Prepare Your Boat for the Winter

Winter is coming and you may need to give your boat a little extra care and attention this time of year. 

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Winter is coming and you may need to give your boat a little extra care and attention this time of year.  Boats are like instruments and they need proper care in order to function at their best.  Harsh winter weather can destroy the interior or exterior of your watercraft if it is not fully prepared.  To be sure your boat stays in shape for when the weather gets warm again, here are some tips for winterizing your boat.

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The best place for your boat to be during winter is out of the water and covered with a sturdy tarp or some other kind of cover.  Make a list concerning all of the steps you need to prepare the boat.  You should seek a professional if you have never winterized a boat or seek a friend who has experience.  Always seek professional help if you have no experience before you try winterizing your boat.  Here is a general guideline for areas of your boat that should be prepped for winter.  Other resources online will have more detailed information.

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For the inboard engine, warm it up and drain the oil while it is still warm.  Change the oil filters, then flush the engine with fresh water.  Use a pickup hose from the water pump and circulate antifreeze through the manifold.  Start the engine and allow the antifreeze to circulate.  The water should exit the exhaust.  This whole process depends on whether you have a ‘raw water’ or an ‘enclosed fresh water’ cooling system.  Change the fluid in your transmission.  Spray fogging oil into each cylinder after removing the spark plugs.  Use either WD-40 or some fogging oil to wipe down the engine.

Another concern is the Stern Drive.  Remove any plants or barnacle that may have wound up in the lower unit.  Drain the gear case.  Check the oil for moisture.  If there is excessive moisture it could indicate that there are leaking seals that need to be repaired.  After removing plant life, clean the lower unit with soap and water.  Check the stern drive for cracks or pinholes if it has a rubber boot.  Check levels of fluids in hydraulic steering or lift pumps and grease all fittings.

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Now for the outboard engine.  Use flush muffs or the flushing port to flush the engine with fresh water.  Remove the cowl and start the engine, spraying fogging solution into the air intakes on the front of the engine.  Leave the engine running and remove the fuel line.  Continue spraying the solution until the engine dies.  Make sure to run the engine with the fuel line removed to burn all fuel from the carburetors.  Apply water resistant grease to propeller shaft and threads, then in the lower unit, change the gear oil.  Lubricate the exterior of the engine with polish and wash it down with soap and water, making sure to rinse completely.

You’ll also want to work on taking care of fuel, bilges, the fresh water system, the head, and the interior, depending on what your manufacturer says.  Also, whether you are storing your boat in the water or out of water matters.  You can check out http://www.boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/winteriz.htm to find more information on how to winterize depending on how you are storing your boat.  Remember to always consult your manual and a professional’s help before doing any work on your boat.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

These helpful tips will prepare your boat for the upcoming winter.  If you’re planning on storing your boat at a storage facility, it’s important to think about whether or not the storage facility can provide the necessary protection for your boat. Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we specialize in boat storages and we also understand the necessary measures needed for secure boat storage. Pro RV & Boat Storage is one of the best boat storages in Anna, Texas. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/today!

 

 

RV Storage at Home vs. Storage Facility!

First and foremost, before we dive right in, I want to be completely transparent and one hundred percent honest with you guys.

First and foremost, before we dive right in, I want to be completely transparent and one hundred percent honest with you guys. In this comparison, I’m most likely going to be biased in favor of storage facilities. Frankly, because I, myself use a storage facility. With that said, this comparison will be strictly composed of my own personal experience as well as my own opinion about home storage versus a storage facility.

Let’s get started! RV storage facilities provide an easy solution for people who want to enjoy an adventurous lifestyle without the hassle of sacrificing their garage space. Although many people have managed to store their RV’s at home, there are some unique features that a storage facility offers that our homes most likely does not. Here is my list of reasons.

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More Room – Generally speaking, storing an RV at home can be a little tricky. Depending on the size of your RV or the size of your garage, you may face some difficulties such as not having a big enough garage or backyard. For the average RV owner, most household garages are not built to store our RVs. However, most households do have a big enough backyard to park their RV. Now there is an alternative parking solution and that would be to park in your driveway. But that is of course if you don’t mind parking in and out of the driveway every single day. And if you’re wondering if you could Street Park, think again! There’s a homeowners association that doesn’t allow RV street parking.

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More Security – Before we get into this topic, I’m not implying that your home isn’t safe or secure. I’m just saying that storage facilities are designed for security and they pride themselves on protecting their tenant’s assets. Whereas at home, any security measures you want taken are entirely up to you. At a storage facility, you’ll most likely receive a few if not all of these features such as an electronic passcode for your unit, security cameras, locked gates, individual unit security alarms, and even on-site staff to keep an eye on things while you’re away. Now, these are just a few of the features that a storage facility has to offer.

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More Protection – As an RV owner, I can say with the utmost confidence that RVs are pretty sturdy and are built to withstand most elements. However, even the mightiest can fall when they’re not properly maintained or protected. This is especially true when we’re talking about our RVs. Depending on our geographical location, we may be more susceptible to high humidity, rainfall, snow or various other extreme elemental concerns. I highly recommend using a storage facility during the off-season such as winter if you live in a colder region. Protect your RV from the elements with an in-door storage unit. Now to be fair, an in-door storage unit is a bit pricier but the investment is well worth it in the long run.

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Like many of us, we only whip out our RVs from our storage facility or from our backyard when we plan on going on an adventure. Generally speaking, my family and I only travel to a handful of our favorite destinations every few months or so. Needless to say, RV owners have the opportunity to explore new places without spending a lot of money on travel expenses while enjoying a level of comfort similar to their own home.

Pro RV and Boat Storage | 2298 FM Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV and Boat Storage | 2298 FM Anna, Texas 75409 United States

If you’re interested in storing your RV in a storage facility, come on down to Pro RV & Boat Storage and check out what our facility has to offer! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we have a wide selection of RV parking storages that’ll ensure the protection of your RV. Pro RV & Boat Storage will give you a peace of mind when you store with us. To learn more about our storage facility, please visit our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/ today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Helpful Tips for Preparing your Boat for Winter Storage

Winter is coming! As winter slowly approaches with all its coldness and shivers, we must be ready to defend ourselves and our boats.

Winter is coming! As winter slowly approaches with all its coldness and shivers, we must be ready to defend ourselves and our boats. One of the best ways to protect our boats from the harsh winter weather is to use a storage facility. More specifically, inside boat storage, storing your boat inside is definitely one of the best ways to help protect your boat from the cold weather. Now before any misunderstandings arise, I would like to note something. I’m not saying that when winter rolls around to just dump your boat at a storage facility with absolute certainty that’ll be completely fine. What I am saying is that before you store your precious boat at a storage facility, there should be a checklist you should complete before the storage. This’ll help prepare your boat for the long winters so when spring rolls around it’ll be in tip-top shape. So what could possibly be on the checklist you might ask? Here is a list of 5 important must-dos to help protect your boat for winter storage.

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Number 1 | -Thoroughly Clean Your Boat Both Inside and Outside – This may seem like a no-brainer but this simple task is often disregarded. Most people do a pretty great job cleaning the outside of the boat after taking it into the water and back into storage. By a good job I mean most people wash the topside, bottom, and deck with a coat of wax. However, people typically forget about the inside of the boat. I’m talking about the propellers, engine and other important components such as the fiberglass in fiberglass boats. Additionally, don’t forget to clean the widescreens as well as well as spray hoods. Once you completed your boat cleaning, it’s important to make sure your boat is one hundred percent dry before storing it. A boat that’s been properly cleaned will help keep dirt and corrosion from occurring.

Number 2 | -Flush the Cooling System – Thoroughly flush the engine with fresh water to remove any excess salt, dirt, and corrosion. This specifically rings true for both inboard and outboard boats with raw water cooling systems. Depending on the climate you’re currently living in, you should invest in anti-freeze. If so, you can run anti-freeze into the cooling system by attaching a pickup hose from a container of anti-freeze to the motor’s water pump.

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Number 3 | -Double Check the Little Things –One of the most overlooked tasks are the little things, the small components that we often pay little to no attention to. I’m talking about the nuts and bolts of the boat. Though they may be small they are critical components of the overall health of your boat. On sterndrive boats, for example, make sure to apply marine grease to the fittings on the gimbal bearing and engine coupler. Now go around your entire boat and lightly apply moisture displacing lubricant to the myriad moving metal parts onboard such as hinges, latches, push-pull switches, ratchet mounts, bow rollers, and linkages. For boats on trailers, this is the ideal time to grease the trailer wheel bearings using quality grease. If you haven’t done it yet, definitely mark this as a must-do. Additionally, if you haven’t already, pull and inspect the wheel bearings for wear and water intrusion and replace if necessary. Last little things to double check are the propeller. Remove the propeller to inspect for fishing line and shaft seal damage, then coat the propeller shaft with quality water resistant grease.

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Number 4 | -Perform a Health Check-up on your Boat –Ensure your boat is in tip-top shape with a performing a thorough inspection. Every end-of-season winter storage checklist should include a routine health check-up. This would include changing the engine oil and the oil filter on the stern drive, both inbound and outboard engines. This could easily be done after the engine is slightly warmed up to help flush out sediment and impurities with the discarded oil. Once completed, you’ll then move on to refilling the engine with the appropriate oil based on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Moving along we’ll be draining and re-filling your boat’s outdrive gear case or outboard lower unit. The reason behind his simple task is to prevent any water or impurities from freezing in cold water and causing damage to the insides of your boat. Here’s a little pro tip, when draining be on the lookout for water intrusion which usually causes the gear oil to look milky and discolored. If moisture is present, this is a clear indication that there’s a leaking seal that needs to be inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

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Number 5 | Cover Your Boat –The best protection option for your boat is to store your boat in an enclosed, climate-controlled facility.  Now that’s top of the line protection for your boat. However, these options are best utilized depending on the kind of climate you’re in. If for example, live in a cold windy state with snowfall, and then an enclosed storage may be a better option than an outdoor storage. With that said, there are other options available to help protect your boat such as a good cover which will be the first line of defense against the elements. Now there is one thing to note if you plan on going with an outdoor storage unit and that’s to prop up the cover to prevent water from pooling in low spots. You may also want to park your boat under a good protective canopy to minimize the exposure to the elements.

These helpful tips will prepare your boat for the upcoming winter.  If you’re planning on storing your boat at a storage facility, it’s important to think about whether or not the storage facility can provide the necessary protection for your boat. Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we specialize in boat storages and we also understand the necessary measures needed for secure boat storage. Pro RV & Boat Storage is one of the best boat storages in Anna, Texas. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/ today!

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

 

 

 

Top 3 Boating Activities this Season – More Ways to have Fun Boating

Autumn is finally here! It’s about that time we back out our Boats from our Self-Storage and into the waters!

Autumn is finally here! It’s about that time we back out our Boats from our Self-Storage and into the waters! What better time than now when the season is transitioning from summer to autumn! The thought of the warm summer winds shifting to a cooler autumn breeze. Ah yes, the perfect time is definitely now! What better place to feel the seasonal weather change that’s taking place right now than in the sea! That’s right! Take advantage of this moment and take your boat out into the waters before winter comes! There’s so many activities that you and your friends and even family can do when you’re out boating! Check out these 3 exciting activities you can do while boating!

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1) Hold on tightly for the Watersports – Let’s be honest here, it’s pretty fun just being on a boat. Just relaxing and cruising across the waters while enjoying the breeze and scenery. Yep, being in a boat is definitely fun, but did you also know that being behind the boat is also fun? That’s right! Skimming along the water on the latest tow-able! Hang on tight and let the boat do all the work! There’s also the option of inflatables which are the easy choice, a one size fit all, that doesn’t require any athletic skill or balance. Just give a heads up to your responsible driver of how fast you would like them to go. But that’s a difference story if you’re interested in a greater challenge! We highly recommend skiing and waterboarding! Those are very popular, difficult and challenging. It’ll enable the rider the ability to zip in and out of the water and even catch some air time! This is just one of the incredible water-sport activities that you can enjoy this autumn!

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2) Be Patient and Cast your Fishing line – Casting right into it, before anyone has the chance to comment about fishing. I’d like to address the fact that fishing, although may take some time to land a catch it’s actually really fun just waiting for the catch. Imagine yourself on a boat with your friends and family with your line cast out into the waters. You guys can enjoy each other’s company by catching up, playing another side game, eat & drink together and so much more! All the while, you guys are waiting for a catch and when that catch finally happens, it’ll only add on to the excitement you were already having! In other words the catch is an added bonus of excitement in your day! Yep! You don’t need a dedicated fishing boat to go fishing! Fishing can be done from any boat and it requires minimal equipment. All you would need is a fishing rod, bait or lure and a cooler to store your catches. Just don’t forget your fishing license! Before you venture into the waters and start fishing, be sure to double check your state’s fish and wildlife agency or department of natural resources before casting your line!

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3) Go off an adventure by Coving – Off-Off and away! Every lake, river or waterway has a cove or two with some being particularly more known and popular than others. With that said, these particular cove spots are the typical gathering spots where fellow boaters band together. These coves are a great place to socialize with fellow boaters or to just have a relaxing time enjoying the view. What’s a better way than to spend this amazing adventure to the cove than with your friends and family! This may even become a new usual spot for you guys and maybe even an annual gathering location! Keep in mind that there are usually a couple coves out there and each one different than the next, so find one that fits you and join in on the fun! Gather your friends and family for an excursion by venturing to these beautiful coves near you! Adventure is waiting and there are some adventures that are exclusively for those with boats! That’s right! That means you! So get out there today!

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

After an incredible day out in the water, it’s about that time to take your boat out of the water. Before you do so, it’s advised to properly clean the boat by rinsing the dirt and residue from the boat to help preserve its longevity. When all is said and done, your boat is now ready to get back into your Self-Storage facility, where it’ll be safely kept and stored until the next outing. For your boat’s storage needs near Anna, Texas come on down to Pro RV & Boat Storage. We have a wide selection of boat storage parking for you! Rent or reserve online today at our Pro RV & Boat Storage facility today! Call us at 214-995-3078 for additional information or visit our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/ now!

A Total Solar Eclipse is coming August 2017! Be Ready to Witness a Spectacular of a Life Time all across the US!

A Total Solar Eclipse is coming August 2017! Be Ready to Witness a Spectacular of a Life Time all across the US!

A Total Solar Eclipse is coming August 2017! Be Ready to Witness a Spectacular of a Life Time all across the US!

Summer is coming to an end and what better way to bid summer farewell than with a Total Solar Eclipse! So pack your bags and pull out your RV out from your storage facilities because this is one eclipse you do not want to miss! Can’t you just feel the excitement! We haven’t had a Total Solar Eclipse in nearly a century! According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the last known total solar eclipse that could be seen throughout the United States was dated in 1918! We’re going to become a part of history! How exciting is that!? It won’t be long before we’re shrouded in darkness when the moon fully covers the sun. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, you’re sure to notice when the day fades to night. Here are some more interesting facts about this National Total Solar Eclipse and tips on how you can prepare.

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On August 21, 2017, America will witness its first coast to coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years! All the way from the west coast to the east coast, the eclipse will be seen across the country and millions of Americans will feast their eyes on a once-in-a-life-time event as the moon passes between the earth and the sun and day turns to night. This speculator is speculated to last roughly 3 MINUTES! In other words, it’ll be dinner time before you even know it!

What will I see during a Total Solar Eclipse? During a Total Solar Eclipse, you will likely see the disk of the moon block out the sun’s outer atmosphere. When this occurs, we have officially entered totality. The area inside the moon’s shadow will be cloaked in twilight, a very strange experience especially in the middle of the day.

Where will the Total Solar Eclipse be visible? The totality as mentioned previously will occur on August 21, 2017. The Total Solar Eclipse is about 70 miles wide that will stretch from Oregon all the way to South Carolina.

How long will the Total Solar Eclipse last? According to experts, the Total Solar Eclipse will at most last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds. That’s about how long totality will last for observers positioned anywhere along the center of the path of totality. As you move further away from the path, the duration of the totality will decrease.

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So pull out your RV from your storage facility and head to a campsite, but you got to hurry! Eclipse chasers from all over the country will be arriving on the eclipse’s travel path in the days and weeks before and after the main event. Be sure to plan ahead and become a part of history, this is one event you do not want to miss!

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Why RV? Sometimes just traveling with your RV to a spot where others congregate becomes the event. RV owners could make an event an RV phenomenon if enough drivers united at a central area. With that in mind, millions of American will be looking to travel towards the total solar eclipse line of travel which stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. So for all you RV owners, you’ll most likely meet other fellow RV owners on your road and at various campsites. An estimated 12.2 million people in 14 states will be in the path of the totality. That’s crazy if you really think about it. The media anticipates that over 100,000 Americans are expected to drive in range of the totality to have a “good seat”. Just imagine the fun of having your own seat, your own bed and most importantly your own toilet all the while witnessing this spectacular event.

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What can you expect? During the total solar eclipse, the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun, darkening the sky and revealing the hidden features of our universe. During this eventful period, people of America will also see the stars and the planets that are normally hidden until dusk or nightfall. For those experts and non-experts of our constellation, this one is for you! During the total solar eclipse, our sun will be in the constellation of Leo, the Lion!

The most important thing to consider when planning for this eventful day isn’t your location within the totality or your distance to the center line of travel, or even the weather. It’s eye safety! Although this is a once-in-a-life-time event, please be careful! Understand that looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage or even blindness. Unfortunately, eye safety is often neglected when it comes to events of such magnitude. Our hope is that as we get closer to the total solar eclipse, the media will advise Americans to take the subject of eye safety more seriously and communicate the proper and safe way to view a solar eclipse as carefully and unambiguously as possible.

Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States
Pro RV & Boat Storage | 2298 FM 455 Anna, Texas 75409 United States

With that said, once the magnificent event has come to a close. The time has come to figure out your next course of action! That’s right! Next RV TRIP! Check out current and future events to plan your next RV trip! Nothing beats traveling and becoming a part of history than in the comfort of your own RV. But before we start planning the next trip, remember to park your RV back at Pro RV & Boat Storage in Anna, Texas. Make sure to keep your RV in good condition for many trips to come!

 

 

 

Spring Outdoor Adventures: Boat Trips

Spring is here! Take your Boat out on the waters for fun adventures, but make sure to stay safe! Here are safety tips!

April Showers, May Flowers. It’s that time when brighter days and the abundance of blooming flowers charm us to outdoor adventures. Day out on the lake, picnics by the lake, and road trips to flower fields can be met with rainy surprises. With chances of light drizzles, sunny days and breezy evenings, enjoy by being safe on your boat trips by preparing for the unexpected weather changes that come during the spring season.

Be Aware of Swift Weather Changes While Out on Your   Boat! 

You want to be careful of boating in any conditions of rain, even on light-drizzles. The weather can change quickly and if caught unprepared it can lead to dangerous situations. This is why the Coast Guard insists boating operators learn to read signs of the weather, paying particular attention to subtle signs. The most important aspect for boaters to watch out for and be aware of is the clouds: how fast are the clouds moving? What shape and color are the clouds? The clouds will give a great indication to boaters if that light drizzle is the doorstep to the storm’s arrival or if it is just spring’s last rainy “hurrah” before retiring in the wake of summer.

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While there are many cloud-types, there are 4 in specific that Boaters should be aware of when out in the water.

1. Cirrus Clouds 

Cirrus CloudsThese are clouds that are extremely high in elevation, reaching up to 42,000 feet. Cirrus Clouds are thin and whispy and appear abnormally far away when viewed from below. Cirrus Clouds may appear harmless in their appearance but be careful of these high clouds, sometimes they appear just before snowfall and rainfall. Their appearance looks thin because they are made of ice crystals rather than water drops in cold temperatures. If they appear against blue skies and the weather reports do not predict any coming storms then you can rest assured that it will be a nice day.

2. Nimbostratus Clouds 

Nimbostratus Clouds Pro RV and Boat StorageThese are clouds are low clouds that are thick, grey, puffy masses that will rain upon you at any moment if they aren’t doing so now. These clouds are composed of water droplets and appear around 5,000 feet above. Nimbostratus Clouds are the rain clouds we so often see on our rainy days. Use great caution when boating on days where Nimbostratus clouds are in the skies because those clouds are indicators of prolonged rain and storms.

3. Stratus Clouds 

Stratus Clouds Pro RV and Boat StorageStratus Clouds are your light-drizzle clouds. They are low clouds that indicate rain is coming if it is warmer weather and snow is coming if it is cold weather. Its appearance is often described as a dark blanket across the sky. Light rain will precede heavier rainfall so if you are boating and see these clouds forming, be cautious and make your way back to shore, especially if weather reports have issues warnings of rain.

4. Cumulus Clouds 

Cumulus Clouds Pro RV and Boat StorageCumulus Clouds are your white, fluffy, friendly clouds that you find against the blue skies on a perfectly sunny day. When you see the Cumulus Clouds out and about, you know your boating experience will be just as relaxing as if it were a clear blue-skies day!

Are the Winds Picking Up? 

Being wary of winds is important for boaters. A change in wind direction often means a change in weather is coming so it’s important to be cautious of the clouds in the sky. Stronger winds can carry storm clouds your way so it is important to keep your eyes on the horizon for the edges of clouds. Figure out which way the wind is blowing and if it’s blowing Nimbostratus clouds towards you aggressively, it may be time to head back to shore before the storm arrives. Most wind will travel from west to east as a general rule of thumb. A strong storm can cause winds to travel north or south. These can help boaters be aware of what weather may be coming their way, even if they aren’t out on the waters.

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The Birds Will Tell You!

Seagulls BoatingThe behaviors of the birds will tell boaters a great deal on the weather. If you are out boating and see a great number of seagulls, or any other birds that hunt on the waters, this is good indication that the weather will be nice for the day. Birds will seek shelter in wake of bad weather. If you are boating and you see birds flying towards land, you may want to follow their lead and head back. Birds want feed unless there is danger so if many fish-hunting birds are flying towards shelter then this is an indication that rain is coming your way.

Stay Alert in that Drizzle Because the Weather Can Change Too Fast!

You want to be careful of boating in any conditions of rain, even on light-drizzles. The weather can change quickly and if caught unprepared it can lead to dangerous situations. This is why the Coast Guard insists boating operators learn to read signs of the weather, paying particular attention to subtle signs. The most important aspect for boaters to watch out for and be aware of is the clouds: how fast are the clouds moving? What shape and color are the clouds? The clouds will give a great indication to boaters if that light drizzle is the doorstep to the storm’s arrival or if it is just spring’s last rainy “hurrah” before retiring in the wake of summer.

BE CAREFUL IN THE RAIN, FISH IS DELICIOUS BUT NOT WORTH THE SERIOUS BOAT INJURY

FishingFishing in the rain can lead to high payoffs. On days where the clouds are giving light drizzle or moderate rain, the fish tend to be out and about, or at least that is the appearance. Less boating activity means more fish to catch but be careful if you choose to go boating when it is raining. Safety should always come first and use the precautions listed above to keep watch of growing storms. Always be close enough to shore that you can quickly make your way to safety. Wear a lifejacket on rainy days when fishing and wear adhesive shoes on the boat to make sure you don’t slip as you make your way around it. Otherwise, enjoy the catches as you fish on a rainy day.

Visit the Coast Guard information site for more safety tips.

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After you’ve had your fun in the waters, it’s time to safely park your boat! Pro RV and Boat Storage is conveniently located in Anna, Texas. Call 214-995-3078 or visit their boat and rv storage website.

7 Helpful Steps to Protect your RV against Unwanted Rodents!

Need tips on how to protect your RV and Boat against unwanted Rodents? Here are 7 helpful steps!

With Spring in full swing and spring fever in the air, humans aren’t the only ones frolicking out in the fields spending more time outdoors. Four-legged creatures are also coming out and roaming around adventurously, finding new places for nesting as mating season commences. This could mean that your RV or Boat becomes a nesting ground for rodents. Before rodents claim your stored vehicle, follow these 7 helpful tips below!

Food Crumbs1. Remove all your food from your RV!

A basic step, but also the most important in ensuring your RV is safe from rodents. Rodents love food so if you leave it for them to seek out, they will find it and make your RV home. Remove all food from the RV and wipe the cabinets down so there aren’t small particles of food left lying around.  Even if you think certain foods are okay in prolonged storage, such as canned foods, the smell can still attract rodents. .

2. Spray Ammonia in your Engine

ammonia_cleaning_productsSpraying glass cleaners like Windex in your engine helps keep rodents from making a nest in your engine compartment or chewing on the wires. Ammonia has a strong scent that wards off unwanted critters and if your engine reeks of it, they will stay away! Preserve your engine and save it from irreparable damage by keeping away rodents which chew on wires, leave unwanted droplets, or even die within the engine.

3. Use Dryer Sheets to keep rodents away (i.e. Bounce)

Put dryer sheets throughout your engine compartment and all throughout the RV and this will ward off those pesky rodents because they hate the smell. Similar to ammonia, rodents dislike strong smells. Keeping these pesky creatures out prevents them from causing damage to your engine. Some prefer the dryer sheets over the Windex as it offers an easier clean-up of simply pulling out the dryer sheets from the RV engine before riding it out of its spring storage home.

4. Seal all Gaping Holes in the RV with Spray Foam Insulation

Your Recreational Vehicle has small crevices and access points for plumbing that mice and other small animals can squeeze into and gain access. To protect the RV, close those gaps by sealing them with spray foam insulation. These gaps are typically found where the plumbing is located or behind cabinets. Be sure to check for any other openings to secure your automobile from these tiny invaders.

5. Get some Mothballs

Rodents hate mothballs! Place some in bowls and spread them around the RV.  Mothballs should be placed in areas that are susceptible to pests clawing: cupboards, top of those upholstered seats, on the bed, couches, and in the bathroom. The key targets to keep in mind while surveying your vehicle is to safeguard any place an animal will want to make their soft and comfy nests out of.

6. It’s a trap!

mouse-traps_storageDon’t let mice take over your camper! Use mice traps to ensure there are no unwanted guests roaming around. As an extra precaution, place some traps on the ground near the engine! Whether using the traditional traps or no-kill humane contraptions to secure your RV, it is extremely important to stop by your storage spot to check on the captures. You certainly don’t want to be welcomed by that pungent smell that will linger for many days!

7. Keep Storage clean with Irish Spring Soap

Rodents hate the smell of this soap! Something about the chemically-induced Spring-fresh scent deters these pesky critters from unexpectedly visiting your storage space. Plus it helps you get in the mood for Spring! Buy a bulk of these at your local discount stores to set them around the RV and the Engine. The strong scents will be more welcoming for you while warding off uninvited animals.

Spring time means spring cleaning and storing your RV or Boat into storage spaces will help in organization and feeling refreshed! If looking to keep your vehicles covered this spring, our professionally managed storage facility is an ideal place. Pro RV & Boat Storage is conveniently located in Anna, Texas. Call 214-995-3078 or visit our facility website.

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