Prepping Your Summer Toys for Winter Storage

West Hartford, CT is a great place for the outdoor enthusiast. Residents can use a variety of motorized toys to enjoy their natural surroundings, regardless of the season. As summer comes to an end, make plans to move your jet skis, boats, and ATVs into storage to keep them safe over the winter season.

Clean Your Equipment

  • Mold, mildew, and other nasty microbiota can ruin fabric and corrode engine parts. Clean your motorized toy inside and out to protect it from damage-causing germs.
  • Power wash your motorized toy. RVs and boats need special attention on the outside. Animal excrement and environmental toxins will slowly eat away your finish over the long months in storage.
  • Use a degreaser to clean plastic and vinyl coverings. You may want to treat leather interior with a conditioner to keep it moist through the cold.
  • Clean any carpets, rugs, and curtains. Throw them in a gentle wash cycle with vinegar and baking soda to remove odors, stains, and germs.
  • Wash the inside walls of boats, RVs, and other enclosed toys. Let them dry completely before storing. You may need a wet-dry vacuum to get all the water.
  • Empty all cabinets, cupboards, and storage spaces. Remove all food items, even those you think will stay fresh. These can attract bugs and other vermin looking for a convenient meal.


  • Inventory all of the equipment you plan to store with your vehicle. Print the list and keep it in a safe place. These are helpful if a theft occurs during the storage period.
  • Call your insurance agent. Some policies can be suspended while your motorized toy is in storage. The experts at ALLConnecticut Insurance can help you decide what coverage you may need during the storage period.
  • Select a storage facility. An enclosed, locked space will protect your toys from weather and theft. They may also lower your insurance premiums. If you are renting a space, choose one that is close enough to visit periodically.

Whether you’re looking to protect your home, business, automobile, or family’s future, ALLConnecticut Insurance can help. We proudly serve the insurance needs of residents in the West Hartford, CT areas. Contact us to learn more about insurance for your motorized seasonal toys.

3 Ways to Take Care of Your RV

If you own an RV, then you know how much time it takes to take care of it properly. RVs are great recreational vehicles to have, but they do require a lot of time and attention. Let’s take a quick look at three ways you can take care of your RV. 

1) Get the oil changed regularly

Just like cars, trucks, and SUVs, RVs need their oil changed regularly. Most manufacturers of RVs suggest oil changes once every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. To determine the manufacturer preference for the specific type of RV that you own, look in your owner’s manual. 

2) Check the batteries

Before you head out on the road with your RV, you need to make sure any and all batteries are charged. Also, keep in mind that deep cycle batteries have a battery life of only about three to five years, meaning they need to be replaced after this time period has elapsed. More so, remember to take the battery out of the RV during the winter and store it somewhere warm; this expands its lifespan and helps to ensure the warranty on the battery does not become void. 

Check the roof seals

Along with checking the roof seals every six months, you should also check the seams. You don’t want any water damage to occur because if it does, it can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Fortunately, if you check the roof seals and seams regularly, you can avoid water damage from occurring. 

If you would like more information relating to tips for taking care of your RV, please contact ALLConnecticut Insurance serving the West Hartford, CT area.