Re: new smb owner winter storage questions
Welcome to the spending club known as SMB ownership.
I've tried covering vehicles in the past for winter protection and find the wind flaps the cover around so much that paint damage is the usual result regardless of how tightly the ropes are kept.
Blow out the water lines, drop in a cheap martini, and make sure the AC / heater system is in a position so the flappers are closed to the exterior to prevent critters from entering the system. Nothing worse than a urine soaked mouse nest built in the heater/AC box. Prevent mice from getting into the engine air intake as well for the same reason. Seal any holes in the body too. Very coarse steel wool works and can be mixed with spray foam to make a sort of reinforced body plug.
Keep the batteries topped up with a trickle charger meant for battery maintenance.
Fill the fuel tank to prevent condensation from building up in it.
Change the engine oil in the spring after getting the oil good and hot on the first start to flush out any condensation there.
Cry regularly about the depreciation winter is eating up instead of you driving it...
Apply regular whiskey doses to owners lips for warmth and comfort.
"Talk is cheap. Whiskey costs money."