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Old 11-25-2015, 05:54 PM   #1
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Winterizing the Beast

When it comes to winterizing my coach - I don't do it. For the second year I have just plugged it into 50 amp service next to my house and turned the Aqua-Hot on and set it to 60 degrees. I also have sucked all the slides in and every 2 weeks me and the wife take it for a 50 mile run up the interstate. I also run the generator when making the 50 mile trip. I put 2 heat-pumps on line and cook everything for a good hour. So far I have had absolutely no issues with any of the bigger mechanical systems on my coach.

In contrast, last year my brother-in-law parked his in a storage shed in Junction City, OR, for 3 months and when he went to retrieve it - things were not good. He found out that his batteries were dead, had mice droppings inside the coach, had lots of moisture accumulated in de-humidified trays, had big flat spots on all his tires and some of his electronics had failed.

Just my 2-cents, so if you see me going up I-5 between Vancouver and Kalama, you all know what I'm doing. Not to mention they have great cheese burgers at the Kalama truck stop - that alone is worth the trip.

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Old 11-25-2015, 06:24 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info, did you leave water in your lines, as this is all new to me. Our Monaco is plugged into a 50 amp service and the Aqua Hot is on too. However I drained the lines of all fresh water, is this OK?

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As for me, I don't drain anything. When we make our run the wife uses the bathroom and the flush water comes from the fresh water tank. On my coach there is a thermostat in the plumbing bay. I make sure it is set at 50 degrees (that's the max) and have not had any issues. Last year it got into the 20's here for a while and we had no problems. Lot's of folks have opinions on what to do when it comes to winterizing their rig. I do know that Michelin says to run the tires. The chemicals in the tires need to be dispersed and the only way to do that is to run the coach down the road. The generator people want their generator run at least 2 hours under half load, once a month and that big diesel motor and transmission need to be brought up to operating temp and held there for awhile so as to keep the moisture out of them.
All I can say is that it has worked very well for me.
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Old 11-25-2015, 07:27 PM   #4
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Jeff, ditto for me until this year. Left my coach plugged into 50 amp at home, Aqua Hot set to 48, slides in, and a trouble light in water bay next to the pump on a thermostatically controlled outlet. Drove the coach at least once a month and exercised systems.]

This past May we moved back to our original hometown (160 miles) to be nearer to family but left the coach parked at the other house (we still own it for now). We left it from June to October and when we went back to use it, I had several issues that needed to be addressed. I did have a few mice stuck in my Tomcat traps in the storage bays. We have yet to find a place to store it near our new home so it will remain 160 miles away when we are not using it. I did a full winterization this fall. We plan to use it again for a 3 month cross country trip right after Christmas.

I agree when they sit for months unused, gremlins attack.
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Old 11-26-2015, 08:00 AM   #5
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I'm fortunate that when we built our home I pushed our budget for a double 50 foot RV garage attached to the house, so our coach gets tucked inside when not in use. And here in AZ, that is a good feeling in the summer time.

I always keep the fresh water tank at least half full in case we have problems with our well, which has happened. At least we could take showers etc. until the well was fixed.

Every month I drive it into work just to give her a little exercise. Co-workers usually give me a hard time, though I just think they are jelly! Sometimes we'll pile of bunch of folks in there and take it out to lunch. Everyone is amazed at how I can navigate parking lots with it!

I think that the OP's idea is great if you can do it.
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We live within a 1/2 mile of the Rebel TS. Maybe you could let us know the next time you do the Kalama turn-around and we could meet you at the TS.
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