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Old 01-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
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Storing my Class A for one month

I will be leaving my Class A motorhome at a campground outside storage facility for the month of February. I plan on coming back the first week of March to spend another week or 2 in the Gulf Shores area. I plan to empty my fresh water and grey/black tanks before I leave. My coach has a battery disconnect switch so I do plan to cut off the power for the month that I am gone. I also plan to use the leveling jacks as well. I apologize because I am sure this topic has been covered before. Have I covered all the bases or am I missing something? Any ideas or opinions would be appreciated!
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Leave the refrigerator doors open ( empty of course ). That will avoid mold. Also if you have roof vent covers like Maxx Air , leave the vents open. Air flow helps to avoid moisture / mold as well. I'm sure you'll get more.
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Winterize the entire water system, including the pipes and water heater. Just draining the tanks is not enough.
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I didn't think Gulf Shores got that cold .EEK.
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I wasn't planning on winterizing since the average low temperature only get down to 49 degrees in February.
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Other than leaving the frig doors opens like Clifftall suggested. That's about all we do when we leave the MH over on the coast in the summer. I was going to say cut off the city water, but since that will most likely be done when moving to the storage area in the campground....your good to go!!
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I wasn't planning on winterizing since the average low temperature only get down to 49 degrees in February.
It is not the "average" cold that matters...it's the actual cold. Look into record lows for the area you are considering and let that be your guide. After all, your pipes don't much care if 28 degrees is an average or record low.
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It is not the "average" cold that matters...it's the actual cold. Look into record lows for the area you are considering and let that be your guide. After all, your pipes don't much care if 28 degrees is an average or record low.
I understand your reasoning, but it would have to be a hard freeze at 28 degrees for quite a few days before her pipes (not under pressure) would even think of freezing up. We're talking about the Gulf Coast here. If her pipes freeze the rest of us are in real trouble.
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I understand your reasoning, but it would have to be a hard freeze at 28 degrees for quite a few days before her pipes (not under pressure) would even think of freezing up. We're talking about the Gulf Coast here. If her pipes freeze the rest of us are in real trouble.
We all weight the consequences ourselves. I live on the gulf coast of Texas, and normally don't winterize but my coach is stored inside a storage bay--door closed but no heat. I had to run my LP furnace during the recent freeze until I decided that the risk of expensive damage wasn't with the Modest cost of winterizing. To each his/her own...but my money is well protected.
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Man, I also doubt you would have to do more winterizing than draining the tanks and lines. I personally wouldn't put it on the leveling jacks either. There's no point unless it is a terribly uneven ground they have you store it on.
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You did say it was only for a month, right? Hell, I park mine for 3-4 months at a time without any special prep for drivetrain or tires. Of course I'm living in it, so the internal systems are active. You already said you're draining the tanks, so just open the low point drains as well, and there'll be nothing substantial left inside to freeze.
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You did say it was only for a month, right? Hell, I park mine for 3-4 months at a time without any special prep for drivetrain or tires. Of course I'm living in it, so the internal systems are active. You already said you're draining the tanks, so just open the low point drains as well, and there'll be nothing substantial left inside to freeze.
In my coach, the low point drain does not drain the hot water heater. To do that I have to remover the HWH plug.
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With fridge doors propped open, I say you are good to go. And I always store with jacks down to relieve a bit of stress on the tires. I wouldn't worry about draining the tanks either if only for storage reasons. (less liquid = dries out faster & dried out black tank = bad news)
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leaving your coach for a month

Battery disconnect switches don't always shut everything off. There are certain things that are "hot-wired" and can cause a battery drain. Remove the negative cable and wrap the end
with electrical tape.
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