The Best Gear for Texas Bass Fishing

If you are just beginning to explore the world of bass fishing and angling, you must have heard about the right gear making all the difference between a fruitless fishing session and a bountiful one. If, however, you have been doing it for some time, you already know this first-hand. If you look in the market, you will find literally hundreds of kinds of bass fishing gears and baits. How do you decide which ones to take and which ones to leave? Read on to learn about the 5 key pieces of bass fishing gear and what to look for.

The Right Fishing Rod

Your fishing rod will literally be the first thing in your hand. You have to choose one that feels right in terms of weight and length, and at the same time, it has to be sensitive enough to signal the engagement of the fish with the bait. Then, the rod should allow you to engage the fish until it tires out, without breaking in the process.

People generally go for a medium power rod as their first choice. However, you should also try a heavy powered one just to compare the differences between the two. The next thing to consider is the tip of the rod that facilitates fastening and unfastening of the hooks. Another parameter to look at is the grip of the handle.

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The Right Fishing Line

Moving on to the next element, we will now talk about the fishing line that will be most useful for you. Essentially, there are three kinds of fishing lines available in the market: braided, monofilament, and fluorocarbon. Monofilament fishing lines were the first kind to be developed, and have largely become obsolete today. The braided ones have an advantage of not stretching and thus, imparting higher strength. However, fluorocarbon lines are most useful when it comes to invisibility. These lines are almost impossible to see in water, thus, increasing the likelihood of getting a bite.

Whichever kind of fishing line you ultimately choose, make sure that it is long enough. Generally, a minimum length of 300 yards is recommended. Also, don’t forget to check the pound test of the fishing line before buying it. The pound test indicates the weight a line can withstand without breaking. The recommended value for bass fishing is 8 pounds.

The Right Fishing Reel

Again, the sheer variety of fishing reels will make your head spin. The ideal reel will let you hook a big bass and land them with finesse. You will find reels composed of many materials, like aluminium, carbon compounds, and graphite. While aluminium is considered to be the strongest, graphite is most resistant to underwater corrosion and is lightweight.

You should also check the quality of the reel before purchasing it, and look for any ill-fitting or loose parts. Ideally, it should be durable and neat in design; having a smooth movement is an added advantage.

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The Right Bait

Just as other gear for bass fishing spoils you with options, why should bait be any different? Before you check out tackle shops and get flustered and confused by the variety of bait available, do a bit of research about the kind of bait most preferred by bass. Rigged, worm-like baits are classic bestsellers for good reason. The choice of your bait will also depend on whether you want to try fishing in dense lakes or just on the top waters.

Some widely recommended baits and lures include plastic worms, crankbaits in the color of natural water (and also some in the color of murky water), jigs, frogs, spinner baits, etc. You will be able to figure out all this, and more, once you start researching first-hand reviews and recommendations. Most of the available baits and lures have worked for different people, and you have to make a calculated guesses at buying a few. Whether it works for you or not, only time will tell.

Hooks and Terminal Tackle

These will come in very handy when you need to add a bit of weight to catch bass. If you have the right assortment of hooks (worm hooks and dropshot hooks, for example), swivels like barrel swivels and split rings, and weights like dropshot and bullet weights in your box, you will be able to adjust the fishing gear to your conditions, and to your satisfaction.

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Sun Protection

Sunscreen cream or spray is an important part of any fishing trip, to prevent sunburns and skin injury due to prolonged exposure to the sun. Good-quality sunglasses, preferably polarized, will provide you the best visibility even in the most reflective or murky waters.

Desirable Gear for Fishing Trips

While the gear mentioned above will get you through a fishing session, certain gear will make your fishing session more comfortable and even more enjoyable. None of the following are required for bass fishing per se, but are highly recommended by novices and pros alike:

  • A bait bucket for keeping live bait will be very handy in case you decide to try your luck at bass fishing with live baits instead of plastic ones.
  • A casting net for catching live bait, if you decide to.
  • Weighing scales that will let you hang your catch and display the numbers that will make enviable photographs.
  • Multi-tools or knives, for unforeseen maneuvers that you might need to perform on your bass fishing trip.
  • Gloves for handling fish.
  • Hook remover and pliers to remove the caught fish from the hook in case it is swallowed beyond reach.
  • Flash light to improve visibility in darker conditions.
  • First aid box, to manage those little cuts and bruises that can come with outdoor adventure.
  • Insect repellent for protecting your skin against ravenous mosquitoes and other curious insects.
  • Small towels for miscellaneous uses.
  • A good camera to flaunt your prized catches.
  • Some extra fishing line, just in case of breakage or other unforeseen reasons.

 

With these key pieces of bass fishing gear in your tackle box and on your boat, you will be ready for a great bass fishing session. Help out your fellow anglers – if there is something we missed that should be on this list, or if you have a favorite lure or line you just can’t fish without, let us know in the comments below. Good luck out there!

 

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

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13 Tips for Planning a Cross Country RV Trip

Summer is a great time to take that long road trip that you have always dreamed of. With warm, sunny weather and good company in tow, a cross-country RV trip can is sure to help you make fantastic memories that last a lifetime. Seeing America from the open road is an amazing way to bond with family and friends, and treat your loved ones to a thrilling experience. Before you set out to explore those quaint diners, small towns, and breathtaking views, plan ahead to prevent any mistakes or mishaps that may hinder the fun and thrill of the trip. Refer to the following tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect cross-country RV journey, and get ready for the drive of a lifetime!

1. Work Out the Finances

You probably know that extended road trips, although a lot of fun, come with their own unique expenses. Therefore, the first thing you must do is chart out your budget. Ideally, you should include every small expense that you might incur on your trip. Aside from the obvious costs of gas and campground fees, consider things like how much you want to spend on meals out vs. food and snacks in the RV, and admission to national parks, historical sites, or amusement parks. Once you have the total, add some more to it for cushion. Once you set out your budget, you will know how much you have in hand – and in the bank – for your road trip.

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2. Work Out the Route

It is important for you to take out a physical map and work out the route you will take. While GPS devices and online maps are excellent and informative, you might travel through regions with low connectivity that only a physical maps can get you through. Once you start planning your route, mark the gas stations, hospitals, campgrounds, and restaurants. With this information marked out, you can enjoy the trip even more as you won’t have to spend any extra time locating the nearest amenities.

Pro tip: If possible, try to include scenic routes when charting your course. It’s easy to get bored while passing through small towns and suburbs. Scenic routes will offer a treat to your senses and are like a warm embrace for your road-weary soul.

3. Check the Paperwork

Once you have marked the route, it is time to check your driver’s license, driving permits, and any other documents that may be required. Don’t forget to check for a photographic identity proof such as a passport, or birth certificate for young passengers. Many trips end abruptly due to a lack of one or more of these documents. Make sure your trip isn’t one of them.

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4. Keep Your Trip Flexible

Most of us want to have a well-set plan for any excursion we take. However, it is advisable to keep some extra time on your hands when venturing on a cross-country RV trip. You never know when you might take longer than you anticipated enjoying good conversation by a bonfire at night, or the spontaneous stargazing that kept you parked in place for one more night.

5. Pack Judiciously

On a cross-country RV trip, you will be on the road for many days. You should pack such that you don’t run out of the basics too quickly (this goes for clothing as well as things like toothpaste, toilet paper, and dish soap). That said, over-packing is far more common during these trips. Most people stack up stuff inside their RV and don’t end up using half of it. If you pack judiciously, you will carry just the right amount of supplies and amenities to last the entire trip.

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6. Choose Your Company Wisely

When you go on a cross country RV trip, you are going to spend the next few days (or weeks) with the same group of people. Make sure that you are comfortable with these people, otherwise your trip could be one you’d rather forget. It is best to go with people who know you, your traits, and your nature. The same applies the other way too.

7. Attend to Your RV

On your road trip, the RV will bear the most burden. Therefore, you should make a detailed inspection of your RV and do some prep work before you embark, including:

  • Applying rain guard to the windshield
  • Checking tire pressure
  • Installing bug deflectors
  • Checking the battery

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8. Stock Up on Healthy Snacks

Staying on the road for an extended period of time means that you may or may not have access to freshly cooked meals. Thus, you should stock up on healthy snacks that can be prepared in a jiffy. Try to minimize your consumption of unhealthy foods, except for the occasional treat or must-have local delicacy.

9. Pack for the Weather

If your route takes you through regions where you might face weather different from what you’re currently experiencing at home, pack accordingly. Even if you have a roof throughout the trip, you should not take chances like venturing out in rain without a proper jacket and warm clothes to change into.

10. Don’t Forget the Essentials

It is always good to pack extra medicines, first-aid kit, bug repellent, flashlights, and toiletries when going on a cross country RV trip. These always come in handy, and you don’t want to be caught without them.

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11. Share Your Route and Plan With Some Friends

Sure, this is the age of the internet, and the world is really getting smaller in terms of communication. But you never know when your phone may be out of reach or broken down. In such circumstances, you might want someone to know your location. Thus, before starting your trip, discuss your plan with a few close friends. This way, they will know where you might be in case you are not able to contact anyone for any unforeseen circumstance.

12. Don’t Skip Insurance

Insurance is among the most important, yet most forgotten aspects of cross-country RV trips. Depending on the route of your trip, you might cross state or international borders. Thus, you might need additional insurance as per the law of the land. Research well and make sure that you are covered with all the required insurance papers.

13. Buy Passes for National Parks Ahead of Time

A single visit pass to one of our national parks usually costs around $20-30, but for just $80 you can get an annual park pass that covers entry for you and everyone in your vehicle at over 2,000 national recreation sites! The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass gives you unlimited access for one full year. This deal is essential whether your cross-country RV trip includes a visit to more than one of these sites, or you think you might visit a park in your area or elsewhere at any other time during the calendar year.

Now that you know the expert tips and tricks for making the most of your cross-country RV trip, don’t forget to bring a camera to capture some of the unforgettable moments ahead. Got some more tips or useful suggestions for making cross-country RV trips easy and fun? Share them in the comments below.

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

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Cooking on the Road: Organize Your RV Kitchen with these 7 Tips

When you think of exciting and enchanting cross-country or camping RV trips with your loved ones, one thing that stands out is the cooking experience. Preparing meals outside the comfort zone of your kitchen feels adventurous and thrilling. However, RV kitchens come with their own set of challenges that can sometimes make RV cooking and cleaning less than memorable.

Things tend to get messy in the blink of an eye. This can be for a variety of reasons, including forgetting where you stacked and stored your utensils and pans, or realizing you forgot a vital piece of equipment just when you need it the most.

The aim of this post is to give you a few tips and tricks that will help you organize your RV kitchen for easy and fun cooking on any RV trip. Not only will you be able to remember where you stored which cooking implement, you may even find cooking at your campsite easier and more enjoyable. Are you ready to be enlightened? Let’s go!

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Stack Cooking Essentials

No, we don’t mean the ingredients here. Before getting to that part, it is important to find the most basic of kitchen essentials without which cooking wouldn’t be possible- fire. Keep a matchbox and some lighter fluid with you, properly stored in a place easily remembered and easily accessed. Storing other basic equipment like pots and pans, aluminium foil, tongs, and spatulas in the same drawer or storage bin will keep everything together and save you time hunting for these items as need arises. Remember to store smaller sized items inside the bigger ones, so that they take up as little space as possible.

Use Vertical Wall Space

The empty walls of your RV can serve the purpose of safely storing your cooking necessities. Repaint old knife holders, hang baskets, and make DIY shelves for storing kitchen equipment. Depending on the size of these racks and holders, you will be able to store a variety of kitchen equipment, ranging from tiny to bulky. The best part is that this technique does not take any counter space and keeps it clear for quick cleanup.

Salvage Old Spice Racks

Got an old spice rack that you no longer use? It will make the most perfect plate holder if mounted vertically. This way, you not only get to reuse an old item, but you also make a functional and very useful storage equipment for your future camping trips. You will be amazed how nicely your plates fit in this storage space, providing not only a safe place to store them, but also instantly tidying up your RV kitchen. Plus, you get the satisfaction of upcycling an old item and putting it to good use.

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Magnet hooks to the rescue

Did you know that magnet hooks can be used on the door of the fridge (or any other metal surface) in your RV? They make excellent storage hooks for light-weight items like small pans, mugs, spatulas and tongs. Since these are the items that tend to disappear on camping trips the most, magnet hooks help keep them in sight so you can see what’s gone missing.

Cabinet Bottoms

Cabinet bottoms are one of the most underutilized spaces in any kitchen. You can create a fantastic storage space underneath existing cabinets by screwing in a few (or more) hooks. This is a wonderful place to hang small pots, pans, and utensils – or that mug collection you’ve been building with each new place your RV takes you.

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Hail the Caddy

That caddy that you purchased from Wal*Mart that you still haven’t found useful for your bathroom is a perfect companion for your camping trips. It makes for an excellent storage option for random kitchen equipment, or for carrying condiments for burgers and hot dogs. This is something that not many people think to use, yet it makes a wonderful storage addition to your RV kitchen without any additional expense or workmanship.

Find Space in Appliances

Empty appliances like the microwave are a great storage option for items like cartons, paper plates, packaged food etc. The same can be done for other appliances, if they have enough room inside.

These tips and tricks should increase the storage space in your RV kitchen, and increase your enjoyment in cooking there. The biggest advantage is that these hacks are all practical and doable. Try out some or all of these storage and organization tips for your next RV trip, and let us know some of yours in the comments below.

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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! 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.

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

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Essential Items for your RV First Aid Kit

If you are a frequent camper, especially with kids, you know there will be a fair amount of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. RVs are a popular way to travel across the country or across town because you can have a strong sense of community in the campsites while still feeling like a solitary traveler on a long journey.

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RV excursions can entail camping, boating, hiking or any number of activities. You need to pack your first aid kit with essential items for any type of situation that might arise. With a first aid kit stored in your RV, you can treat minor wound immediately without disrupting your trip.

Pre-packaged first aid kits are available in any store that sells camping supplies. However, you might find it beneficial to customize your own kit to fulfill your family’s needs. We’ve compiled a list of essential items for your first aid kits and broke the items into three categories: medical, tools and preventive care.

Medical Essentials

The items on this list are used to treat wounds or burns. All family members should be certified in CPR and wound care. You can find classes at your local hospital or church. Different wounds require different care and taking the wrong steps can have fatal consequences.

Antiseptic Wound Cleanser or Wipes

Gauze Rolls

Sterile Gauze Pads

Adhesive Tape

Antibiotic Cream

Calamine Lotion

Hydrocortisone Cream

Liquid Bandage

Ice Pack

Ace Bandage

Cotton Swabs

Splint

Ibuprofen

Purified Water (Bottled)

 

Essential Tools

The tools on this list are mainly for medical emergencies. Items for car emergencies should be kept in another kit or the glovebox. If you do end up using any equipment to treat wounds, be sure to disinfect the tool before returning it to the kit.

Tweezers

Small Flashlight

Safety Pins

Pocket Knife

Oral Thermometer

Surgical Scissors

Small Mirror

CPR Mask

Eye Wash Cup

Plastic Zipper Bag for Medical Waste

 

Essential Preventative Care

Bug bites and sunburns aren’t usually serious medical problems, but they can be very uncomfortable. Summer is RV season, but it’s also the season of bugs – bugs that can carry viruses. The items on this list are meant to protect you from common pesky camping nuisances.

Note: If you bring your dog on RV trips with you, they need a different snake bite kit. Pre-packaged snake bite kits are your best bet in having everything you need to treat snake bites.

Snake Bite Kit

Insect Repellant

Sunscreen

Hand Sanitizer

Sunglasses

These items aren’t the only ones you can include in your first aid kit. You can customize your kit for the activity and location of your excursion. For example, if your trip is near water activities, you may want to make sure the bandages and tape are waterproof. If your plan includes hiking, blister care (along with the snake bite kit) are important additions. For hiking and backpacking, you may want to throw a few extra splints into your kit.

Having a first aid kit with wound care essentials can prevent injuries from escalating from minor to major. Treating a minor injury immediately and effectively saves you time and money on a doctor’s visit and allows you to continue your RV excursion.

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

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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. 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.

 

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

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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.

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.

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

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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. 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.  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?  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/.