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!

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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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Last Minute Valentine’s Gift Ideas For RV, Boat & Motorcycle Owners

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With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, it’s time to stop thinking and start buying that perfect gift for the outdoor adventure lover in your life. Whether a boat sailor, motorcycle explorer, recreational vehicle vacationer or Jet Ski enthusiast, here are some thoughtful gift ideas to match their thrill.

For the Harley Davidson fan, how about touring luggage systems to store essentials as your significant other cruises the road? From jewelry accessories to  music player pouches, your options are endless no matter what the budget for your motorcyclist.

For a more practical, but one surely to be enjoyed for days to come, consider an induction cooktop for their RV Camper! Cooking meals while on your camping adventures can be a fun experience as you come up with easy recipes together.

Just looking for simple yet practical gifts that matter? Care gear, handy tools or basic add-on tools for boat escapes for a day or weekend getaway are a perfect way to remind them how well you know them. Click here for ideas from boatingworld.com.

Make it personal! A comfy T-shirt or a sun-blocking baseball cap customized to express their motto or conveying an in-side joke. Head on over to CafePress and check out their oh-so-many options that meets any outdoor adventurers thrill!

Show some love to your favorite recreational vehicle by keeping it safe. Pro RV and Boat Storage is located in Anna, Texas. Call 214-995-3078 or Reserve your parking space today!

Boat and RV Storage Tips for Texas Winters

Winter has arrived and you’re now faced with the task of storing your RV or Boat into storage. Here are some important tips to help you.

It’s always important to find a dry location to store the vehicle, or at least a location that does not experience high amounts of moisture. Among other things, moisture can lead to fungal problems that wear and tear on the vehicle.  A simple tip is to always cover the Boat or RV vehicle with a tarp or protective covers to prevent from weather damage to the exterior and interior. Additionally, tire covers helps to prevent dry rot and cracks which commonly occur when a vehicle sits unused for a longer period of time.

A highly recommended step is to change the oil before storage. Oil is good for an entire year while sitting in the engine but risks destabilization after that as the nature of the oil begins to disintegrate and this can potentially cause problems for the engine. Therefore, if planning on storing your vehicle in a storage facility for a year or longer, it is good to fog the engine. Fogging is done by spraying Fogging Oil (found in most hardware stores) into spark plug holes while turning the engine to ensure the oil coat is evenly spread across engine surfaces. This helps prevent rust, corrosion, and the engine seizing up in storage.

Another consideration when storing your Boat or RV vehicle for a long period of time is to put fuel stabilizer in the gas tank a day or two before the vehicle is stored. By doing this, the stabilizer can flow through the entire fuel system helping preserve gasoline. Products such as Seafoam and Sta-Bil will do the trick! It is also very important to fill the entire gasoline tank before storage in order to preserve the tank. Condensation of water vapor on any exposed tank walls could lead to oxidation and damage. All fluids, especially anti-freeze, should also be topped up when placing a vehicle in storage.

Finally, before deciding to remove the battery prior to placing your Boat or RV vehicles in storage, it is a good idea to check with the dealership or expert who is well-aware of the make and design of your vehicle. Some cars, for example, may require the battery be connected at all times due to computer memory and modules. For other vehicles, however, simply removing the battery and keeping it on a maintainer at home better preserves the battery’s integrity.

When looking for Boat or RV storage in Anna, Texas, Pro RV and Boat Storage is the perfect location! For more information, call Pro RV and Boat Storage today at 241-995-3078!

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