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Old 03-22-2012, 01:24 AM   #1
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Looking for storage hints for this summer

We are storing our Newmar Ventana mh in Palm Desert from April 2012 to January 2013. Enclosed, secured, but not climate controlled. Never done this before. Need any and all help to prepare and know your experiences....thanks!
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
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We are storing our Newmar Ventana mh in Palm Desert from April 2012 to January 2013. Enclosed, secured, but not climate controlled. Never done this before. Need any and all help to prepare and know your experiences....thanks!
#1 if you don't have vent covers, buy a couple and make sure you leave the vents open. It reduces the interior temp. while in storage.
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If you won't have power, disconnect the grounds to the fully charged batteries. Parasitic loads are still there even if you use the shutoff switches. Batteries will be flat after a couple weeks if you don't. I would do that even if the storage outfit has power available.

Leave a small amount of water in the bottom of the black & grey tanks after dumping. Prevents any latent solids from becoming bricks.

Winterize the fresh water system by just draining everything. It seldom freezes in Palm Springs so no worries there. Drain the hot water tank.

Might think about adding Sta-Bil to the fuel. And doing a oil & filter change as soon as you get it back in January.
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We are storing our Newmar Ventana mh in Palm Desert from April 2012 to January 2013. Enclosed, secured, but not climate controlled. Never done this before. Need any and all help to prepare and know your experiences....thanks!
You did not mention if it was 'covered' storage. If not, I would try to find some. The sun will eat away at everything...paint, tires, rubber, plastic, as well as the heat will dry out the interior wood, furniture, and all cushions and similar material. Agree with adding Sta-Bil, and if a diesel, add a bio cide to protect the fuel. If the tires will be exposed, cover them. Change the oil/filter before you put it in storage, that way it will sit with clean oil in it and not old oil.
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Also put the jacks down to avoid flat spots on the tires, and change the oil BEFORE you put it in storage. Keep in mind that that location gets to be well over 100 degrees in the summer. DACOTAH
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Thanks all. Putting the jacks down is a real smart idea!!!

It will be in an individual garage, with power. We did call Newmar tech today and they told us to plug it in, flip disconnect switch, make sure all electrical components are off. We have an automatic float charger that will take care of both sides of batteries - house and chassis.

Have also been told, in conversations with fellow rv'ers in our park, to fill fresh, gray and black water tanks 3/4 full and add appropriate chemicals. Also fill sinks and a few buckets with water to keep humidity level up in coach and also put 5 or so 5-gallon buckets filled with water in the garage around the coach.

When you refer to "vent covers" do you mean the plastic covers over the fantastic fans? Should we hit the disconnect switch with the fans on so they stay open?
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Thanks all. Putting the jacks down is a real smart idea!!!

It will be in an individual garage, with power. We did call Newmar tech today and they told us to plug it in, flip disconnect switch, make sure all electrical components are off. We have an automatic float charger that will take care of both sides of batteries - house and chassis.

Have also been told, in conversations with fellow rv'ers in our park, to fill fresh, gray and black water tanks 3/4 full and add appropriate chemicals. Also fill sinks and a few buckets with water to keep humidity level up in coach and also put 5 or so 5-gallon buckets filled with water in the garage around the coach.

When you refer to "vent covers" do you mean the plastic covers over the fantastic fans? Should we hit the disconnect switch with the fans on so they stay open?
Yes i was speaking of the covers over the fans, but if it is a covered garage, you can leave the vents open without a cover.
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