Should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer?

As mentioned in the title of this article, should you buy the Motorhome or the Travel Trailer? If you’re stumped and can’t seem to make up your mind, you’ve come to the right article! I’ve compiled a pro and cons list for both the motorhome and travel trailer. Keep in mind that both are great options and that it all depends on your needs and wants. With that said, can you guess my bias? Let’s begin!

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The Upfront Cost – There is a huge price difference between the motorhome and the travel trailer. We’re going to assume we’re comparing a new motorhome with a new travel trailer or a used motorhome with a used travel trailer. With this comparison, a class C motorhome will most likely cost two times the average cost of a travel trailer. Generally speaking, travel trailers are significantly lower in cost than motorhomes. However, though travel trailers are more affordable than motorhomes, travel trailers are dependent upon a vehicle. The ideal vehicle would most likely be a truck.

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Ongoing Maintenance – As you’d expect, the ongoing maintenance of a class C motorhome tend to be higher than a travel trailer. The simple reason for the price difference is because the motorhome has both the RV components and the vehicle components such as the engine and etc. Depending on how often you use the motorhome the cost of maintenance can cost anywhere between $50-$200 dollars per month. Whereas the travel trailer can cost anywhere between $1-$50 dollars a month, give or take.

Cost of Gasoline – When it comes to the cost of gasoline, it largely depends on the size of the motorhome as well as the cost of fuel. When comparing a class C motorhome with a truck towed travel trailer the motorhome would be more fuel efficient.

Depreciation and Vehicle Resale Value – Vehicles, in general, are not good investments because once it leaves the sales lot, the vehicle beings to depreciate. However, when we look at travel trailers, you may experience a slower depreciation because it doesn’t have an engine or various vehicle parts.

Travel Frequency – How often do you plan on hitting the road? Are you planning on traveling full-time or part-time? These are important questions to maximize your investment as well as your decision. If you plan on traveling part-time during the weekends or during annual vacations, it may be a big investment for a motorhome if it’s only going to be used a few weeks out of the year.

Driving Experience – When it comes to the all-in-one class C motorhome, driving is a lot more comfortable and less stressful. The motorhome is relatively easier to drive than pulling the travel trailer with a truck. One key difference between the motorhome and the travel trailer is the driving speed. When making corner turns or driving downhill, it’s a bit stressful for travel trailers since you’ll have to consider both the truck as well as the trailer.

Living Space and Storage – The class C motorhome will have a smaller and more confined living quarters than the travel trailer. One major decider between the two is the average number of passengers you’ll be housing during your trips. If space is a concern, I’d recommend visiting a local RV dealership to get a better size idea.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your motorhome or travel trailer, Agua Dulce Storage has got your covered! Here at Agua Dulce 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://aguadulcestorage.com/.

 

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Tips to Consider for a Memorable Road Trip

It’s about that time of the year to pull your RV out of storage, pack your friends and hit the open road!

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There’s nothing quite like wind blowing through your hair as you cruise down Route 66 in your RV. Or facing the open road and getting lost in thought with the surrounding scenery. There’s also something amazing about road trips that invoke a sense of freedom and excitement. It’s also a great way to gain a new perspective and a deeper appreciation of oneself. So before we dive right into the trip, there are a few things to consider before we set our sights on the open road. As most RV travelers would say, “preparation is key to any successful road trip.” So to ensure a memorable road trip, there are a few things to note: the plan, the RV, the food, and the boredom busters.

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The Plan – There are typically two types of road trip plans: the detailed plan and the vague plan. Depending on whichever plan you’re looking to partake, it’s important that everyone onboard has the same expectation. You wouldn’t want unnecessary drama to abrupt during the trip. An example of a detailed plan consists of having a set schedule for both departure and arrival along with proper campsite reservations booked far in advance. An example of a vague plan would consist of multiple spontaneous pit stops along the trip. In short, a vague plan is basically winging it as you go with the destination in mind.

The RV – A successful road trip is only as good as your RV. So before you set your sights on the open road, be sure to double check the condition of your rig. What I mean by this is to check the health of your RV before you set out on your adventure. Keep in mind; you’re most likely going to put in a couple hundred miles on your RV if not more. So definitely consider double checking your engine oil, tire pressure, lights, battery, and brakes to name a few. In case of a flat tire or an unexpected engine occurrence, always make sure you have a functioning spare tire, jumper cables, and tools if you know your way around an engine.

The Food – Ah yes! The most important part of the entire trip! Depending on the number of passengers, you’re already looking at a pretty packed RV. When an RV has limited storage space like this, it’s going to take a certain level of creativity to figure out additional storage space. Fortunately, there are easy storage hacks you can do to maximize your space. If you got soda cans or canned foods, one of the best methods save space is to use storage bins or corrals to help uniformly store circular items. Another iffy storage hack is to use the inside of cabinet doors to hang spices or small lightweight items.

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The Boredom Busters – Being together in a confined space for hours on end will eventually drive you mad! So brace yourselves for boredom! But don’t worry you won’t be suffering from boredom alone, whether it’s with friends or family you’re all going to be bored of out your minds together! Rather than going mad together, why not play the singing game! It’s where one person starts singing the first line of the song and the next person has to continue it! Another game is the movie game, where one person names an actor or actress and the next person has to name a movie they were in.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to securely store your Recreational Vehicle, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered! Here at Agua Dulce 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://aguadulcestorage.com/.

 

 

 

 

When’s the Right Time to Travel in Your Recreational Vehicle (RV)

If you’re like most people, you’re probably working at a location-dependent job. If this is the case, you’re likely in a weekly rinse and repeat work cycle. Most people will understand this feeling to a degree because they’re either living it right now or have experienced it. So when exactly will you have the freedom to travel? Sorry to break it to you but there is no “right time” to travel. Before we begin this article, I’d like to share one of my favorite inspirational quotes.

“There’s never a right time to travel in our lives. When we’re young, we have the energy and time, but not the means. When we are middle-aged, we have the means and the energy, but not the time. When we are old, we have the time and the means, but not the energy.”

This quote puts life in perspective and helps you realize that no matter when we decide to travel in our lives, there’s always going to be some kind of sacrifice. If you’re young, you’d have to be willing to take financial risks. If you’re middle-aged with a family, you’d have to risk your job security. Lastly, when you’re old you run the risk of your physical well-being. There isn’t a “right time” to travel. However, your Recreational Vehicle (RV) might be a possible solution to this dilemma.

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When it comes to packing up your life and hitting the open road in your RV, there are a few reasons why it isn’t for everyone. In fact, the RV life was only known and seen for those who were retired. Nowadays, people of all ages can become full-time RV go-getters. This is only made possible by the ever-growing demand of the internet. This new job demand helped create new jobs that weren’t available back then but are now. They enabled people of all working ages to self-sustain themselves on their RV traveling adventures. The once known “RV dream” to retirees is now possible for those willing to accept this lifestyle.

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A study was conducted by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to determine the typical age of RV owners in the US. The study concluded that the age bracket fell between the ages of thirty-five (35) and fifty-four (54). In other words, we’re looking at a new era of traveling and living. So how do we make a living when traveling? Well, one of the best methods of funding your traveling expenses is free-lance jobs. The best part about these free-lance jobs is that it only requires internet access. Nowadays you can easily equip and install an internet source to your rig.

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One of the most versatile types of jobs out there that allow for a steady income while traveling in an RV is telecommuting home-based type jobs. To name just a few, there’s web design, photographer, software engineer, and writer. All these positions can be performed remotely in the comfort of your RV. Aside from telecommuting type jobs, there are other job positions out there that require you to travel the distance to the work itself. These types of work are typically within the engineering and construction industry. For example, you might be located 3 to 6 months away from home. Some of these travel type job positions include field technicians, geologist, consultant, and environmental specialist to name a few. Lastly, there are Temporary Staffing Agencies that can help find you a suitable job for your traveling expenses. These positions are typically seasonal jobs. For example, Amazon usually hires a large number of seasonal workers to help package orders during the Christmas rush.

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RV traveling has slowly evolved over the years with the advancement of technology. Regardless of how advanced technology may become in the distant future, there will always be a time and place where sacrifices are tested. Remember, life is filled with decisions and risks. Are you ready to make the decision to pull your RV out of storage and take that risk?

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re looking for a secured facility to park your RV until you make your decision, Agua Dulce Storage has got you covered. Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/.

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. 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.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States

If you’re interested in storing your RV in a storage facility, come on down to Agua Dulce Storage and check out what our facility has to offer! Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we have a wide selection of RV parking storages that’ll ensure the protection of your RV. Agua Dulce 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 https://aguadulcestorage.com/ today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Beginner RV Tips: Planning a Weekend Getaway on your Brand New Recreational Vehicle?

Alright, you adventure seekers! If you recently drove your brand new RV off the lot or pulled your RV out from a self-storage facility, it’s probably for one specific reason. You’re most likely planning a weekend getaway! If that’s exactly what you’re planning then you’re in for a treat! Listen here, if you’re a RV beginner because you don’t want to miss out on these helpful and useful tips for your adventures. Whether you’re starting to become a family of weekend campers or a retired couple looking to travel full time, there are a few important things to note before you dive right into your adventure. Let’s get started!

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1) Understand your Recreational Vehicle – this goes without say, but believe or not there are lots of people still discovering a new thing or two about their RV. With that said, especially for RV beginners who have little to no road experience, should definitely take the time to learn how the recreational vehicle works. For instance, the angles when you turn, getting comfortable of the size, the distance before hitting the brakes, all these little know-hows are critically important to not only your safety but your friends and family as well. If you know anything about RVs, you’d know that there are a lot of features. Depending on what RV you have, you might have features that can enable you to do certain things you haven’t thought of before.

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2) Take your Recreational Vehicle for a test drive – as obvious as this may sound, like most vehicles it’s important to get familiar with how it operates. This is especially important if you’re a RV beginner because you will face obstacles you haven’t faced before. Once simple solution to better prepare yourself for when the time comes to driving is to plan on where your destination is located and research the terrain it’ll be in. Once you figure out the scope, you can prepare yourself by driving a few test drives. Keep in mind; the terrain you’re in and the speed you’re driving to the turns you make will affect the people inside the RV. If there are unsecured items in the RV and you make a sharp turn, you can expect the living area to be a mess. These are the little things to consider when you’re driving your RV for the first time, be wary of the items and passengers on board as you’re driving.

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3) Prepare your Recreational Vehicle before you venture off – like most success in life, preparation is key. Always expect the unexpected; this famous line rings true for RV goers. Be sure to pack a well-stocked tool kit for your RV such as light bulbs, jumper cables, extra fuses, nuts, bolts and parts that are specifically unique to your RV. Aside from the RV’s functions, there are other preparations to be made such as having an adequate supply of living essentials in your living areas.

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4) Plan out your weekend getaway before hopping on your Recreational Vehicle – having a solid plan is a great way to ensure for a fun-filled weekend. One of the most important RV plans to keep in mind is the budget. How much can you allocate for fun and for food. In other words, how much money can you spend eating out versus making sandwiches as an alternative food source. There’s also the route you’re taking to reach your destination. Plan the quickest route or take a few detours for sightseeing, there’s just a lot of variables that could go into planning a simple RV trip weekend, especially if you’re a RV beginner.

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5) Make a campground checklist for your Recreational Vehicle – figuring out where you’ll plan to stay the night is important. As a RV beginner, chances are you might not have a campground routine yet. Therefore, by creating a checklist will help ensure that you’re RVing like a pro. Your checklist should include checking the site locations if there are hanging branches or obstacles on the ground that may hamper your overnight camp. Another tip to mention is to secure your RV’s wheels by chocking them so it remains stationary throughout the night.

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, CA 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, CA 91390 United States

These are the 5 basic beginner RV tips that you can implement when you decide to go off on an adventure. Once you’re satisfied with your weekend getaway, be sure to thoroughly clean your RV and make sure everything is operational and in working condition. This’ll ensure your RV will be ready for the next weekend and the weekends after that. If you pulled your RV from a self-storage facility, be sure to wash the RV before you park back at your local self-storage facility. Here at Agua Dulce Storage, we have a wide range of RV parking storage that’ll ensure the safety of your RV. Agua Dulce Storage will give you the peace of mind that your RV will be safe and secured. Come on down to Agua Dulce Storage today, we’re located in Agua Dulce, California. To find out more information about our storage facility, please contact 661-268-0407 or visit https://aguadulcestorage.com/ today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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! 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!

Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 United States
Agua Dulce Storage | 11715 Davenport Road Agua Dulce, California 91390 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 Agua Dulce, California come on down to Agua Dulce Storage. We have a wide selection of boat storage parking for you! Rent or reserve online today at our Agua Dulce Storage facility today! Call us at 661-268-0407 for additional information or visit our website at https://aguadulcestorage.com/ now!

Summer 2017 Water Activities While Boating

Summer 2017 Water Activities While Boating

Now that summer is in full sway, it’s time to take your boat out for a ride (if you haven’t done so already!). Take your boat out of self-storage to the nearest body of water for some good summer fun. There are so many water activities that you and your family or friends can do while boating. Especially if one person prefers to fish and another prefers to swim, there are so many activities that you can do while boating to keep everyone entertained for the day. Here is a list of recommended water activities to do while boating this summer.

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1. Snorkeling— This is a great way to explore the sea while exercising! Take your boat out off the coast line and begin your snorkeling adventures alongside the various sea creatures below. Allow your inner adventurer out while snorkeling and see the wonders of the ocean. To document and share your adventure with your friends and family take a waterproof camera with you to capture experience under the sea. If you’re lucky, you’ll even be able to make a new ocean friend or better yet you might even find Nemo and maybe even Dory.

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2. Swimming— Take a dip into still water to cool off! If you are boating on a lake and the current is still and safe, we recommend jumping in! Swimming in a lake or the ocean will keep you cool and if you do swimming laps around your boat, you will get a good cardio exercise! If you are boating in the ocean, make sure there are no dangers of sharks in the water and if the waters appear safe, you can jump on in for some swimming fun.

3. Tubing— If you want to go out onto the waters but don’t want to submerge yourself completely, tie a water tube to your boat and enjoy the drifting around under the sun. Water tubes will keep you cool while you bask in the sun and float atop the waters. They are inflatable water apparatuses that come in all shapes and sizes, including the donut rings and chairs. Whatever your preference, you can always tie a string from the boat to your floating apparatus so you don’t float too far away from the boat.

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4. Water Ski— If you have a boat with the horsepower strong enough, you could water ski out on the waters. You just need the power to pull someone up and keep the speed manageable for the rider. Many 24’ boats are fast enough to pull a skier behind them, though the acceleration might be slow at first. Lighter and smaller boats tend to accelerate faster, so a boat smaller than 24’ would work for water skiing. Water skiing equipment can be found at your local sporting store or you can find all of the equipment online.

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5. Fishing— Fishing is always a great activity to do while boating, especially if certain family members or friends prefer fishing over the other water activities mentioned. You can catch your dinner fishing or simply enjoy the sun while you wait for a bite. There are some people who enjoy catching fish as a game while others catch fish for fun by returning them back into the waters. Whatever your preference, know that fishing is a great way to pass the time while boating. Just be sure your friends and family isn’t in the waters when you’re trying to score a bite. With that said apply lots of sun screen and stay hydrated while you do so!

CLEANING UP THE BOAT

After a fun filled day under the sun it’s about that time to take your boat out of the water. You will want to clean the hull and windows before parking your boat in storage. Cleaning up the dirt and residue will help preserve your boat and help keep it in good condition. Remember to wipe down the hull and windows with a mixture of water and dishwater soap or you can use a microfiber rag to wipe down the boat. Just remember however you choose to clean your boat is entirely up to you but we can all agree that wiping away excess mud and gunk will help prolong the beauty of the hull.

STORE YOUR BOAT AT AGUA DULCE STORAGE IN AGUA DULCE, CALIFORNIA

With your boat clean, you are now ready for storage! To further protect your boat from the weathered elements, cover it with a boat cover and place it into a protected storage. Storing your boat will keep it safe and secure until the next time. For your boat storage needs near Agua Dulce, California come on by to Agua Dulce Storage. We have the right boat storage space for you! Rent or Reserve online today or call us for additional information at 1-661-268-0407.