Winterizing Your Summer Vehicles

December29

It’s sad when summer is over, and it’s time to store your boat or RV for the cold winter months. Pack them away carefully, so they will be ready for your next warm weather adventure when the snow stops, and the sun shines again.

Choose a Storage Facility

Step one to making sure your toys are ready to go at the start of the season is to choose a trailer storage St. John’s County that offers you options for how much protection you want for your RV or boat. Depending on the severity of the weather in your area, you may decide that a snug fitting tarp is enough to keep out the elements, or you may prefer fully covered storage.

Drain Fluids

If you live in an area where the weather ever dips below 32 degrees, it’s important to drain all the fresh and wastewater out of the plumbing system. Pump in antifreeze. This may take a little work, but it’s better than discovering later that the pipes froze and burst.

Seal Cracks

Give your vehicle a once-over and check for any cracks or splits in the roof, windows or doors. Although the cracks themselves may just be a sign of ordinary wear and tear, if water gets in and then freezes, the damage could be severe. In addition, water can cause mildew or mold that you might not notice until you’re on the road the next year.

Disconnect the Batteries

Take the batteries out of your vehicle and store them in a cool area that won’t freeze. They lose a little charge in storage, so check them every month or so with a voltmeter and keep them charged to prevent damage if they do get cold.

You may anticipate taking your boat or RV out for a spin all winter long. Make sure it’s ready to ride by properly prepping it for the cold.


Posted December 29, 2020 by Car Blog in category General

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