Storing Smaller Toys
Storage units will not only help you to get your toys off of your property (which can be unsightly after a long enough period of time, potentially bothering the neighbors), but will ensure that they stay out of the elements. The hot Arizona sun can fade a boat’s paint job just as the salt air in Maine can cause rust. Lock your toys away in a proper storage unit, and these issues – along with theft – are eradicated. Since most storage facilities offer a multitude of different rental sizes, you can usually find a space large enough to store a few toys at the same time if need be.
Smaller storage areas are useful too. More often than not, you can get away with renting a tiny storage space, as the extra room in a garage would be wasted. This plan works perfectly for storing an ATV. You can do the same for other man-toys that hover around this size or smaller, and it’s typically possible to fit more than a few things in a single unit. Different cities will have different facility availabilities. For example, the storage units Phoenix, AZ offers have to take into consideration that Metro Phoenix and Scottsdale have more boats per capita than any other major US city.
Storing Larger Toys
Larger toys such as boats and cars are a bit trickier to store than small toys like ATVs, but you still have options. Since most of these vehicles are too large for storage units, you’ll need to consider using a garage.
There are a few ways to go about this. Depending upon how ambitious you are and how many toys you own, it might be worthwhile to consider building a garage on your own property specifically for housing your vehicles. This is not a possibility for everyone, of course, which is why most people will find their solutions in renting garage spaces.
If renting seems to be more up your alley, you can either call a garage that specializes in storing away boats and other large vehicles (sometimes even including upkeep and maintenance), or ask around to see if anyone would be willing to allow you to store things in their garage.
If all else fails and you can’t find anywhere in your area to store your larger toys, it may be time to consult the help of a local professional. It can never hurt to call a boat yard, for example, and simply ask for any advice they might be able to give you in terms of where you can store your boat. Bear in mind that most people who live in or near relatively large cities will likely be able to find places to house their vehicles, although it may be more difficult for individuals who live in rural areas.
So clean up your yard, get your man-toys in storage and start counting days until the off-season comes to a close!