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Sep 28, 2023

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Well, that was fun—a summer brimming with travel, camping and outdoor adventures with recreational vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, boats and bicycles. But now it’s time to put the toys away. Properly storing equipment will protect it until you get it ready in spring.

Here’s how to store your recreational equipment properly, just in time for winter.


Bicycles are relatively easy to prep for storage, but still require careful attention. Dry the frame and wipe down the entire bike, particularly the chain. It should be cleaned with either bike-chain cleaner or a brush (an old toothbrush works just fine) and then lubed to protect against air moisture. Store in a warm, dry location, preferably in a bike bag or under a blanket.

Motorized vehicles

Dealing with motorized vehicles is far more complicated. This is owner-manual territory—if you’ve lost yours, go online. Boats, RVs and ATVs share common enemies in off-season storage—moisture, rodents and the cold. Your list of tasks includes draining all liquids and, where applicable, replacing them with antifreeze (consult the owner’s manual for the specific antifreeze required). Also important is sealing the exterior to ward off critters (even for indoor storage), disconnecting batteries and adding fuel stabilizers.

Experienced owners create their own checklist of steps to prep their toys for the off-season. There is plenty to do, but after the thaw, being thorough is worth it.

Protect your recreational vehicles!

Speak to a licensed CAA Insurance Agent to review your policy and ensure you have the best coverage at the best rates. Visit caasco.com/insurance for details.

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