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Old 06-01-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
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Class A Hot Summer Storage

We have a new 2015 Terra SE 33s which we take out every week or two and absolutely love. We have a great storage location in our yard in Northern Los Angeles with a 30 amp shore power set up.
The summer is looking to be a scorcher and I am considering putting a 8000-10000 BTU portable AC to keep the temp below 90 inside and save the roof top for our travels.
Anyone have any comment or experience with this?
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:04 PM   #2
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What are you saving the roof top for? They last longer if used frequently. Set it on 82-85 degrees and let it run.
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Old 06-01-2016, 01:48 PM   #3
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Are we supposed to cool our RV's when not being used? We live in the desert and it gets HOT here. I hadn't planned on having to keep the a/c on in there when not using it!?
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:22 PM   #4
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We leave the front A/C on 80 when not on a trip in the summer! In winter we set the heat on 50.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:23 PM   #5
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Number one thing you can do to protect it is cover it...2nd thing is install a dehumidifier if you're in a humid climate.
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:22 AM   #6
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80 degrees?

Thanks for the replies, but for one, at 80 degrees it will probably run day and night for 3 months or more . . .
two, the roof top is fairly noisy and costs over $1,200 to replace where a portable is only noisy inside and about $400 to replace, additionally a portable runs about 1/2 the wattage.
three, maybe we are odd but we go out more than twice a month and are in and out often and leave it stocked most of the time. I prefer not to enter a hotbox or roast our belongings. Covering it seem like a lot of work for little reward. We are considering building a rooftop for it though
Thanks for the humidity comment but we have no humidity issues here, Air Conditioners actually work as dehumidifiers though
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I assume your "storage location" is an enclosed building. The UV sun exposure is what kills these MH's. That includes the interior, exterior and tire side walls. If you are storing it inside, put an attic fan w/thermostat high in the building to remove the excess rising heat in the building. That is more than enough for your requirements.
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Number one thing you can do to protect it is cover it...2nd thing is install a dehumidifier if you're in a humid climate.
I was a yacht broker in FL for number of years. Many yachts were stored with us and all we did is leave one or two dehumidifiers on the kitchen counter with the drain going into the kitchen sink. Outside the sun exposure, here in FL the humidity is the biggest problem.
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Thanks for the replies, but for one, at 80 degrees it will probably run day and night for 3 months or more . . .
two, the roof top is fairly noisy and costs over $1,200 to replace where a portable is only noisy inside and about $400 to replace, additionally a portable runs about 1/2 the wattage.
three, maybe we are odd but we go out more than twice a month and are in and out often and leave it stocked most of the time. I prefer not to enter a hotbox or roast our belongings. Covering it seem like a lot of work for little reward. We are considering building a rooftop for it though
Thanks for the humidity comment but we have no humidity issues here, Air Conditioners actually work as dehumidifiers though
Sorry, by "cover it" I meant a shelter,barn,etc... forgot they made actual "covers". The sun hitting the exterior is the number one killer..I would get that addressed first and make that top priority. Humidity is number two (sounds like that's already covered). Everything else is negligible. My bus is 20yrs old and literally still looks brand new inside/out but it's lived it's entire life (minus travelling) inside with humidity controlled.
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Spinoff question from the OP....

Anyone with indoor storage run their ACs (set about 78-85) while stored inside?
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Living in Vegas we store our 38' coach in our driveway exposed to the hot desert sun. Coach is connected to 50amp service, so with t-stat set at 89 and both roof AC units turned on, interior temp stays around 86 degrees.

Due to dry climate here, we set a couple of bowls of water to maintain a bit of humidity as well as keeping water in toilet bowl. We check and add water as needed every week or so.

Best of luck & safe travels....
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...we set a couple of bowls of water to maintain a bit of humidity as well as keeping water in toilet bowl. We check and add water as needed every week or so.

Best of luck & safe travels....
Same here. I cut plastic gallon jugs in half a little above half way and fill about 10 with water. Don't use milk jugs, they'll leak.
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