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Old 06-28-2016, 06:31 AM   #1
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RV storage?

OK folks, if you store your RV at a storage center. What do you do about the batteries? We are moving and will have to store off our property for the 1st time. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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How long will you be storing it? When I put mine away for the winter (6 months of storage) I pull the batteries out and trickle charge them over the winter.

Do you have a solar panel trickle charger? If so you may want to leave them in if you are not leaving it stored for that length of time.
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I am soon going to be dealing with same issue. Storage facility has no electric so plan to get one of the portable suit case solar systems. My coach will be under cover so I will set the panels up outside the cover. The system is two panels, built in controller, cable with clamps, 120 watt.
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I am soon going to be dealing with same issue. Storage facility has no electric so plan to get one of the portable suit case solar systems. My coach will be under cover so I will set the panels up outside the cover. The system is two panels, built in controller, cable with clamps, 120 watt.
....and hope that somebody doesn't walk off with it and your batteries then go dead and are ruined. I think I'd pull the batteries, and have them on a trickle charger at home (as much of a pain that would be to slug them around).
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I am soon going to be dealing with same issue. Storage facility has no electric so plan to get one of the portable suit case solar systems. My coach will be under cover so I will set the panels up outside the cover. The system is two panels, built in controller, cable with clamps, 120 watt.

SML Ranger, Did you find covered storage in Virginia?

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....and hope that somebody doesn't walk off with it and your batteries then go dead and are ruined. I think I'd pull the batteries, and have them on a trickle charger at home (as much of a pain that would be to slug them around).
Its probably a good idea to take them out once a year anyway to clean up the battery compartment and make sure no corrosion is affecting the compartment floor under the batteries. when out just take them on home and put them on a battery maintainer. I only use one maintainer at home and when I see the indicator showing the maintainer has halted charging I switch it to another battery until all are up to snuff and repeat the process.
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I store outdoor and leave batteries in. I just go to my coach once a week and run the generator to keep them charged. No covered storage or power options in this area (Northern Va).
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I have a shut off solenoid for the house and a manual switch for the engine. I shut them both off. I put a 50 watt solar panel on the roof in place of the factory 10 watt or whatever it was. Everything stays charged but it dies t get cold here either.
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OK folks, if you store your RV at a storage center. What do you do about the batteries? We are moving and will have to store off our property for the 1st time. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Not at a storage center but there are times when our Itasca doesn't get used for 2 or 3 months. What seems to work well is to disconnect the batteries (i installed a chassis disconnect and i use the coach's disconnect). I go out at least once a month to at least start/drive for a few miles and to exercise the genset.

I'd say it would be a good idea to check on your rig occasionally anyway, so if the storage center isn't too far from you, the above might be something to consider.
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....and hope that somebody doesn't walk off with it and your batteries then go dead and are ruined. I think I'd pull the batteries, and have them on a trickle charger at home (as much of a pain that would be to slug them around).
That is a concern. I plan to secure it to the structure that supports the RV port.

I am still trying to talk the facility owner into installing more electric. He stores his own coach there and has a 50 amp service in his stall. He may install another panel when he gets enough of these ports up and rented.
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SML Ranger, Did you find covered storage in Virginia?

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I hope so. The owner of a storage facility about 7 miles from my home just purchased a motorhome. He put up a large carport for his coach and a second one for a friend's coach. Based on my urging and urging from some of his other tenants with RV's, he is seeking approval to put up 8 more RV ports. I have reserved one.

It is not perfect but it is close by and secured. I am still pondering buying some land to build a storage building/shop.
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I hope so. The owner of a storage facility about 7 miles from my home just purchased a motorhome. He put up a large carport for his coach and a second one for a friend's coach. Based on my urging and urging from some of his other tenants with RV's, he is seeking approval to put up 8 more RV ports. I have reserved one.

It is not perfect but it is close by and secured. I am still pondering buying some land to build a storage building/shop.
That's great, wish we had that in Northern Va. I've heard of one place that would store indoors with power but they were charging something like $550 a month. I thought that was way too expensive!
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