Stockton, CA: Top Things to Know About Storage

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Keep Driving

The residents of Stockton don’t have to deal with traffic too much.  Traffic within the city isn’t too bad, but once you get to its outskirts, don’t expect to drive faster than 20 miles per hour during rush hour.  If you’re looking for a storage facility, find one that is near the heart of the city so you don’t have to deal with traffic.  If you live more towards the city limits, opt for a facility that allows for 24-hour access to your unit.  This way you can avoid traffic and get to your stuff whenever you need it.

Water All Around

Stockton is not a coastal city but it is surrounded by a lot of water.  The California Delta, which consists of about 1,000 miles of waterways between Sacramento (north) and Stockton (south), is made up of the Sacramento River and the San Joaquin River.  Needless to say, the residents of Stockton are really big on watersports.  Every year the city hosts the Boat Parade for the Opening of Yachting Season in April.  This event celebrates the beginning of boating season and is an opening day parade in which boats are decorated with a different theme each year.  A lot of boats are stored in the area, making it hard to find storage for boats if you’re a little lazy in finding a unit at the end of the summer.

If you’re a boat fanatic living in Stockton and need a place to store your boat, you couldn’t be living in a better city.  There are a lot of facilities in the area where you can find staff that is very familiar with boat storage.  Storing boats can be a little tedious, so we are going to give you a very brief overview of what you can do to avoid damage to your boat while it’s in storage.

Start off with finding a climate controlled unit in which you can store your boat.  Although this can be pricey, it may be worth it to protect your investment.  If this is out of your budget, consider shrink-wrapping your boat or just make sure it is covered with a tarp.  Next, you need to get your boat ready for winter.  Run the engine to warm it up and change the oil so it gets drained properly.  Flush the engine with non-toxic antifreeze and make it circulate until it comes out of the exhaust.  Then clean out the stern drive, grease all fittings and check fluid levels.  Add fuel stabilizer to the tank and wash the engine before lubricating the exterior of the engine.  Lastly, drain the fresh water tank and hot water heater, and put non-toxic antifreeze in the water heater.  If you’re storing your boat outdoors, keep your boat dry and mildew free by installing a dehumidifier or moisture absorber.

All of this can seem complicated, but if you do it step-by-step, it’s pretty straightforward.  The best part about living in Stockton is that there’s a plethora of boat owners, and storage facilities are also very good at taking care of your vehicles.  If you’re struggling or are just afraid that you’ll do it wrong, ask a staff member at your storage facility to help you out.

We’d Like to Make a Toast…

What better to take on your boat then authentic wine from Lodi Wine Country?  Lodi has 75,000 acres filled with vineyards, opportunities for wine tasting, and more than 85 wineries.  There are events on most weekends so people come from near and far to join in on the music, barrel-tasting, Lodi wine dinners, food and wine pairings, and educational opportunities.  Some famous wineries and vineyards that you can visit include Van Ruiten Vineyards, Watts Winery, Benson Ferry Vineyards, Oak Ridge Vineyards.

If you’re an owner of a winery or just like collecting wine, Stockton is the place to be.  Wine storage can be tricky, and you have to know how to store it properly so your wine doesn’t get spoiled.  Temperature is key in keeping your wine intact.  If the temperature is higher than 70 degrees, wine ages more quickly and can lose its flavor.  Be careful not to let your wine get too cold though because corks can dry out, which will allow air into the bottles and damage the wine.  If the wine happens to freeze, it can expand and the bottle can explode, which would just be a sharp and scary mess.  Ideal temperature is 55 degrees, so put your wine in a climate controlled unit to ensure your wine is preserved.

Speaking of temperature, let’s quickly go over how humidity affects wine.  To store wine, humidity should ideally be at 70%, but can range from 50-80%.  Too much humidity can create mold, so you have to be very careful with this.

Also, wine needs to be kept still because shaking it too much can ruin it.  Lastly, keep your wine in the dark.  The sun’s rays can age wine and cause it to spoil, and fluorescent lights can have a similar effect.

If all of this seems too difficult to do on your own, store your wine at Arco’s Self Storage and Wine Storage.  They specialize in wine storage so they know exactly what they are doing when it comes to wine.  They offer climate controlled units, different sized lockers, locked and secure vaults, and 24-hour video surveillance.  They allow each customer to store up to 1,000 cases, so if you’re a vendor, this is exactly what you’re looking for.  This facility keeps its wine vaults at 55 degrees and 70% humidity at all times.  They also have hourly digital readings of temperature and humidity, so they are really precise with their work.