Month: November 2021

Boat Storage Preparation

When fall comes around the days get shorter, the weather gets cooler and boating season comes to an end. For boat owners this means the daunting task of getting the boat ready for winter is right around the corner. Boat storage preparation is an important step for all to take. It does not have to be stressful and frustrating. There are many articles written on winterizing your boat’s engine but fewer articles focus on the other parts of your investment. The time between getting the boat out of the water and into storage is a good opportunity to do some cleaning that you may have been putting off, not to mention the important steps that can be taken to prevent any pesky winter invaders!

Boat Storage Preparation

One important step is to give everything an adequate cleaning, inside and out. Give the hull a thorough scrubbing to remove any algae, weeds or grime that has built up over the summer. Do not forget to pull the drain plug and let any water on the inside drain as well. Clean the inside of the boat and any portions of the bilge you can get to. After cleaning, open up compartments or other hatches to help circulate air, water in the bilge does not smell pleasant come spring! Clean any upholstery and repair any rips or tears. Also, pull any electronics and store them indoors.

Another step to take is to prevent mice from wreaking havoc while your boat is in storage. Remove items that would make comfy mouse bedding from the boat: seat cushions, life jackets, ropes, etc. If unable to store these items outside of the boat, place in plastic totes with locking lids. Finally, consider some home remedies to deter mice. Spread several dryer sheets throughout the boat as one option. Another mouse deterrent to try is crushed moth balls, place several plastic cups of crushed moth balls throughout the boat, the smell will help keep them away.

With a few small steps to prep your whole boat for storage you can look forward to a worry-free and stress-free start to the boating season!

Contact us at Party Barn Boat & RV Storage for more information on storing your boat!

How to Store your Recreational Vehicle for Winter

The end of summer is in sight, which means our favorite time of the year has come to a close. Temperatures will soon be dropping below freezing for winter hibernation! But don’t let your recreational vehicle go without protection from harsh conditions because we’re here with five tips on how you can store it properly for the season.

How to Store your Recreational Vehicle for Winter

Tips to Follow When Storing your RV for winter

Drain the RV water system

Before you store your RV, drain the pumps and flush any remaining water from the system. That will prevent frozen lines, which can cause damage in potentially expensive situations. Ensure that everything has been drained by opening every fitting on each, pumping the RV safely antifreeze into the water system. Thoroughly clean all the other parts of the RV in preparation for storage.

Repair your RV before storing it

The off-season is an excellent time for repairs. Repair prices are great during this season, and that will save you money.

Choose the suitable storage facility for your RV

Choose the right storage for your RV, whether you need seasonal or permanent space. It’s advisable to store your RV in an enclosed space or cover. Parking it in front of trees or underbrush could present problems with windstorms, which is why you should look out for shelter from these types of natural disasters. The storage space you choose should keep out bugs and other insects.

Store the RV Batteries in a dry place

The batteries in your RV are essential for safe travel and should be treated with care. Remove them from the RV and make sure they stay dry to avoid short-term damage or long-term harm due to cold temperatures!

Keep Tabs on your RV

Taking care of and maintaining your recreational vehicle is crucial. Power it regularly to energize it.

Ready to store your RV? We are the best bet! The best way to keep your RV is by preparing it for storage. More time spent now will make a huge difference when you get it out again. We have different forms of storage to suit every need, so call us today or visit and see what we offer.