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Winterize Your Toys

Winterize Your Toys


Today we talked about tips when it comes to storing your summer toys. Finding tips for winterizing your RV from RV Trader, remember:

  • Check the underside of the RV for any spaces that mice or rodents can enter and fill as necessary. Use mousetraps and check weekly.
  • Clean out the cupboards & refrigerator, leaving doors open & boxes of baking soda for odor control
  • If going into long-term storage, trip the main breakers
  • Inspect all exterior seams & roof, repair as necessary
  • Cover RV with UV-resistant tarp or wax exterior of RV to protect siding

For Motorcycles & personal watercraft, BikeBandit & Jetski.com have similar tips:

  • Wash/wax your ride to remove dirt/debris/salt & protect the exterior finish
  • Change the oil and filter, used oil contains acids that can wear down engine bearings
  • Lube up any moving parts to protect them from rust/corrosion
  • Fill up the tank and use a fuel stabilizer. Having a full tank prevents excess moisture from building up
  • Pull the battery out when storing for long periods of time. Protects the bike from short-circuits and shortens the life of the battery

For boats, we shared tips from Popular Mechanics:

  • Check hull for stress cracks, blisters, or dents and attend to them
  • Wash & wax hull, use a specialized marine wax if possible
  • Remove any electronics you can & spray all exposed electrical connections with a moisture-displacing lubricant
  • Clean the interior of the boat & drain water tanks/hoses
  • Make sure the cover for the boat covers the waterline and build a frame to evenly distribute snow if storing outside
  • Flush engines with fresh water, making sure they are completely dry before storing
  • Fill the fuel tank and use a fuel stabilizer


Contact Us!

At Marsilje & Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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