7 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on Your Next Boat Trip

Summer is just around the corner and what better way to kick-start your summer than a boat trip with your dog

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Summer is just around the corner and what better way to kick-start your summer than a boat trip with your dog! Before you set your sails, read these 7 tips on keeping your four-legged friend safe on your boating adventures.

Life Jacket

When it comes to boating trips with your trusty companion, remember to put a personal flotation device on them. They’ll love you for it when they’re swimming around playing around in the water. There are different types of life jackets for dogs so before you strap one on for they make sure you got the right sized jacket.

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Dogs really enjoy swimming, just as much as we do! Swimming is also a great way for your dog to cool off during the scorching hot summer days. Forget walking your dog, let them swim to get their daily exercise while having a bit of fun at the same time!

Emergency Safety Kit

When it comes to your dog’s health and safety, an emergency safety kit will do wonders. I’m not just talking about doggie bandages; I’m also talking about doggie treats and toys. Being properly prepared on your boating trip with your dog will make your trip ten times better. Some emergency items to pack on your trip:

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Extra Towels or Blankets

An extra dry towel for your dog will be helpful when all you have are wet towels still waiting to dry. This is especially helpful to keep your dog warm after playing in the cold water.

Doggie Treats

What dog doesn’t like doggie treats! It’s always nice to reward your dog when they’ve done a heroic act or simply behaving well.

Spare Poop Bags

This is self-explanatory. If your dog needs to go, they’ll go.

Let Pet Explore Docked Boat

Before you and your dog set off on your excursion, let the dog sniff around the boat prior to leaving the dock. This lets your dog get acclimated to the small space and the sensation of being on the water.

Bring Fresh Water

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Pack collapsible food and water bowls with the fresh, bottled water to keep your dog hydrated. The body of water where you are boating might not be safe for dogs (or humans) to drink. Water is especially important if it’s a hot, summer day.

Can Your Pet Swim?

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Your first reaction might be, “of course he can; he’s a dog!” While many dogs ARE great swimmers, they aren’t born innately knowing how to swim. Some dogs just don’t like water and dogs should never be forced into the water without knowing how to swim or if they don’t enjoy it.

Apply Sunscreen

Yes, dogs can get sunburnt, too! Many pet stores sell special sunscreen made just for dogs. If you can’t find dog sunscreen, the ones for babies or sensitive skin might be okay. Read the label first!

Practice with a Short Trip

You’re ready to go boating with your dog. If it is your dog’s first time, you should keep the maiden voyage short and sweet. With that, you’re all set to embark on your boating adventure.

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

If you’re looking for a Boat Storage Facility to securely store your boat, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

5 Must-Have Items for Your Boat

Boating is a centuries-old recreational activity which is still very fun for fishermen who want to chase a good catch as well as families wanting to enjoy time together on the water.

Boating is a centuries-old recreational activity which is still very fun for fishermen who want to chase a good catch as well as families wanting to enjoy time together on the water. Just like most activities in life, boating comes with its own set of hazards like personal injuries, the risk of drowning, a failed motor which could lead to getting stranded on the water and being caught in extreme weather conditions.

In order to enjoy safe boating, it is essential to have the right equipment every time you go onto the water so that you can be ready to handle any unexpected problems that you may encounter.

Ensure that you have the necessary safety tools on your boat every time. Some tools you may want to consider include:

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  • Life Vests

Make sure that you have enough life vests on your boat for every passenger and that they are the right sizes.  Since life vests come in different sizes, styles and buoyancy ratings, one which works well for an adult may not work well for a child and vice versa. You will want to make sure your boat has US Coast Guard approved buoyancy devices in a size appropriate for each passenger.

It is also important to inspect the jackets annually to ensure that they are in proper condition and replace them when they become worn.

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  • Fire Extinguisher

Overlooking this vital item is one of the biggest mistakes that boaters can make. Boat engines and wiring, just like any other motor-operated equipment, is prone to fires. Fire can be a big concern on the water. Before you head, ensure that you have a charged extinguisher on your boat that is in good working condition.

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  • First Aid Kit

This is a must-have item which serves a wide range of uses, ranging from treating a sunburn, insects bites to severe cuts. Lack of a first aid kit can turn a minor injury into a major problem. Premade first aid kits can readily be found at your boating supply store, local drug store and even on Amazon. Be sure to check the contents of the kit at least once a year as some first aid items may expire over time.

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  • VHF Radio

Sometimes in life, we run into trouble, and we may need help. If your boat happens to a breakdown in the water, or you need emergency assistance, you will need a communication device to alert others of your problem. This could be a request for rescue services or a call for a tow in. VHF Radios come in handy at such times.

They come in various sizes, from handheld to larger fixed mount sizes with different features and distance ranges. Before leaving the dock, make sure that you have the right type of VHF radio. Your local boating supply store can help you with making sure you have the right size and type for your boat. Remember, channel 16 is the International Distress channel and can be used to reach emergency assistance if necessary on the water.

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  • Rescue Strobe Light

This is an item which makes it easy for you to get located if you need assistance and it is not expensive. It has a high-intensity flashing beacon which is visible several miles away. It’s available in several styles including those that gets mounted on the boat to ones that are attached to life vests. This makes a great addition to the safety equipment on your vessel.

The items as mentioned above are some of the necessary safety devices that you should have to stay safe on the water regardless of the type or size of the vessel you are using. You may need additional items like weather instruments or a GPS. Local boaters, your boating supply store, and boating clubs can help with other items that are useful for your vessel. You can protect yourself on the water in many other ways, so, ensure that you have the right equipment in good working condition.

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

If you’re looking for a Boat Storage Facility to securely store your boat, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate for your need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

 

 

 

5 Tips For Storing Your Boat

For most people, owning a boat is a luxury, and it is not needed daily. Those living in places without large water bodies do not need to use boats regularly; instead for them, boating is a hobby.

For most people, owning a boat is a luxury, and it is not needed daily. Those living in places without large water bodies do not need to use boats regularly; instead for them, boating is a hobby.

This is why extra precautions need to be taken for storing and maintaining your boat when it will be unused for long periods. The last thing any boat owner needs is to spend money on damages which could have been easily prevented.

These 5 tips will help you store your boat safely:

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  • Empty The Fuel Tank

Your boat’s fuel will determine how long your boat will remain stored. Therefore, you should either treat the gas or remove it.

If you intend to store your boat for only a few months, you may want to fill the tank with a good quality fuel stabilizer. You then need to run the engine for several minutes for the oil to reach the engine and you will be good to go.  The amount of fuel stabilizer needed depends from product to product so be sure to consult both your boats manual as well as the recommendations on the specific fuel stabilizer you purchase.

If your boat will be in storage for more extended periods, like a year or so, then it is advised that you drain all the gas. Remember that fuel, just like grocery, has a shelf life, and long periods of stagnation will lead to the formation of gum, clogging, and blocking of lines, tanks, and carburetors.

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  • Dry It Out

Once you have dealt with the fuel issue, dry out your boat completely. Use this time to also check for leaks since water can get into your boat through anywhere where there is a leak. Pay close attention to your hatches and vents. Inspect your boat thoroughly, both inside and outside and dry any water present.

Stagnant water that collects in your boat can cause mold issues as well as lead to rust.  By drying the boat completely before storage, you are helping to minimize the risk of damage due to standing water.

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  • Accessories: Trailer Hitch Locks, Wheel Chocks and Boat Covers

When storing a boat in a parking facility like ours, some boat owners will purchase accessories to help keep the boat/trailer in great condition. Items like wheel chocks and trailer hitch locks ensure that the boat and trailer stay where you park them and aren’t accidentally moved by someone with the wrong unit number.

Boat covers will help to prevent the suns rays from damaging the boat interior and fading the boats paint. Covers come in a wide variety of materials. The best covers have multiple tie-down points which will help keep the cover secure on the boat while it is in storage.

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  • Trailer Maintenance & Towing Vehicle

When transporting your boat to and from your unit, make sure that the towing vehicle and trailer are in good operation. It is essential to check the vehicle’s manual for safety tips, rules, and instructions on boat towing capacity.

Make sure the towing vehicle is checked for fluid levels and that the hitch is appropriate for the vehicle being towed. You will also want to make sure both vehicles have good tire pressure and the towing chains are properly secured.

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

Our facility works well for boat storage. We offer a variety of parking spaces and are glad to help you find on that is sized right for your boat and trailer. Our secure gate access will allow you to rest easy at night knowing your boat is safe and secure.

We are just a call away! Call now at (214) 995-3078.

If you need any questions answered about spaces to park your boat, get in touch with us.

Experienced storage professionals are in charge of Pro RV & Boat Storage and would love to help you out!

Should You Store Your RV at Home Or at an RV Storage Facility?

One of the biggest debates in the history of RV storage has finally reached its decision.

One of the biggest debates in the history of RV storage has finally reached its decision. Should we store our RV at a facility or at home? And why would you want to keep a behemoth of a vehicle on your own property? While many people can successfully store their RVs at home, most people have decided to store their precious investment at an RV facility instead. Why you might ask? Let’s dive right into this article and uncover a few of those reasons, shall we?

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The first and most obvious reason behind why some people choose home storage over facility storage is the almighty dollar. That’s right, the almighty dollar. The main driving force behind all decision making including where you store your next month’s RV for the offseason. If you’re storing your RV in a facility, you’re most likely going to have to pay for it. How much you may ask? Well, that depends on a few factors such as the parking size, whether it’s indoors or outdoors and the amenities that facility has to offer. It’s true you will likely be forking over a hundred dollars a month if you were to store in a facility. However, most RV owners would rather fork over a hundred dollars any day of the month than to deal with the hassle associated with storing at home.

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What sorts of hassle are associated with storing at home, you might ask? Storing an RV at home is by no means an easy task. Unless you have a large enough garage to comfortably store your RV in or a large enough backyard to park it. You also have the option to park your RV in the driveway but that may prove to be a bit tricky, especially if you have more than one vehicle occupying the space. Another option worth mentioning is street parking but depending on where you live, you may have to deal with a homeowners association. Homeowners associations are notorious for preventing you from parking on the street. All in all, not only would parking your RV at home be an inconvenience, it might not even be possible due to property limitations and homeowners associations. If this is the case, then an RV storage facility would prove to be the best choice.

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Storing an RV at a storage facility may prove to be quite the attractive choice if you’re dealt with limited property space. Now, that isn’t to say RV storages are a last resort option. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Most RV storage facilities pride themselves of having state of the art security equipment such as 24-hour video surveillance, individual security units, locked fences, electronic passcode entries, and etc. Keep in mind these facilities are specifically designed for RVs and the protection of RVs. While in a home storage environment, any security measure you have is entirely up to you. Often times, protection from the elements and advanced security technology are what draw many RV owners to start storing at sophisticated RV storage facilities.

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

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your campers or fifth wheelers, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

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!

 

 

Benefits of Storing your RV at a Facility

Do you have an RV or plan on purchasing one in the future? 

Do you have an RV or plan on purchasing one in the future?  Have you thought about where to keep it while not being used?  There are many factors to consider when storing your recreational vehicle.  Many people simply do not have the garage or driveway space available, while others worry more about the safety of their vehicle.  Here are several reasons to consider storing your RV at an RV storage facility.

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Preventing theft

Storage facilities are designed to keep your vehicle safe, as most of the time they have fences and a security system.  These facilities often provide more protection than the average driveway.  Many RV storage locations are monitored 24 hours a day.  If you store at home, security is entirely up to you.  At a storage facility, you get electronic passcode entry, security cameras, locked fences, individual security unit alarms, and even on-site staff to keep an eye on things while you’re away.  Other perks besides security are sometimes washing stations, water for filling your tanks and a place to dump waste.

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You don’t have space at home

Storing an RV at home can be tricky. Unless you have a very large garage, driveway or ample yard space, you might be restricted in your options.  A driveway is not the most convenient place to store your vehicle, however.  If your driveway connects to your garage, the RV will likely have to be moved out of the way to get anything in or out.  Many RVs won’t fit into a regular sized garage, and even then there is less space to keep other vehicles, or equipment often kept there.   Some people do not have the option of parking their RV on the street.   According to your local laws, you may be prevented from parking on the street.  Homeowners Associations and city ordinances can affect where you are allowed to keep your vehicle.  It’s possible you will not be allowed to keep it on the road or even next to your home.  You could park your vehicle in your backyard, but this takes space away from anything else you want to do in your yard, assuming you have the space to keep it there.  While it may be convenient in some ways, storing your RV at home may be at times very inconvenient.

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Lots of options

No matter what size your recreational vehicle is, there is definitely a storage facility that can accommodate.  Outdoor facilities store your RV in an outdoor uncovered parking space with a security system.  This way there is no worrying whether or not your RV will fit into a storage unit.  This option is usually the most affordable.  Some facilities, however, do offer indoor options if that is what you prefer.  Although, normally this option can be a bit more expensive.

You may only want to rent a space for certain times of the year when you aren’t using your vehicle.  There are plenty of RV storage locations that offer month to month leases so you can take your RV for long trips or if you decide you no longer need to store your RV at a facility.

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

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your campers or fifth wheels, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got your covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide selection of parking units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.

Beginner: Different RV Trailer Types

So you want to go on your first RV expedition but haven’t got a clue which RV trailer you’d like to buy.

So you want to go on your first RV expedition but haven’t got a clue which RV trailer you’d like to buy. If that sounds about right, then you’ve come to the right article. Whether you’re planning a family weekend camping trip or a weekend getaway with some buddies, it’s important to figure out which trailer is right for you. Keep in mind that there are a lot of different types of travel RVs. I’ve compiled a list of travel RV’s to make your RV decision making the process a whole lot easier!  Let’s get started!

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Expandable Trailers – These trailers are probably the most versatile travel trailers available in today’s market. The expandable travel trailers are essentially a hybrid between a pop-up camper and a traditional travel trailer. This kind of trailer will look like a travel trailer on the road but don’t be fooled when you arrive at the campsite! Once parked, these trailers can provide extra sleeping quarters as it unfolds. In newer models with more customizable features, you’ll gain even more space and comfort. You can think of these “unfolds” as like slide outs. The best part is that these trailers can be towed by regular vehicles such as a family car, minivan, SUV or pickup truck. In short, if you’re planning a weekend camping trip with family and friends, I highly recommend the teardrop.

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Teardrop Trailers – These fun-sized trailers are just plain fun to camp in! These teardrops trailers can be towed by almost any vehicle due to their small stature. They’re also very lightweight with excellent aerodynamics making it one of the most fuel-efficient trailers in the market. You don’t need to own a large SUV or a truck to tow this bad boy. All you would need is a functioning vehicle and a hitch. What really sets the teardrop trailers apart from the others are their ability to go almost anywhere your vehicle can. This allows for more aggressive adventuring. If paired with an all-terrain vehicle, you’re looking at an interesting camping story. In short, if you’re about the minimalistic, frugal, and aesthetic lifestyle, I highly recommend the teardrop.

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Fifth Wheel Trailer – Don’t be alarmed by its name! I’m not talking about that one friend who tags along with your double date. I’m talking about a type of trailer that has the same benefits and features as a house on wheels. This type of trailer is amazing for weekend trips with a large family or a group of friends. These trailers range anywhere between 20 to 50 feet long and can weight up to 10,000 pounds. Because of this, it’s important to consider the horsepower of your truck to maximize safety and towing capacity. It’s also equally important to get the right kind of hitch when towing a fifth wheeler. Once you’re all set to hit the camps, you’ll be in for a luxurious experience. Camping in a fifth wheel means you’ll be camping luxuriously meaning you’ll enjoy comfortable living quarters and the convenience of a bathroom. In short, if you like camping in luxury, I highly recommend the fifth wheeler.

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

If you’re looking for an RV Storage Facility to securely store your trailers, Pro RV & Boat Storage has got you covered! Here at Pro RV & Boat Storage, we offer a wide parking selection to accommodate your trailer’s needs. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://prorvandboatstorage.com/.