Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Cove

Storing my ATV outside?

22 posts in this topic

I am close to buying my first ATV. Dilemma is...where do I store it? I could possibly park it, very carefully, in garage and snug the car up to it, but tight fit. Or, I could keep it parked under our second story roofed porch, under a tarp, where it would have protection from most sun and direct rain but not from dust, mice, humidity etc. Or, I could build a back yard shed but that has its own pros and cons on a small city lot, with wife luke warm on sheds in the back yard.

I guess my main question is this: Is it crazy to keep a nice ATV outdoors all year long in SE Minnesota? What do most folks do?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Get an ATV cover and park it under the porch. As long as it is out of direct contact with the elements when parked, I would say you are good to go. Good Luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My ATV gets parked all summer long under a good ATV cover at the cabin. It is inside the barn in the winter though. It is 8 years old and going strong.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

my biggest concern is theft, then the mice, chipmunks and squirrels.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

if you are worried about theft, take the key out and cable it to the porch or a tree,as far a rodents go,if you drive it every other day or so I wouldnt worry about them, but if you are only going to drive it every 2 weeks then I would worry.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go to the local big box lumber yard and spring the extra $300 for a shed something like this.

3673_lg.jpg

It is a cheep investment to protect your toy. Just consider it a part of the price of the wheeler.

Dryer sheets, poison (if you don't have children or pets), and traps will keep the mice away

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Park the car outside, the wheeler gets the garage.

Good Luck,

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I laughed, but my boat and ATV get the garage, my car is out 365 days a year. I guess my priorities are different than some!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My garage has also become toy storage. Although to be fair my truck doesn't fit in my garage (too long) which is sad because its a crew can short box 1/2 ton. When I had a yukon I could park in the grage as long as I didn't have a hitch on the vehicle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As you know Josh, I have the same truck and barely fit mine into my garage. Well, not anymore. The John Deere and the Concours are in there now. grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The PoPo's deserve the garage..... They are worth more than the truck wink lol. I only wish I could leave them on the trailer and store them in the garage. mad

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Josh, I could not agree more. Popo gets it's own back door grin.

P7140420.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey, thanks for all the comments.

I would feel better, now, with storage outside.

Merkman, where did you pull that picture of that big storage box from. It is all door, which is good. I would definately consider a mini garage like that. Most of them out there have a smaller door and to get a wide enough door you end up with, like, an 8 X 12 shed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm much like others here and both our Jimmy and car stay outside year round while the bike sits inside the garage with all the rest of the fishing and hunting goodies . Come steal my truck but not my bike . LOL

TD

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The PoPo's deserve the garage

They spend most of their time there anyhow! LOL! grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do you have room to park a small enclosed trailer? Would kill two birds with one stone then. You have a trailer to transport, and a garage to keep it in. I have a 6x10 enclosed and bought it for those two purposes, as I don't have a garage either. Just a thought. Good luck and have fun with your new wheeler. Junky..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fishing Junky, good thought. When I read your post I thought "shoot! too late" because I had just sold my 6 X 10 foot, open, steel (HEAVY) trailer and ordered a very nice 54 inch X 8 foot open aluminum trailer. But then I started thinking and here is the torchered logic: I have been about to build a shed in the back yard to store ATVs and "stuff". Hard to decide to place a permanant shed on a nice, small back yard. Instead, I could skip the shed, keep the light weight aluminum open trailer which I have other uses for, AND buy a second, covered, trailor, which would be my mobile shed :-). Way more useful that a static shed.

Instead of one open trailer + one shed I have

2 trailers. I'll see how that flies with the little woman.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It works out great for me Cove. I built some nice shelving in the front, as mine has the V-front and also built a 6ft shelf higher up the wall on one side to carry oil bottles and other things. Under that shelf, I have a wooden dowel mounted under it to hang straps and bungees out of the way. On the floor I put down etrack to strap down the wheeler for travel. Everything is built where I can just hook up and go, without worrying about things coming off the shelves going down the road. I just read in another post that you are going with the 550 Grizz. I wish I would have went that route, but went with the 350 grizz IRS, as this is my first machine, and felt it was enough for my needs which was just riding trails up at the lake. So far have been happy with it. My buddies kick my butt on the roads, but on the trail I hold my own. Good luck with that sweet ride. Junky...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Junky, I am going to save your post. The organization sounds great. This is my goal at midlife, when time off is at an essence. Want everything ready to foll.

It was the Sportsman 550 XP EFI with power steering that I have ordered. From what I could gather I will not miss having more power. Lots of good machines around. Had to decide. Will see. My wife likes the enclosed trailer idea over building an 8 X 10 shed too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry about the error on model. For some reason thought it was the Grizzly model. Enjoy your ride and good luck with the storage solution. Have a great day. Junky....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

a big box of moth balls in/around your atv/shed will keep the critters out... bugs to mice, etc Will avoid the space. even if u just tarp it in the yard they will leave it alone.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Without a doubt park the quad in the garage. Leave wifeys vehicle outside. Them there is called priorities.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0