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Old 08-31-2014, 12:48 PM   #1
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Snowbirds: Coach/Toad storage for December/Xmas

We plan to be first time snow birds this winter and are curious about strategies for leaving the coach and toad stored for 5 weeks beginning December 1. We want to fly home to be with the family for Christmas before returning to the sunbelt to travel around snow free until the end of March.

If leaving the coach in Southern California east of San Diego, or near Palm Springs, or in Arizona around Yuma where are good storage places that are secure?

Are there shaded or indoor places available that keep the wind,sand, and sun off ?

Are there special things to do before leaving the coach like:

draining the fresh water tank and water plumbing piping;

winterizing the water system with rv antifreeze;

setting up rodent prevention systems/products;

should stainless steel wool be put in the Oasis, Onan, and Diesel engine exhaust pipes:

should all dry food be removed and stored outside the coach or discarded;

what battery storage precautions need be taken so they are not damaged by low charge levels;

do storage lots let you plug in battery chargers?

if we can't expect to be able to plug in, would a small solar charger be suitable for the house batteries? What size?

should all the vents and windows be tightly shut, or cracked to allow some air flow;

any special insurance considerations;

any suggestions of storage places you have had good success with;

Thanks for any input the members here can offer.

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Old 08-31-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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If you have a site or RV park lined up in the area where you plan on being before you head home , a lot of your questions would be best answered by a park attendant.
During that time , overheating of the coach in storage , should not be an issue, daytime temps mid 70s.
Overnight lows may get to freezing, but if I was doing the storage I'd do a system drain, and blow the lines. No A/F
Windows closed , vents cracked 1/4"
Insurance , you'll have to ask your company/carrier.
Power, depends on the facility.
Dry food, inside the coach , should be fine.
Your rodent protection plan sounds fine. Steel wool, don't forget the furnace intake and exhaust.
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