As the days become shorter and colder you are faced with the task of what to do with your dirt bikes and ATVs this winter. Placing them in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA will ensure their safety while leaving you with the space you need in your garage. Before placing your dirt bikes and/or ATVs in storage you need to make sure they are prepped for their stay.


Get the Oil Changed

Unless you've just changed the oil and filter, and your final ride day consisted of only a few laps, your engine will be coated in dirty oil which can be very damaging to your bike. Put fresh oil and a new filter in your ride. Run the engine briefly to coat the external parts with fresh lubricant. This way you can rest easy knowing that your dirt bikes and ATVs are ready to go for your next ride.


Drain the Gas or Add a Fuel Stabilizer

Having gasoline sit for a few months in a cold climate will make it gummy and ruin your fuel system. You have a couple of ways in which you can prevent this from happing. Drain the gas tank which can be done by letting the engine idle until the fuel runs out or add a fuel stabilizer like Sta-Bil to a full tank of gas. The full tank mixed with Sta-bil eliminates any concern over moisture build-up in the tank and the stabilizer prevents gas from gumming. Just be sure to let the engine idle a few minutes to allow the mixture to penetrate the entire fuel system.


Change the Coolant/ Anti-Freeze

Just as you would maintain your car you will want to do the same with your dirt bike and ATV. Putting fresh anti-freeze in your dirt bike and ATV will protect it from the cold winter months that are ahead.


Put it on a Stand

Most riders tend to leave their dirt bike on a stand anyway but this is crucial for long term storage. It's not as crucial for the ATV (some use blocks or jacks regardless) but letting your dirt bike rest in one position over the long term often degrades the tires and can mess with the suspension.



Now is the perfect time to sort through your clothing and make the switch from your summer clothing to your warm winter clothing. To help you in storing all of your summer clothing you won’t be using over the next few months you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo to provide you with the perfect storage unit. To help you in the process of switching out your seasonal clothing we have provided you with some tips below.


Sort While Switching

Rotating wardrobes is the perfect opportunity to sort through the clothing you have had in your closet all summer. You might notice that you haven’t worn a few outfits in quite some time or that a few articles of clothing just don’t fit anymore. Instead of placing those clothes in storage you can take them and donate them.


Clean your Closet

Now that you have emptied out your closet of your summer wardrobe you will want to take the opportunity to give your closet the cleaning it needs. Vacuuming the floor and dusting the shelves will help to keep your clothes fresh. Make sure you keep an eye out for any pesky insects that need to be removed as well.


Clean your Clothing

Making sure all of your clothing is clean is a must. Your clothing must be clean before placing it in storage or placing it in your closet for the winter. This just helps you in making sure your clothing is fresh and its quality is preserved.


Don’t use Cardboard Boxes for Storing

Cardboard boxes are too penetrable for storing clothing for months at a time. You will want to invest in the help of plastic storage totes to store your clothing in. Make sure the lid seals and you label it with a description of the clothing inside.


Storing your out of season clothing at All American Self Storage in San Mateo will provide you with the perfect amount of storage space you need. Call our facility today to learn more about the storage units we have available.



Every once and a while you will come across a storage unit auction at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. While storage auctions have become more popular over the years there are some myths that come along with the popularity. Listed below are some of the most common myths you might come across regarding storage auctions.


Myth 1: Every Unit is Valuable

This is of course a myth. While you might get lucky occasionally, you shouldn’t go into a storage unit thinking you are going to find a gold mine of items. You might be able to find a few things you can sell for a profit in a storage auction but the reality TV shows make it look like it happens more often than it does.


Myth 2: You can’t look inside a Storage Unit

Even though you aren’t allowed physically in the unit, you are allowed to look in it. This will give you a pretty good idea of the stuff that you will be bidding for. It is always a good idea to bring a flashlight so you can see all the way to the back of the unit.


Myth 3: All you need is a Check or Credit Card

This is of course false. If you are going to be placing a bid on a unit you need to have cash in hand. Make sure you bring enough for sales tax and the cost of cleaning the unit as well. Check with the facility manager to see what the fees are.


Myth 4: You can keep everything

While you can keep what you buy in a storage unit auction, some facilities will ask you to return any personal memorabilia you find in the unit such as photo albums or family movies.


Myth 5: Storage Facilities rake in Profit from Auctions

This is also not true. Storage facilities are required by law to only keep the amount that is overdue in rent and the costs of having the auction. The money generated over this amount is given to the tenant of the unit.


Myth 6: Take your Time Emptying out the Unit

It is standard with most auctions that you have until the end of the day to clean out the unit you purchased. Occasionally you can rent out the unit for a month or so to have time in emptying out the contents, you just have to check with the facility manager.



When it comes to driving a larger vehicle there are bound to be some differences when it comes to drivability. When that vehicle is full of your precious items you will want to take extra care. We at All American Self Storage in San Mateo want to make sure your items get to their destination safely. Below we have listed some tips to help you in driving your moving truck properly.


Use your Mirrors Often

As with any car you want to constantly use your mirrors. Using your side-mirrors is especially important when driving a moving truck because you won’t have use of a rear-view mirror above the dash. Use your side mirrors to pay close attention to what and who is around you at all times. While driving on the road you will want to make sure you are leaving enough space between you and fellow drivers.


Use Caution while Stopping and Turning

You will want to take special care when driving a moving truck. Your driving will greatly affect how the items you stored in the truck will arrive. Don’t make any sudden stops or sharp turns, as this will cause your items to shift and fall. You could also cause damage to the people driving around you by taking a turn too sharp or stopping abruptly.


Plan your Trip Ahead of Time

Nothing is worse than trying to drive a truck that you aren’t familiar with and getting lost. To avoid a lot of stress and potential of difficult driving situations you will want to plan out your trip. Find a route that will be easiest for you to navigate a truck in. It is also good to plan on driving at a time where traffic isn’t heavy. Practice your route a couple times in your own car so you can easily navigate it in the moving truck.


Be Aware of your Truck’s Size

Driving a moving truck is a lot different compared to your everyday driver. You will want to take note of how tall and wide your moving truck is and prepare accordingly. Make sure there aren’t any low bridges or tight roadways that you will have to take on the way to your destination. You also want to give yourself enough room between you and fellow drivers on the road.



Before placing your electronic devices in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo, you will want to make sure you are preparing them properly to ensure they won’t get damaged during their stay. The goal is to have your electronics ready to plug in and use the day you take it out of your unit. Below are some tips for you to try when preparing your electronics for storage.





Preparing your Electronic Devices

Many electronics such as computers, printers, and televisions, come with owner’s manuals or have owner’s manuals on a website for instruction pertaining to their use. These instructions can also recommend how to properly pack and store that specific item. Don’t forget to remove any CDs or DVDs from your electronics before unplugging. Moving these items while they are still in the DVD or CD player will cause damage to the CD or DVD and even the console itself.


Keep Track of Necessary Pieces

Most electronics come with a variety of cords and often complicated connections. Take a picture of the connections and how they are supposed to be set up before you disassemble and pack up. This way you can save the hassle of trying to remember how exactly you got your electronics to work last time. Bundle all coordinating wires together and label them. Any small connections or parts can be stored together in plastic bag and then placed in the box with the rest of the accessories or taped to the outside of the box or container if you are lacking in space.


Packing your Electronics

If possible store the item in the box it originally came in. These boxes and packing supplies are made to specifically fit that particular electronic. If you have already tossed the box, you can always purchase the necessary packing supplies. Remember to purchase anti-static foam to place over the top of computer and TV screens. A filler must also be used inside of the box to make sure your electronics don’t move around in transit. Sealing the box tightly and accurately will help protect the item from any outside damage. Try to get the best moving boxes available or plastic totes big enough to store the electronics you want to keep safe.


Label Everything

Label your boxes and be as specific as possible. List all electronics and parts stored within that box. This will save you time when you go back to your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo to retrieve one specific item.



Place your packed electronics in the back of your storage unit and preferably off the floor. Purchasing shelving or elevating the boxes on pallets or tarps can help protect your items from possible damage.