Taking Cover for Winter

No, summer isn’t over; there’s plenty of time left. But with Labor Day having come and gone and the kids getting back to school, you know winter is on its way. And with the onset of the colder weather comes a huge laundry list of “season end” chores that need to be addressed before the snow flies. Sure, you may already have weeded all the whites out of your wardrobe for the season, but there’s a lot more to be done.

The Big Cover-Up

There are tasks like closing up the cottage, pulling in the pier from the lake, picking the final harvest in the garden and preparing your beloved toys and tools and equipment for storage. No small feat, and, thankfully, there are plenty of resources and checklists available to help in making sure you’ve got it all handled. A critical step in this process is the ‘covering’ part; specifically, what you use to cover your equipment as it rests over the cold months.

As you proceed through the steps of winter prep for your motorcycle, boat, Jet Ski, lawn tractor, kayak or canoe, you might be tempted to use a plastic or canvas tarp, a retired blanket or even some bed sheets. Don’t go there! By using a good cover that is designed to fit your equipment properly, your equipment will be protected and in good shape to provide many more years of dependable service.

The selection of a cover should be based on the material of construction and the fit.

Made of the Right Stuff

So ask yourself:

  • Is the cover waterproof or water-resistant to protect against moisture?
  • Is it breathable or vented to guard against moisture build-up, which can cause corrosion, mold, etc.?
  • Will it protect against dust, dirt and UV rays well enough to prevent scratches, fading, etc.?
  • Is it durable to withstand tears? (Note that not all covers are not necessarily designed for trailering.)

A Good Fit

Is the cover a good fit without gaping pockets of excess fabric? (These can be a welcome mat for bugs or small critters looking to nest.)

Is it easy on / easy off? (With less bulk, a better fit usually means less hassle, especially if you are doing this job solo.)

We Cover Everything

Getting a close-to-custom fit for your equipment going into winter storage is easy and affordable with a wide selection of covers to choose from:

Boat covers (aluminum boats, hunting boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, outboard motors)

Motorcycle covers (styles for all makes of motorcycles, including Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, BMW, Triumph and more; also available for motocross and scooters)

Personal watercraft covers (Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, Wave Runner, more)

UTV / ATV / Golf Cart covers

Canoe / Kayak

Garden Tractor / Lawn Mower covers (riding, push-behind, zero turn)

Car / Truck / SUV covers

Camper covers (full size RVs, motorhomes, travel trailers, pop-up campers)

Patio Furniture covers (grills, patio chairs, chaise lounges, tables, benches, cushions, umbrellas, standup heaters)

The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting bitterly cold temperatures for two-thirds of the country this winter with a bonus of heavier than normal snowfalls for some of us. It’s time to button things up and batten down the hatches because winter, she’s on her way. Have you started your fall cleanup and storage yet?

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