So, you’ve recently become the proud new owner of a motorcycle, boat, or motorhome? Congratulations, and here’s to many leisurely, outdoor adventures ahead! If this is your first time winterizing your bike, boat, or RV, then this article is the right place to start.
When you’re mid-expedition, it’s very easy to think of pleasure craft solely as a means for freedom and exploration. Yet, in the off-season, it’s important to remember these vehicles are much more than grown-up toys – they’re valued assets worth protecting. Take it from us, when warm weather finally returns, nothing will kill your fun faster than discovering a dead battery or rusted fuel tank. Winterizing is inexpensive, repairing is not. If you give some extra attention to the following maintenance areas now, you’ll be on your well on your way to a hassle-free start come springtime:
Winter weather leads to condensation, and evaporation, which can easily wreck a fuel system. If you don’t want to end up with sludge and deposits in your fuel tank, start by topping up your system with gasoline, then add a fuel stabilizer. Run your engine for several minutes to make sure the stabilizer has been well-circulated. On average, this process will take you about 10-15 minutes, and cost you between $15-$20. If you miss this key step, be prepared for a repair bill that could run you between $250-$1200 (or more).
Your battery type will differ depending on what’s being powered, but all batteries share a common enemy – corrosion. Carefully disconnect and remove your battery, and ensure it’s stored in a dry area – preferably in a spot that’s temperature regulated. At the minimum, make sure your battery is kept well above the freezing mark. Consider investing in a ‘Battery Tender’ which not only charges the battery while not in use, it gives you an accurate read on the condition of your battery. They’re also quite efficient. If the voltage drops too far under its capacity, it will resume charging (but never overcharge). Cost varies depending on which model you select but generally range from $30-$70 (and will still run you significantly less than a replacement battery).
In-Depth Winterizing Knowledge According to Vehicle Type
It’s important to note that while these recreational vehicles have the above factors in common, there are plenty of considerations specific to dealing with your RV, Motorcycle, or Motor Boat. If you’re pressed for time, or in have concerns about how to proceed, it’s wise to schedule some time at your nearest service center or local dealer.
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