BOAT STORAGE TIPS

 

  • Flush the engine well to remove build ups of salt, sand and mud which can cause corrosion inside the aluminum cylinder block and attack vital components such as the thermostat.  

 

  • Protect your engine with a fogging oil. Turn your engine over without starting it and while it is turning over spray fogging oil into the carburetor or through the spark plug holes. This will help keep your engine’s moving parts protected during the extended storage.

 

  • Change the oil in your lower unit. Any water or foreign matter that has gotten into the lower unit can cause future problems. Refresh the oil to avoid potential costly repairs.

 

  • Look at your impeller. If it shows signs of extensive wear or damage replace it. This will be a minor cost compared to not getting sufficient water to cool your engine which can lead to engine failure. Remember that after an impeller sits up for a couple of winters it can become brittle and begin to deteriorate. When in doubt – change it out.

 

  • Keep your batteries fully charged. If your boat does not have a battery maintainer on it, install one. Keep batteries fresh and ready to go by plugging in the maintainer. 

 

  • Fill your tank with fuel so condensation does not build up. Use fuel stabilizer to make sure your fuel is ready to use when spring comes around. 

 

  • Store your boat in a facility that will protect it from extreme cold and damp conditions, UV damage, fallen leaves, tree sap, etc. 

 

* These are general storage tips. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific storage procedures for your boat. 

RV STORAGE TIPS

 

  • Drain all water lines, toilet, fresh water tank, and hot water heater of water by opening petcocks drain valves and drain plugs. Open each faucet to help the process. Attach a compressed air adaptor to the water intake fitting and force any remaining water out of the tanks and lines. Coat the water lines with RV antifreeze using a water pump converter kit. 

 

  • Coat the drain lines with RV antifreeze by pouring a cupful of RV antifreeze down each drain and into the toilet. Flush the toilet once.

 

  • Remove all food from the refrigerator, freezer and cabinets so you do not attract insects, rodents and mice. 

 

  • Take the weight off your tires by utilizing your jacks and/or blocks. 

 

  • Keep your batteries fully charged. If your RV does not have a battery maintainer on it, install one. Keep batteries fresh and ready to go by plugging in the maintainer. 

 

  • Store your RV in a covered area that will protect it from UV, tree sap, mold, mildew, etc. If storing in an open area cover windows with blinds or a material that will keep out harmful UV rays.

 

* These are general storage tips. Refer to your owner’s manual for specific storage procedures for your RV. 

Hardin County Boat & RV Storage

971 Highway 69, Kountze, TX 77625  •  (409) 782 - 8337