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Old 02-26-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Storage for hot summer

I want to store my class A 2004 36' dolphin for the summer here in Mesquite, AZ. (Very hot weather). It will be out side in my RV Lot. Do I have to cover it? Any suggestions on what I should or need to do? I have been told to leave several buckets' of water inside for humidity. HELP!
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome, is it passable to get it under a roof for cover? I also have read where some put 5 gallon buckets of water inside to try and keep it more humid as not to dry thing out, Any protection from the hot Arizona sun would be a plus! Inside or under the cover of a roof would be my choice. I would imagine a RV cover would keep the suns uv rays from eating away at it if it has to sit outdoors all summer......cover up your tires also for this storage term.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:26 PM   #3
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Try to find covered storage. The sun/heat damage everything both inside and outside. The water inside will help.
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I have a vacation home in Lake Havasu and it is slightly hotter than Mesquite so I have dealt with the extreme heat.

Try to keep the vehicle in the shade if possible (a cover would be nice but it needs to be tight so it doesn't blow around) and and crack some windows and vents open to let it ventilate. Remove all 'soft' items like chapstick, candles, and deodorant. I don't recommend the water in the bucket unless your coach is normally in a humid environment. Make sure the windshield is covered to keep the direct sun off the dash. Cover the tires that are exposed to the sun. And make sure your black tank is clean and empty!
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To bad you cant use my storage building I rent for my MH. Most of the time mine goes in some time around Nov and out at the end of March. Between April and Oct I store my van there. I agree find a place with cover to keep the sun off the entire coach.
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Try to find covered storage. The sun/heat damage everything both inside and outside. The water inside will help.
X2 Here in FL. the sun is brutal as well. Cover if you must, but ya just can't beat inside storage for RV preservation...pricey, but worth every dollar.

Never heard of the 'bucket O water' trick - it's too humid here already.
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X2 Here in FL. the sun is brutal as well. Cover if you must, but ya just can't beat inside storage for RV preservation

Never heard of the 'bucket O water' trick - it's too humid here already.
Got to love the other extreme from Florida.......The desert
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I have covered year round in Phoenix for almost 10 years but will only cover from October thru April in the future. I've had too many things melt and become sticky inside and outside including a new application of Eternabond tape on the roof seams.
I leave all my roof vents open but also use insulators in the openings to cut down on the interior sun damage. I use a full windshield cover and close all drapes and blinds.
Luckily mine is tucked in tight between the house and a wall so the sun does not reach the tires.
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We live in Southwestern Utah and there are several places to put it under cover or inside if you can't find something in Mesquite, but they're a little pricey. $150 - 195/ month for a 40 footer. Summers are hot here -- and not RV friendly for outside storage. I would at least try to find some covered storage if it were mine.
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