Many Americans love to use their jet skis, boats, motorcycles, and other toys as much as possible during the summer months when the temperatures are high, and the sun is shining! As we enter September, now is a good time to prepare your toys for winter and storage. Here are a few tips for making sure your toys are stowed properly, and ready to handle the cold winter temperatures:
- Give the interior and exterior of your vehicles a good wash before it starts to get cold. Waxing is a great way to limit any rusting that may take place while the vehicle is being stored.
- Get rid of all the water in your boat’s engine in order to prevent cracking. The pluming system in your RV should also be cleared out.
- Take out any batteries that your toys run on, and make sure they are stored in a location that is both cool and dry. Recharge them occasionally throughout the season to ensure they will still charge.
- Purchase a fuel stabilizer to pour in your gas tank. This will help to stop the negative effects of oil fuel on your motor.
- When is the last time you have checked your tire pressure? Additionally, make sure none of your tires are leaking air.
- Take care of any small repairs before the cold temperatures hit. By doing this, your vehicle or toy will be ready to go when the weather is finally warm enough!
- If you do not have enough space to store your toys on your property, shop around for a space at local storage centers. They may have units that are heated!
- Skim through the owner’s manual for each of your toys, and note whether any of them require special storage modifications.
It is always important to let your insurance agent know when you have stored your insured toys. In order to talk to an insurance professional, please contact Unisource Insurance Associates, located in Wauwatosa!