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Old 10-04-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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Climate Controlled Winter Storage

First time storing our 2016 DSDP 4002 for the winter. We will be storing it at a climate controlled facility that is equipped with backup generators and we will have access to a 15 amp service. We are being told that we do not need to winterize the coach. Is there anything that we need to do to prepare the coach for storage in a climate controlled facility?
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First time storing our 2016 DSDP 4002 for the winter. We will be storing it at a climate controlled facility that is equipped with backup generators and we will have access to a 15 amp service. We are being told that we do not need to winterize the coach. Is there anything that we need to do to prepare the coach for storage in a climate controlled facility?
I also store my coach in a climate controlled facility. I also have 15 amp power. So, here's what I do.

* Air down to bottom
* Adjust charger to 15 amp shore power and reduce the charge rate 10%
* Shut off water pump and empty ice maker
* Shut off inverter
* Shut off all 120 ac breakers except main
* Confirm AGS (Auto Genset Start) is not enabled


Oh, and of course plug it in and verify that charger is responding and drawing very little power.

NOTE: DO NOT turn off batteries at switch overhead driver.

I store mine 165 miles from home, so I have to get it right. Hope this help and I have not missed anything. If I have, hopefully someone will jump in.

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Old 10-04-2016, 03:50 PM   #3
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Power goes out, generators run out of gas. And it gets REALLY cold up where you are.
If the storage facility is not close enough to you so that you can go there and winterize if need be, then *I* would go ahead an winterize it before storage. I know it's a PITA, but think how silly you'd feel if things got damaged for want of $20 of antifreeze and a couple hours of work.
If it's close enough that you can visit it on a whim, then go with what Lug_Nut suggested.
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Old 10-04-2016, 03:55 PM   #4
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Thanks Peter! This is very helpful.
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Thanks Podivin. We are close to the facility, roughly 25 miles away. And yes, it does get very cold up here. We hope to be snowbirds next year and head south during the winters.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:26 PM   #6
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Drain all your tanks,leave the fresh water tank drain OPEN. Winterize the
unit. A busted tank fitting or ice maker, shower drain , is a major expense.
Play it save.
Just my humble opinion.
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We are a bit south of you, but have ours in indoor storage. I don't winterize it. Here's the Site Plan:
Plugged in to 20 amp service
Monthly Generator and Engine Starts and warm ups
Should the power go out, they have a backup generator, and should that have problems, all owners get called to come to their coaches. You can winterize it or fire it up and keep it warm. I can't imagine 30 - 40 coaches firing up their generators to run their heat.

It's really up to you. If you would feel better, than winterize it. Why take a chance.
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If it's going to sit for the winter without use. I would go ahead and winterize it. Not that much expense or work. Then no worries.
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Am glad this topic has come up. I recently purchased a condo/garage in Charlotte NC for our 2016 4018 Dutch Star. We have our own thermoset for heat and AC and a 50 AMP plug. Am not sure what am going to do when we park November thru January

Peter you say not to shut off battery disconnect and turn off inverter.
When we left Nappanee I was told by our Tech when we leave our RV in storage to turn off the battery disconnect for both house and chassis and plug in the RV. As i understand it turning off the battery disconnect eliminates the possible of draining the batteries but keeping it plugged in keeps the batteries topped off.
Do I have this wrong?
Any and all comments welcomed
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:47 PM   #10
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In addition to the info others have mentioned for consideration, I would, at the absolute minimum, open both low water drains and faucets then blow the water lines, etc. out using a compressor set at 40-45#. Keep in mind the recommendation to "also" winterize fully with rv anti-freeze. A very small price to pay for a potentially big problem if you don't and have a freeze up. Have you heard of "Murphys Law"?
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Am glad this topic has come up. I recently purchased a condo/garage in Charlotte NC for our 2016 4018 Dutch Star. We have our own thermoset for heat and AC and a 50 AMP plug. Am not sure what am going to do when we park November thru January

Peter you say not to shut off battery disconnect and turn off inverter.
When we left Nappanee I was told by our Tech when we leave our RV in storage to turn off the battery disconnect for both house and chassis and plug in the RV. As i understand it turning off the battery disconnect eliminates the possible of draining the batteries but keeping it plugged in keeps the batteries topped off.
Do I have this wrong?
Any and all comments welcomed
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Kevin, I guess there are other ways, such as cutting both banks off. However, I prefer to have the battery banks full and ready to go. I turned off the battery switch once, the one over the driver seat. 5 months later I arrived to full batteries in the house with dead flat chassis units. Plugged in with switch on, no issues. Now keep in mind, this is providing the unit is plugged in. Also I have good management at the storage end that assures power is working.

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I also store indoors/climate controlled and I haven't winterized in maybe 10 years. I do everything already mentioned just stop short of using the pink stuff.
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Hi all... Just need to understand... I am also storing in heated storage. Outside of oil, filters, etc... Draining water, cleaning, etc... I was wondering if I turn off all breakers, except Main, plugged into 15amp (reduced to 15 amp power on EMS), turn off inverter, I am good to go. The 15amp through the EMS will keep the house and chassis batteries topped off.

I have a 2015 DSDP4018 and would like opinions on tire pressure and position of HWH jacks. My knee-jerk common sense thought is to put jacks down enough to take some weight off tires. Not put them in the air, but enough to support maybe 50% or so of the weight. Thoughts?
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