Checklist: 10 Tips for Winterizing Your Home, Truck, Gear and More

snow day, snowy house, winterizing your homeRecently, the country ticked back around to daylight savings time. That means, especially for northern states, most outdoors equipment is stored for the winter, and outdoors enthusiasts take an assessment of the snow showers pounding their windowpanes and wonder: "Are the steelhead really worth it today?" (The answer usually is: yes.)

Winterizing your home isn't the same for everyone, in fact there are people like Texas-based Malia Lane, a full-time RVer, who has to winterize her vehicle while living in it.

"Since I have always lived in mine year-round since 2001, I've never had to do this," she said of winterizing her RV

Campers from Minnesota to Arizona planning to shutter their RVs or ATVs for the off-season should not only think of winterizing their engines —  they should think about their tires as well, said Ricky Taranda, line manager with Allstate based in Northbrook, Ill.

"People let their tires go flat over the winter — tires are not that expensive and easy to replace. But you can destroy your rims as well, and end up potentially replacing all of the rims or wheels of that vehicle," said Taranda. "It's the flip in the south. Often, people store their vehicles in the summer because it's so extremely hot in Arizona or Texas, then bring it back out in the fall and use it through the winter."

Taranda said that insurance claims often come in for rodent damage, so make sure to stuff cracks and crevices with a rodent-deterring material — steel wool is a good choice. Taranda also recommends insuring your vehicle year-round.

"In the grand scheme, it could really cost you if you have a fire or wind damage to your motor home," he said.

Even so, there is some equipment that needs to be protected from the snow, rain, sleet, or just plain chillier temperatures. Here are some tips on winterizing fishing gear, hunting gear, your home, truck and more.

When you're done with your winterizing checklist, get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with our Holiday Hunting Gift Guide!

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