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Old 01-27-2013, 03:57 AM   #1
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We are spending the winter in florida and will have the RV parked for a total of 3 months. We are hooked up to 50 amp power, sewer, water which is in a rv park. My question is, do I need to do anything while parked for the three months. I think my batteries and everything will be ok but wanted to check and see if anyone has any experience parked for this long with out starting the engine or charging other than hooked in to shore power.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:04 AM   #2
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If you are in a Diesel you really need to get an hours run time a month at least to keep things good. They don't like to sit. IMO
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I respectfully disagree. True a diesel likes to run, but starting it and idling it for an hour won't bring operating temps up to where they need to be. Now if you're gonna break camp and go for an hours run well that's different. It's better to just let it sit...then when you're ready to go...start 'er up and go.
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The generator does need to be run, under a load.
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I give my generator and chassis engine a nice work out ever month. I think it is a good thing to do no mater what... I give both a good hard workout for about a hour.
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No need to start and run at idle during the 3 months.
That can cause more damage then not starting it.

If the chassis batteries are not charged by the Inverter/Charger.
Then you may want to put a trickle charger on them.
Leave the switch for the Chassis/House batteries on.
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I give my generator and chassis engine a nice work out ever month. I think it is a good thing to do no mater what... I give both a good hard workout for about a hour.
That is a PITA if you are leveled and hooked up to water/electric/sewer with slides out, patio & window awnings out and patio tied down, windshield covered etc. Take it all down, go for a hour drive and then put everything back again.

Mine sits in the same winter spot for 7 months. Has done that for over 13 years now. Never start or drive it during that time. I bet it will still outlive me by doing that.
I do exercise the generator every 40 days for a hour.

A lot different story if it is just parked in the driveway a home and not hooked up. But even then, if the roads is snow covered and icy and temps in the low teens. It would be best to let it sit.
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Put me down with the "no", do not start it crowd. Our RV and my prized convertable would sit for 6 months every winter without being started. The convertable is now 14 years old with no ill effects.

I did dump some stay-bil in the tank when I topped off, just before we parked (also for three months), and yes, it is probably a good idea to run the generator (I read recently it has something to do with drying out the internals) once per month, under load.
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For the chassis engine, fill up the fuel and add a fuel conditioner. Now let it set. The worst thing you can do to a diesel is run it unloaded for 30 minutes to an hour. Unless you can get it on the road and run it for an hour, leave it alone.

The generator needs to be exercised under load for 30 to 60 minutes per month.

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TXiceman, X2 and also check your batteries for water level and voltage.
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Check the batts, and kiss the side of the RV, that's it!

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I respectfully disagree. True a diesel likes to run, but starting it and idling it for an hour won't bring operating temps up to where they need to be. Now if you're gonna break camp and go for an hours run well that's different. It's better to just let it sit...then when you're ready to go...start 'er up and go.
Sorry if I was not clear. Yes, you need to get it out on the road. That means breaking camp and exercising your rig. YMMV, IMHO
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I'm in the park it and forget it crowd. No need to run a diesel - it is actually counter-productive unless you actually drive it and I'm not doing that. I do exercise the generator if parked long term, though.

Some brands or models of coach do not charge the chassis batteries from shore power. If yours is one of them, add a Trik-L-Charge device to keep them up to snuff.
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Thanks everone.....great tips....
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