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Old 08-13-2016, 05:39 PM   #1
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Better to do covered storage or open with solar

Ok, I'm sure many will say covered, but here's what I'm wondering. One of the few reasonably priced places in my area has covered parking (not indoor, just covered). However, the stalls available do not have trickle charging or electrical available. So, one thought is that if I left it outside, my stock solar panel on my Fleetwood coach would be able to trickle charge my batteries. (This is in Florida so I have no need to "winterize"). Any thoughts on this? No wrong answer, I'm just wondering what may be better.
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Old 08-13-2016, 06:52 PM   #2
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Covered with solar would be the way to go. Any way to setup a solar panel or two not under the cover?
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I'm a firm believer in covering everything. Sun deteriorates, heat causes dilapidation, hail breaks stuff, and rain can seep in just about the time you're not looking. If you're going to do monthly maintenance (exercising genset, starting and running chassis) then simply disconnect the batteries. If the plan is to just leave the MH parked for months without checking, then you could either figure out a way to get solar working or UGH, take the batteries home with you to make servicing easier.
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:56 PM   #4
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I'm a firm believer in covering everything. Sun deteriorates, heat causes dilapidation, hail breaks stuff, and rain can seep in just about the time you're not looking. If you're going to do monthly maintenance (exercising genset, starting and running chassis) then simply disconnect the batteries. If the plan is to just leave the MH parked for months without checking, then you could either figure out a way to get solar working or UGH, take the batteries home with you to make servicing easier.
I like this line of thinking. Would be reluctant to take the batteries home though same as Mudfrog. Better to take it out for a weekend once in a while instead of removing and replacing batteries. Kill two birds with one stone. Charge the batteries on the coach and your batteries by camping.
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What's the difference between covered or just being out there in the elements RVing? Full-timers are out traveling constantly in all kinds of climate. If they keep their RV maintained properly with good washing/wax their RVs look great.
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Regardless of which option you choose, MH's do not like being neglected. Up keep will be necessary.
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Is it possible to store an RV outside without issues? Yes, but requires vigilance as the full timers will tell you. If you are not full timing or want to reduce your maintenance time/costs, store under cover. We are on our third RV and would not consider owning one with out enclosed storage.

I would recommend covered storage and "exercise" the RV once a month. Leaving it unattended for longer periods allows small issues to become big ones. You can disconnect the batteries by "pulling " fuses in the battery compartment. (My fuses are lever type) Reconnect the fuses while you visit and run the engine and generator.
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I installed knife switches on the chassis battery and two house batteries. Have left the MH in storage for as much as three months and it still starts without problems. BTW, the batteries are all six years old.
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What's the difference between covered or just being out there in the elements RVing? Full-timers are out traveling constantly in all kinds of climate. If they keep their RV maintained properly with good washing/wax their RVs look great.
You just said it,, maintaining properly. Fulltimers are with their rig. They catch and repair things as they happen. They're more apt to do the washing and waxing. On the other hand, i'd betcha most people who store their RVs miles away from their house rarely check on them.

While all our rigs need maintenance, there's no doubt those stored under cover require less due diligence.
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I'm in Florida too and am an advocate of covered storage just because the sun here is so brutal. Even if you take good care of the coach, the sun will take it toll on awning fabric, rubber seals and moldings, plus the inside will stay cooler extending the life of vinyl, plastics and foam cushons
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Store it undercover by all means to get it out of the sun and direct heat. If you're worried about the batteries, make sure they're full and disconnect the negative battery cables to stop all battery draw - do not expect the MH disconnect to stop all power usage.

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Store it undercover by all means to get it out of the sun and direct heat. If you're worried about the batteries, make sure they're full and disconnect the negative battery cables to stop all battery draw - do not expect the MH disconnect to stop all power usage.

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Exactly what I do and my rig is 20yrs old and still looks new because unless I'm using it it lives inside.
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Covered is best if possible. Ours is covered but open to the backside. I hung a solar panel on the gate into the stall and use it to keep the chassis battery charged. The coach batteries get disconnected with the cutoff switch. I drive the coach monthly to exercise it and the generator.

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I'm unfortunately running out of options, so it appears. While I can find a few covered spaces and even indoor spaces, the ones available are twice as much as others I've found, but are presently unavailable. I'm prepared to pay more for covered, but when the only ones available are $300+, no electricity, etc., then I think I'll put that money towards roof protection instead. So, until something comes available, it looks like outdoor storage. The place I found was reasonable and by having a spot there, it puts me at the top of the list when their covered storage comes available. Owner said it may take 1,2, maybe 3 months, but inevitably someone will move out, since it is Florida. Since they don't require notice, maybe I'll get lucky and get something covered on 9/1 or 10/1.
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