RV & Boat Storage

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We are in the middle of boating and RV season, but sooner, rather than later, it will be time to put the boats and RVs back into storage for another year. To save on very costly warehousing of boats or RVs, most people choose to park their boats or RV’s in their drive-ways. However, this is not always the best idea for everyone. Some recreational vehicle owners do not have the space to park large vehicles at their home or parking space is not available to them in an apartment complex. Self storage can be a great option to store boats and recreational vehicles for the off-season. Dymon Self Storage  has outdoor storage for RV’s at its Walkley Road location . Dymon Self Storage has exterior storage units that are big enough to store boats.

Boats and RV’s have to be treated differently when they are being put into storage for a few months or long-term storage.  Below are a few storage tips that will allow continued use of these vehicles after storage.  For both boats and RV’s make sure that you repair anything before putting the vehicle into storage. Also, make sure that you have current license plate and insurance information for your vehicles. Some storage facilities will ask for this information when you are storing these items.

Boat Storage-

1. Clean the inside and outside of the boat including the hull, decks, cabins, lockers and the cockpit.  Perishable items should be removed from cabinets and storage places.

2. Drain and flush the cooling system. Fill the gas tank up completely and add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank before storage.

3. Wax the boat before storage.

4. For outdoor and indoor storage, cover the boat with a well-made canvas cover with ventilation ports.

5. Cover the engine to protect it from the elements. Do not cover the engine with plastic covering as this could create moisture on the engine.

6. Grease all the bearings of the boat and spray all unprotected metal parts of the boat with anti-corrosion spray.

7. Remove the battery from the boat and store in a dry, clean and safe location

Recreational Vehicle Storage-

1. Thoroughly clean the inside and outside of the RV.

2. Remove all perishable items from the refrigerator and cabinets. Defrost and clean the refrigerator.

3. Remove the battery and store in a dry, cool and ventilated area. Connect the battery to a maintenance charger with a float cycle for longer storage.

4. Drain and flush the water tanks and water heater.

5. Change the oil right before storage and add a fuel storage stabilizer additive.

6. Fill up your gas tank right before storage.

7. Store the vehicle on thick plywood. Cover tired if they will be exposed to the elements.

8. If possible cover the RV or motor home to keep it clean and dry.

With the right preventative measures, storing your recreational vehicles and boats will be easy. Taking the extra steps to protect your vehicles while in storage will allow for many future years of use.  Get out and enjoy your summer, because before you know it, it will be time to put your recreational vehicles back in storage!

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One comment on “RV & Boat Storage

  1. jamessnow
    August 4, 2012 at 5:47 AM #

    Growing amounts of individuals today have discovered that it is hard to handle area they rent, own or lease and so are adopting self-storage as an approach to cluttered personal and business lives.So, its essential to safeguard important possessions should correctly or securely. Nicely written blog.

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