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Old 04-09-2016, 12:07 PM   #1
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Storage of my Itasca, 'Summerize' :) Help Please

We have just completed our first winter in the US in our lovely new (to us) Itasca Meridian 36. Sadly we have to go back to the UK for the summer and have found a great indoor storage unit in Palm Springs, so easy to get back to LAX.
It is a fully indoors, enclosed, locked unit, basically a 40 foot garage.
As there will be no issue with cold/freezing could I ask for any advice in what to do to prep the coach for its summer hibernation please?
I am particularly keen to know what is the best way to deal with things like the diesel fuel, water tanks, tires, fridge, engine oil, holding tanks etc.
But ANY ideas would be gratefully received as this is the first time I have ever done this.
Many thanks

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Old 04-09-2016, 06:50 PM   #2
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There are usually some good points in an owners manual that you should consider. Also googling would be good.

If it were me and "summerizing" as you point out I'd be more concerned about things growing vs. freezing. For example there are diesel (and gas I think) fuel stabilizers that prevent formation of biological mold/algae/etc. and I think one is called "staybil" but I"m not sure of that. I would probably leave some amount water in the fresh, gray and black tanks. Given your plan I'd probably treat the water tank with a bleach mixture for the same bio reasons. It might make sense to put the bleach mixture in the holding tanks as well although the standard chemical treatments might work.

For long periods of lack of use I'd also worry about metal and rubber degradation so I'd coat whatever places like the leveling jacks with silicone or light oil and I'd use a rubber treatment like Armorall on rubber seals around doors and slides. There are rubber lubricants that are sold which might work well also. I'd probably want to totally disconnect the batteries but some might suggest leaving on trickle charge. You have heard of course of placing tires on rubber/plastic mats. You'd want to ask a propane dealer about leaving it but I suspect nothing needs done to a propane tank if you have one. Make sure you don't leave your water heater "on".

Just some quick thoughts.
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