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Old 12-29-2014, 08:36 AM   #1
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Storage procedures

I am new to RVing and have been ready lots of stuff on this forum. Can you help me determine the correct process for storing my coach. I have a 2008 Itasca Meridian 39Z (Diesel).

When putting it up for a while...
I turn off both sets of batteries. I have a solar charger on the roof. Do I need to turn off the house battery? Will the battery overcharge if I leave the solar charger on or will the battery slowly drain down if left turned off?

Should I dump the airbags and extend the leveling jacks?

How often do you sanitize the water tanks? Do you drain them before putting it up or leave some water in it? I do not have to worry about freezing. I will be using the coach at least once a month.

Is there anything else I need to be doing?


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Old 12-29-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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Where do you live, is the coach parked near the house???

If you turn off both chassis and house battery disconnects the solar charger should keep them charged (on my 2002 Monaco Windsor it does), you may check the manual and or contact Itasca on this.

If you live in freezing temps and do not plan on maintaining heat in the coach you will have to completely drain the water system and either use the RV Antifreeze in the system or blow all air lines out. Most people use the Antifreeze since it is easy & pretty much full proof. You will either have to remove the P traps or pour antifreeze down them and pour some in the black water tank after it's drained. Disconnect the icemaker from behind the fridge and either blow that line or put antifreeze through it.

I usually dump my airbags and put the jacks down.

If you plan on using the coach monthly and can afford the electricity to keep the coach warm. My coach is parked next to the house so it's easy to run electric to it. I also put a remote temp sensor in the basement and living area a monitor to make sure the heat is working. I use thermostatic plugs (bought at Lowes) to turn heaters on in the living area and basement. I will do this if we are planning to use coach but if not I winterize.

I usually sanitize my water system when I start it back up in the spring.

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Old 12-29-2014, 09:14 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I live is south Florida, so freezing is not a problem. I have the coach at a storage place.

So the solar charger works while the batteries are disconnected?

Do you leave water in tank between trips. Doesn't it get stale or icky?
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:25 AM   #4
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How long will it sit? Weeks, months?

Being in South Florida, I would drain all of your tanks. Freshwater too. Because they will get funky. Blow the water out of your plumbing, freezing is not an issue for you there. And close your black and grey water drain valves to help keep critters out. I would keep your leveller jacks up, to prevent corossion of the shafts, salt air? Dump your air bags.

I sanitize our fresh water tank once per year, weak bleach water solution. We live in Northern Michigan.

Check with your manufacturer to be sure that the solar panels will not overcharge your batteries.

Good luck.

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Old 12-29-2014, 11:24 AM   #5
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Hi KatieVL,
I do not own a Winnebago motor coach. Some of this may not be correct, but you'll get the general idea.
1. Drain the fresh, grey and black tanks.
2. Open the low point drains (close after no more water comes out)
3. If you have a water heater with a tank, drain it.
4. Full tank of diesel, add a can of fuel additive that prevents mold/mildew.
5. Dump the air
6. Keep the jacks retracted
7. Tires at maximum PSI. Write down what they are suppose to be at so you do not forget. Tape the info to the steering wheel.
8. Dress the tires with your favorite tire dressing. Standing still is the most difficult thing a tire does.
9. Cover the tires.
10. Clean the outside of the coach.
11. Clean the inside of the coach.
12. Leave all the faucets open.
13 Contact Winnebago as to when the batteries charge via the solar panel. And as to the correct position of the chassis and coach disconnect switches. Newmar may be different so I will not make a recommendation.
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If you determine that the batteries are being charged continuously by the solar panels (I would be surprised if they were not ), check the electrolyte levels every couple of weeks an top off with distilled water if low.
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:47 PM   #7
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If your solar panel is the factory installed 10 watt panel like mine is it is all but worthless to provide any amount of recharge to the batteries.

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