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Old 04-18-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Storage question for a newbie

We recently purchased our first motorhome (1997 Itasca with 454 and 1 slide). Now that we have taken a few trips, we are going to put the unit into storage for a little while until we are ready to go again (probably for a month or so).

We live in Florida and will be storing the unit outdoors at a location without electricity. I know that we need to remove any food from the inside of the unit, but I am not sure what else should be done. For example, I just flushed the grey and black water tanks and then put about 2 gallons of water back in them along with the chemicals, do I need to completely drain these tanks or are they ok the way they are?
Also, what about the celing vents, should we leave them cracked open?

Like I said, this is a whole new world to us, so any advise about these or other issues would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Water in the tanks is good, keeps STUFF from drying up , a little water in toilet bowl keeps the seal from drying up, also keep the fridge doors open so they won't mold... Vents if they have covers on them for rain then leaving them cracked will be fine and make sure battery disconnect is off since there won't be any power to keep them charged ... I'm sure I forgot something
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I don't know if that is a gas or diesel, but in either case fill the tank and add a fuel conditioner. For diesels you want to suppress bacteria, for gas you want to stabilize it.

Cover your tires. Sunlight kills tires.

If you have air brakes drain the pressure tanks to let out any moisture.

Then, go back and run it every 30 days, including moving the coach and running the gen set.

Count your self lucky, where we live I had to winterize the coach 4 times this year (each time I took it out, including earlier this month).
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:19 PM   #4
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Filling the tanks is good for storage. One thing, if you leave the vents cracked open you'll get a bunch of dirt & dust in your MH. Best to leave them closed and just ait it out every month...
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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One thing, if you leave the vents cracked open you'll get a bunch of dirt & dust in your MH. Best to leave them closed and just ait it out every month...
When our motorhome is in Florida storage we always leave covered vents open and do not get dirt. Humidity is the big concern. We use the commercial humidity removal products (Damp Rid, etc). Some who store near us use kitty litter or baking soda on trays strategically placed. You should be ok, especially if you are going to use the coach every month or so. Enjoy.
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Spray insect repellant around anything that touches the ground and inside if you're not sensitive to it. Place mouse rat poison around under the MH to keep them from nesting and possible stripping out your wiring/vacuum hoses.
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Here's a cheap trick that has helped us over the years: keep the fridge and freezer doors open but 'stuff' the cavities w/ bunched up newspaper. It obsorbs odors and keeps everything smelling good over time. About once a year, I wipe down the walls w/ vinegar. I've never had any stale odors from the fridge.

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