Like their name says, ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles) can be used in every season and on any kind of terrain. However, there are some owners who don’t use these vehicles during winter and in this case, they have to figure out what the best way of storing them is.
The task is not as simple as identifying the best place that allows you to keep the ATV in the best conditions. Before placing the vehicle inside and locking the door you need to prepare it for long-term storage. In this stage will have to think about several things.
Firstly, you should consider the vehicle’s size. According to it, you can understand what the dimension of your ideal storage unit is. Before you choose a place to keep your ATV, check the dimension of several units and you will find out which one suits your needs.
When you are winterizing the ATV, keep in mind that each item has to follow different steps according to its type of engine and model. Some have carburetors and some have fuel-injection engines. Also, you can find detailed instructions for storing the ATV in the owner’s manual.
If you have a model with a carburetor, you should drain the fuel out of it before winter storage. Fuel-injection engines don’t need to have the fuel drained out, but you could add a fuel stabilizer or gas additive.
Another important aspect is to protect the battery from freezing. For that matter, the manual says that the owner should look for a storage unit with climate control. On the other hand, a more economical option is to remove the battery and keep it at home.
Next, let’s see some tips for storing ATVs during winter in a short guide:
– Firstly, analyze your options: if you don’t have the option of keeping it in a garage, think about another place;
– Calculate how much money you are willing to spend for this process and whether you are planning to use the ATV during winter;
– Check your insurance policy and see if it includes coverage for off-road or recreational use;
– Before storing the vehicle make all the required repairs: tires, brakes or other maintenance;
– Prevent corrosion by cleaning the vehicle;
– If necessary, change the oil and filter and then circulate the oil by running the engine for a short amount of time;
– Clean or replace the air filter and follow the same procedure with the chain, control cables, and pedals; lubricate where it is necessary;
– If you choose to remove the battery, keep it in a cool, dry place;
– Correct the air pressure from the tires by inflating them and, if it is necessary, keep the tires off the ground by lifting the ATV;
– Last, but not least, the vehicle should be covered with a breathable cloth.
If you take care of your ATV, you will be able to use it for a long time.
And speaking of winter….
A few things on ATV snow plows
Owning a snow plow can be a fantastic thing, especially during long hard winters. It can help you keep your driveway clean, so you can access the roads in an instant in case you have to make an urgent trip to your local hospital or in any other unforeseen situation.
They are great products if you want to take advantage of your ATV’s immense power and to make your life a bit more comfortable, since using a shovel can be hard on your back. Most people agree that combining a snow plow with a wheeled vehicle can be a very efficient solution for moving large amounts of snow fast.
However, just like with any other activity that involves large tools and public spaces, you have to pay attention to some safety guidelines, if you want to have a smooth experience. Down below I reveal what you can do to make sure that your life will be made easier and not harder.
First of all, you need to invest in a high-quality ATV snow plow. There’s no doubt about that. If the item you buy is made of sturdy materials and it is made to respect the highest quality standards, it means it won’t break and scare you.
This above-average construction quality suggests no piece of the product will fall down and in between the wheels of your ATV whenever you hit something substantial.
Equipment that falls apart is not the only factor that can lead to losing control of the vehicle. If you don’t have the right tires for winter and icy roads, you can easily smash into the nearest tree or pole. That’s why you should change summer tires with winter tires.
The same safety measure applies when it comes to excessive speeds. Never speed up more than necessary if the road is slippery and if there are children in the area. Kids can be quite surprising, so always let your family know what you’re planning to do ahead of time so they can stay inside.
If you want to take things even further, you can buy a helmet to wear whenever you are on snow removing duty. Quality helmets protect your head against blunt trauma and will save your life in case of a collision with another vehicle. They can also protect your skull in case you slip on ice.
While you are at it, you can also invest in a pair of goggles. This way you make sure ice bits and snow won’t get into your eyes and blind you. Moreover, snow is notorious for the fact that it contains bacteria, so even if a little gets into your eyes you can still get an infection, even if it doesn’t hurt your eyeballs.