How to store your recreational vehicle when not in use

Regardless of whether you have a large roomy garage or not, there will always come a point in time when there are just too many things around the house and this will prompt you to lease storage space just to de-clutter your home. Chances are your garage is not even a parking space any more, but a storage space for seasonal items, sporting equipment, recreational equipment and other items. If the number of things stored in your garage and in your house is becoming ridiculous, then you need to do some cleaning and start organizing all your belongings. However, cleaning up and storing larger items such as recreational vehicles or all terrain vehicles that used to clutter your yard, is quite challenging because you will not get everything to fit inside your garage.

What Can You Do With Your Recreational Vehicle?

If you own recreational vehicles such as an all terrain vehicle or ATV, leaving them in the yard is the biggest mistake you will ever make for such a valuable investment. It can get stolen or severely damaged when exposed to snow, wind and rain, along with other weather elements. Think about the money you had invested in an ATV, which should be around $10,000, so not caring for it is simply foolish. Even boats are a major financial investment and they can easily get stolen or damaged by weather elements just like ATV’s. If you opt to store your boat inside your garage, it will not take long enough before your boat becomes a quick storage space for all the family’s junk.

All Terrain Vehicles – ATV’s

Long term storage for ATV’s can become a problem because of the issues that can result in premature deterioration. You will notice that several types of fungus will begin to grow in the fuel lines and tank, most especially during the warmer months. They will appear in the form of green or black sludge slogging your fuel lines. However, resins can also form in unused fuel which can harden over time and eventually cause problems.

Before you store your ATV in a storage facility, make sure you follow the strict manufacturer’s guidelines for long term storage purposes. You may need to have the battery fully charged, removed and stored separately. When you follow the given guidelines, your ATV will always be ready for use whenever you want to.


Before you place your boat in storage, make sure that it is cleaned thoroughly to prevent mold and mildew, and to detect any damages easily. If you notice any damages in your boat, have them repaired before storing them and never wait to repair them when the time comes for you to use it. Remove your spark plugs and spray your boat engine with spray fog. Have the spark plugs replaced and then turn the engine over so that the cylinders will be coated and well protected for winter.

You will also have to add fuel stabilizer in the motor, but check with your owner’s manual first to determine what your engine needs. Purchase a flushing kit and then have the cooling system flushed out too, before having the oil drained from your boat using basic oil draining techniques. This is essential because any water that had built up can freeze during winter and seriously damage your engine.

  • Valerie East is a freelance writer specializing in home improvement and recreational vehicle care. She regularly offers advice on how to de-clutter homes and how to care for recreational vehicles. She also recommends US Storage Centers for storing unused belongings, furniture and seasonal recreational vehicles.

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