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Beat the Heat With These Boat and RV Storage Tips

April 2, 2016

While the rest of the country worries about “winterizing” boats, cars, and RVs, Tucsonans have something else to consider – summer heat. As the mercury starts to rise, it’s time to start thinking about your boat or RV sitting in storage. Is it safe from the escalating temperatures?

No matter when you put your “baby” into our boat and RV storage facility, you want to prepare it so that no natural misfortunes harm it while you’re away. Here are a few tips to keep your larger vehicles safe while they’re housed with us.

Rodent-Proof the Bottom

Arizona packrats can do serious damage to cars and engines. No matter how hard we try to keep the facility packrat free, there are bound to be one or two that make it on property and elude our security watch.

The best way to avoid any small animals or rodents entering your RV while you’re away is to plug the holes in the bottom. Use bronze wool (steel wool might rust) to plug pipes and openings in your RV.

Cover Your Tires

As if the dry climate isn’t harmful enough, leaving your tires exposed (even in a covered parking spot) can cause them to crack. That can make for an unwelcome surprise when you pick up your RV and get ready to bring it on the road.

Buy tire covers from a specialty store, or use plywood to cover your wheels. No matter what, protect them before you leave.

Clean It

Are you leaving that sap and bird poop on the side of your RV as a memento of your last journey? Don’t want to have to wash the sea sludge off the bottom of your boat? You could be leaving a more permanent mark than you’d like. Clean your boat or RV (we have the perfect facility for that on the lot!) before you park and store your vehicle.

Disconnect Your Battery

A connected battery could cause your cables and wires to corrode. Wrap the cable ends with electrical tape and then clean the nodes on your battery. This will help prolong the life of your battery and your enjoyment of your RV.

Cover the Windows

Even if you have a covered RV parking spot, the sun could manage to spend a few hours peaking through your windows. Block the sun with shades, curtains, or any other material. You’ll keep the cool temperature in and the sun damage out.

What are your tips for storing your RV or boat?

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