Tips for Storing Your RV, Motorcycle & Boat in the Winter

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Winter can be hard on all of us, and that goes for vehicles too! And while your car can usually hide out in a garage or even in a pop-up shelter, storing your RV, motorcycle & boat in the winter can be a little more difficult!

This can create a number of potential issues as the cold weather wreaks havoc on the paint job, the battery juice, and more. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the things you can do to keep larger vehicles warm and cozy as the nights start getting longer!

Tips for Storing Your RV, Motorcycle & Boat in the Winter

Drain the Water

Another reason that larger vehicles like boats tend to have a harder time in winter, is that they will often go for weeks or months without being used at all. That means that the battery and alternator can experience even more difficulty.

But no the plus side, it does also give you some more options for how you “winterize” and end up storing your RV or boat. For example, this means that you can drain the water systems as you aren’t likely to need them! This is even better than using lots of deicer and should ensure that your vehicle’s engine doesn’t freeze while it’s out of action.

Depending on the vehicle you might then want to refill the water system entirely with antifreeze. Consult the user’s manual before making any such decisions.

Cover the Vehicle

Your boat or RV should be able to withstand a little cold weather, but there are a number of factors that can mitigate this and cause issues. One of the biggest problems is that if you have any damaged or missing paint, then your chassis may have areas of exposed metal. This in turn can lead to rusting, and that is where the real trouble raises its head.

While your vehicle can bounce back from a lot of problems, getting rust on the body of the vehicle is often a problem that there’s no coming back from. Make sure that your vehicle is covered and you will minimize this issue. Use a big tarp or something similar.

Find Somewhere to Stay

Of course, what is even better than using a tarpaulin is to find a place for your vehicle to stay. That might mean storing it in a hanger or it might mean hiring a service to keep your vehicle safe and out of the way.

Failing that, it’s important to think about where on your property you want to keep your vehicle. As you likely won’t be using it for a long time, you should make sure it’s not going to get in your way and require constant moving. What’s more, is that you should keep it away from public access areas so as not to entice any potential thieves of vandals. The longer you leave something, the more of a temptation it becomes.

Lubricate and Grease

Imagine what your vehicle is going to feel like when you finally come to use it again and try to preempt that by doing everything you can to keep it healthy and safe over time. One important tip is to lubricate all moving parts: that means the steering system, control mechanisms, hinges, latches, linkages and more. This will not only help your vehicle to feel healthy when you jump back into it, but it will actually prevent these from freezing over. That’s because the grease and oil will actually provide a protective layer that seals those parts against water. Because water won’t get into the mechanisms, that means that it won’t be able to freeze!

Cover and Close

Close any side mirrors, seal the exhaust ports, make sure everything is locked. In short, you want to prevent pests or anything else from getting inside the vehicle. It’s time to shut up for winter!

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