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BOAT STORAGE: CLOSE TO INTERSTATE I25

Easily accessible to Windsor, Timnath, Fort Collins, Loveland Longmont and surrounding areas.

Taking the proper precautions is very important if you want your boat to be ready to use when spring comes. Failure to winterize your boat can cause significant damage such as cracks, leaks, corrosion, and frozen pipes. Freezing, dormancy, moisture, and corrosion can lead to large repair bills. In order to avoid costly repairs in the spring, it is important to take the proper precautions in the fall.

Here are some necessary steps to take when winterizing your boat:

Clean
Be sure to give your boat a thorough cleaning inside and out. This will also let you discover anything that might need repair before putting your boat away until the spring. It will let you take care of any spills or messes that you may not have been aware of, and thus let you avoid having to uncover any mysterious odors in the spring. Clean your boat and apply a rust inhibitor on your steering and control cables and on the metal hardware.

Repair damages
It is best to handle anything that is broken, worn, or damaged in the fall when boatyards are less busy than in the springtime rush. You also don’t want to leave something like a crack sitting all winter long, as damage could become worse.

Remove electronics
All electronics should be removed and stored in a safe, dry, and warm place.

Drain
Drain the fluid from your manifolds and engine blocks, water pumps, and coolers. Be sure to drain and fill the gearcase with gearcase lubricants. Drain the port-a-potty, freshwater tank, and hot water heater. Add non-toxic antifreeze to your water tank, hot water heater, and port-a-potty.

Fuel and antifreeze
Fill the gas tank to prevent condensation, oxidation, and gas spoilage. Be sure to add stabilizer to preserve the gas and prevent damage to the fuel system. Run the engine for about 15 minutes to make sure the stabilizer reaches the gas in your fuel lines. Put antifreeze into the cooling system and into the supply lines for the water faucets and shower.

Monitor oil
Run the engine to warm it up and change the oil while it is warm. Dirty engine oil can thicken after long-term storage and make it difficult to start the boat when you are done storing it. Be sure to change the oil filter, too.

RV STORAGE: CLOSE TO INTERSTATE I25

Easily accessible to Windsor, Timnath, Fort Collins, Loveland Longmont and surrounding areas.

Store Indoor- Avoid Hail
If possible, store your RV in a covered storage facility. Avoid trees and grass. Protect your RV from hail damage, sun damage and protect your tires by storing your RV indoors.

Coverings
Make sure that all blinds and covers are down. This will protect your furniture from the sun’s rays. They will also act as a third barrier in case a rodent finds its way past your cover and window. This is a good time to check for any cracks or tears and repair them.

LPG
Turn the main LPG supply valve off.

Refrigerator
Remove anything perishable from the RV and open all drawers and cabinets. After you have defrosted your refrigerator and cleaned it, put some baking soda in it then leave the door open. This will prevent it from developing any odor.

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Where do I Get Packing Supplies?

From belts to bubble wrap to dollies, moving blankets, moving boxes, and totes, there’s a lot of packing supplies needed for a safe move. Be sure to start getting these items together early on if you are packing yourself.
First, check to see if your friends and family have any supplies left over from a recent move. After this, check in with your movers. They typically will sell all of the packing supplies you could need at a great price.

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