Storage is a part of many people’s lives. Whether you need to store your sports car for the winter or your RV when you are not road tripping across America. However, not everyone is a storage expert. Maybe you got a new ATV as an anniversary present or you finally saved up enough for that 2019 Lamborghini. These steps will help first timers and regulars alike. Preparing your vehicle is essential to preserving its quality throughout the time that it is in storage.
How to Prepare your Car
There are a series of critical steps you must take to prepare your car to be stored for more than 30 days. If you are storing your car for less than 30 days, the rules are not as strict, but are still extremely helpful.
The first step is to get your car cleaned. Dirt and bird poop can damage the paint on your vehicle over time. The next step is to top off the tank. Filling the tank keeps moisture from eroding and breaking down the seals in your tank. There are two steps that are tightly intertwined with length of time that the car will be stored, changing the oil and filling up the tires. Over time, contaminants in the oil can damage your vehicle. However, if you are only storing your car for a few weeks, it is not necessary. As for your tires, if you are storing for less than 30 days, the weight of the car in one spot for a large amount of time can damage and warp flatter tires. In order to maintain your tire quality, keep those tires filled to the recommended pressure. If you are storing your car for more than 30 days, remove the wheels and place your car on jacks. This will prevent your tires from permanently warping and needing replacement.
How to Prepare your RV
The time of RV adventures is coming to an end. These following steps will explain how to prepare your RV for storage. Since cars and RVs are both vehicles, many of the steps are the same, but we will only highlight the differences.
You must first take measures to keep rodents out of your RV during storage. Rodents can eat away at the elements inside the RV and severely damage your vehicle. You can do this by first removing any and all food from the vehicle. You can also fill any holes that are small enough for a rodent to pass through.
Once that is completed start the deep cleaning process. This process is a bit more complicated than car storage preparation because there are more areas that can get damaged over time. For the interior, defrost the freezer and clean the refrigerator. Deep clean every surface, including the A/C filters. For the exterior, wash and wax the surfaces, including the roof. If you have awning fabric, clean the fabric thoroughly and let it dry completely. Close all of the blinds to prevent sun damage.
The tires should be filled to the recommended tire pressure. You should put a large of wood between the tire and the ground in order to prevent possible freezing. Our friends at TriStateRV go into deeper detail about RV storage maintenance.
How to Prepare your ATV
With the time of adventures changing for some and coming to an end for others, some will have to put away their ATVs for a little while. Preparing your ATV for storage is one of the simpler tasks on this list.
You will have to clean your ATV thoroughly. As with other types of vehicles, dirt and grime can damage your ATV over time. ATVs get down and dirty quite often, so the risk for erosion is high. Make sure to lubricate all moving parts to discourage stiffness. Change your oil and air filters for the same reasons. Contaminants will damage the vehicle while it is in storage. The battery needs to be removed. ATV batteries will drain quickly, which is not good for the integrity of the battery. You will have to return periodically to keep it charged. Be vigilant with charging the battery to keep it from being damaged.
Though the time for sports cars, RVs and ATVs may be coming to a close, it does not mean that adventure has to stop. Use this time to find a new adventure. Buy a surfboard or climbing gear. There is no need to worry about storing it now or later, because Hopperstock has your back.