How to Winterize Your Summer Recreational Toys

When the weather gets cold and frightful in West Hartford, CT, your fair-weather vehicles like ATVs and jetskis can spend the season stuck in the garage or the dock. While every vehicle will have its own specific needs for winterization, these basic guidelines from StateChoice will cover the steps included for most.

Consult Your Manual

Your vehicle’s manual might have instructions on how to winterize yours properly. It will also come in handy if there are parts you can’t locate. If you’re not sure where yours is, contact the manufacturer and get a replacement.

Drain the Water Tanks

Water that sits in your vehicle over the winter can freeze, expand, and cause damage to it. The water may also contain contaminants that corrode the insides over time. Flushing the system with antifreeze afterward will keep the remaining water from freezing. There are specific types you’ll want to use for RV and marine systems, so double-check before you flush.

Stabilize Your Fuel

Gasoline evaporates over time, and it’s much faster than you might expect. When it does, your tank could be left with inert gas, and smaller lines can develop a clogging residue. Adding a fuel stabilizer will keep it from causing harm.

Scrub It Down

Dirt can trap water and corrosives that promote rusting and damage paint. Thoroughly cleaning the exposed parts will minimize the amount of aging your vehicle does in storage. Throw a cover over it to keep it fresh until you’re ready to ride.

Check Your Insurance

You may be eligible for reduced rates while your vehicle is in storage. Check with your provider or an agent like us at StateChoice in West Hartford. CT to check on your current coverage and investigate the available options.