The recent days of warm weather herald one thing: spring is on its way. That means it’s time to uncover theATV or UTV and take it out for a ride. But first, there are a couple of things you need to do to make sure it’s in good working order.
Make Sure There’s Enough Fuel in the Tank
If you’ve been following our tips on how to get your ATV/UTV ready for winter, you’ll know that prepping the fuel tank and filling it fill of gas is one of the things to do. However, an ATV/UTV that’s been sitting in your garage over winter has been largely unattended, and there are a number of things that could have happened:
- Fuel leak from small, unseen damage when getting it ready for winter
- Holes or pinpricks somewhere along the line caused by mice, cats or raccoons
- Insects or water finding a new home
- General dirt or grit making its way in there
Either way, you should check the fuel tank by draining both the tank and carburetor, and then filling the tank with fresh fuel. You may not have enough fuel on hand to fill the tank entirely, but what’s in a jerry can will do until you can.
Are the Tires Inflated?
So, your fuel tank is full and good to go, but unless your tires are firm and inflated, you’ll be going nowhere fast in a hurry. Start with a visual inspection of all four. If they look okay, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are; it can mean all four are equally flat. If this is the case, give them a light kick or squeeze to check. They may appear okay, but a bit more air in the tires—and be careful of how much you inflate them because replacing burst tires is a lot more arduous than just slowly inflating them—is probably a good thing after a full season of non-use.
Air Filter and Oil
Now that your ATV/UTV is majorly good, you have to look to make sure it can run smoothly and without overheating or clogging up. Depending on how well you take care of your ATV/UTV the rest of the year, a complete oil change may or may not be necessary. The same goes with changing the air filter. Take a look at it to see how grimy it is. You may be able to get away with just cleaning it off, or you may need a new one (the latter especially goes if you do a lot of desert riding where fine particulate matter can quickly clog it up.)
Battery and Brakes
It would be awfully terrible to get in the middle of a great ride and either not be able to stop or have it stopped for you. Your brakes and battery are two of the most important things to make sure you’ve got ultimate control over how long your quadding session goes, so run quick tests to make sure both are in top shape.
Some of the other things you should be looking at include:
- spark plug (doesn’t necessarily have to be changed every season)
- drive chain, to make sure it’s not worn, warped, bent or broken in any spots (also doesn’t have to be changed every season or year)
- steering rods to see they’re straight and firmly secured in place
- hand grips
- fan or radiator so your ATV/UTV doesn’t overheat
Now that you’ve got your ATV/UTV in great working order, it’s time to take a look at DuraShield’s line of ATVand UTV covers to keep it that way when you take a rest. Our covers come quickly and of high quality, and there’s free shipping to the lower 48 states.
Replace your ATV cover if the fabric becomes torn or worn through.
An ATV cover keeps your quad clean and dry during storage and trailering. For the best protection, your cover should be free of debris and snow buildup.
Washing Your ATV Cover
The easiest way to clean an ATV cover is to wash it while it’s on your ATV. Use a soft brush to remove debris and hose the cover down with a low-pressure garden hose. Do not throw your ATV cover in the washing machine, and avoid the use of harsh chemicals. Your ATV cover is designed with special coatings that can be compromised by harsh soaps, chemicals, or bleach.
Storing Your ATV Cover
Make sure your ATV cover is clean and completely dry before storage. A wet, dirty ATV cover encourages the growth of mold and mildew. Store the cover in a dry storage area, preferably in a temperature-controlled climate.
Replacing Your ATV Cover
For the best protection, your ATV cover should be free of rips and tears. If the fabric wears through or you get a hole in the cover, it’s time to replace it or take it to an upholstery shop for professional repair.
An ATV cover should include a venting system.
Need a cover for your ATV or UTV? Here are some tips on choosing the right quad cover for outdoor storage, trailering, and indoor storage.
The thickness of an ATV cover is measured by the denier of the fabric. The higher the number, the thicker the fabric is. For example, a 300 denier ATV cover is denser and will last longer than a 200 denier cover. Heavier fabric costs more but will hold up better when exposed to harsh weather conditions and trailering.
Since an ATV cover that repels water can also trap moisture underneath the cover, it’s important to buy a cover with a venting system. Vent flaps not only allow condensation to evaporate but they reduce wind lofting, which can damage the cover. The vents should be designed to allow moisture to escape without letting rain get inside the cover.
If you plan to use the ATV cover when transporting your quad on an open trailer or truck bed, make sure you get a trailerable ATV cover. The fabric should be thick enough to withstand trailering, and there should be plenty of tie downs to secure the cover to the ATV.
If you only need the cover for storage, consider how much your ATV will be exposed to the weather. If you store the ATV outside in harsh weather, look for a heavy duty cover with plenty of tie downs. If you store the ATV inside a shed or garage, a lighter cover will work to keep out dust and dirt.
"Has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour." - Andrew
Looking for the best cover for your ATV? Check out these reviews for DuraShield customers for ATV covers and UTV covers.
ATV Cover (Trailerable)
“This is a durable 300 poly tarp has held up for me so far in Wyoming winds up to 90 miles an hour. As long as it is strapped around your ATV, there won’t be a chance of you waking up in the morning with a naked ATV.”
– Andrew A.
ATV Cover (Universal Gray)
“Very reasonably priced and covers my ATV perfectly. It’s made it through one winter with lots of snow and has held up great.”
– J. Watson
ATV Cover (Camo)
“Great product for the price! I was very pleased with the quality and the fact that it covered my entire Yamaha Kodiak 4 x 4 including the tires with a mounted equipment and gun rack. The free shipping arrived ahead of schedule. Thank you.”
– Andrew C.
“Delivered on time and was as described. Held up in a storm that occurred the day after I put it on. I’m happy with it.”
– R. Adams
“Good Cover and good quality material. Not much more could be said – fits my Rhino just fine.”
– James R. Bender
Check the ATV cover dimensions to see if it will fit your bike.
Before making your ATV cover purchase, make sure you find the right size cover for your ATV!
1. Measure the length, width, and height of your ATV. Do not measure up and over the handlebars, windshield, or other parts. Measure in a straight line.
Take into account any add-ons or accessories that stick out from your ATV that you want underneath the cover. Some accessories may need to be removed before the cover will fit. Most ATV covers are sized to fit ATVs with racks and winches, but they may not work with windshields, snorkels, and other add-ons.
2. Check the cover dimensions for the cover that is recommended for your ATV. The dimensions of your ATV should fit within the dimensions of the cover.
Most powersports cover stores provide a sizing chart or product description that lists the ATV make and model along with the size cover recommended for your particular ATV. Use the manufacturer’s recommendation to find the right cover for your bike. Then measure your ATV to make sure the cover will fit before making your purchase. If you have questions about which size ATV cover you need, contact the store’s customer service department with your concerns.
This camo UTV cover comes with reinforced grommets and a matching storage bag.
A UTV cover is one of the least expensive ways you can protect your machine from weather damage and general wear and tear. It can save you money in the long run by protecting your UTV from moisture damage, paint damage, and scratches. It can also save you time by keeping your machine clean and free of dust or dirt. The cleaner you can keep your machine, the less often you need to wash it. Just pull the UTV cover off, and you’re ready to ride!
How to find the right UTV cover:
- Decide whether you need a trailerable cover or simply a storage cover. Trailerable covers must be thick enough and durable enough to withstand the forces of high speed travel, and they should include tie down straps and grommets. Storage covers vary in thickness. UTVs stored in a sheltered area may only need a light cover. Outdoor storage demands thick, weather resistant material.
- Measure the length, width, and height of your UTV, including accessories that stick out beyond the length of the UTV, such as racks, brush guards, and other add-ons.
- Compare your vehicle’s measurements with the manufacturer’s cover measurements. If your UTV falls between sizes, purchase the larger cover.
Note: The UTV cover should not extend all the way to the ground. A few inches of clearance is recommended to allow airflow underneath the cover.
Since your ATV cover gets a lot of exposure to the elements, it’s important to take care of the cover to make sure it provides the best protection for your ATV or UTV. One of the things you need to know is how to properly store the ATV or UTV cover.
Before storing your cover for the season, we recommend cleaning it. Brush off any loose dirt and debris, and follow the cleaning instructions supplied by the manufacturer. After the cover is dry, fold it neatly and place it in the storage bag, if included.
Make sure the cover is completely dry before folding it. Any moisture trapped inside the cover during storage can promote the growth of mildew.
Store the cover in a dry, protected area away from sunlight. This will help your cover last longer and save you the expense of buying a new one.
Your ATV or UTV cover needs to be cleaned regularly for the best protection.
In order for your ATV cover
or UTV cover
to provide the best protection, it needs to be cleaned every so often. When you clean your ATV cover, however, you need to be careful not to remove the Water-Tec coating (on DuraShield covers) or other special coatings applied by the manufacturer.
To protect the coating, which in turn protects your ATV, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the cover. The following instructions apply specifically to DuraShield ATV covers, but they also provide general instructions for cleaning most ATV covers on the market.
If the Water-Tec coating (or other special coating) does get damaged, or if it starts to wear off after years of use or exposure to harsh climates, you will need to either replace the cover or re-apply a water-resistant or waterproof coating.
Washing the ATV Cover
Because of the special coatings on your ATV cover, we recommend hand washing the cover for the gentlest cleaning. Use a soft brush and plain, lukewarm water to clean the cover. If you don’t want to hand wash the cover, you can compromise by cleaning the cover in the washing machine with COLD water, NO SOAP, and on the DELICATE cycle. The use of soap or detergent may remove the protective coatings on the cover and may even void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Drying the ATV Cover
After the ATV cover is washed, we recommend letting it air dry. Your other option is to machine dry the cover on a delicate or air only setting. Remove the cover as soon as it is dry. Make sure the cover is completely dry before folding it for storage.
Frequency of Cleaning
How often should you clean your ATV cover? That all depends on the climate you live in and how much the cover will be exposed to the elements. Wash the cover as often as it needs to be washed. The longer you go without washing a dirty cover, the less protection the cover will offer as the material becomes clogged with dirt and other particles.
Hide your ATV on the hunt
with a camo ATV cover.
The fall hunting season is coming up fast. Are you ready for it? Lots of hunters have found that the most convenient way to get to their favorite hunting spot is to use their ATV. It comes in handy for things like carrying your hunting blind and equipment, your firearm or bow, and that 12-point buck you plan to take down.
Sometimes you might be able to ride all the way in to your hunting spot. Other times you may only be able to get part of the way in, but it’s easier and faster than walking the entire distance. Plus you have a quick way to get out in case of bad weather or emergencies.
Once you reach your hunting spot, slip a camo ATV cover over your quad to keep it from spooking the deer and to conceal it from other people in the area. You’ll probably want to hide your ATV in one spot and set up your ground blind in another spot just to make sure the deer don’t catch a whiff of gas or oil from your quad. You don’t want your ATV to spoil the hunt!
FAQs on material thickness for boat covers, jet ski covers, motorcycle covers, ATV covers, and golf cart covers.
What determines the thickness of a cover?
“Denier” is the term used to describe the thickness of a material. The thicker the cover material, the higher the denier.
Are thicker covers better?
Thicker covers are better for outside storage. They’ll stand up better under the wear and tear of rain, snow, sun, and the elements. For inside storage in protected areas, thinner storage covers work just fine.
What is the recommended denier for indoor and outdoor storage covers?
For outdoor storage covers, a thickness of 300-600 denier is generally sufficient. For indoor storage covers, a thickness of 150-300 denier provides adequate protection.
What about breathability?
The thicker a storage cover is, the more difficult it is for air to flow through the cover. Without adequate venting, a thick storage cover will trap condensation inside the cover, possibly resulting in moisture damage. Most manufacturers include a venting system to make a thick cover breathable. The vent allows air and moisture to escape from underneath the cover while preventing moisture from entering.
How much does a quality storage cover cost?
The higher the denier, the more you should expect to pay. If your motorcycle or boat is in a fairly protected area, you may be able to get away with a thinner, lower cost cover. If you store your motorcycle or boat outdoors, invest in a thick, high quality storage cover with vents. It will cost you a little more up front, but the quality of protection will save you money in the long run.